Meet the winners of the inaugural Peoples Bank Employee Scholarship

May 22, 2020 7:30:00 AM/ by Rebecca Prescott

Two high school seniors from Carlisle and Indianola are the first recipients of the new Peoples Bank Employee Scholarship: Nate Norton and David O’Meara.

The $500 award will be given to the child of a Peoples Bank employee. This is in addition to the $1,000 scholarship Peoples Bank awards to graduating seniors in each Indianola, Carlisle, Southeast Warren, Pleasantville, and Seymour districts.

“We’re a community bank, which means that we have a responsibility to our entire community—including our employees,” said Peoples Bank President Kevin Halterman.

Nate graduated from Carlisle High School and is the son of Janie and Tim Norton. Janie is the Carlisle Branch Manager.

“As an employee of Peoples Bank, I greatly appreciate the support to my family and Nate's continuing education,” said Janie Norton. “It feels amazing to be a part of an organization that cares so much for its employees and their families. Thank you for the kind gesture.”

David graduated from Indianola High School and is the son of Pat and Vandy O’Meara. Pat is the Vice President of Loans.

“We are grateful to Peoples Bank for the ongoing support of its employees and their families in addition to the communities served,” said Pat and Vandy O’Meara. “For our son, David, to receive an inaugural scholarship is truly a blessing.”

Get to Know the Graduates

We gave Nate and David the same set of 10 questions. Here’s what they had to say. 

Nate Norton-1

Full name: Nate Anthony Norton
Nickname: Nater
High school: Carlisle High School
Where are you going to college? Buena Vista University
Why did you choose Buena Vista? I felt like it was the best fit for me.  I really liked their campus and they allowed me to play basketball for the least amount of money.
Field of study/activities: Sports Management/Administration
What was your favorite school field trip (K-12)? Y-camp in 5th grade
What was your favorite school lunch meal? Grilled cheese and tomato soup
What is the best advice you’ve received about entering this next phase of life: Enjoy every moment and set goals for yourself.
Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years? I see myself having a job in my field of study and staying in Iowa.

David OMeara employee scholarship recipient

Full name: David O'Meara
Nickname: Dave or Davey
High school: Indianola High School
Where are you going to college? Iowa State University
Why did you choose Iowa State? Iowa State has a strong Engineering and Design schools which are two areas I have the most interest in.
Field of study/activities: Industrial Design
What was your favorite school field trip (K-12)? State Capital
What was your favorite school lunch meal? Whenever we had cinnamon rolls as dessert.
What is the best advice you’ve received about entering this next phase of life: Don't be afraid to take risks.
Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years? Hopefully working in my field of industrial design.


Peoples Bank is a locally-owned and independent community bank. Founded in 1998, Peoples Bank has more than $320 million in assets with six locations in south central Iowa. To learn more about Peoples Bank, visit the website at www.mybankpsb.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mybankpsb.

Topics: Community Involvement

Written by Rebecca Prescott

Rebecca Prescott is the marketing manager for Peoples Bank, based in Indianola.

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