The Pella Chapter of Dollars for Scholars (DFS) has welcomed new members Fred Koogler and Christy Dykstra to its board this fall, along with two new student liaisons, Courtney Nikkel and Davis Ver Steeg.
Koogler relocated with his family to Pella in 1987. Though currently retired, he is still active in the community in a variety of ways. “I do some business consulting, author curricula and teach continuing education for financial professionals, tutor elementary school students, and perform playing music,” he said.
Koogler is “delighted” to serve on the DFS board. “My wife Jane and I are strong believers in the value of education. We are also believers in community service,” he said. “Our commitment to DFS is but one way we can serve and thank the Pella community for the great education our children received here.”
As vice president of the DFS board, Koogler hopes to assist the Pella chapter in formalizing its business plan so that it can be sustainable for many years to come.
Christy Dykstra’s family moved to Pella from Fort Madison five years ago. As her oldest son graduated from Pella High last spring, Dykstra was impressed with the efficiency of the DFS organization and the generosity of the donors. “Our family is now seeing first hand the expenses that stare young people in the face as they seek to further their education,” she said. “Dollars for Scholars comes alongside to help offset some of those initial costs, providing encouragement to the students as they face a new season of life.”
Dykstra appreciates the opportunity DFS provides for families to honor the memory of a loved one or organizations to communicate their enthusiasm for higher education. “I view the individuals and organizations that contribute to Dollars for Scholars as investing in the future of these young people’s lives and giving them a vote of confidence,” she said.