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Keep Iowa Beautiful announces high school scholarships

Posted March 04, 2014 in Web Exclusives

Recipients of the 2014 Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) Environmental Scholarships are:

Jackson Hendricks of Clarksville attending Luther College

Zoey Mauck of Des Moines attending Iowa State University

Coy Moore of Hamilton attending Upper Iowa or Simpson College

Elijah Sents of Columbus City attending Iowa State University

Garret Taylor of Creston attending Iowa State University

Each student will receive $1,000 to use toward college expenses in environmental studies.  Students were selected based upon their academic achievement and community service.  Awards will be presented by Governor Terry Branstad on March 13, 2014 at 2:00pm at the State Capitol.

“It is critical that we encourage and support the youth of our State to better understand and to provide a long-term commitment to our environment, the beauty of our natural resources and countryside, and their importance in our lives in building pride and respect,” said Gerry Schnepf, KIB Executive Director.

In 2007, family and friends of Robert (Bob) Byers established a scholarship fund in his memory through KIB, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing litter and promoting community enhancement across the state.  Through Bob’s leadership, KIB’s “Litter-Free School Campus” program was initiated in northwest Iowa in 2003.

“My dad recognized from the beginning that Keep Iowa Beautiful serves as a key resource for educating youth on the importance of respect for the community and our environment,” said Jay Byers, son of Bob Byers.

About Keep Iowa Beautiful
Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.   It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods, communities and regions in improving the quality, beauty and cleanliness of our State.  KIB empowers Iowan’s to have a greater commitment in building pride and respect in the places we live. For additional information, visit

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