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Crystal Neuhaus Memorial Scholarship

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Donations fund the Crystal Neuhaus Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a graduating senior at Pleasant Valley High School.  This scholarship is a part of the Pleasant Valley Schools Educational Foundation.  Its mission is to provide a scholarship to every deserving senior at PVHS.  The Crystal Neuhaus Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student-athlete who plans on continuing his/her education at a two or four-year school with the plan to eventually earn a four-year college degree.  The recipient will lead by example and have a strong competitive spirit.  Thank you for your donation!

Crystal Lynn Neuhaus was a kindergarten teacher at Riverdale Heights Elementary School who died in 2013 after a courageous battle against leukemia. A three-sport high school athlete at Dubuque Senior High School, Crystal was in the first group of women to earn a full-ride scholarship to the University of Iowa, where she played volleyball for the Hawkeyes from 1978-81. She earned her B.S. degree in Elementary Education in 1983. 
Crystal Neuhaus began her career as an educator in 1984 and taught for nine years prior to starting her own family. At that time she took a sabbatical from teaching and went into childcare, which allowed her to be with her own children, Brock and Kara, during most of their formative years. 

She joined the Pleasant Valley School District in 2002 and taught kindergarten for the final 10 years of her career. Crystal was a very positive, genuine, caring, nurturing, and humble person who always had a smile on her face. A sports enthusiast, she was an active supporter of Pleasant Valley Athletics. Having been a high school volleyball coach for seven years, Crystal volunteered at high school volleyball camps as well as for Pleasant Valley youth girls’ basketball and softball teams. When it came to athletics Crystal was an intense competitor with a tremendous work ethic. She possessed a “will to win”, and competed with great passion and effort at practice and in games. 

Some of these same character traits were also evident in Crystal’s teaching, although it was her kind and caring approach that endeared her to so many. She was inclusive to all, and had a gift for making the people she was around feel special. Her spirit, grace, and dignity are a model for others and a legacy for her children.


This scholarship is intended to help a student-athlete with outstanding citizenship further his or her education.


This is a $1,000 scholarship, one of 70 given to PVHS graduating seniors by the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation.  Since its start in 2014, the scholarship has been awarded to one student, directly impacting their continued education.  Your donation will allow this scholarship to continue.

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