IOWWA Scholarship

The Iowa Onsite Wastewater Association offers scholarships to a high school senior wanting to attend a college or a trade school on a part-time or full-time basis OR a student attending college or a trade school on a part-time or full-time basis now.  You are eligible if you are a student and employed by an IOWWA member firm or related to an IOWWA member firm employee and attending or planning on attending a college NOW.  We would like to thank the following donors for providing additional funds for the 2016-2017 Scholarship Program - Municipal Supply - Full $500.00 Scholarship and Moorman Construction - Two Full $500.00 Scholarship.   A portion of your membership dues, $5.00, goes directly into the scholarship program.

The application for the 2017-2018 school year can be downloaded from the "Documents & Files" section of this page.   The filing deadline is April 15, 2017.     If you prefer that the application be emailed to you, please email

All applications MUST include the following to be considered for the Scholarship:
1)  Completed Application
2) Letters of Recommendation
3) School Transcripts
4) Photo of Yourself


Eight students with connections to IOWWA received $500.00 scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year.    They are Sadie Eden, New Hartford; Mikala Golightly, Earlham; Derek Juhl, Latimer; Caleb Lyons, Manchester; Cole Needham, Melbourne; Randy Paulson, Grinnell; Cole Peterson, Des Moines; and Logan Thomas, Ankeny.

Sadie Eden graduated in 2014 from Dike-New Hartford with a 3.79 grade point average (GPA), played on the championship volleyball team and participated in track, choir, and show choir. She also served as wrestling team manager. In her two years at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Sadie earned a 3.4 GPA and was one of the team captains for volleyball. Sadie now is attending Buena Vista University where she’s majoring in biology and hopes to continue her volleyball career. Her plans include enrolling in an occupational therapy program outside of Iowa to complete her studies and then returning to work in a nursing home in her home area. She is the daughter of Theo and T.J. Eden of New Hartford. T.J. owns Eden Plumbing. 

Mikala Golightly participated in cheerleading, choir and clubs focused on art and Spanish while at Earlham Community School. She graduated in 2016 with a 2.818 GPA. Mikala worked as a Hy-Vee cashier while a student, but her love of children and skills at entertaining and educating them has shined in her work as a nanny for three years. Indian Hills Community College (Ottumwa) is where she is beginning her studies to become an elementary school teacher. Once she completes her bachelor’s degree, Mikala would like to teach kindergarten. She is the daughter of Connie Golightly and Mike Golightly, owner of Golightly Construction of Earlham, a company that does construction, septic and tiling work. 

Derek Juhl graduated from Hampton-Dumont Community High School in 2016 with a 3.081 GPA. While in school Derek was active on the football and golf teams, on the honor roll and a member of Character Counts. He enjoys disc golf, target shooting, fishing, hunting and a variety of musical pursuits. Described as a hard worker and someone who “works until the job is done,” Derek has performed seasonal labor work and done odd jobs for Rodemeyer Farms (six years) as well as other farm operations around his local area. He is a history and political science major this fall at Iowa State University. Derek is the son of Shelly and Deon Juhl. His mother is a bookkeeper at Mort’s Water Company in Latimer.

Caleb Lyons graduated from West Delaware High School in 2016with a 3.02 GPA. He’s won FFA and 4-H awards for his activities and accomplishments. His chores on the family farm and leadership in the Prairie Livestock Club haven’t kept him from participating in non-farm activities. His numerous instrumental endeavors earned him four-year letters in marching band and jazz band. Caleb was part of his high school’s bowling team and completed more than 170 hours of community service throughout high school to assist church and community agencies and events. He is attending Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids to pursue a career as a surgical tech. Caleb is the son of Shirley and Dennis Lyons of Manchester. Dennis is a sanitarian in Delaware County. 


Cole Needham had a 3.283 GPA when he graduated this year from West Marshall High School. He has been involved in cross country, drama, choir, jazz choir, art and wrestling. Through National Honor Society and other community activities, Cole has been active in numerous service projects. Since 2004 he has taken general business classes at Marshalltown Community College where he has earned a 3.68 GPA. For four years Cole has handled seasonal landscaping work for his father’s company, and pursued business as a freelance filmmaker. He now is pursuing a film production degree at California State University in Northridge. Cole is the son of Kristen and Michael Needham, owner of Needham Excavating and Landscaping, LLC in Melbourne.

Randy Paulson is a 2015 graduate of Grinnell Senior High School and has completed his freshman year at Simpson College, where he is pursuing a career in journalism and holds a 4.0 GPA. He has excelled as a member of the college’s national championship speech and debate team, and he volunteers time and talent as a member of the Rotaract Club on campus. A Fellow of the Culver Public Policy Center at Simpson, Randy helped plan the center’s successful Criminal Justice Reform Workshop last November. Earlier this year he took on responsibilities as a communications intern for the Iowa House of Representatives. Randy also works 10 hours per week at the information desk of Kent Campus Center. He is the son of Michelle Paulson and Craig Paulson, Paulson Construction and Landscaping in Grinnell. 

Cole Peterson graduated in 2016 from Des Moines Christian School with a 3.873 GPA. As a high school student he was active in baseball and the National Honor Society. In the past four years he’s worked for Vanderpool Construction Inc. and Ann’s Cleaning Service, doing an assortment of construction and cleaning jobs. Cole has been heavily involved in the youth group at Destiny Bible Church, where’s he’s led the worship team and committed to weekly practices. He now is attending Victory Bible College in Tulsa to pursue a career in the ministry and worship. Cole is the son of Ann and Justin Peterson. His father is with Vanderpool Construction in Indianola.

Logan Thomas graduated in 2014 from Ankeny High School with a 3.7 GPA. He now has completed two years at the University of Iowa with a 3.5 GPA while working 20 hours a week in facilities management for the University of Iowa Foundation. Three hours a week he is an emergency room volunteer. Logan is working on his B.S. in human physiology with a minor in chemistry. He also plans to attend graduate school for a Ph.D. or medical school to become a MD/DO. For two summers Logan worked 20 hours a week as a seasonal employee at A-1 Complete Septic Service in Des Moines. Logan is the son of Renee and Roger Thomas of Polk City.