McKinzie Soderstrum, an accounting major from Story City, was selected as the recipient of the 2013-2014 Kristi Van Pelt Memorial Scholarship, awarded by the College of Business at Iowa State University. The scholarship is given annually to a junior, senior, or graduate student in accounting who demonstrates academic achievement and a balance between school, family, work, and community.

Soderstrum will be a junior this fall. In addition to her studies at the College of Business, she is heavily involved in Lutheran Campus Ministry as a peer minister, choir member, and volunteer. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity, and has an internship as a data research analyst with Kingland Systems, Inc. She is a two-time member of the College of Business Dean’s List.

The scholarship bears the name of Kristi (McConnell) Van Pelt, a 2001 accounting graduate of the College of Business, who was killed in an auto accident on December 20, 2005 near Brooklyn, Iowa. She was a highly regarded colleague at RSM McGladrey, Inc. in Iowa City and was returning home after meeting with a new client.

Her parents, Gary and Peggy McConnell, and husband Tim Van Pelt, all Iowa State graduates themselves, established the scholarship as an enduring and meaningful celebration of Kristi Van Pelt and the role that education played in her life. Thanks to the memorial gifts in her honor from a large number of family, friends, and from RSM McGladrey employees, associates, and partners, the scholarship is permanently endowed.

To learn more or contribute to the Kristi Van Pelt Memorial Scholarship, contact Cory Hanson, director of development, at (515) 294-4721 or cmhanson@iastate.edu.