The chapter has been awarding scholarships since 1993. In the last ten years including this year, the Chapter has awarded $171,500 in scholarships to outstanding students – both academically and in the community. This year we awarded two $2500 NDIA scholarships, four $2500 SGT Paul Fisher scholarships, and a $2500 STEM scholarship.

NDIA Scholarship Recipients
Academic Year 2019 - 2020

The recipients of the academic year 2019-2020 NDIA scholarship are:

Audrey JestelAudrey Jestel – Audrey is the daughter of James and Solange Jestel. The family resides in Davenport. She graduated from Assumption High School and will enroll at the University of Iowa this fall continuing to follow through the veterinary track.









Lauren KorbelLauren Korbel – Lauren is the daughter of Douglas and Kristen Korbel.  The family resides in Cedar Rapids.  She graduated from Xavier High School and will enroll at the University of Notre Dame majoring in software engineering.










SGT Paul Fisher Scholarship Recipients
Academic Year 2019 – 2020

In 2005, the Iowa Illinois Chapter established a scholarship in memory of Sergeant Paul Fisher from Cedar Rapids, IA. SGT Fisher, a flight engineer with Company F, 106th Aviation, deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The CH-47 Chinook helicopter that he was aboard was shot down by a missile west of Baghdad. He sustained multiple injuries and later died.

SGT Fisher was a quiet man that believed action spoke louder than words. He was a man who lived with truth, honor, and respect. He knew hard work was the key to your own success. May we always remember the sacrifice he made so that our journey in life can be paved with freedom.

The recipients of the academic year 2019-2020 SGT Paul Fisher scholarships are:

Maximilian CarverMaximilian Carver – Max is the son of Matt and Renee Carver. The family resides in Urbandale, IA. He graduated from Urbandale High School and will be attending Iowa State University this fall to study elementary education









Katharine  JackovichKatharine Jackovich – Katie is the daughter of Vincent and Denise Jackovich. The family resides in Eldridge, IA. She graduated from North Scott High School and will be attending Iowa State University in the fall. She plans to pursue a degree in elementary education.









Carrigan McCoidCarrigan McCoid– Carrigan is the daughter of Corey and Tania McCoid. The family resides in Ankeny, IA. She graduated from Ellenwood Academy in Ankeny and will be attending Faith Baptist Bible College in the fall. She plans to pursue a degree in missionary nursing.









Matthew PursellMatthew Pursell– He is the son of Russell and Dawn Pursell. The family resides in Waverly, IA. He graduated from Waverly-Shell Rock High School and will be attending the University of Iowa in the fall. He plans to pursue a degree in business.








NDIA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship Academic Year 2019 – 2020

Beginning in the 2010-2011 Academic Year, the IA-IL Chapter teamed with the Quad Cities Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) to leverage QCESC's existing scholarship selection/award process for STEM type students. This allowed the Chapter to maintain its existing broad non-curriculum specific scholarship award process while being able to sponsor, through QCESC, a scholarship directly targeted to a student pursuing a STEM career. Promotion and strengthening of STEM in the workforce is considered a National Security issue and a focus area of NDIA.

Alexa Christiansen

The recipient this year of the NDIA sponsored STEM scholarship was Alexa Christiansen pictured on the left.

Alexa is planning to attend the University of Iowa to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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