IOWWA Scholarship

The Iowa Onsite Wastewater Association is offering a scholarship to:
1. A high school senior
wanting to attend a college or a trade school on a part-time (minimum 6 credit hours per quarter or semester) or full-time basis.  
2. A student attending college or a trade school on a part-time (minimum 6 credit hours per quarter or semester) or full-time basis, planning on continuing their education the following year.

You are eligible if you are a student and an IOWWA member or related to an IOWWA member (primary or associate member) and attending or planning on attending a college or trade school.  Scholarships are awarded one time only per individual. 

A portion of your membership dues, $5.00, goes directly into the scholarship program.  We would also like to thank the following donors for providing $500.00 scholarships for the 2024-2025 Scholarship Program -

Cam Spray
Des Moines Winsupply
Headwater Wholesale
Moorman Construction Inc. (two)
Municipal Supply 
Ziegler CAT

NOTE:  The Scholarship Application for the 2024-2025 school year is available for download in the "Documents and Files" listing at the bottom of this page.   Or email and request a copy of the application.  

All applications MUST include the following to be considered for the Scholarship:
  1. Completed Application
  2. Letters of Recommendation (2) - two letters from a non-relative such as your employer (past or present), educator (teacher or counselor), mentor, who can best articulate your qualities must accompany the scholarship application.
  3. School Transcripts
  4. Photo of yourself (IOWWA will use for publication, 130 dpi or greater, email with application).


Five students with connections to IOWWA received $500.00 scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year.   

Danelle (Dani) Arkfeld of Panama is the daughter of Shirley and Jayme Arkfeld, Arkfeld Water Services. She graduated from Harlan Community High School in 2020 with a 4.0 GPA and enrolled as a finance major at the University of Iowa, graduating in 2023 with a 4.0. Dani currently is a student in the U of IA College of Law and wants to practice estate planning law in Colorado after graduation. Since 2016 she’s worked 8 to 10 hours per week for Arkfeld Water Services. She completed two years of working 10 hours per week at U of IA’s Academic Advising Center in 2023. A member of the Organization of Women Law Students and Staff and First-Generation Lawyers, Dani also is a member of the Reproductive Justice Society.


Jasmine Hjelle aspires to be an anesthesiologist. She’s the daughter of Heather Sherman of Waterloo and granddaughter of Jeff Sherman, Sherm’s Septic Services. A 2024 graduate of Grundy Center High School, Jasmine earned a 3.788 GPA there while also taking classes and earning a 3.688 GPA and complete her two-year AA degree from Hawkeye Community College. She’s worked 16 to 40 hours per week at Harmony Homes in Waterloo as a CNA since the fall of 2022. Previously she was lead food service worker at Western Homes in Cedar Falls. For her high school Jasmine played tennis and served on the student senate. Her combined volunteer service of more than 100 hours took place at Prairie Lakes Church, the Hudson Public Library, Cedar Bend Humane Society and Love Inc. Cedar Valley. She plans to attend the University of Iowa full time with a pre-medicine major.

Emilie Jo Rogers is the daughter of Billie and Rick Rogers, Rogers Septic & Forest Pumping, Des Moines. A 2024 graduate of Saydel High School, Madison earned a 4.1760 GPA and participated in golf, track, cross country and running club. She was manager for girls basketball, involved in student government, speech club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Emilie, a member of National Honor Society, was vice president of leadership development for I Jag, earned silver cord, served on the prom committee and was part of her school’s homecoming court. She plans to attend Des Moines Area Community College fulltime and become a dental hygienist. An employee of Goode Greenhouse, Emilie has worked 12 hours per week as a cashier and customer service representative since April of 2021. Her uncle is Brandon Rogers of Rogers Septic & Forest Pumping.

Brynn Rognes, who graduated from Lake Mills High School in Mason City with a 3.766 GPA, plans to attend North Iowa Area Community College full time to pursue a career in nursing. Music and athletics dominated her high school career. Brynn, who was first chair alto saxophonist for three years in a row, also was in marching band, street band, jazz band and attended summer band camp. She was captain of her school’s color guard for two years. Brynn participated in volleyball, basketball (captain senior year), softball, track and golf. Outside of school her volunteer activities revolve largely around her church. There she’s served a Sunday school teacher and assistant, youth group, serving a meal after Sunday worship, and cleaning out an old apartment to turn it into a new church. Brynn worked for a year as an ice cream scooper at Sweet Emmylu’s in Forest City. Her parents are Racheal and Jeremy Rognes, Rognes Brothers Excavating in Lake Mills.

Marlee Trunnel has her sights set on a career in event management. She’ll attend either Iowa or Iowa State to earn a business management degree. A 2024 graduate of Bondurant-Farrar High School with a 3.97 GPA, Marlee was a member of National Honor Society and captain of her school’s dance team. Through Kasey Leigh Dance Studio she competed in five regional competitions each year and attended national competition every other year. She volunteered at summer camps for young dancers, helping them to express themselves through dance and preparing them to perform at the Iowa State Fair. She’s mentored kindergarteners and worked with children on letter sounds, sight words and math problems, as well as volunteered at the concession stand at the Spring Creek Sporting Complex in Altoona. Marlee is the daughter of Aaron Trunnel, Trunnel Excavating of Mitchellville, and Crystal Sinclair of Bondurant.