Steve Reighard Memorial Scholarship Established at Iowa Lakes Community College

The Steve Reighard Memorial Scholarship honors Steve Reighard, a well-known conservation officer, by offering scholarships in his memory at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Steve Reighard, a life-long lakes area resident and conservation officer, is honored with a newly established memorial scholarship fund at Iowa Lakes Community College. The scholarship was made possible by numerous donations from friends, family, and community members.

Reighard graduated from Iowa Lakes Community College’s Environmental Studies program and received a Bachelor of Science in biology from South Dakota State University. Throughout his education, Reighard worked with Iowa DNR fisheries and, upon graduation, began his career as a park ranger stationed at Gull Point State Park. He served as an Iowa Conservation Officer in Dickinson County and was honored as Officer of the Year for the State of Iowa in 2020. Reighard’s greatest passions in life were his family and spending time outdoors. It is in those moments that he felt most connected to himself, God, and nature.

Through the scholarship, family and friends honor Reighard’s legacy by assisting students achieve their educational goals in the areas of criminal justice and environmental stewardship. Recipients will demonstrate strong commitments to conservation, community service, and service to others.

Priority awarding for the scholarship will be given to incoming freshmen who plan to enroll in Environmental Studies or Criminal Justice programs at Iowa Lakes and reside in Clay, Palo Alto, Dickinson, or Emmet counties. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded annually.

If interested in donating to the Steve Reighard Memorial Scholarship, please contact the Iowa Lakes Foundation at 712-362-0491 or email The Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization. Your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

If interested in establishing a scholarship, please contact the Iowa Lakes Community College Institutional Advancement/ Foundations Office at 712-362-0491 or 800-242-5106 ext. 4491.

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MEDIA: For more information contact the Iowa Lakes Institutional Advancement Office at 712-362-0410 or 800-242-5106