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Maquoketa Valley Dollars for Scholars

At a Glance

  • Scholarship program for deserving students
  • Scholarships awarded to ALL graduates who apply

About Us

Thanks to the Maquoketa Valley community and alumni in 36 states, the MV Dollars for Scholars has met its goal of giving a scholarship to every graduate who applies and to increase the amount given each year. Scholarships are paid from the earnings on the Endowed funds and from Direct Scholarships. Direct scholarships are pass through gifts of $250 or more, to be given at the next graduation. The donor may name someone to be honored or remembered. Since 2001, MVDFS has awarded $1,341,283 in scholarships to 1108 first-year graduates. Because the awards are from a Dollars for Scholars Chapter, their colleges or universities did not reduce the student aid dollars they had promised, a practice in most colleges. In some cases, students received additional matching funds from these schools. Thanks to the generous contributions of Arvin Cooper in 2019, MVDFS began its renewable scholarship program, offered to qualifying students for up to four years to assist in completing their college education.


The mission of the Maquoketa Valley Dollars for Scholars is to encourage graduating seniors to take further training and education to improve their opportunities for rewarding employment and other life goals. The group will seek donations to support this mission and be responsible stewards to provide the most help possible for graduates of Maquoketa Valley High School, now and for future generations.

Basic Information





112 Third St. PO Box 186 Delhi, IA 52223


Keith Kramer

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Success Story

Maquoketa Valley Dollars for Scholars (MVDFS) is pleased to announce the creation of the Don and Carol Rees Endowment, a fund to support area students for years to come. Don and Carol have been long-time supporters of the Maquoketa Valley Dollars for Scholars program, funding the Alice Rees Endowment since 2007.

Don attended Delhi Consolidated School until 1953, then served in the Navy from 1954-57. He met Carol at a church group in Cedar Rapids and they later married. Don studied science at Upper Iowa University and taught at schools in Nevada, South Dakota, and Iowa. His career led him to the Duane Arnold Nuclear Power Plant in Palo, where he retired from. Carol attended college in Montana and later worked as a secretary at Rockwell Collins in. The Rees’ enjoy traveling the country together, with Texas being a favorite place to visit. Photo:

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