Thank you 2021 DCG

Scholarship Sponsors

We would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to the many Dallas Center and Grimes organizations and individuals that continue to invest in the students in our district by providing scholarships and awards to support their post high school educational endeavors. Your interest and dedication to the young people of our community is greatly appreciated!

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Aaron Plaskas, Financial Architects Scholarship

With over 20 years in the financial services industry, Aaron brings a family-first approach to helping everyone he meets achieve optimal financial wellness, grow and protect their wealth. He is dedicated to building solid, long-term plans that are customized to meet the unique and ever-changing needs of all clients, no matter what life circumstances and goals they face.

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Adam Dreeszen Memorial Scholarship/Shade Tree Auto

Adam grew up in Spirit Lake, IA active in wrestling, football, track and 4-H before continuing his studies at DMACC, graduating as a Certified Ford Master Technician, and went on to earn his ASE Master Certifications. Adam joined the team at Shade Tree Auto in 2016 and quickly became an invaluable employee. His hard work and dedication helped earn the shop a number of national and international recognitions. He enjoyed playing softball on a team with co-workers, and when he married his wife in 2018, everyone was there to help him celebrate.

In 2019, Adam lost his fight with esophageal cancer. Although his life was cut short, he found happiness through his marriage and his job as a technician. Shade Tree Auto has created the Adam Dreeszen Memorial Scholarship to honor his memory, and provide the opportunity for someone to find the same joy Adam had in the automotive industry.

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Andrea Sabus State Farm Agency Scholarship

Andrea Sabus State Farm is proud to award this scholarship to a senior who has exhibited kindness to all and has found their passion in a field that helps others. At Andrea Sabus State Farm, we are dedicated to providing the Grimes community with professional and personal insurance and financial services. We strive to  serve everyone in our community and provide the best service to all whether or not they are our client.

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Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship

Dallas Center's Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is a community service sorority and our motto is Life, Learning and Friendship. Cultural programs are one of the basic element of our organization. These programs are designed to broaden personal knowledge and understanding of self, friends, and the world. As a member of Beta Sigma Phi it is in our nature not only to give the best that is in us to ourselves and our sorority, but to give the best that is in us to our community and the world.

Bob & Verlena Oliver Key Club (Kiwanis) Scholarship

Bob and Verlena Oliver were amazing people who touched the lives of everyone they met. They were always there with a hug, a smile and a word of encouragement. Bob was the driving factor in chartering the DCG Key Club, and the Countyline/Grimes Kiwanis Club. Verlena was also a charter member of the Countyline/Grimes Kiwanis, and was a huge supporter of the DCG Key Club. To honor the Oliver’s support of the Key Club and their constant positive attitude toward others, the Countyline/Grimes Kiwanis Club created the “Bob and Verlena Oliver DCG Key Club Scholarship” to be awarded to senior Key Club members. The Kiwanis Club and its members, along with the Oliver family, contribute to the funds for this scholarship each year.

Buck Bauman Memorial Scholarship

The Buck Bauman Memorial Scholarship is meant to help any student pursuing further education in any field of agriculture. Buck graduated from Grimes High School in 1956. He grew up on his family farm just East of Grimes. Farming was his heritage, going back several generations. He also worked at John Deere in Ankeny making cotton pickers. He had a love for farming and, in 1976, realized his dream of owning his own farm, located in Madison County, Iowa. He passed away in 1994, and his daughter, Elizabeth, established this scholarship in his honor in 2018. Iowa farms are feeding the world, and Buck would definitely want to support those seeking to keep the Iowa farming traditions alive.

Burger Entrepreneurial Scholarship

The Burger Entrepreneurial Scholarship is given each year by the Burger family of Grimes to help a student that may not have the financial resources but has the entrepreneurial spirit that is needed to succeed. The path of the family started back in high school, with Ryan's self employment. He has been successfully self-employed for 30+ years and just made the transition into teaching the business leaders of tomorrow in 2019. And while money doesn't solve all problems, going into debt with your education often only adds to theproblems they will encounter when they move into the workplace several years from now. This scholarship isn't anything that will set them up for the future, but it's a little push that will hopefully make a difference.

Burnett Scholarship

Burton Burnett was born in 1913. He made his fortune through farmland and a Ford dealership in Dallas Center. He established a trust to benefit several communities and organizations prior to his death in 1976. It went into effect in 1986 after his 41-year-old daughter Penelope (Penny) Burnett died of cancer. Penny Burnett served as an educator for many years. The Burnett funds provided the core funds needed to start the Dallas Center Grimes Education Foundation.

Charter Bank Scholarship

Charter Bank is celebrating its 21st year of success since it began as a de novo bank in June of 1998 by local investors and local staff in Johnston—a new startup bank—not a branch of an existing bank. Grimes Charter Bank opened in 2000, Waukee in 2001 and Ankeny in 2017 where our local staff includes high school and college interns as tellers, personal & business bankers, loan officers and market managers. But, we want to be more than just your bank or your employer, we want to be who you turn to for financial assistance 24/7 and we invite all generations in our communities to Chart Your Success With Us

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City State Bank Scholarship

City State Bank is proud to be a community bank that offers not only banking, but Insurance and Trust & Investments as well. This year marks their 125th year in business, and their commitment to the communities they serve, is stronger than ever.  With a focus on providing financial education to students to help them transition to college and throughout life, City State Bank is proud to support the Dallas Center-Grimes Education Foundation scholarship fund.

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CleanWorks Autowash Scholarship

CleanWorks Autowash is a family owned and operated Carwash Business with locations in Central Iowa, including Grimes and Dallas Center. We are proud to support and award a Dallas Center-Grimes 2021 Senior with our CleanWorks Autowash Scholarship

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Dallas Center Grimes Education Foundation Scholarship

The mission of the Dallas Center-Grimes Education Foundation is to provide additional equitable education opportunities for students and staff within the Dallas Center-Grimes School District.  We provide scholarships for seniors and alumni for post secondary education as well as education grants for teachers to supplement their curriculum. Fundraisers are held to provide these scholarships. Our major fundraisers held annually to provide these scholarships include  the RED Breakfast in February, the 5K/Fun Runs in each community, and the RED Dinner and Auction each November. The DCGEF works closely with the school to help with scholarships and also operate as the fiscal agent of the scholarship funds. The DCGEF also makes connections and recruits businesses, organizations, and individuals to provide scholarships. Post secondary education is crucial to the future of our graduates AND our economy.

Dallas Center Rotary Scholarship

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of Dallas Center was founded in 1927, and has provided financial assistance to help graduates of Dallas Center-Grimes High School go to college since 1955. We raise money through pancake breakfasts and other events and use it to fund scholarships and service projects.We award two scholarships: the Dallas Center Rotary Club scholarship for $1000, and the Doris Labor Rotarian scholarship for $1000. Doris Labor was a lifelong Dallas Center resident and long time member of the Rotary Club. Her family donated the money for scholarships in her honor, which we have awarded since 2006.

Dave Crawford Real Estate Scholarship

Dave Crawford is one of Des Moines's top-producing real estate agents. His passion for assisting clients and helping them achieve their household dreams become a reality is what has led to a successful 21-year track record in the real estate industry. He is dedicated to lifelong relationships with clients and providing them with unparalleled customer service. As a former DCG graduate, Dave is proud to be able to give back to his community.

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DCGEF Board Character Does Count Scholarship

DCG has been using the Character Counts Framework for several years.  This framework contains the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. To quote from the Josephsen Institute: “Let’s face it: It’s not easy to become a person of character. It takes a good heart, but it also requires wisdom to know right from wrong and the discipline to do right even when it’s costly, inconvenient or difficult. Becoming a person of character is a lifelong quest to be better.” To continue to support our students being persons of good character and showing leadership, scholarships are given to those that best and most consistently represents these pillars and demonstrates leadership in their daily lives. The board members of the Dallas Center Grimes Education Foundation personally contribute to provide these scholarships.

DCGEF RED Scholarship

The DCGEF is proud to provide two RED scholarships renewable for four years. These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of those who attend and support the (R)aising (E)ducation (Dollars) - RED Dinner and Auction, an annual event held each November. This fundraising event is the cornerstone of the foundation's mission. Tickets are currently available by visiting

Dylan Michael, Farm Bureau Scholarship

Dylan Michael Farm Bureau Agency is a locally owned insurance agency. We protect livelihoods and futures by providing excellent insurance products to our customers by working alongside many experts and developing a plan that fits individuals. When going over applications we were looking for someone who is driven, hardworking, and involved in the community

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FarmHer Scholarship

FarmHer was founded in 2013 to change the image of agriculture by depicting women taking an active role in the industry through photographs and by sharing their stories. Today, FarmHer has grown into a movement that is changing the way people perceive a farmer. Through digital media, a weekly national cable television show, podcast, magazine content and merchandise, FarmHer continues to update the image of agriculture to include women.  Women are rising to the forefront of agriculture working tirelessly to feed their families and communities and FarmHer is excited to be a driving force behind this effort by shining a light on them. Learn more at

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Food Depot Scholarship

Food Depot is a locally owned Bar and Grill in Grimes since owners Scott and Tonya Newel purchased it in November of 2018. With daily specials, an events room and our unique grocery shopping experience, we believe great food sets the mood! Scott is a 1998 graduate of Dallas Center Grimes and is proud to give back to the community that gave so much to him

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Friends of Fine Arts (FOFA) Scholarship

FOFA (Friends of Fine Arts) is an all volunteer run organization made up of parents, teachers and community members. FOFA boosts the arts programs in our school district from K - 12 through funds made at events, donations, and memberships. We are so proud of our students and appreciate the opportunity to support the love of the arts and continuing education. These scholarships are just one of the ways we can pay it forward to ensure the love of fine arts continues to be nurtured. Thanks to everyone who's supported FOFA and good luck seniors on your next adventure. May you look back on your experiences in music, choir, speech, art or whatever it was you loved to do with your extra time fondly. For more information on FOFA go to our link on the DCG website:

Glen Brewer Memorial Scholarship

The mission of the Glen Brewer Memorial Scholarship is to provide financial support to those students who may not be pursuing further education down the traditional track. Glen, a Dallas Center High School graduate in 1934, prided himself on being a supporter of DC-G and supporting those students who were not first in their class rank but were more middle of the road. As his family, we fulfill his memory by providing his memorial scholarship to seniors and/or alumni for post-secondary education, being community college or trade school course work.

Golden Rule Scholarship

Golden Rule is a Grimes based company that has been serving the Des Moines metro area for 20 years. Our mission is to provide excellent plumbing, heating, and cooling services by following the Golden Rule we learned in grade school. Treating others as you would want to be treated, as well as, gaining an education are the foundations of our business. There is currently a shortage of people going into the skilled trades and our goal is to provide an opportunity to those students interested in starting a career in any of the trades areas.

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Grimes Chamber & Economic Development Scholarship

Grimes Chamber & Economic Development is a membership organization focused on the retention and expansion of the Grimes business community along with the sponsorship of activities to benefit our members and residents. It is with great pride that we offer this scholarship, which is funded by the many member businesses and organizations of Grimes Chamber & Economic Development.

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Grimes Lions Club Scholarship

The Grimes Lions Club was founded in 1947. Our Mission Statement is “To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation". Our Motto is We Serve. Grimes Lions Club serves in many ways. We are very active in our community and are constantly looking for ways we can assist in the growth of our town. Each year we provide a scholarship for select students that show a commitment to serving their school, church, and community.

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Grimes Lions Club - Paul Buckalew Memorial Scholarship

The Grimes Lions Club was founded in 1947. Our Mission Statement is “To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation". Our Motto is We Serve. Grimes Lions Club serves in many ways. We are very active in our community and are constantly looking for ways we can assist in the growth of our town. Each year we provide a scholarship for select students that show a commitment to serving their school, church, and community.

This scholarship is given specifically in memory of longtime Grimes Lions Club member, Paul Bukalew.

Grimes Plaza Veterinary Scholarship

Grimes Plaza Veterinary Clinic (GPVC) is a full service veterinary clinic, owned and operated by Dr. Aaron Wilson, a 1997 graduate from DC-G. Graduating from Simpson College and then Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, he returned to his hometown in 2009 with his wife, and DC-G school board member, Sarah, to raise their children around family and friends. Each year the GPVC scholarship is awarded to a student(s) who is interested in pursuing a college major related to veterinary medicine or animal sciences. Past recipients of the scholarship have demonstrated qualities of strong character, extra-curricular involvement, service to community, financial need, and educational achievement. Dr. Wilson strongly values education and is happy to be able to assist others in this pursuit.

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Hy-Vee Scholarship

As Iowa’s largest private employer, Hy-Vee is committed to helping Iowa’s students achieve their educational goals. With more than 88,000 employees serving customers at 280 stores across eight Midwestern states, Hy-Vee’s employees are committed to delivering “a helpful smile in every aisle” alongside outstanding quality and value. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores.

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Jacob Nockels Memorial Scholarship

The Jacob Nockels Memorial Scholarship was given anonymously by someone who loved Jacob very much! Anyone who knew Jacob realized quickly that he had the biggest heart ever. Jacob was so kind, compassionate, soft hearted, funny, helpful and so loving. His smile could light up a room.  Jacob had more LOVE in his heart than most people get in a lifetime! We are so grateful for the 21 years we shared together! Jacob graduated DCG in 2011 along with his twin sister, Jenna. They both attended ISU  and were in the design program. They are both amazing artists! Unfortunately, Jacob was struggling with situational depression. He was dealing with lots of disappointments. He masked his pain while continuing to smile and helping others around him. After a year of struggling to pick up the pieces of a failed relationship, loss of self esteem, trying to find love again, and trying to find his purpose in life, Jacob lost his battle and died by suicide at ISU in January of 2014. When choosing a recipient for this award we look for someone with compassion, who is always helping others, shows they are good hearted and tries to make life better for others, just like Jacob did. We look for someone who may not be in every activity & sport or have the highest GPA, but someone who is kind to those who love and compassion, who reaches out to the ones that need it the most.

Jodean Rosenberg Memorial Scholarship

The memorial scholarship was established in honor of longtime Grimes resident, Jodean Rosenberg. She was born on January 24, 1931 near Grimes. She attended school in Granger, but never graduated from high school. She went on to work at the canning factory in Grimes and later at Pioneer Hybrid in Johnston. In 1951, she married Ron Rosenberg. They had two sons, Keith and Denny. In 2001, Jodean passed away after a short battle with cancer. Jodean loved children. She believed that children were the wonders of the world. Jodean also always stressed the need to get a good education to both her children and grandchildren. She led by example and practiced what she preached.

Johnston-Grimes Firefighters Association Scholarship

The Johnston-Grimes Firefighters' Association is a not for-profit 501c3 organization ran by members of the Johnston Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department and past members of the department. This group is 100% volunteer and is ran by a board of directors. Our organization participates in community events and help fund projects within the community. The funds for this organization is 100% based on fundraising. We do not get any money from the city and financially independent of any government organization. We use these donations to give back to the community in a variety of ways and one of them being these scholarships, provide training and other miscellaneous items to assist in the firefighters and operations to provide service to the community to our greatest potential.

Kelly B. Memorial Scholarship

The Kelly B. Memorial Scholarship honors our granddaughter, Kelly Bickford. who was stillborn; a great loss to the Bickford family of Grimes. The mission of this scholarship is to encourage and support a student who is embarking on a path to a degree in medicine or health care.

Kramer Wealth Advisory Scholarship

Kramer Wealth Advisory is owned by Russell J Kramer who has been in the financial
industry for 28 years. Russ is an Independent Financial Advisor who works with business's, families and individuals. Russ assists in the investment decisions and will lay out a plan to
achieve goals. Russ is married to Beth Kramer, three children who all graduated from DCG - Jared, Andrew and Brooke. Resident of Grimes for 20 years. Located in 101 SE 2nd St in Grimes (east across street from water towers).

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Kurt Lefebvre Living Trust Scholarship

The Kurt Lefebvre Living Trust Scholarship was created to give back to the Dallas Center Grimes schools and community, as a way to thank those who have helped build a solid educational foundation for his family. The Dallas Center Grimes Community has continued to provide generosity to students, and this scholarship serves as a way to give back to future members of our society. The Kurt Lefebvre Living Trust is pleased to announce the recipients and wish them both well in their post-secondary plans.

Liberty Iowa's Dare to Dream Scholarship

Liberty Iowa’s mission is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets and a non-interventionist foreign policy, by means of educational and issue advocacy. Liberty Iowa members want to recognize students who take the time to think about the country's future, and write about what they would do to solve an economic or political problem. Students are asked to write an essay based on the US Constitution detailing their ideas. For more information or to get involved, visit

Mann Orthodontics Character Award

Mann Orthodontics is proud to present a scholarship award to a senior who has exhibited excellent character throughout high school.  At Mann Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing you and your family with professional and personal orthodontic care. We strive to provide a setting where patients and their families can develop a bond with our team, knowing that their needs are of supreme importance to us and we treat every patient with dignity, respect and appreciation.

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Mike Soloman Memorial Scholarship

Michael was a resident of the DCG Community for over 20 years, and was known to many as a kind, caring, and generous person. Michael's passion was expressed through music and theatre. This started in high school where he was active in band, chorus and theatre, and was drum major in his senior year. As an adult he enjoyed all forms of music and theatre and attended as many musicals as possible from Iowa to New York City.

Northridge School Age Child Care Scholarship

Northridge School-Age Child Care is a before and after school program that is operated from the Northridge Elementary School. Once their first group of former attendees were ready to graduate, they wanted to provide scholarships to those seniors who got their start with the DC-G community in their program.

Overcomer Award

Founded by the family of Noah Webster, a 2019 graduate of DCG who has Dyslexia. Overcomer Award was established to recognize the, often behind the scenes, extraordinary efforts individuals (and sometimes their families) have had to invest to persevere through to graduation.

Raccoon Valley Bank Scholarship

Raccoon Valley Bank is a locally-owned community bank with deep local roots. We work to provide excellent financial products and services to our customers by investing in our employees and communities.Part of Raccoon Valley Bank’s mission is giving back to its communities. In addition to our charitable giving, and the hours our employees spend volunteering in our communities, we are also proud to offer scholarships to local high school students pursuing post-secondary education.

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Rick Leppert Memorial Scholarship

Rick Leppert was born in Nebraska on January 28, 1957. Rick spent years growing up in several states before marrying, and chose to settle in Grimes, Iowa, in 1987 to raise a family. He worked at The Weitz Company in Des Moines for over 23 years. He began his career there as a project engineer,
eventually becoming a Senior Project Manager for the Special Projects Division. He came from a construction background and understood the value of a good education and hard work. He passed away from cancer at the age of 54 years, and his family decided to establish this scholarship as a tribute to him. Rick was a man of great character. He took pride in treating everyone fairly--from the job-site workers, to the boardroom executives and the building owners themselves; everyone deserves respect and the chance to make their opinion heard. Rick demonstrated integrity in both his work and his life and
worked to instill those beliefs in those he mentored.

Seidl Services Scholarship

At Seidl Services, customers are given the attention and personal service you’ve come to expect from a locally owned business. We offer the best in tree stump removal along with tree and shrub trimming and removal. We also offer brush cleanup and general property cleanup and maintenance.

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Shindler, Anderson, Golerud & Weese, P.C. Scholarship

The Shindler, Anderson, Goplerud & Weese Law Firm’s reputation of integrity and the highest quality of legal work has earned the respect and confidence of our clients and competitors. Whether your needs include family law areas such as divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, or estate planning, criminal defense, and appeals to the Supreme Court, the Firm is known for its ingenuity, skill, and aggressiveness in representing its clients. Our firm has more than 150 years of combined legal experience, strong academic credentials and community ties, including strong ties to Grimes and Dallas Center.

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Timmins, Jacobsen, and Strawhaker LLP Scholarship

Timmins, Jacobsen & Strawhacker, LLP is a public accounting firm that was established in 1945 and has proudly served businesses and individuals from a variety of industries and occupations for over 75 years. We strive to provide outstanding services in the areas of business and individual consulting, financial planning, income tax planning and preparation, financial audits, reviews, accounting and payroll services. We believe that education does not stop once a diploma or degree are obtained but the process continues for a lifetime of growth, knowledge and, hopefully, wisdom in all aspects of life. Our firm invests heavily in the training and mentoring of our team members with the goal of helping everyone reach their potential. We understand the need for trained professionals in all areas of business and want to help students of Dallas Center-Grimes get the education that they need to succeed. This scholarship is one small way that we can help provide for a bright future.

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VisionBank Scholarship

First and foremost, VisionBank is a community bank. We have a rich, 100+ year history in Central Iowa, and we take pride in the opportunity to partner with our neighbors by giving our time, resources, and funding when possible. Our communities are our business. Your success is our goal. On behalf of all of us at VisionBank – congratulations to Tyler Tice and all of our Dallas-Center Grimes graduating seniors. We wish you nothing but success!

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Date:            Saturday, November 2, 2019

Time:            5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:      Grimes Community Center