Iowa's 2019
Matthew Shepard
Awards Dinner

Friday, June 7, 2019
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center

Join us for the 20th presentation of Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding LGBTQ Iowa high school seniors in the name of Matthew Shepard, a college student killed in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in 1998.


  • Judy and Dennis Shepard

    Parents of Matthew Shepard
In October 1998, Judy and Dennis Shepard lost their 21 year-old son, Matthew, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Matthew’s death moved many thousands of people around the world to attend vigils and rallies in his memory. Determined to prevent others from suffering their son’s fate, Judy and Dennis decided to turn their grief into action and established the Matthew Shepard Foundation to carry on Matthew’s legacy. The Foundation is dedicated to working toward the causes championed by Matthew during his life: social justice, diversity awareness & education, and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.
Keynote Speaker
  • Pete Buttigieg

    Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Pete Buttigieg is in his eighth and final year as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Pete was first elected mayor in 2011 at only 29 years old, and re-elected in 2015 with 80 percent of the vote. Under his leadership, South Bend has reimagined its role in the global economy with job growth and major investment in advanced industries, with a focus on data and technology. Pete served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and took an unpaid seven months leave during his mayoral term for a deployment to Afghanistan. For his counterterrorism work, he earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal. In 2017, he ran for Democratic National Committee chair, earning national praise for his clear message and emphasis on rebuilding the Democratic Party from the ground up in every community. He currently serves as the chair of the “Automation and the Impacts on America’s Cities” task force at the United States Conference of Mayors. The Washington Post has called him “the most interesting Mayor you’ve never heard of” and President Obama named him one of four Democrats who represented the future of the Democratic Party. A Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and graduate of Harvard, he lives with his husband Chasten in the same South Bend neighborhood where he grew up, with their two rescue dogs, Truman and Buddy.
Eychaner Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
  • Janet and Mark Rosenbury

    Community Leaders
Janet Snider and Mark Rosenbury met in 1966 at Manchester College in Indiana and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2017. Living in Sioux City in the early 1990’s they began advocating for LGBTQ people to have full membership rights at their church as well as equal civil rights. They were inspired in Sioux City through programs featuring Judy Shepard, Brad Clark, Rich Eychaner and Jonathon Wilson. Since moving to the Des Moines metro in 2006 they have served on the boards of ACLU of IA, One Iowa and the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation, the Matthew Shepard Scholarship Committee and have been involved in Plymouth Church’s peace and justice activities. Since 2011, they have sponsored Matthew Shepard scholarships honoring Lieutenant Governors Joy Corning and Sally Pedersen for their support of LGBTQ people.


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