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 2021 scholarship are those students who will be in their junior or senior year of high school during the 2020-2021 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, on Friday, July 30, 2021.
Applications are due by April 5, 2021.
For more information or to receive a scholarship application, students should either:
This project is sponsored by Pioneer DuPont and is supported by The Skinner Foundation, Johnny & Romie Orr and Ron & Margaret Kenyon.
|2020||Meredith Harter||Nevada||Northwest Missouri State University|
|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|
|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|
|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|