The Marshalltown Community College Foundation and the Fairall Memorial Scholarship Committee celebrated the selection of one of MCC’s most prestigious scholarships. Because their family members have chosen to serve in the armed forces, these MCC students have been selected as recipients of the Loyal S. and Helen Fairall Memorial scholarships for 2021-2022.
The committee awarded six full scholarships to the following recipients: Drew Carson, Izabelle Duncan, Savannah Frohwein, Meadow Knutson, Meleah Sadler and Silva Schmidt. The total value is over $ 40,000.
The scholarships were awarded in memory of Loyal S. and Helen Fairall. In 19 years, 127 MCC students have received the Fairall Memorial Scholarships. Loyal held leadership positions at American Legion Post # 46 and was Commander in 1956. The award honors all the men and women who have served or who have served their country so faithfully over the years.
“My father created this scholarship to honor his father’s service and the service of all veterans. An education and a service to the country are the heritage that my father and my grandfather wanted to preserve ”, Kelley Fairall-Fifer, daughter of Charles Fairall and granddaughter of Loyal S. Fairall, said. “We are delighted to award six scholarships this year, recognizing the hard work and obvious service from your families and these students.
Applicants for the Fairall Memorial Fellowship must meet the criteria of having family members who have served in the United States Armed Forces. American Legion scholarship committee members Kelley Fairall-Fifer, Vic Hellberg and Bob Miller selected the students after carefully reviewing all submitted applications.
Drew Carson – Carson is the daughter of Kent and Emily Carson. She graduated from Marshalltown High School in 2021 with a GPA of 3.8. She played all four years on the MHS volleyball team, winning the captain’s place in her sophomore year and the Legacy award as a senior, for creating a lasting legacy within the team. She has also been involved in cheerleading, tennis, the National Honor Society, the Student Senate, and has volunteered with The Mentors in Violence and Protection. Carson is pursuing a degree program in animal science, possibly to become a veterinarian. She also worked in an assisted living facility and could pursue nursing studies. His family includes servicemen Kent Carson, his father, and Dr. Richard Squiers, his grandfather. Kent served in the Marine Corps as a machine gunner, including over a year and a half overseas with numerous ribbons, medals and honors. Richard served in the Air Force as a dentist.
Izabelle Duncan – This is the second year of the award for Duncan, who is the daughter of Chad and Andrea Duncan. She graduated from GMG High School in 2020 with a GPA of 3.76 and has participated in track and field, cross country, basketball, softball, jazz band, student council, FFA and the National Honor Society, of which she was president in her final year. She attended MCC this year with a GPA of 3.96. Duncan was honored with the MCC Provost’s Award for a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall and received ICCAC First Academic Team Honors for the same term as a member of the basketball team of MCC. She planned a specific program of study, including completing her dental assisting program and then earning an associate’s degree at MCC while on her two-year waiting list. for the Kirkwood Dental Hygiene Program. Izabelle’s great-grandfather Max Duncan served in the military as a light tank crew member in northern France during World War II, earning two Battle Stars and a Purple Heart. Other members of the military family include William Etter, who served as a draftsman in the Air Force, including a year and a half overseas; Jack Fay, who served as a carpenter in the Navy with nearly 3.5 years of overseas service and recipient of a National Defense Service Medal; and Melvin Yantis, who served as a rifleman in the army.
Frohwein Savannah – Frohwein is the daughter of Jérémie and Khelood Frohwein. She graduated in 2021 from East Marshall High School. She has been involved in softball, track and field, cross country, food counseling, choir, marching band, and the spiritual team. Frohwein also found time for school musicals, Awana, and various community service activities. She is exploring her options for college and career, taking a variety of courses to refine her interests as she completes an associate’s degree at MCC. His great-grandfather Lewis Martin served as a Navy firefighter, as did family member Forrest Ray.
Prairie knutson – This is the award’s second year for Knutson, who is the daughter of Jed and Trini Knutson, and a 2020 Marshalltown High School graduate. At MCC last year, she worked hard in class and maintained a 3.2 GPA and was on the Dean’s List. Knutson also joined MCC’s Honors program and volunteered at the hospital, helped with Garwin’s blood drive, and is part of the administrative team for his church’s youth group, which helps mentor young people. members. Knutson intends to major in psychology and eventually move towards a career in neuropsychology, which will require a master’s and doctoral degree. His great-grandfather Henry Grovo served in the United States Army in the Field Artillery Battalion, including nearly two years overseas during World War II, receiving several medals and honors. She also has many other family members who have served, including two other great-grandfathers, a grandfather, four uncles and a cousin.
Meleah sadler – Sadler is the daughter of Jerod and Ferren Sadler from Hudson. She graduated this year from Hudson High School with a GPA of 3.84. Meleah has competed in softball, track and field, National Honor Society, FFA and has been a basketball manager and teacher’s assistant. She has received numerous awards for her activities and has been active in volunteering, including in the hospital, fire department, library and food bank, as well as in her church. Sadler will earn an associate’s degree in nursing at MCC, with the intention of continuing to earn a BSN through Allen College. Her dream of becoming a nurse stems from a serious health issue she has faced and the inspiring nurses involved in her care. Sadler’s two grandfathers served. Dennis Sadler was in the military in a field artillery unit, earning a marksman designation and a National Defense Service Medal. Alfred Harbarts served in the Army in the artillery as a surveyor and spent over a year and a half overseas and earned a Good Conduct Medal.
Silva schmidt – This is the second year of this award for Schmidt. She is the daughter of David and Rachel Schmidt of Albion and is a 2020 graduate from Marshalltown High School and was at MCC this year, with a GPA of 3.6. Schmidt has always been very interested in art and seeks to pursue art in a professional manner. His art has won awards at the Fisher Community Center Art Show. She is active in the community by being a teaching assistant at MCC, volunteering with Grimes Farms, the Izaak Walton League, 4H, and has been a leader and mentor in Pokemon and Anime Marsh clubs across the library. Silva’s grandfather, William Thatcher, served in the military as an armory specialist, including about a year in Vietnam. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star and other honors.
Applications for the 2022-2023 scholarship will be available from the MCC Foundation office, 3700 S. Center St., after January 1, 2022. Completed applications with supporting documents should be sent to the Foundation office by March 31, 2022.