Dupaco Foundation Awards $30,000 in College Scholarship Money

DUBUQUE, Iowa—The Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation College Scholarship Program awarded a total of 15 non-renewable, $2,000 college scholarships to full-time, first-year students planning to attend an accredited community college, trade school, technical college or university.  And thanks to Credit Union Student Choice, Dupaco’s education finance partner, a 16th scholarship was made available.

The scholarships are funded by (member contributions to) the Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation. Dupaco expanded its scholarship program this year and in addition to awarding ten $2,000 scholarships to full-time, incoming freshmen who will be attending an accredited four-year college or university also awarded five $2,000 scholarships to incoming students planning to attend an accredited community college, trade school or technical college. 

Scholarship applications were judged on scholastic standing, extracurricular activities, financial need and a creative piece.

Congratulations to the following 2019 scholarship recipients:

  1. Karysa Carson, Maquoketa High School
  2. Grace Christensen, Audubon High School
  3. Carolyn Conlon, Wahlert Catholic High School
  4. Benjamin Desollar, Western Dubuque High School
  5. Chelsea Davis, Hempstead High School
  6. Jaylen Duster, East Dubuque High School
  7. Bella Hanniford, Southeast Polk High School
  8. Bryn Hartman, Northeast High School
  9. Alex Hefel, Western Dubuque High School
  10. Darby Herridge, Kennedy High School
  11. Robin Leibold, Wahlert Catholic High School
  12. William Polanksy, Benton Community High School
  13. Marissa Recker, Monticello High School
  14. Clinton Sabers, Wahlert Catholic High School
  15. Carley Steffen, Western Dubuque High School
  16. Amber White, Potosi High School

Dupaco recognizes that education is the path to a sustainable financial future. By providing needed financial aid to college-bound students, the scholarship program helps them realize their potential, according to Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation board member Bob Hoefer.

“Dupaco sees higher education as an investment in the future,” he said. “By making available this scholarship money, we hope to help make the dream of attending college a reality for these students.”

More information can be found at dupaco.com/scholarships. 


Dupaco Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative. It is dedicated to the financial sustainability of its members, and specializes in customized financial counseling, money advice and education. It offers savings, loans, investments, insurance and wealth management products for individuals and businesses. Dupaco serves residents in 108 counties throughout Iowa, northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin. Chartered in 1948, membership totals more than 117,000 with assets exceeding $1.7 billion. Visit Dupaco at www.dupaco.com.


The Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation was established in 2011 to honor the retirement of 47-year employee and long-time Dupaco Community Credit Union President and CEO Robert W. “Bob” Hoefer.  The Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, reflects the spirit of Dupaco’s mission of improving peoples’ financial positions and enhancing the quality of life. The foundation is designed to carry on the Bob Hoefer tradition of providing personal financial assistance and coaching to help hardworking and financially prudent people recover from unforeseen life events and to increase their opportunities for financial stability through education. Learn more at www.dupaco.com/foundation.

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