Nancylee Ziese Memorial Scholarship

Nancylee ZieseThe Women’s Equality Coalition of Linn County offers the Nancylee Ziese Memorial Scholarship awarded to a Linn County residents attending a two or four-year college. Preference is given to students attending an Iowa college.

The Women’s Equality Coalition of Linn County believes in a society that values women and girls and empowers them with equal opportunities for participation. To that end this scholarship will be awarded to a student who believes that women’s equality is a priority and demonstrates that belief in his/her actions and approach to life, as did Nancylee Ziese.

The 2017 recipient of the Nancylee Ziese Memorial Scholarship is Sierra Cross. Congratulations Sierra!

Who was Nancylee Ziese?

A fighter. An advocate. An amazing human being. Nancylee Hanson Ziese, February 24, 2017. In her 78 years she impacted countless lives for the better.

Nancylee’s education began at Morningside College in Sioux City, where she received her B.A. in Sociology, followed by her Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Also at the University, she received an Aging Studies Certificate and completed post-graduate work toward her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. At the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, she completed the Education for Ministry certification. She was a life-long member of the Episcopal Church.

Nancylee spent the bulk of her professional career as an adoption specialist in Sioux City, Los Angeles, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. Additionally, in Sioux City she served as Director of Internships at Briar Cliff College and in Cedar Rapids as Executive Director of the Professional Women’s Network, Director of Continuing Education at Coe College, and adjunct professor of Sociology at Kirkwood Community College.

Nancylee served more than 40 Boards of Directors at local and state levels including the Women’s Equality Coalition of Linn County. She was a frequent presenter and writer on issues of social justice, breast cancer, adoption, and children’s need for safety/stability.

Nancylee was honored as Linn County Woman of the Year in 1995, Professional Women’s Network Woman of the year in 1996, Child Advocate of the Year – Children’s Voice in 2004, and received the Cedar Rapids Rotary Paul Harris Award in 2005.

She led a full and interesting life and was an inspiration to many. Each day of her life she contributed to making the community and wider world a better place. She generously shared her time to educate, mentor and motivate the many individuals she connected with each day. She lived and modeled “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”