Iowa Students Named Recipients of Bank Iowa Scholarship

June 1, 2021



Nineteen students awarded with the annual Spirit of Chandy scholarship


  The following students have been selected as recipients of this year’s Spirit of Chandy Scholarship. Each winner will each receive a $500 scholarship.  


  • Abigail Adkison, graduate of Newton High School
  • Rachel Currant, graduate of Bondurant-Farrar High School
  • Chole DeVries, graduate of Red Oak High School
  • Dawson Gress, graduate of MVAOCOU
  • Shayla Harris, graduate of Clarinda High School
  • Eva Hoch, graduate of Norwalk High School
  • Isabelle Inman, graduate of Southwest Valley High School
  • Nolan Knutson, graduate of New Hampton High School
  • Abby Lumsden, graduate of Oskaloosa High School
  • Macy Moore, graduate of North Mahaka Jr-Sr High School
  • Quinton Orr, graduate of Humboldt High School
  • Anthony Parker, graduate of Denison High School
  • Shelby Purdie, graduate of Colfax-Mingo High School
  • Esmeralda Santillan Tejeda, graduate of Humboldt High School
  • Karee Schult, graduate of Sumner-Fredericksburg High School
  • Camryn Schultz, graduate of Denison High School
  • Madison Shumacher, graduate of Harlan High School
  • Quentin Slater, graduate of Shenandoah High School
  • Jarett Vitiritto, graduate of Saydel High School


Bank Iowa awards more than twenty $500 scholarships to commendable high school students across the state annually. The 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. Her 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 over 100 submissions.


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