Meet Our Donors
Giacoletto Foundation partners with Kirkwood
Long before his death, Giacoletto began working on his estate planning, carefully ensuring that his estate would provide support for education. He had no children of his own. His brother, Lawrence, died in 2004, and John decided to honor him by establishing a Foundation in both their names.
John and Cynthia Bloomhall Endowed Scholarship
John Bloomhall has served on the Kirkwood Community College Foundation Board
of Directors since 2001 and currently co-chairs the Foundation's Real World
Success campaign. His zealous leadership is respected and admired both at Kirkwood
and at Diamond V where as President and CEO, he encourages every employee to
become active and engaged in their communities.
Jerene Thomas honors husband, son through Kirkwood scholarships
In 2006, Jeri established the Ed Thomas Memorial Scholarship, providing $500 each year to a non-traditional student in the culinary arts program. Cooking and auto-repair have been integral elements of Jerene Thomas's life. Her husband Ed loved cooking and Jeri loved working on cars, a love their son Craig inherited.
Merv and Ginny Cronbaugh Endowed Scholarship
Merv Cronbaugh had a lasting impact on the Cedar Rapids community, both as a longtime
counselor at Kennedy High School and a tireless supporter of Kirkwood Community
College. Merv served for 21 years on Kirkwood's Board of Trustees, and also
on the board of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees.
Gary Frederick/Sandy Frederick Memorial Scholarship
"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to
accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved
along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate
of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."
Mother-Daughter Team Shares the Spirit of Giving
"If you can do something for somebody else, you should." This belief
is well illustrated in the motherdaughter team of Carol Roemig-Heusinkveld and
Madeline Roemig Bendorf.
Project Start: Helping to Shape Successful Futures
Project START (Supported Training and Retraining) began as a cooperative effort
between Kirkwood Community College and the Hall-Perrine Foundation and is funded
today by the Kirkwood Foundation.
Supporting the Next Generation of Horse Enthusiasts
Charles Abraham, DVM, has always had a passion for horses. Today, he is committed
to passing on this love to the next generation.
Hughes Family Creates A Lasting Tribute to Dwight Hughes Sr.
The family of the late Dwight Hughes Sr. joined Kirkwood officials, students and agricultural science faculty to dedicate two significant works of art on October 12, 2004.
Upmier Scholarship Recipient Featured At Horse Expo
The Verne Upmier Scholarship honors a legendary figure in the equestrian community.
Jim and Karen Gorham: Providing For Better Tomorrows
They are builders, teachers, community volunteers and lifelong learners in every
respect. Jim and Karen Gorham of Washington are plugged into the life of their
town spending years working to make their community a better place.
A Team Approach to Giving
The coffee pot is always on at Financial Planning Services, and there's no
doubt about itGary and Sue Speicher are not only a team, but they are also
team players in our community.
David and Ann Bunting Endowed Scholarship
Dave Bunting's career as Executive Director of Secondary programs at Kirkwood
Community College spanned more than 30 years. He administered Kirkwood's
High School Completion Program and the Career Edge Academies. Today, the high
school completion program is one of the state's largest accredited programs.