Lynn Graves Elected to Scholarship America Board of Trustees

Scholarship America, the nation’s leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization, is pleased to announce Lynn M. Graves has been elected to its Board of Trustees.

Graves brings over 30 years of professional experience with Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, where she served most recently as Vice President, Corporate Relations. Previously she was Vice President, Human Resources and prior to that, Vice President, Executive Operations.

“In addition to being an accomplished corporate leader, Lynn is a community leader,” noted Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO, Scholarship America. “Her civic involvement and achievements in the Greater Des Moines area are impressive, and we’re honored she has chosen to devote her energy and passion to help students succeed with Scholarship America.”

“Giving back is important,” said Graves, who was one of 12 children in her family. Her mother instilled in all of the children a simple three-part philosophy: try your hardest, share what you have and be nice to everyone.

“It still sticks with me today that if more people had that philosophy, the world would be a better place,” Graves said. “I look forward to helping students accomplish their educational dreams as a trustee for Scholarship America, which puts students at the heart of all they do.”

Graves gives back in many ways. She is a board member and Education Cabinet chair for United Way of Central Iowa. A founding member of the United Way of Central Iowa Women’s Leadership Initiative, Graves played an instrumental role in raising more than a $333,000 in 2002, and over $20 million in the past 16 years, to benefit childcare centers and home providers in Greater Des Moines. She has also served as board chair for First Children’s Finance, Iowa Job’s for America’s Graduates (iJAG), Des Moines Playhouse; Harvest Initiative; and Progress Industries. She is a past deputy on the Iowa Business Council and a past board member for the Riverfront Development Authority, Mercy College and Mercy Foundation, Iowa Empowerment Advisory Council, and the Blood Center of Iowa.

Over the years she has been a very active volunteer for a number of nonprofit organizations in the Greater Des Moines area, including I Have a Dream, Boys and Girls Club, American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity, Young Women’s Resource Center and Broadlawns Mental Health Capital Campaign. She is the co-founder and administrator of “Maddie’s Circle,” raising over $1 million to provide matching dollars and training to up and coming philanthropists.

Graves has been widely recognized for her volunteerism and generosity. Accolades include receiving the 2016 United Way of Central Iowa Tocqueville Society Award; 2014 United Way of Central Iowa Volunteer of the Year; 2007 Iowa Women’s Foundation 50% Solution Award; 2006 Chrysalis Foundation HerStory award and 2006 Women of Influence Award.

A resident of Waukee, Graves is a graduate of Mt. Saint Clare Junior College.

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We make students’ dreams possible.  From our very beginning, Scholarship America has invested in student success. Celebrating its 60th anniversary milestone, Scholarship America has built programs that have distributed over $4 billion to more than 2.4 million students.  The nation’s largest private scholarship provider, we are driven to ensure all students pursuing higher education have the support they need to succeed.  Supporting the dreams and aspirations of bright minds is in our organization DNA.   More information is available at or by following @scholamerica.

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