Marilyn M. and Burton C. Gearhart Scholarship

Marilyn and Burt are pleased to support the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation. Their intent is to provide a deserving graduating PV senior the opportunity to help further their continuing education. Education has played an important role throughout the couple's lives, leading to successful careers in their chosen fields.
Marilyn is originally from Brooklyn, Iowa and holds two degrees in Education (BSEd,1968, Truman State University), (MSEd, 1979, Texas A & M) and taught for 32 years in grades ranging from preschool to 8th-grade science. She also coached girls basketball for almost 20 years. Marilyn volunteers at the Buffalo Bill Museum and the LeClaire Community Library and enjoys traveling, outdoors, friends and family.
Burt is originally from Newton, Iowa and holds two degrees in Industrial Engineering (BSIE, 1966, MSIE, 1968, University of Iowa). He was employed by Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and Harris Corporation in Dallas, Texas before starting his own software development company, Applied Computer Technology (ACT), specializing data communications protocol testing. He retired in 2001 to pursue a hobby in nature and sports photography. He is frequently seen photographing bald eagles at Lock & Dam 14 and various musical and athletic events of his grandchildren.
The couple lived in the Dallas, Texas area for 38 years before returning to Iowa in 2007 to be with family.
Their daughter, Chris (Kurt) Cournoyer, has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas (BSCS ,1992). She currently serves on the Pleasant Valley School Board and is a self-employed website developer. She serves on the Southeast Iowa STEM Advisory Board; is the President of the Quad City Engineering and Science Council; serves on the Advocacy Committee for the Junior League of the Quad Cities and is a Reserve Deputy in the Scott County Sheriff's Department.
The couple has four grandchildren: Bennett (PV 2016), Sydney (PV 2018), Tanner and Chase Cournoyer (PV 2025)
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