Featured Scholarship Recipients

Featured Scholarship Recipients from previous years as interviewed by Corning Education Board Member, Terry Evans.    

After reading these articles you know of someone who has received Education Foundation Scholarship funds and would be willing to share their story,  please feel free to call 712-520-2338 and a form will be furnished.

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Bryant Goldsmith

Born and raised in Adams County Bryant Goldsmith graduated from Corning High School in 2007.  During  high school  he enjoyed participation in football and track especially running the 400 open at state. He chose to attend DMACC for one year before going on to Kirkwood Community College to acquire an Associate Degree in general education along with training in radiology.  Bryant indicated that the scholarship money he received from the Corning Education Foundation was very helpful  especially for buying text books needed.

 Bryant’s  parents are Todd & Debbie Goldsmith of Corning IA, and his grandparents are Dean Goldsmith of  Nebraska , Barb Adams, and Dean & Rita Stamps of Corning IA.

Upon receiving his degree,   Bryant decided he wanted to farm and returned to Corning to pursue a career in farming. Most of his time is spent farming but he has always found time to race hobby stock cars and ride motorcycles.

 The Education Foundation is proud to have been able to help Bryant further his education. The community continues to reap the benefits of his education through his participation in the local economy as he and his family operate their farm.  

Brent Amdor

Graduating from Corning High School in 2007, Brent Amdor received a scholarship from the Corning Education Foundation, which he used to supplement housing and book expenses.  For three years after high school Brent attended The Creative Center Art College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design.  Currently Brent is living in Dexter, Iowa, and works as lead designer for Carver’s Ridge.  He designs landscape boulders as well as website and catalog design.  Knowing that the owners of Carver’s Ridge have local roots, you have probably seen some of Brent’s work on boulders, flagstones or memorials. 

Brent’s parents are Dale and Nancy Amdor of Corning, Iowa. 

The Corning Education Foundation is proud to witness the achievements of another graduate who has been able to continue his education with the help of our scholarship. 

Brennan Kester

Brennan Kester received a scholarship from the Corning Education Foundation in 2008.  His comments regarding the scholarship indicated an appreciation for the help in reducing the debt load upon graduation.

 Brennan attended Iowa Western Community College where he received an Associate of Arts Degree with emphasis on general studies. He made the suggestion that all students apply for scholarships when the opportunity arises.

 During high school Brennan participated in football and track.  He was recognized as an Honor Roll student all four years. He was also a National Honor Society Student and an All Academic Team for Sports student.

Brennan’s parents are Larry and Denise Kester of Corning. His grandparents are Dean and Leona Kester, Ron and the late Sharon Walter.

Currently Brennan is working as a Real Estate Land Sales Agent for Preferred Properties in the Corning area.  The Corning Education Foundation is pleased to have been able to assist Brennan through the scholarship program that continues to be supported by contributions from alumni and friends of Southwest Valley Schools.


Brittney Feigenbutz

Currently living in Albia, Iowa, and working for DuPont Pioneer, Brittney Feigenbutz graduated from Corning High School in 2008.  Brittney was awarded a scholarship from the Corning Education Foundation and used the funds to reduce student loan requirements.  While attending Iowa State University in Ames, Brittney worked as a Veterinary Assistant and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.

 While attending high school Brittney was involved in Cross Country Track, Basketball, Future Farmers of America,  4-H , Lenox Stock and Saddle Club and the Block & Bridle Club.   During college Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, and The National Society of Leadership and Success were her extra interests.

 Brittney’s parents are Dan Feigenbutz and Kelli Evans. Her grandparents are Lyle and Ethel Filkins, the late Melvin Feigenbutz and Ruth Feigenbutz