Our fifty eight named scholarships are funded by organizations, businesses and individuals who have made pledges to award a scholarship of $500. Although we request that the donors pledge to make these contributions for three years, many of these contributors have provided scholarships in each of the nine years of our existence. We are so grateful for their continued generous support.
Bybee & Davis Funeral Home
Dr. Elmer V. & Mary A. Feldman
Froyen Family Scholarship
Kevin Kincaid Family
Dr. Lisa Holst
Kay & John Jensen
Knoxville Hospital & Clinics
Knoxville Booster Club
Knoxville Morning Kiwanis
Knoxville Raceway, 10 Scholarships awarded
Edward Jones Investments
Dr. Dick Young & Dr. Travis Egesdal
Leonard 'Bid' Long
J. P. Morgan
Kevin & Jennifer Wadle
Norma Jean Cooley
Mashaska Bottling Company
Jana Dennison Memorial Scholarship
Winfield - Evans - McCleery
Marion County Title Services
Dan McKay Family
Kirkwood Family Scholarship
Raceway Tire & Exhaust
Pella Rolescreen Foundation Character Scholarship, 2 Scholarships awarded
Dr. Steve Mott
Pearson Bros. Construction, Inc.
Ben Shinn Trucking Inc., 2 Scholarships awarded
Morgan & Jacey Roy
Virgil & Mary Scott
David & Susan Fridlington & Family, 2 Scholarships awarded
Dorsey Andrews / Masonic Lodge
Dr. Todd E. Lundy
Iowa State Savings Bank
Randy & Donna Flack and Family
Williams Funeral Home
Charles & Doris Beavers Memorial
Alice & Murray Applegate Memorial
KHS Class of 1960 a Panther Pride Scholarship
Mentor Sturdy Club
Tom & Lori Bailey
Claudean Avon Memorial
Marjorie Hanifan Memorial Scholarship
Joe Schwanebeck Memorial Scholarship
Knoxville Veterinary Clinic
WeThe Knoxville Panther Scholarship Foundations awards twenty one Endowed Scholarships. These scholarships are funded through earnings on a one time donation of $15,000 or by a series of donations totaling $15,000 or more made to our Endowment Fund. These donations allow us to offer these scholarships each year without any further contributions required.
Pleasant (Pleas) & Marjorie Kane Fee Memorial Scholarship
Don and Jo Fuerhoff Scholarship
Marvin and Freida Barlow Memorial Scholarship
Knoxville Raceway Endowment
Mabel Rowley (In Memory of Irvin, Mable & Alice Rowley)
Earl E. VandeWalker Memorial Scholarship
Jo Fuerhoff Memorial Scholarship
Gary Wallace Memorial Scholarship
M. Virginia Onstank Memorial Scholarship
Knoxville Youth Initiative
Ty Fuerhoff Scholarship
Knoxville Alumni Association
Don & Margaret Long Scholarship, 2 Scholarships awarded
Edna & Carroll Johnson and Family Scholarship
Jill (Fuerhoff) Oman Scholarship
KHS Class of 1961 A panther Pride scholarship
Terry Tribolet Memorial Scholarship
Katheryne Sims and Dale Rankin
Mike & Bette Cunningham Family Scholarship
Mike McKay Memorial Scholarship
Sarah Templeton Harvey Roetman Endowed Scholarship
Tommy Kirkwood Memorial Scholarship
Weiler Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Dwight and Ruth Johnston Family Scholarship
Emory and Darlene Riseley Family Scholarship
The Knoxville Panther Scholarship Foundation awards a scholarship to every Knoxville High School graduate that applies for one. We currently have 58 Named Scholarships and 21 Endowed Scholarships for a total of 79 scholarships. If more than 79 students apply for scholarships, we award Honors Scholarships to make up the difference. The money to support these scholarships comes from our general fund.
Panther Pride Scholarship
The Knoxville Panther Scholarship Foundation Board has begun an initiative to encourage graduating classes of Knoxville High School to consider funding scholarships on an annual basis for our high school graduates. We have decided to name these financial awards Panther Pride Scholarships. Knoxville High School graduates are able to make donations to the Knoxville Panther Scholarship Foundation and designate those donations to go toward their graduating class Panther Pride Scholarship. Once contributions have reached a minimum of $500, we will begin awarding a scholarship in the name of that class and will continue to do so on an annual basis as long as the minimum ($500) is met. Each year, the Board will provide awarding classes a framed certificate listing all of the graduates of that particular class. This certificate will be presented to the scholarship recipient by members of the class at our annual awards ceremony.
Don and Margaret Long Continuing Education Scholarship - For 2nd Year Knoxville College Students!
Don and Margaret Long established a special scholarship award for Knoxville graduates entering their second year of higher education. Eligible students must apply and meet the required criteria. Through the Long’s generous support, second year students can receive a monetary award when often times they have exhausted all their scholarship awards during their first year of higher education.
Marylin Murphy Memorial Scholarship
Marilyn Murphy, daughter of John and Carolyn Murphy, graduated from Knoxville High School in 1985. She received her degree in music performance from Truman State University. Following her masters work at Arizona State, Marilyn entered the Peace Corps. She was deeply involved in community activities and devoted her life to improving the lives of others through her work with the Peace Corps and with Heifer International.
Marilyn passed away in 2010 after a nine-year battle with breast cancer. The Marilyn Murphy Memorial Scholarship is given to a Knoxville High School graduate in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of college pursuing a degree in music and who has demonstrated a commitment to community service.
Knoxville Panther Scholarship Foundation Third Year Scholarship
The Knoxville Panther Scholarship Foundation is providing a new Scholarship Award beginning at the 2015 Awards Banquet. This new scholarship will be available to former Knoxville graduates in their third year of higher education.
The Third Year Scholarship will be funded by earnings from our endowment fund. Monetary awards will be determined based on how many students apply and meet the required criteria along with funds available from the endowment fund.
Don and Jo Fuerhoff “Foundation through Education” Endowed Scholarship
Don and Jo Fuerhoff spent their careers as educators. Their devotion to their students and their service to the Knoxville community was truly exemplary.
This endowed scholarship is funded through memorial contributions made by their family and friends at the time of Don’s passing in August of 2014.
The Don and Jo Fuerhoff “Foundation through Education” Endowed Scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis to a college student in his or her final year of study in preparation for their career as a classroom teacher. Applications for this scholarship are due annually by April 1st.
Clayton Harsin Memorial Scholarship
The Clayton Harsin Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a Knoxville High School graduate pursuing a career in either criminal justice, or in the field of automotive mechanics. Preference will be given to students in their second, third or fourth year of study.
Clayton Harsin graduated from Knoxville High School in 2012. His passion during his high school and college years involved “fixing up” automobiles. Clayton enjoyed purchasing a car, getting it in good running order and then selling it for a profit. His entrepreneurial spirit also led him to establish his own mobile auto detailing business. These endeavors, along with his job at Karl Chevrolet in Ankeny, allowed him to help pay his way through college.
Clayton was in his last term studying criminal justice at the time of his death on August 3rd, 2014 as a result of a hit and run accident while riding his motorcycle. This scholarship is given by Clayton’s family as a way to honor his memory and as a means of helping a Knoxville High School graduate pursue their post-secondary education.
Alberta McMulin Memorial Scholarship
The Alberta McMulin Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a Knoxville High School graduate entering either their second or third year in preparation for a career in nursing.
Alberta (McVey) McMulin graduated from Knoxville High School in 1951. After graduating from Broadlawns School of Nursing, she accepted nursing positions in Chicago and St. Louis before returning to work at the Veterans Hospital in Knoxville. Alberta spent 33 years providing exceptional service to the veterans entrusted to her care. Following her retirement from the VA system, Alberta worked for the Knoxville Community Hospital for an additional ten years.
This endowed scholarship is provided by her family in honor of the over 50 years Alberta devoted to the care of others.
Gilliland Family Endowed Scholarship
The Gilliland Family Endowed Scholarship has been established with gratitude to the Knoxville Community School District for generations of quality education by members of the Gilliland Family who are all Knoxville High School graduates. Carmen (Coolley) Gilliland '41, was a lifelong Knoxville resident who served as Assistant City Clerk for 30 years. Marvin D. Gilliland '60, has enjoyed a success full career of over 50 years in wealth management services, Virginia (Mettler) Gilliland ’58, is a homemaker and lifelong community volunteer for a variety of organizations. John Gilliland '85, earned his B.A. at Cornell College, his J.D. at Creighton University, served as an attorney in government affairs for 20 years and is currently employed in the financial services industry. Jennifer (Gilliland) Cappos '86, earned her Masters in Social Work at the University of Iowa, served as a social worker for 13 years and is currently a realtor in Lincoln, NE. Jessica (Gilliland) Brandon ’88, earned her B.A. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a teacher's assistant in Ames, IA.
The Gilliland Family Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to a Knoxville High School graduate entering either their third or fourth year of post-secondary education.
Leon and Martha Dyer Langebartels Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Leon and Martha Dyer Langebartels were both members of the Knoxville High School Class of 1949. Leon and Martha both attended Iowa State University, Leon received degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Architectural Engineering. Martha studied in the field of Family and Consumer Sciences. This scholarship is provided by their family to students studying at Iowa State University in their third or fourth year of study with a major in any of the following fields:
Agriculture, Architecture, Education, Engineering or Family and Consumer Sciences.
Ralph and Marilyn Capitani Memorial Scholarship
Ralph and Marilyn Capitani spent their careers as teachers in the Knoxville Community School District. Ralph also served for many years as the promoter for the Knoxville Race Track. This scholarship is provided by their family and friends to Knoxville High school graduates entering their third or fourth year of study in the field of education. Special emphasis will be given to students who worked at the Knoxville Race Track during their high school years.
William Dean Bacus Memorial Scholarship
The William Dean Bacus Memorial scholarship has been established by his family to honor Williams memory by providing a scholarship to a Knoxville High School graduate entering either his/her third or fourth year of post-secondary education.
William (Bill) was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa in 1950. He was a member of the Knoxville High School Class of 1968.While in high school Bill was active in Panther Club and Pep Club and played football and baseball and ran track. After graduation Bill briefly attended Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. where he began preparation for a career in criminology. The country was involved in the war in Vietnam and William decided to serve his country and enlisted in the Air Force.
Bill became an accomplished air traffic control specialist while serving in the Air force. After completing his military service, Bill began preparation to become an air traffic controller. However, his dreams were cut short when Bill passed away as a result of a traffic accident in 1975.
This scholarship will be awarded annually to a KHS graduate with an emphasis given to students pursuing a career in criminology, sociology or to students in a pre-med program.
Julie Witzman Albert Scholarship
The Julie Witzman Albert Scholarship is established in Julie’s honor by her mother Pat Witzman. Julie is a 1981 Knoxville High school graduate. This scholarship will be awarded to a Knoxville High School graduate pursuing a career in nursing or a related medical profession in either their third or fourth year of post-secondary education.