Ann & Rainsford Brown, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Rainsford A. and Ann Brown were born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. They were married in 1954, and a year later moved to the Quad Cities to run a family business, Meadows Transfer and Storage. Meadows was a contract carrier for A&P Grocery and is still in business today, operating as a real estate holding company. In 1962, Rainsford started Twin Bridges Truck City, a heavy duty Mack Truck dealership in Bettendorf. In 1980, he purchased Standard Forwarding Company, a regional trucking company. All three companies continue to enjoy success under the leadership of family.
Equally important as his business ventures was his volunteer work. Rainsford served on the boards of Iowa Wesleyan College, Youth for Christ, and Ridgecrest Retirement Center. He was also very active in their church, St. John’s United Methodist, where he served on many committees and taught The Questor Sunday School class for over 20 years.
Ann enjoyed raising the couple’s three children and was active in church and community circles. She thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to minister to others fighting illness as a long time Befriender at Genesis Medical Center.
The Browns’ three children, Ruth Ward, Sue Jarvis, and R.A. (Rainey) Brown III, are all PV graduates. Their three grandsons and granddaughter will all benefit from a PV education, too.
Rainsford and Ann passed away in October of 2010 within 24 hours of each other. It is their children’s desire to honor their commitment to family, community, church, and business through this scholarship.
Criteria to Apply:
- Be a graduating senior from PVHS
- An interest in any automotive-related career; i.e., collision repair, automotive tech, heavy equipment or truck-driving school OR an interest in a business degree
- One letter of recommendation from a community or church member
Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:
- Explain your involvement in a community or church activity and why this involvement has been important in your life.
Past Scholarship Recipients
2020 Nathan Ahlers
2019 Carsen Pearce
2018 Benjamin Royer
2017 Jerry Pendleton
2016 Kendall Bearsley
2015 Nancy Garcia
2014 Lydia Flores
2013 Adam Cline