Bank Iowa Awards Recipients of the 2023 Spirit of Chandy Scholarship

June 8, 2023

The following students have been selected as recipients of this year’s Spirit of Chandy Scholarship. Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.


·      Addison Ross, a graduate of Newton senior high school.

·      Alivya Wisner, a graduate of New Hampton community school district.

·      Ava Doty, a graduate of Oskaloosa high school.

·      Carter Gibson, a graduate of Colfax/Mingo high school.

·      Cooper Perdew, a graduate of IKM-Manning high school.

·      Delaney Yates, a graduate of Southwest Valley high school.

·      Elizabeth Van Utrecht, a graduate of Eddyville Blaskesburg Fremont highschool.

·      Emma Olson, a graduate of Shenandoah high school.

·      Jackson Moore, a graduate of Dowling Catholic high school.

·      Kali Beaman, a graduate of Humboldt community school district.

·      Lainey DeVries, a graduate of Red Oak high school.

·      Lauren Bowker, a graduate of Denison high school.

·      Magdelyn Miner, a graduate of Johnston high school.

·      Mallory Cleveland, a graduate of New Hampton community school district.

·      Taylor Cole, a graduate of Clarinda high school.

·      Tori Gargano, a graduate of Humboldt community school district.

·      William Chase, a graduate of Norwalk high school.


Bank Iowa awards more than twenty scholarships to commendable high school students across the state annually. This year, Bank Iowa doubled its commitment by raising its scholarship awards from $500 to $1,000 each.


The Spirit of Chandy scholarship honors Bank Iowa co-founder Harry Barr’s daughter, Chandy Barr Clanton, who passed away in 2009. Students are selected based on academics, character, leadership, honors/awards received and participation in school and community activities, including swimming, biking, running and flying — activities Chandy was passionate about.


To commemorate, Chandy’s life, Harrison Clanton, son of Chandy, shared a piece of her story to students at the beginning of the application process. That story can be found here


As part of the application process, students were encouraged to listen to Chandy’s story and complete an essay describing their personal strengths, as well as their education and career goals. This year, Bank Iowa received record number of applications, totaling more than 100 submissions.


“It is an honor to have the opportunity to celebrate student successes for the last eight years,” said Bank Iowa CEO and President Jim Plagge. “Bank Iowa is proud to highlight the hard work of these students, as well as their dedication to activities Chandy was passionate about. It’s a pleasure to support and continue to invest in the young people of Iowa.”


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