Cathy Wales Scholarship Fund

Cathy Wales

Cathy Wales would have graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 1988 had she not died from leukemia on May 17, 1986. Cathy and her dad spent many hours working to get two bond issues passed that would allow for $9.8 million in renovations and additions at Pleasant Valley High School. Cathy color coded floor maps of the high school changes that were used to explain the new additions to the public at the high school. An article about Cathy in the Quad City Times from May 19, 1986 reads in part:

“Cathy Wales, a sophomore at Pleasant Valley High School, helped her dad work last year to get two bond issues passed that will allow $9.8 million in renovations and additions at the high school. She won’t see the work completed as Cathy died on Saturday, May 17, 1986. Cathy color-coded the floor plan layouts to make them easier to explain to voters. ‘She had a lot of friends and was well-liked. She was a very nice young lady,’ Dale Barber, Principal said.”

Cathy’s dad, Dick Wales remembers the excitement Cathy had for the school swimming pool that was to be built as part of the bond issue. She was on the honor roll both freshman and sophomore year.

The criteria for the scholarship selection:

  • A graduating student from Pleasant Valley High School
  • A GPA of 2.75 or above
  • A career goal of being in the health care field (This would include careers as a physician, nurse, medical technician, physical therapist, nutrition, music therapy, child life therapy, respiratory therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, etc.)
  • May attend a 2 year or 4 year degree program

This scholarship is a part of the Pleasant Valley Schools Educational Foundation.  Its mission is to provide a scholarship to every deserving senior at PVHS. 


"The Endow Iowa Tax Credit was the perfect way to create a fund while taking advantage of the state tax credit.

Read more

Refer a friend to us

Know someone who would benefit from the expertise of our financial professionals at the Community Foundation? Refer them to us now!

Did You Know?

Children's Therapy Center has a nonprofit endowment at the Community Foundation to ensure their success for years to come.
Read more