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NewsVGM Group Announces 2024 Scholarship Program Winners

VGM Group, in partnership with the Waterloo Community Foundation, has awarded six $1,500 scholarships to dependents of VGM Group employees. This year’s recipients are: 

  • Benjamin Carter of Cedar Falls High School, son of John Carter, VGM & Associates
  • Clare Johnson of Waukee High School, daughter of Ryan Johnson, Two Rivers Marketing 
  • Edward Lin of Cedar Falls High School, son of Sunshine Yang, Corporate IT 
  • Gatlin McCumber of New Hampton High School, son of Rhonda McCumber, VGM & Associates 
  • Ella Ubben of Cedar Falls High School, daughter of Cassi Price, VGM Forbin 
  • Josiah Wendland of Waterloo West High School, son of Christopher Wendland, Management Services 

“At VGM, we believe that supporting our employee owners also involves supporting their loved ones,” said VGM Chief People Officer Sara Laures. “By providing these students with this scholarship, we are not only supporting them financially, but we are supporting their education and their career goals.”

Annually, VGM awards multiple $1,500 scholarships to high school senior dependents of current employees with a minimum 3.0 GPA who are pursuing a post-secondary education. While many applied, only six were chosen with assistance from the Waterloo Community Foundation. Selection criteria included involvement in their community, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and personal essays. 

“The Waterloo Community Foundation is proud to partner with VGM’s scholarship program to recognize students pursuing their educational goals.,” said Sam Holden, board president of Waterloo Community Foundation. “We are grateful to VGM and their leadership team for investing in the next generation of leaders.”

All VGM Scholarship applications were reviewed and selected by the Waterloo Community Foundation. For more information, contact the Waterloo Community Foundation at 319-883-6022 or visit


About VGM Group, Inc.   

Headquartered in Waterloo, Iowa, VGM is a 100% employee-owned company providing business and professional services to thousands of business customers across North America. Services include group purchasing, commercial insurance, management of healthcare services and networks in post-acute cases, healthcare distribution direct to patient homes, specialty consulting, online education, digital, print, and traditional marketing and more. VGM employs approximately 1,500 people across 40 states and Canada, with more than 1,100 working in Iowa. VGM has been named the Top Workplace in Iowa on multiple occasions and is proud of its role in the communities in which it serves. For more information, visit 

About the Waterloo Community Foundation
The Waterloo Community Foundation was established in 2015 for the long-term benefit of the community of Waterloo. The mission of the Foundation is to provide a lean, straightforward, and transparent conduit vehicle to those who wish to contribute resources for the betterment of the greater Waterloo, Iowa, community and its citizens. For more information on this Waterloo-based organization, contact the Foundation office at 319-883-6022 or visit