Pella Chronicle

March 12, 2014

Significant bequest to Dollars for Scholars

By Dylan Nikkel Senior Liaison to Pella Dollars for Scholars
The Pella Chronicle

---- — Last October, Pella Dollars for Scholars (Pella DFS) received a large bequest from the estate of Alice (Postma) Kaldenberg. The DFS Board of Directors unanimously decided to accept the contribution, which will be used to provide scholarships to Pella and PC graduates for years to come. “We express our heartfelt appreciation to Mrs. Kaldenberg for this bequest,” said Pella DFS President, Fred Koogler. “We have been simply overwhelmed by the generosity of this gift. The Alice Kaldenberg bequest will significantly help Pella DFS fulfill its mission, which is to engage a community partnership to assure graduates of both Pella Community and Pella Christian high schools receive financial support for post-secondary education.”

Mrs. Kaldenberg, who passed away in late May of 2013 at the age of 90, was a 1940 graduate of Pella High. Shortly after high school, she taught at Battle Ridge Country School for two years. Mrs. Kaldenberg later worked for the U.S. Navy during her husband, Willard’s, term of military service. They were married in 1943. When Willard was discharged in 1946, they returned to Pella and farmed until 1964. Mrs. Kaldenberg then worked for the Rolscreen Company (which would later become Pella Corporation) until her retirement in 1983. Mrs. Kaldenberg and her husband enjoyed retirement together until 1992, when Willard lost his life in a car accident at the age of 70. Despite her loss, Mrs. Kaldenberg remained determined and active as she had always been. During her life, she was involved in her church (First Reformed Church), the Pella Chamber of Commerce, the Pella Community Hospital, and the Pella Historical Society.

As both a former educator and student, Mrs. Kaldenberg learned the value of education, which inspired her to contribute to the cause of Pella DFS. In honor of Mrs. Kaldenberg’s contribution, Pella DFS has created the Alice and Willard Kaldenberg Memorial Scholarships. In 2014, three designated scholarships will be sponsored by the Kaldenbergs, available for graduates of both Pella Community and Pella Christian high schools.

According to Koogler, Pella Dollars for Scholars hopes to continue increasing funds available for future scholarships, both general and designated. “Pella DFS is an IRS-qualified, tax-exempt charitable organization,” he said. “This means that all contributions to Pella DFS are tax deductible. We encourage people to remember us in both year-to-year giving and estate planning. Because Pella DFS is run by volunteers, it is possible for us to return nearly one-hundred percent of contributions made to Pella DFS back to the community, in the form of scholarships for graduating seniors.” Since its founding in 2000, Pella DFS has awarded almost $750,000 in scholarships to Pella area graduates. It is expected that approximately $70,000 will be awarded in 2014. To learn more about contributing to Pella DFS, or receiving a scholarship, visit the Pella DFS website at