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!
*If you choose to attend an educational institution that does not meet the criteria for this scholarship, your scholarship may be revoked.
Past Scholarship Recipients
2021 Alex Melvin
2020 Craig Richard
2019 Rishab Verma
2018 Laura Brown
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