In honor of former Iowa State University basketball player Brian Pearson, who died of brain cancer in the fall of 1997, the Iowa Games began awarding the Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship in 1998.

Pearson knew the meaning of hard work and recognized the rewards of commitment. He valued the relationships he had with his family, friends, neighbors and teammates. People who were fortunate enough to know Brian use words like integrity, honesty and courtesy to describe his life. The intent of the Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship is to recognize three individuals every year: two outstanding athletes involved with the Iowa Games (one male and one female), and through that process, Brian Pearson.

One $1,000 scholarship annually will be awarded to one male and one female Iowan. Throughout the selection process, the degree of participation in the Iowa Games will be given consideration, as well as the applicant’s display of character.

Citizenship, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, perseverance and sportsmanship are just a few of the values on which this award is based.

Eligible recipients for the 2023 scholarship are those students who will be in their junior or senior year of high school during the 2023-2024 school year. The award must be used in pursuit of post high school education. Winners will be invited to attend and participate at the Summer Iowa Games Opening Ceremony in Ames. 
Applications are due by April 1, 2024.

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For more information or to receive a scholarship application, students should either:

Brian Pearson Scholarship History

This project is supported by The Skinner Foundation, Johnny & Romie Orr and Ron & Margaret Kenyon.

2023 Trista Thompson Grinnell University of Northern Iowa 
  Jake Hightshoe Boone Iowa State University 
2022 Mackenie Carney Waukee Iowa State University 
  Adam Mattes Newton Bethel University 
2021 Arunadee Fernando Ames Iowa State University
  Isaac Ensminger Colfax Iowa State University
2020 Meredith Harter Nevada Northwest Missouri State University
  Adam Fillipi Anthon  
2019 Rachel Rhoads Newton University of Iowa
  Sean McDermott Madrid Wartburg College
2018 Brooklyn Waller Maquoketa Wartburg College
  Gavin Leicht Dubuque Iowa State University
2017 Alyssa Baatz Neola University of Iowa
  Reagan Hansen Harlan University of Iowa
2016 Abby Stephenson Nevada Drake University
  Matthan Kots Carroll Iowa State University
2015 Rachel Liercke Center Point  
  Clayton Christian Glidden  
2014 Bridget Concannon Story City  
  Nate Van Veldhuizen Oskaloosa William Penn University
2013 Taylor Wingert Waukee University of Iowa
  Damon Dennis Iowa Falls-Alden Waldorf College
2012 Ann Ku Ames Northwestern University
  Nolan Dickson Ames Iowa State University
2011 Kaytlin Tippin Waukee Truman State University
  Isaac Olson Urbandale University of Central Oklahoma
2010 Tara Gray Toledo Kirkwood Community College
  Kevin Anderson Gilbert DMACC
2009 Ann Hoover Nevada Drake University
  Tom Hosfield Mount Ayr University of Northern Iowa
2008 Shea Kruger Grafton Wartburg College
  Marley Dobyns Ames Iowa State University
  Miles Greenwald Ames Wheaton College
  Joshua Lenz Gilbert Morningside College
2007 Stephanie Mundt Urbandale University of Arizona
  Benjamin Skelley Wilton Marshalltown Community College
2006 Jessica Frerichs Ames Iowa State University
  Brenden George Rockwell City Coe College
2005 Andrew Dau Primghar Simpson College
  Hallie Satre Dayton Iowa State University
  Kristin Iehl Cedar Falls University of Northern Iowa
2004 Shannon Neubauer Washington Creighton University
  Joe Smeins Audubon University of Northern Iowa
2003 Sara Best Perry Upper Iowa University
  Trent Miner Eldridge University of Iowa
2002 Scottie Braden Eldridge Loras College
  Jessica Gerhart Bancroft University of Nebraska
  Andrew George Rockwell City Coe College
2001 Mark Boehm Ogden Waldorf College
  Beth Michael Marshalltown Western Illinois University
2000 Ryan Borts Colfax Cabrillo College
  Jill Kestel Storm Lake Creighton University
  Laura Kriegel Grinnell University of Northern Iowa
1999 Stephanie Roepke Aurora Iowa State University
  Michael Sudmeier Dubuque University of Iowa
1998 Matt Birkenholz Newtown Luther College
  Krista VanHauen Grundy Center Waldorf College

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