Scholarships for 2018


The Roosevelt Foundation makes available a wide variety of scholarships. To be considered for these awards you must complete the standard application — your current high school transcript will automatically be retrieved with the submission of your application.

All scholarships also have specific requirements such as letters of reference, and/or essays – please refer to the specific scholarship as listed below. Please note, unless otherwise specified, all references must be written not just a list of names. Information is also available in the Roosevelt guidance counselor’s office.
Click here for Standard Scholarship Application.
The application and all required essays should be saved and then emailed to Transcripts will be sent upon receipt of the completed application.

All scholarship applications are due March 1st by email.



The Bryant D. Tuel Scholarship has been established at Roosevelt High School, Des Moines, IA in memory of Bryant D. Tuel, a 2000 graduate of the school. Bryant was a good scholar and a good athlete at TRHS. He played football, baseball, and ran track at TRHS. He was also a travel team hockey player during his time in high school. While at TRHS, Bryant loved football and was a 2-year 2-way varsity starter. He played guard, tight end, defensive end & middle linebacker as well as special teams. His coach once said Bryant was one of the ten toughest players he ever coached. Bryant learned many life lessons from football. After high school he was admitted to Drake University and earned a BS in accounting/finance and a Master of Business Administration. He was employed as an accountant. He and his best friend Matt Johnson, also a TRHS football player, died in a tragic car accident on May 3, 2010. This scholarship has been established by gifts from his parents Larry & Valerie Tuel and from memorial donations. Each year a senior Roosevelt football player will be selected by a committee to receive a scholarship award, which will be based upon demonstrated academics, a plan to attend college, need and a contribution to TRHS football. Amount of award: $1,000.00

 Download the Bryant D. Tuel Memorial Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.


Pick Wilson was the father to four graduates of Theodore Roosevelt High School, Kate, Bobby, Chris, and Eddie Wilson. He, and his wife Rena, believed that family and education were very important. Coming from a family of six siblings himself and learning the hard way how to do well in school, he showed great perseverance and character. He believed in “fighting to the finish”. He was a graduate of Iowa State University. Following graduation, he worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation, the State of Iowa, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa. He also served as a member of the Des Moines Public School Board and the Iowa State Board of Education. A scholarship fund has been set up in his memory to a Roosevelt senior who is on the varsity golf or soccer team and has been accepted to and will be attending college. Amount of award: $1,000.00

Download the George (Pick) Wilson Memorial Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.


John, a 1982 Roosevelt graduate, was an exceptional scholar and athlete who went on to graduate with honors from Colorado College and Columbia Law School. He is remembered for his tremendous sense of humor, extraordinary kindness, and generous spirit, particularly with respect to those less fortunate than he. The scholarship committee awards $1,000.00 to an outstanding senior who demonstrates academic excellence, exceptional ability in athletics or another extracurricular activity, and a commitment to community service. (Need will be considered).

Download the John J. Hansell Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.


This scholarship is available to an athlete who applies and is accepted at Whittier College in California. The donor wants to follow the recipient’s athletic progress throughout college. There may be more financial support possible. The donor felt this college made a tremendous difference in his life. Amount of award: $2,000/year.

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Meriam Rosenthal graduated from Roosevelt in the late 40’s. She was the first woman vice-president of an Iowa bank. The scholarship beginning in 2011 in her memory will be awarded to a senior who plans to attend a business college or a college with a business major. Amount of award: $1,500.00

Download the Meriam Rosenthal Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.



James M. Collier graduated from Roosevelt in 1956. He later earned his teaching degree from Drake University and taught English for 32 years. Jim is pleased to be able to offer this scholarship to Roosevelt seniors and feels it provides him with a wonderful opportunity to ensure that others have the types of cultural and educational opportunities that his mother made available to him. The James Collier Scholarship is a renewable grant of $1,000.00 per academic year. The applicant must plan to attend college and pursue a career in education with a focus on English/Language Arts. Renewable. Amount of award: $1,000.00

Download the James Collier Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.


Kathy Lee Collins graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1968 with a B+ average. She was very active at Roosevelt as a cheerleader and Pep Club Chair. She went on the University of Kansas where she received her degree in Education. After teaching for several years, she earned her law degree from Drake University and worked as an attorney for the Iowa Department of Education. She has established a scholarship to help students who plan to become teachers. To be eligible for the scholarship, a Roosevelt senior (or junior graduating early) must have a 2.99 MAXIMUM grade point average. Amount of award: $1,000.00 per year for a maximum of five years.

Download the Kathy Lee Collins Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.



Ryan Mark Herring McCormick was a 2007 graduate of Roosevelt High School who loved music; composing, listening and playing guitar, keyboard and piano. Ryan’s family has established a scholarship fund through which an annual scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who participated in the fine arts at TRHS. The applicant must be able to demonstrate financial need. Amount of award: $2,000.00

Download the Ryan McCormick Memorial Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.



The Jennie Brody Memorial Scholarship is grant in the amount of $500.00. The applicant must be a graduate of Roosevelt High School who is seeking post-secondary instruction. Applicants must demonstrate need and have exemplary grades.

Download the Jennie Brody Memorial Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.


Meggie Malm, class of 2003, was an outstanding student athlete at Roosevelt and at the University of Missouri. She was a four year letter winner on the Mizzou women’s soccer team and graduated with honors in 2007 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. We remember Meggie not only for her achievements, but also for her cheerful, kind and generous spirit. Meggie treasured the excellence, diversity and traditions of Roosevelt. The Meggie Malm Scholarship is a $2,000 award that is made annually to a deserving Roosevelt student planning to attend college based upon the recipient’s character, need, and potential.

Download the Meggie Malm Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.


The Alissa McKinney Service Award is a grant in the amount of $500 given to a Roosevelt senior who has achieved the Silver Cord status for community service during high school. Applicants must demonstrate an intent to continue service to help their community and the world around them in their post-secondary education.

Download the Roosevelt Foundation Scholars Criteria and Essays & References here.


Roosevelt Foundation Rider Scholars is a volunteer based committee of the non-profit, tax exempt Roosevelt Foundation. These scholarships are designed for graduating seniors who meet the application criteria.
All Roosevelt graduating seniors who plan to continue their education may apply for a Rider Scholars scholarship. Scholarships may be used at 4-year colleges, 2-year or junior colleges, or vocational schools. Awards are paid directly to the scholar’s educational institution.
A community based Scholarship Award Committee scores the anonymous applications using a point system. Scholarships are awarded on a fair, non-discriminatory basis. Some of the criteria under consideration are merit, need, and character. Amount of awards: $250.00 to $500.00 each

Download the Roosevelt Foundation Scholars Criteria and Essays & References here.



Galen Gustafson was a Roosevelt senior when he died of a brain tumor in 1967. He graduated with honors having spent most of his senior year in the hospital. He had a great sense of humor, loved old cars, and had a keen interest in Journalism. He worked on the Roosevelt Round-up and was very well liked and respected. His sister, Greta Hayward has established a scholarship in his memory and it is awarded to a senior who has a interest in majoring in Journalism or English. Amount of award: $500.00

Download the Galen Gustafson Memorial Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.


Virginia Bannister Pearsall, class of 1932, was devoted to Des Moines and to Iowa. Proud of her Iowa heritage, she gave generously of her time and energy to preserving Iowa historic landmarks and to improving her community through volunteer service. Whatever she did, she pursued it with intelligence and tenacity. Virginia studied Humanities in college, and graduated from Northwestern University. She was a lifelong learner who, after raising a family, chose to complete several courses of study in the arts and history. The scholarship, established in her memory in 2010, will be awarded to a senior who seeks a liberal arts degree and has experience as a community volunteer. Amount of award: $1,000.00.

Download the Virginia Bannister Pearsall Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.



Dick Hewins was a Biology and Chemistry teacher at Roosevelt High School for 35 years. He made a huge difference in the lives and careers of many students. He has established a scholarship for a graduating male student who has an interest and proficiency in science or math and has participated in athletics. Amount of award: $500.00

Download the Dick Hewins Sciences Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.


Mr. Kirkpatrick was a physics teacher at Roosevelt for nearly 45 years. He was enthusiastic, dedicated and highly regarded by faculty and students alike. His continued devotion to teaching as a profession is demonstrated in the scholarship requirements. This grant is made to a student who has completed 3 years of math, 3 years of science including 1 year of physics with at least a “B” for both semesters and an accumulated grade point of at least a “B” at the mid-point of their second semester senior year. The student must also make a commitment to teach in an Iowa Public School system following graduation from college. Amount of award: $1,000.00, renewable for 4 years of college. Renewable for first 4 years of teaching.

Download the Herman Kirkpatrick Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.


Marvin James Fink attended Roosevelt High School where he lettered in football, basketball, and track. Following service in WWII, he graduated from the University of Michigan with both Bachelor and Master degrees in engineering. He worked for General Motors and is credited with several inventions. This scholarship has been established by his son, Larry Fink, and is awarded to a student who excels in math or science and plans on pursuing a career in engineering. Amount of award: $1,000.00

Download the Marvin James Fink P.E. Memorial Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.


Dr. Timothy Parker graduated from Roosevelt High School in the Class of 1981. He later became a physician and practices medicine in Leawood, Kansas. He is pleased to offer a scholarship to a deserving Roosevelt senior who has a goal and a passion to become a nurse or a doctor. The applicant must have good performance in math and science and a financial need. Amount of award: $1,000.00

Download the Timothy Parker, M.D. Pre-Medicine Scholarship Criteria and Essays & References here.