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Nancy Whaley Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarship to Clear Lake student

Emily Willms
Emily Willms

WATERLOO, Sept. 9, 2013—A $1,000 scholarship has been awarded from the Nancy Whaley Memorial Scholarship Fund to Emily Willms, a graduate of Clear Lake High School. The fund is established through the Clear Lake/Ventura Area Community Foundation, an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. This was part of the 220 scholarships valuing more than $200,000 awarded by the Foundation in 2013.

The Nancy Whaley Memorial Scholarship fund was established to memorialize the life she lived. Income from the fund will be used to provide one-year scholarships to qualified female graduates of Clear Lake High School who have attended and been confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church.

“[Nancy] was a rare individual who truly believed that ‘Life is a Gift’ and gave so much of herself to others throughout her life,” said her husband, Mark Whaley. In particular, she enjoyed the young ladies she affectionately referred to as her “little darlings”, while serving as a Small Group Leader for confirmation classes for female, high school students at Zion Lutheran Church.

Mark put his trust in the Clear Lake/Ventura Community Foundation because it was created by and for the people of Clear Lake and Ventura. After his marriage to Nancy, Mark became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, where she and her family had been lifelong members. “It is the place where we raised both of our sons who also have enjoyed the benefits of the Clear Lake community,” he said.

Scholarship information for 2014 will be updated on the Community Foundation website at in December 2013. Scholarships are available for students in fund locations served by the Community Foundation. Applications and instructions for applying can be found on the Community Foundation website. Students should read the instructions carefully to determine eligibility requirements and guidelines for each scholarship. Deadlines for applying will be announced in December 2013.

Each year, the Community Foundation awards scholarships from more than 100 scholarship funds that have been created by generous donors with various charitable goals. Scholarships are awarded based on various criteria, including academic achievement, financial need, and excellence in extra-curricular activities.

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