Bank Iowa Spirit of Chandy Scholarship
Bank Iowa is proud to sponsor the Bank Iowa Spirit of Chandy Scholarship, a program to honor Chandy Barr Clanton, our former Vice Chair, and to show our commitment to our communities and area youth.
Our 2019 application period is now closed.
About Chandy Barr Clanton
Chandy was a successful businesswoman who served as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for Bank Iowa Corporation; a competitive swimmer and triathlete; a talented pilot who could decorate the sky with her airplane; and, most of all, a beloved mother to her two sons, Harrison and Drew. She was a joy to be around and touched the lives of many. Her energy, pursuit of excellence and love of life were contagious.
Although taken at the young age of 36, Chandy died doing something she loved. On July 10, 2009, Chandy was piloting her Zivko Edge 540 aerobatic plane during a training flight near Tarkio, Missouri, when she crashed into a bean field.
Being the daughter of an aviator and an aviatrix, flying was in her blood. It was her father and Bank Iowa’s co-founder Harry Barr, who taught Chandy and her brother J.B. to fly. Chandy often appeared at events in Clarinda, Iowa, Harry’s hometown.
Chandy accomplished a great deal during her 13 years in aviation. Aerobatic flying was her passion. She was both a competition and airshow aerobatic pilot, her skill exemplified by her success as a three-time member of the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team. Chandy was the youngest female pilot at the 2003 World Championships in Lakeland, Florida, and won the Programme Q flight at the 2007 World Championships in Granada, Spain. She was also the only woman named to the 2003 “Stars of Tomorrow” program. As an airshow pilot, Chandy performed before hundreds of thousands of spectators multiple years at EAA Air Venture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Giving back to her community was another of Chandy’s passions. She was a mentor to future aviators, volunteered at her boys' school and church, and served as a missionary pilot for Mission Central, a mission supporting agency for the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. She was also a frequent guest speaker at churches and discussed her career and the impact her faith had on her success.
While a lot of time has passed since we lost Chandy in 2009, we are still saddened by the fact she was taken too soon, Bank Iowa welcomes the opportunity to give to others as we honor her memory with the Bank Iowa Spirit of Chandy Scholarship.