Marissa Simpson of Oelwein, Iowa was selected as the recipient of the 2017-2018 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.
A junior in accounting, Simpson is involved with Beta Alpha Psi, WISE learning community, ISU Swing Club. Her community involvement includes church, packing gifts for children at the children’s hospital, and participating in a food drive in Ames.
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. Her parents, Gary and Peggy McConnell, along with husband Tim Van Pelt, all Iowa State graduates, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org