Steven J. Vander Horn Memorial Scholarship

The Steven J. Vander Horn Endowed Scholarship was created per his wishes by his family to provide financial assistance to students wishing to pursue an Engineering Degree at Iowa State University.

Steve Vander Horn was born in Davenport, Iowa,in 1957. He attended Iowa State University where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. Following his graduation he began working for the United States Corps of Engineers on the Rock Island Arsenal retiring in June of 2004 after a 34-year career.

Throughout his career, Steve remained an avid Iowa State fan. His passions not only included civil engineering and the Mississippi River, but also watching his four children grow up and graduate from Pleasant Valley High School. His two sons both followed in his footsteps to become engineers, and two of his children (one son and one daughter) both graduated from Iowa State.

Steve passed away in 2005 after a three-year battle with cancer. He missed his crowning moment in 2006 when his youngest son graduated from Iowa State with a degree in engineering. He was smiling from above! Throughout his life, he always retained a positive attitude and appreciation of the things that really matter – family, love, happiness, honesty, and laughter. This only became more evident when he began fighting his illness. He remained strong, positive, loving, and happy. He was able to see the good in everyone and every situation. Everyone who encountered him became a better person just through knowing him.

It was Steve’s desire to assist other students at Pleasant Valley High School who wish to attend Iowa State and pursue a degree in Engineering. And for that, the Steven J. Vander Horn Endowed Scholarship was created through generous donations from his family and friends.

Criteria to Apply:

  •  Be a graduating senior of PVHS
  •  The desire and intention to seek an engineering degree at Iowa State University
  •  Proof of admission or an applicable grade point and ACT and/or SAT score that will permit admittance to Iowa State University
  •  A positive attitude on life and great work ethic
  • Submit a transcript of grades reflecting seven semesters of work

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Submit an essay that describes your goals in life and what is important to you. Please include why you have selected to pursue a degree in engineering, and why you have chosen Iowa State University. Go Clones!

 

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2017     Ryan Brohm
2016    Zachary Corrigan
2015     Gabriel Johnsen
2014     Sean Mullen
2013     Jesus Rasgado
2012     Katelynn Bell
2011     Joshua Andringa
2010     Andrew Healey
2009    Christopher Meadows
2008     Aaron Hewitt
2007     Zach Anderson-Clausen
2006     Erin Leibrandt