Riese Awarded Van Pelt Memorial Scholarship

Laura Riese, a senior in accounting and finance major from Waukon, Iowa, was selected as the recipient of the 2016-2017 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.


In addition to her studies in the College of Business, she is involved on campus. She is a member of Enactus, Community Musical, Gerdin Citizenship Program, Cantamus Women’s Choir, Concert Band, Church Choir, and Bethany Lutheran Church. Her academic accomplishments include being name to the Dean’s list in fall 2014, spring 2015, and fall 2015. She also received the President’s Ace Scholarship (fall 2014, spring 2015, fall 2015, and spring 2016) as well as the Dollars for Scholars Scholarship (spring 2015).


This 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.


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 Cory Hanson, senior director of development, at (515) 294-4721 or cmhanson@foundation.iastate.edu



Cory Hanson (515) 294-4721, cmhanson@foundation.iastate.edu

Michele Appelgate (515) 294-5800, michelea@iastate.edu

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