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 2023-2024 Scholarship Program -

Cam Spray
Cedar Rapids Winpump
Central Sales, Inc.
Des Moines Winsupply
Headwater Wholesale
Moorman Construction Inc. (two)
Municipal Supply | Midwest Pipe Supply
Ziegler CAT
D. J. Bennett - $250 in memory or Chris Hansen, Sr., Dallas Center IA

NOTE:  The Scholarship Application for the 2023-2024 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).


Nine students with connections to IOWWA received $500.00 scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year.   

Danelle (Dani) Arkfeld of Panama is the daughter of Shirley and Jayme Arkfeld, Arkfeld Water Services. She previously received an IOWWA scholarship when she graduated from Harlan Community High School in 2020 with a 4.0 GPA. This fall she’ll begin her junior year at the University of Iowa where Dani is majoring in finance with plans to go on to law school. She’s currently involved as an active volunteer in Women in Business, InvestHer, Tippie Business Honors Society and the pre-law professional fraternity. Dani has assisted in her parents’ business since 2016, as well as worked at Shelby County State Bank and Norma Jean’s Bar and Grill. She maintains at 4.0 GPA at the U of IA and enjoys watching the Hawkeyes play any sport, hanging out with friends, watching movies, rock climbing, traveling and playing with her dog, Bentley.

Kaydee Bennett, a 2022 graduate of Woodward-Granger High School (3.8 GPA), will attend Delaware State University this fall to major in biology with plans to pursue a premedical curriculum and a healthcare career. The daughter of Tracey and D. J. (Daryle) Bennett (D. J. Services), Kaydee also has taken courses at Des Moines Area Community College for two years and earned a 3.66 GPA there. She has been recruited to Delaware State’s equestrian program where she will be competing on its horsemanship team. A volunteer each week at her local animal shelter who always finds joy in being in the horse barn, Kaydee has been an active leader in 4-H, FFA and the Iowa Quarter Horse Youth Association. And she enjoys meeting people in her work as a barista at Perry Perk and a waitress at the Tin Pig Tavern when she’s not spending time with family and in activities with friends.

Ella Engel, a 3.59 GPA graduate of Hudson High School, is the daughter of Brenda (Hudson Hardware, Plumbing and Heating) and Dustin Engel. She’ll enter a two-year nursing program at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo as well as play softball for the Trojan team. Having lived with Type 1 diabetes since age five, Ella plans to direct her nursing major towards endocrinology. She hopes to finish her education at a university that also has a softball program. In addition to softball, Ella has been active in volleyball, basketball and choir. Known as a team leader, mentor, goal-setter and a young woman with a strong work ethic and outstanding character, Ella is a volunteer for the Amvet Post 82 in Hudson and worked at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Zsavoos Sports Bar.
Caelan Engelbrecht, daughter of Erin and Corey Engelbrecht (Engelbrecht Brothers Tiling / Engelbrecht Farms), will attend Iowa State University with a double major of agricultural systems technology and environmental studies. The 2022 graduate of North Scott High School (4.0 GPA) hopes to have a career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture or a conservation district within Iowa. She has been co-captain of the girls’ tennis team, Scott County Pork Queen, and a member of National Honor Society. She is a leader and mentor in FFA and Sheridan Sluggers 4-H Club, and part of the American Rabbit Breeders Association and numerous other organizations. In her rare free time from extra-curricular activities, Caelan’s favorite thing to do is just relax and nap. At 15, she began working at Subway in Eldridge, then at Farm & Fleet, and even started a rabbitry business with her brother on the family farm. Since 2019 she also has earned credits and a 3.786 GPA at Scott Community College.

Taylor Franzen will attend Murray State University (Murray, KY) to study biology and chemistry in a pre-med curriculum. The 2022 graduate of Southeast Polk High School (4.012 GPA) is the daughter of Theresa and Ryan Franzen (Pipe Monkey Plumbing).  She’s worked for her parents’ business as well as at Breadeaux Pizza and Sun Tan City, and she credits those experiences with teaching her to always be respectful, grateful, honest, hard working and flexible, as well as to utilize good communication skills.  A player of fast pitch softball for Nebraska Gold and Iowa Blitz organizations and known for her can-do attitude, Taylor was a volleyball player in high school. Her silver cord hours in high school involved volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and several other organizations. Her free time is used to workout, draw and enjoy Netflix.

Carson Netser earned a 3.53 GPA at Highland High School in Riverside in 2022 while also earning 37 college credits from Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City where he hopes to complete his associate degree in the next year. Carson then plans to enroll in university studies focusing on a liberal arts degree, major yet to be decided. He is the son of Angie and Mike Nester (City Sewer Service). Carson played basketball, baseball and football (team captain) and ran track, where he’s praised for his dedication to becoming the best student athlete he could be. Committed to school and community, Carson also has served as a Kirkwood Ambassador for the area. In his work at Subway in Riverside Carson is described as a dependable, impressive and a hard-working self-starter who treats customers and coworkers with respect. In his free time Carson enjoys being with friends, playing football, running and summertime swimming and fishing at the pond north of his home.

Tyler Resor, son of Katie and Troy Resor (R & R Septic Solutions, LLC) of Waverly, graduated from Waverly – Shell Rock High School (3.35 GPA) in 2022. Since 2016 he’s worked 15 to 40 hours per week with his parents’ firm, gaining knowledge for installing and servicing septic systems and operating and maintaining equipment.  While actively participating in trap shoot meets, Tyler has earned his Iowa degree and DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment award as an active member of in FFA in Iowa. As 2021-2022 vice president he committed 15 hours per week to the organization and completed more than 75 hours of service work throughout the past year. His free time is occupied by hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends. Tyler will attend Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls and plans to pursue the mobile service tech curriculum.

Gunther Sandersfeld, a 2022 graduate (3.96 GPA) of Clear Creek Amana High School, will pursue a mechanical engineering degree at University of Iowa this fall. Gunther was a member of National Honor Society, captain of the soccer team and participated in football and Science Olympiad in addition to being active in his church. For the past two years he has worked efficiently and effectively in the summers for Amana Farms and Sandersfeld Construction Services in various capacities: mowing pastures, feedlot maintenance, supervising and working major project cleanup, carpentry, fencing, operating construction equipment and assisting with septic system installations. For fun he enjoys hanging out with family and friends, journaling, and playing soccer and video games. Gunther is the son of Heidi and Mike Sandersfeld (Sandersfeld Construction Services) of Amana.

McKenzi Young, daughter of Dinah and Mark Young (Polk County Heating and Cooling) became a 2022 graduate (3.9 GPA) of Earlham Community School while also taking online college classes. Iowa State University is her college choice and she’ll major in agricultural studies. As volleyball team captain and leader, McKenzi was described as bold, focused, admired and the first to mentor and encourage younger players. She also played on the golf team and was a member of National Honor Society. She shows horses and sheep at the county and state fair, participated in 4-H and also was a leader in FFA where one of her activities was coordinating Farm Safety Day for elementary students. McKenzi credits her work experience at Flourish Mercantile in Earlham and for HyVee in West Des Moines with teaching her to engage with customers, make people feel welcome, work hard and keep an open mind.