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The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Iowa Automotive Recyclers Educational Scholarships

Each year the Iowa Automotive Recyclers award scholarships Direct member's children and the children of their employees, to assist with the cost of a post secondary education. Students may apply during any year they attend an accredited institution. During this economic recovery, colleges are cutting back on scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid available to students due to funding cuts to education. That’s why these scholarships are more important than ever. 

Download the application: IAR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (MSWord)
​Download the application: IAR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (Fillable PDF)
Download the application: IAR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (PDF for print)

Remember to check out the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) Scholarship program too. Children of employees of ARA members are eligible to apply. --> Exit to ARA Scholarship

IAR is proud to be able to support the recipients of this year’s scholarships and we invite you to Meet Our 2017 Scholarship Recipients!


Aaron Van Beek, grandson of Ed Regnerus, B&B Salvage, Sioux Center, was awarded the IAR Scholarship. Aaron is continuing his studies at Dordt College to become a math teacher and have a positive influence on generations of students to come.

Adrian Mitchell, son of Tim Mitchell, Sunset Beach Auto Salvage, Des Moines, was awarded the IAR Scholarship. Adrian is a double major in Communication and Graphic Technologies at University of Northern Iowa.  

Brittney Rysdam, daughter of Dennis Rysdam, Spilman Auto Parts, Bloomfield, was awarded the IAR Scholarship. Brittney will study psychology at Indian Hills Community College as the first step in a journey to a doctoral degree.

Caroline Fidler, daughter of Susan Fidler, Swift’s Trail End Auto Salvage, Des Moines, was awarded the IAR Scholarship. Caroline will continue from DMACC to University of Northern Iowa to pursue her teaching degree with an added interest in counseling. 

Danielle (DJ) Kooima, daughter of Dan Kooima, Lems Auto Recyclers, Doon, was awarded the IAR Scholarship. Danielle is planning on a nursing career as a Registered Nurse and later a specialty practice in Oncology.

Grant Fidler, son of Susan Fidler, Swift’s Trail End Auto Salvage, Des Moines, was awarded the IAR Scholarship. Grant will continue his pursuit of a Mechanical Engineering degree at Iowa State University with a goal of deigning automobile engines in the future. 

Isabelle Fidler, daughter Susan Fidler, Swift’s Trail End Auto Salvage, Des Moines was awarded the IAR Scholarship. Isabelle is studying nursing at Mercy College of Health Sciences with the interest of working in oncology. The Fidler recipients are the grandchildren of Gretchen & Dale Swift.

Sinjin Briggs, son of Mike Beardsley, Jerry Carney & Sons, Ames, was awarded the IAR Scholarship. Sinjin will be studying Agribusiness at Iowa State University.

Taylor Wright, daughter of Joe Wright, Spilman Auto Parts, Bloomfield, was awarded the IAR Scholarship. Taylor will study nursing at Mount Mercy University with ultimate goal of working as a nurse practitioner and in the neonatal intensive care unit.

A Letter from the Scholarship Chairman …
Since the inception of the IAR Scholarship program, we have given outstanding students from member families, funds toward an educational goal. Each year it is our privilege to disperse up to $5000 in scholarship to these fine young men and women.
Jodi Kunde, Chairman


Iowa Automotive Recyclers Scholarship Fund

The Iowa Automotive Recyclers scholarship fund was established in 2007 for the children and grandchildren of an owner or employee of an Iowa Automotive Recyclers direct members as a way to help offset the cost of their continuing education. 

The scholarship is open to a son, daughter, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law of an owner or employee (who has been employed for at least one year) of a direct member in good standing. The owner, an employee and their spouses are also eligible. 

The funds for the scholarships are generated through the Iowa Automotive Recyclers' Summer Outing Auction. We are thankful for all the support that we have received from our members in making it possible to provide scholarships to these deserving individuals. $5,000 was awarded in scholarships for the fall term. Any questions regarding the scholarships and/or application should be directed to:

IAR Scholarship Committee
Attn: Jodi Kunde
55 West 32nd Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
Email Jodi 
2017 Scholarship Recipients 
Aaron Van Beek, B & B Salvage, Sioux Center
Adrian Mitchell, Sunset Beach, Des Moines
DJ Kooima, Lem's, Doon
Caroline Fidler, Swift's Trails End, Des Moines
Grant Fidler, Swift's Trails End, Des Moines
Isabelle Fidler, Swift's Trails End, Des Moines
Sinjin Briggs, Ames​
Taylor Wright, Spilman, Bloomfield​

2016 Scholarship Recipients 
Aaron Van Beek, B & B Salvage, Sioux Center
Adrian Mitchell, Sunset Beach, Des Moines
Brittney Rysdam, Bloomfield
Caroline Fidler, Swift's Trails End, Des Moines
DJ Kooima, Lem's, Doon
Grant Fidler, Swift's Trails End, Des Moines
Isabelle Fidler, Swift's Trails End, Des Moines
Olivia Pargeon, AWE Auto Salvage, Traer
Emily Pargeon,  AWE Auto Salvage, Traer
Madison Waterbury, Sandhill, Tama
McKenna Qeandt, Quandts, Carroll
Taylor Wright, Spilman, Bloomfield

2015 Scholarship Recipients 
Aaron Van Beek, B & B Salvage, Sioux Center 
Jeramie Mitchell, Sunset Beach, Des Moines
Adrian Mitchell, Sunset Beach, Des Moines
Billi Jo Hekelman,
Makinzee Epperly, 
Olivia Pargeon, AWE Auto Salvage, Traer

2014 Scholarship Recipients 
Aaron Van Beek, B & B Salvage, Sioux Center
Clinton Kannegieter, John's Auto and Body Shop, Aplington  
Jeramie Mitchell, Sunset Beach, Des Moines
Adrian Mitchell, Sunset Beach, Des Moines 

2013 Scholarship Recipients 
Alik Hesmer, Action Auto Parts, Marshalltown
Cara Kraus, Quandt Auto Salvage, Carroll
Jeramie Mitchell, Sunset Beach Auto Salvage, Des Moines
Joeseph Wilson, Jerry Carney & Sons, Ames
Levi Boas, Spilman Auto Parts, Bloomfield
Zachary Bales, Sunset Beach Auto Salvage, Des Moines

2012 Scholarship Recipients 
Emily Pargeon, AWE Auto Salvage, Traer
Jeramie Mitchell, Sunset Beach, Des Moines
Amber Cassat, Spilman Auto Parts, Bloomfield
Megan Snyder. Snyder’s Auto Body, Clarinda 
Luke Kabele, Kabele Truck & Auto Parts, Spirit Lake
Zachary Bales, Sunset Beach, Des Moines

2011 Scholarship Recipients 
Erin Snyder. Snyder’s Auto Body, Clarinda 
Megan Snyder. Snyder’s Auto Body, Clarinda
Jessie Benson. Swift Auto Salvage, Des Moines 
Jesse Rayevich. Lyle’s Auto Salvage, Oto
Jordan Durbin. Osage Auto Salvage, Osage 

2010 Scholarship Recipients
Derek Kosters. Lems Auto Recyclers, Doon 
Erin Snyder. Snyder’s Auto Body, Clarinda
Megan Snyder. Snyder’s Auto Body, Clarinda  
Brooke Quandt. Quandt Auto Salvage, Carroll
Deidra Nugent. Nugent Auto Sales, Inc., Maquoketa

2009 Scholarship Recipients
Derek Kosters. Lems Auto Recyclers, Doon
Erin Snyder. Snyder’s Auto Body, Clarinda

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