Kistler awarded Van Pelt Memorial Scholarship


Azure Christensen, (515) 294-1586,

Dan Ryan, (515) 294-5800,


AMES, Iowa – Addison Kistler, an accounting major from Illinois City, Illinois, was selected as the recipient of the 2014-2015 Kristi Van Pelt Memorial Scholarship, awarded by the College of Business at Iowa State University. The scholarship is given annually to a junior, senior, or graduate student in accounting who demonstrates academic achievement and a balance between school, family, work, and community.


Kistler will be a senior this fall. In addition to his studies in the College of Business, he is heavily involved on campus. He is a member and treasurer for the Iowa State chapter of Acacia Fraternity, served as an executive member of the VEISHEA committee, participates in the Renewable Energy Vehicle Club, and volunteers with Dance Marathon and FreeStore, helping underprivileged families move into new homes. He is a member of the College of Business Dean’s List, Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, and Iowa State’s Honors Program.


The scholarship bears the name of Kristi (McConnell) Van Pelt, a 2001 accounting graduate of the College of Business, who was killed in an auto accident on December 20, 2005 near Brooklyn, Iowa. She was a highly regarded colleague at RSM McGladrey, Inc. in Iowa City and was returning home after meeting with a new client.


Her parents, Gary and Peggy McConnell, and husband Tim Van Pelt, all Iowa State graduates themselves, established the scholarship as an enduring and meaningful celebration of Kristi Van Pelt and the role that education played in her life. Thanks to the memorial gifts in her honor from a large number of family, friends, and from RSM McGladrey employees, associates, and partners, the scholarship is permanently endowed.


To learn more or contribute to the Kristi Van Pelt Memorial Scholarship, contact Azure Christensen, senior director of development, at (515) 294-1586 or

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