The Diane Albertson Memorial Scholarship is offered by the Iowa Recycling Association in memory of Diane Albertson – friend, colleague and advocate of environmental protection.

The scholarship is awarded each spring to one or more students with a demonstrated interest in environmental action, especially as related to recycling and waste reduction. Applicants must be a senior or graduate of an Iowa high school and accepted for enrollment as a full-time undergraduate for the following school year.


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Diane Albertson was a long-time, valued member of the Iowa Recycling Association (IRA). She worked at the University of Northern Iowa’s Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) for over 25 years, retiring in 2016. In her time at the IWRC, she managed client databases and provided IT support. She also served as Technical Manager for the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s Iowa Waste Exchange program, managing the database and providing technical assistance.

Diane earned two BA degrees from the University of Northern Iowa: in Management Information Systems and in Management. Additionally, she was a member of the PEO Chapter LK, Cedar Valley Singers and Quilts of Valor.

A strong supporter of the IRA for many years, Diane represented the IWRC on the IRA Board of Directors and served as an ex-officio on the board from 2013 to 2016. Diane was respected by all who knew her for her dedication and passion to preserve and protect the environment.

Diane passed away in April 2017. The Iowa Recycling Association wishes to recognize Diane’s contributions to the organization and the environment by offering this scholarship in her name.



Hugh is a current student at the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in Economics.  Congratulations Hugh!  We appreciate your commitment to sustainability issues as a student and your initiatives for the future.

Congratulations Hugh!


The Iowa Recycling Association is pleased to introduce the 2019 Diane Albertson Memorial Scholarship winner: Carissa Moyna. A 2016 Central-Elkader Community High School graduate, Carissa is a senior, Civil Engineering major at Iowa State.

Throughout her college career, Carissa has taken leadership roles in numerous campus initiatives tied to recycling and reuse, composting and green energy.

Following a semester-long evaluation of ISU’s waste management operations for her Freshman Honors Studies, Carissa kick-started the ISU Campus Compost Team under the school’s Engineers for a Sustainable World chapter. In 2017 she led a compost-based landscaping initiative on campus and has contributed to ISU’s Keep Iowa Beautiful program. Carissa is also a member of the Green Energy Challenge Team and has participated in “Food Waste Matters” research.

In his letter of recommendation, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Professor James Alleman says Carissa thrives on the challenge of promoting sustainable outcomes.

“Her personal and academic mode of life offers a showcase confirmation of her commitment to waste recycling,” Alleman said.

Carissa’s other extracurricular activities at ISU include memberships in the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Science and Engineering, University Honors Program, Cultural Ambassador Program, Freshmen Leaders in Engineering and DubH Hip Dance Club.

In Ames, her community service efforts include a variety of activities at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. During a study abroad in New Zealand, Carissa volunteered with Garden to Table, and advised Christchurch elementary students on creating a compost system.

Congratulations, Carissa!