Steven J. Vander Horn Scholarship


Steve Vander Horn was born in Davenport, Iowa in 1957. He attended Iowa State University where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. Following his graduation he began working for the United States Corps of Engineers on the Rock Island Arsenal retiring in June of 2004 after a 34-year career.

Throughout his career, Steve remained an avid Iowa State fan. His passions not only included civil engineering and the Mississippi River, but also watching his four children grow up and graduate from Pleasant Valley High School. His two sons both followed in his footsteps to become engineers, and two of his children (one son and one daughter) both graduated from Iowa State.

Steve passed away in 2005 after a three-year battle with cancer. Throughout his life, he always retained a positive attitude and appreciation of the things that really matter – family, love, happiness, honesty, and laughter. Everyone who encountered him became a better person just through knowing him.

It was Steve’s desire to assist other students at Pleasant Valley High School who wish to attend Iowa State and pursue a degree in Engineering. The Steven J. Vander Horn Scholarship was established in 2005 by his family and friends and is awarded to a Pleasant Valley High School graduating senior and prospective engineering student at Iowa State University. His legacy lives on through these scholarship recipients.

"It's amazing how something small can become something great. It blossoms from people caring."

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