Sheila Walsh Scholarship

Sheila Marie Walsh was born in Ames in 1963 to Sonia (Sunny) and Robert
Walsh. Dr. Walsh was an Ames High graduate (Class of ’53), as are
Sheila’s siblings (sister Susan – ’80; and brothers Mark – ’84, Matt -
’86 and Mike – ’88). Sheila graduated from Ames High in 1981; her life
was cut short tragically in 1986.

The friendship that Sheila and her girlfriends at Ames High shared was so unique that their story was turned into the bestselling book, “The Girls From Ames.”

This scholarship was created by Sheila’s 10 best girlfriends to give a
female Ames High School student the opportunity to pursue higher
education. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to an Ames
High senior with a 3.0 GPA or better. The recipient will be nominated by her friends, and one key qualification is that she be a good friend to others at Ames High — just like Sheila was.

A portion of the proceeds of the sale of “The Girls from Ames” will fund this scholarship.

To contribute to this fund, please make your check payable
to the Ames Education Foundation, and mail it to: Ames Education
Foundation, 415 Stanton Avenue, Ames, Iowa 50014. Please include a note that the donation is for the Sheila Walsh scholarship. Many thanks.

GREAT THANKS TO THE BOOK CLUBS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE DONATED TO THE SHEILA WALSH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. THE AMES GIRLS ARE TOUCHED BY YOUR GENEROSITY.

Congratulations to NIKKI BEST, winner of the 2010 Sheila Walsh Scholarship atAmes High School. Nikki, nominated by her friends, plans to become a physical therapist.

2 Responses to “Sheila Walsh Scholarship”


  1. 1 Kimberly Carr-Irvin

    Trip down memory lane, Being a girl from Ames, this book brought back a host of memories, I went to Welch with several of the girls, and was highly amused when I read the passage of Kurt in the book punching a hole in the wall, it was at a party at my house in 7th grade. That memory was shared by fellow classmate Jeff Sturdivant with my son as he was placing braces on his teeth! I must also say that there were black families in Ames, I am one! Second generation AHS grad. Funny how the author of the book blooming re-named our family the Elliots, and called them an unassuming shade of brown. They were the Martins, with a long history of community service, with Martin Hall being named in honor of my great grandparents. Many special memories of Jane who was an incrediable women from youth, and Marlynn who showed a mature grace way back when and Diana who shared laughter and fun in a summer school class, and Sheila who was an angel who walked the earth….wow what memories, I graduated early, but my class at heart was 1981

  2. 2 Donna Sanchez

    I was not a ‘Girl from Ames’ but I was an Iowa Girl (Fort Dodge) & just a year behind them. There were things mentioned in the book that I was like ‘I know that’ or ‘I did that’! I laughed and cried. I felt sorry for myself that here I am, in my 40′s & I don’t have friends like that (& wish that I did). Thank you for writing this book.

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