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Fairall Memorial Scholarships Awarded

Fairall Memorial Scholarships Awarded

2019-2020 Fairall Scholarship Recipients: Front row, left to right: Michelle Adelmund, Landyn Larson, Mackenzie Moyer and Katelyn Choate. Back row, left to right: Kelley Fairall-Fifer (committee member), Bob Miller (committee member), Zachary Sills, Lauren Batterson, Decker Mann and Brian Trowbridge. (Not pictured: Jaci Hardman and committee member Vic Hellberg.)

MARSHALLTOWN – As has become a tradition close to Memorial Day, the Marshalltown Community College Foundation and the Fairall Memorial Scholarship committee celebrated with student recipients and their families the selection for one of MCC’s most prestigious scholarships. Because members of their families chose to serve in the Armed Forces, these Marshalltown Community College students were eligible and eventually selected as recipients of the Loyal S. and Helen Fairall Memorial Scholarships for 2019-20.

The Committee awarded five full tuition and fees scholarships (up to 16 hours) to the following recipients: Michelle Adelmund, Lauren Batterson, Jaci Hardman, Landyn Larson and Brian Trowbridge. Partial scholarships were awarded to Katelyn Choate, Decker Mann, Mackenzie Moyer and Zachary Sills. The total value of the nine scholarships is more than $42,000.

For the 17th year, the selection committee awarded the scholarships in memory of Loyal S. and Helen Fairall. In all, 115 MCC students have received the Fairall Memorial Scholarship, something the Fairall family believes would have made Loyal very proud. Loyal served in leadership positions of American Legion Post #46 and was Commander in 1956. The award honors all of the men and women who are or have served their country so faithfully through the years.

“My father established this scholarship to honor his father’s service and the service of all veterans. An education and service to country are the legacy my father and grandfather wanted to preserve,” says Kelley Fairall-Fifer, daughter of Charles Fairall and granddaughter of Loyal S. Fairall. “We’re pleased to give out nine scholarships this year, recognizing hard work and service evident in your families and these students.”

Applicants for the Fairall Memorial Scholarship must meet criteria of having family members who served in the Armed Forces of the United States. Members of the American Legion Scholarship Committee, Kelley Fairall-Fifer, Vic Hellberg and Bob Miller, selected the students after carefully evaluating about 50 applications.

Michelle Adelmund – Michelle is the daughter of the late Dennis and Carol Adelmund. She is a 2006 graduate of Marshalltown High School and has been attending MCC for four semesters with a 3.9 GPA. Michelle has been very involved in the honors society at MCC, Phi Theta Kappa as well as a STEM club and Marshalltown’s Youth STEM. She also volunteers at the House of Compassion. She is pursuing a Fine Arts program of study and she hopes to one day teach. She maintains high standards for herself to be a role model to her daughter. Michelle’s family includes service members Dennis Adelmund, her father, and Charles Messmer, her grandfather. Her father, Dennis, served in the Navy as an Electronics Mechanic and grandfather, Charles, served in the Navy as well as a Draftsman including over two years of foreign or overseas service. Both were honored with the National Defense Service Medal.

Lauren Batterson – Lauren is the daughter of Brian and Julia Batterson. She graduated from Marshalltown High School in 2018 and has attended MCC this year with a 3.6 GPA. Lauren has been invited to participate in honors classes due to her hard work this year and hopes to continue her education in Elementary Education after her Associate of Arts degree, most likely at UNI. Anna’s great grandfather, Robert Bowman, served in the Navy as a Signalman in WWII, earning two service medals and one star.

Katelyn Choate – Katelyn is the daughter of the late Ricky Choate and Lori Choate-Trusheim. She is a 2017 graduate of BCLUW High School and has attended MCC these past years first doing nursing prerequisites, then our Practical Nursing program. She has kept up her outstanding academic work with a 4.0 in the fall semester and a 3.9 cumulative GPA. Katelyn starts the Associate Degree RN program this fall. On top of all that, she has served on the Nursing Advisory Board, obtained a Certified Medication Aide designation and works in Assisted Living at Bickford. She aspires to a Master’s Degree in Nursing and perhaps teach future nurses. Katelyn’s father, Ricky, served in the Army from 1980-84 and her maternal grandfather, Daniel Dooley, served in the Army in Vietnam from 1969-71. Katelyn family’s military tradition also includes a great-grandfather who served in World War II and a brother served.

Jaci Hardman – Jaci is the daughter of Jeff Hardman and Kendra Youds and a 2018 graduate of Marshalltown High School. She has been active at MHS as a football manager for three years and in the Silver Cord program volunteering over 200 hours. Since the age of 12, she has been volunteering at the Iowa Veterans’ Home and active in her church youth group including performing yard work, babysitting, donated her time at the House of Compassion and adopting a family for Christmas through the Salvation Army. Her grandfather, Roger Hardman, served in the US Army in Vietnam and received several medals.

Landyn Larson – Landyn is the son of Rodney and Megan Larson of Marshalltown. He graduates this year from Marshalltown High School with a 2.74 GPA. He has overcome significant health challenges in his youth to be successful in school, participating in several bands including Marshalltown Municipal Band, and volunteering with his church. Landyn comes to MCC to enter the Utility Technician program with a goal of becoming an Electric Lineman in the future. Landyn’s grandfather, Larry Larson, served in the Navy as an Electrical Repairman for almost four years, three of those overseas in Vietnam. His service in Vietnam earned him a number of awards and commendations including two Bronze Stars.

Decker Mann – Decker is the son of Duane and Christine Mann of Marshalltown. He is a 2018 graduate of Marshalltown High School and has been at MCC this year, bringing in a 3.8 GPA. He also finds time to give back by donating blood and volunteering to help with MHS wrestling tournaments. Decker’s future plans include transfer to Iowa State after one more term at MCC for an Ag Business degree and hopes to someday join the family farm business. Decker’s grandfather, Donald Mann, served in the National Guard for eight years and qualified as a sharpshooter.

Mackenzie Moyer – Mackenzie is the daughter of Tory and Stacy Moyer of Marshalltown. She is a 2019 graduate of Marshalltown High School with a 2.5 GPA. She has been active in choir, student council, theater as well as church and community volunteering. Mackenzie’s future plans include BA and MA degrees in Social Work and minor in Theater Arts. She hopes to become a social worker or counselor. Mackenzie’s grandfather, Ronald Estabrook, served in the Army as a Truck Master for two years including eight months overseas duty during Vietnam and was awarded numerous medals.

Zachary Sills – Zachary is the son of Michael and Nancy Sills of Marshalltown. He graduated this spring from Marshalltown High School. Zachary has been active in marching, jazz, concert and pep bands. He has been taking advantage of college credit and AP courses at MHS. Zachary has also earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 1846 and active in his church, Our Savior Lutheran. Zachary’s father, Michael, served in the Army and his grandfather, Arvin Schmidt, served in the armed forces.

Brian Trowbridge – Brian is the son of James and Maria Trowbridge of Marshalltown. He is a 2018 graduate of Marshalltown High School and was on the honor roll each year. He participated in football, wrestling, track and baseball, earning letters in each sport in addition to his academic letters. Brian is a member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church and has done many community service projects. Brian’s father James served in the Air Force, receiving many commendations related to his duties. Other family members in the military include great-grandfather James C. Trowbridge, who served in the Marines on Pacific duty during WWII, great-grandfather Ronald R. Shutt, who served in the Army and was stationed in Korea, and grandfather Melchor Montoya, who served in the U.S. Navy.

Applications for the 2020-21 scholarship will be available from the MCC Foundation Office, 3700 S. Center St., Marshalltown IA 50158 after Jan. 1, 2020. Completed applications with supporting documents will due to the Foundation Office by March 31, 2020.

Creating a memorial scholarship is one way to establish a legacy and financially assist MCC students and future students with their education. Anyone interested in learning more about starting a scholarship at MCC can contact Carol Geil, MCC Foundation Director, at (641) 844-5747.

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