Carlton W. Knight and Maxine R. Knight Endowed Scholarship awarded

Kortney Pleggenkuhle

Kortney Pleggenkuhle

FAYETTE, Iowa (December 11, 2015) – Upper Iowa University recently presented a 2015 North Fayette Valley (NFV) graduate with the Carlton W. Knight and Maxine R. Knight Endowed Scholarship. The recipient, Kortney Pleggenkuhle, daughter of Jesse and Kim Pleggenkuhle of Hawkeye, is a UIU freshman majoring in business.

The Knight Endowed Scholarship pays tribute to Carlton W. Knight and Maxine R. Knight, proprietors of the former Knight Hardware, located on Fayette's Main Street from 1900-1965. The annual award, which benefits an incoming UIU student, was established in 2004 by son Dr. Kip '62 and Eileen Knight.

Recipients of the award are selected among deserving individuals from within the customer base or trade area served by the family-owned and operated Knight's Hardware. Preference is given to students who have participated in extracurricular activities, worked in the family business or family farm to “support or enhance their family standard of living” and who have demonstrated a commitment to community service.

Prior to graduating from NFV, Pleggenkuhle participated in track, cross country, basketball, piano, dance, swim team, softball and 4-H. After attaining her UIU degree, the 19-year-old plans to pursue a career related to marine animals.

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