Nominations being accepted for the Melendy Spirit Award

March 29, 2022

February 9, 2022

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the Melendy Spirit Award. The Melendy Spirit Award is open to individuals, families, groups, or organizations who, as Cedar Falls residents, have made outstanding community contributions that have enhanced, improved, or positively affected the overall quality of life in Cedar Falls, through philanthropic or other means.  Nominations may be made for honorees both living and deceased.   


The award is named in memory and honor of Peter Melendy, who came to Cedar Falls in 1859 at the age of 36. By living fully and energetically, he contributed to the cultural life and economic development of Cedar Falls.  Nominees are sought who reflect the example set by Peter Melendy.   


Previous award recipients include, among others: Sid Morris, Hugh Pettersen, Liane Nichols, and the Sturgis Falls Celebration.  Previous posthumous awardees include, among others: John M. Overman, Solomon B. Humbert, Ella Cotton Rownd, Herman Hemenway, Theresa Sartori, the Streeter Family, the Sturgis Falls Celebration, Dennis Downs, Erasmus Adams and Rosemary Beach.   Biographies of recent previous award recipients are available at 


Nominations and supporting materials are due April 20th annually. Nominations may be submitted electronically to or mailed to PO Box 546, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.    


Nominations should include the name and address of the individual making the nomination; a biographical sketch or resume of the nominee(s); specific contributions the nominee(s) has/have made to the community of Cedar Falls in the form of community involvement, commitment to volunteering their time and/or skills, leadership, community assistance, personal example, personal accomplishments, or financial support.  Two letters of support from other community members will enhance your nomination, as will photos of the nominee. 

For more information e-mail or call the Foundation office at 319-243-9170.