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. 

We would like to thank the following donors for providing additional funds for the upcoming 2020/2021 Scholarship Program - Municipal Supply - Full $500.00 Scholarship and Moorman Construction - Full $500.00 Scholarship.   A portion of your membership dues, $5.00, goes directly into the scholarship program.

The application for the 2020-2021 school year can be downloaded from the "Documents & Files" section of this page.   The filing deadline is April 15, 2020.     If you prefer that the application be emailed to you, please email your request to

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 2019/2020 academic year.    They are Haley Arkfeld, Panama IA; Rachel Cooley, Grundy Center IA; Allison Devereaux, Pomeroy IA;  Peter Jaynes, Ames IA; and Kody Ricken, Marshalltown IA.  
HALEY ARKFELD, daughter of Jayme and Shirley Arkfeld, is a 2017 graduate of Harlan Community High School with a 3.992 GPA. A previous scholarship recipient, Haley entered the University of Iowa in the fall of 2017, majoring in accounting and finance. She maintains a 4.00 GPA. As a high school student active in her community while also working for Arkfeld Water Services in Panama, Haley was a member of National Honor Society, student council and treasurer or president of every club she joined. She currently is part of the U of IA’s Accounting Club and the university’s dance marathon. This spring she was vice president of Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honors Fraternity and will be president this fall as she starts her junior year. Haley has spent more than 50 hours as a Johnson County income tax assistance volunteer for low income taxpayers, and she was a volunteer tutor for accounting students at U of IA. After graduating in 2020, Haley plans to work on her master’s degree, become a CPA and work in an accounting firm.

RACHEL COOLEY is the daughter of Cooley Plumbing owners Paul and Deborah Cooley of Grundy Center. She recently graduated from Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School with a 3.815 GPA. Rachel has been involved in National Honor Society, student council, yearbook, choir and was a class officer for three years. A four-year member of the volleyball, basketball, soccer and softball teams, Rachel lettered in each sport. She was team captain her senior year of volleyball, basketball and soccer. In the summer she’s done general maintenance, office/accounting work and served as a groundskeeper for Cooley Plumbing. Her resume is filled with volunteer efforts that include humanitarian summer mission trips to Kentucky that were truly eye-opening experiences for her. No stranger to hard work, Rachel hopes that college will continue to help her develop and grow as a good citizen. She’ll attend Simpson College in the fall and looks to find her passion in business management, accounting or entrepreneurship classes.

ALLISON DEVEREAUX, who graduated in 2019 from Pocahontas Area High School with a 3.66 GPA, plans to major in aviation at Minnesota State University in Mankato. She intends to pursue a career with Delta Airlines or the U.S. Air Force. The daughter of Scott and Aimee Devereaux, athletic Allison was captain of both the volleyball and basketball teams at her school and also involved in swimming and track. A member of her school’s homecoming court, Allison served as drum major of the marching band and played in the jazz band. She was active in student council, competitive weightlifting, Interact Club, the character education committee, 4-H and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Whether in her work at the school store or in the classroom, Allison is described as a leader who is hardworking, dependable and responsible. Allison’s mother works for Emmet County Public Health.

PETER JAYNES graduated from Ames Senior High School this year with a 3.593 GPA. A three-year member of the All State Band and a member of the Des Moines Youth Symphony, tuba-playing Peter was involved in his school’s marching band, pep band and music outreach performances on Saturdays at nursing homes and for non-profit organizations. In addition to daily band class, Peter practiced up to 60 additional minutes per day. He was a three-year member of the swim team and a four-year member of the soccer team, having played soccer “since before I can remember.” An Eagle Scout, Peter has been a senior patrol leader, patrol guide, instructor and scribe in the Boy Scouts of America organization. At Iowa State University he will work toward a degree in music performance as well as some form of engineering or architecture which would provide his career. Peter is the son of Dan and Margaret Jaynes. Margaret is Story County sanitarian.

KODY RICKEN, son of Jessica Ricken of Marshalltown and Brandon Ricken of Haverhill, graduated in 2018 from Marshalltown High School with a 3.214 GPA and has been attending Simpson College. He currently plays baseball for Simpson and was nominated by his coach to be on the leadership council for the team. At Simpson, he co-founded and serves as vice president of the investment club. In his community Kody has umpired and been groundskeeper for the Marshalltown Little League and worked at Dunkin Donuts. He’s also worked at the family business, Ricken Excavating LLC in Melbourne, as a laborer and equipment operator. “I have learned how to work with the public in different work environments,” says Kody. “While working for my grandfather and father I have acquired a great appreciation of the work they do that benefits the farming community through land improvement. I enjoyed the diversity of working indoors in a public service environment and outdoors at the ballpark and with excavation clients.” Kody has a double major in economics and finance. He dreams of becoming a Wall Street stockbroker.