STEM Scholarships In Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa – October 15, 2018 – Paragon IT Professionals, a leading regional I.T. Staffing and Solutions provider, announced today that its IT Leadership Forum Charity Golf Tournament has raised over $100,000 to fund scholarships for graduating Iowa seniors.  Scholarship recipients will attend Iowa universities and plan to earn STEM-related degrees.

The charity golf tournament began in earnest 6 years ago when IT Leadership Forum creator and co-owner of Paragon, Joel Jackman, was looking for ways to give back to the Iowa IT Community and encourage local students to stay in Iowa for their education and careers.  “The students we support with scholarships today are the future IT leaders of tomorrow,” said Jackman. “Paragon and our IT Leadership Forum member companies are in this for the long haul, so they appreciate that we’re driving our support down to the grassroots level.”

Paragon Co-founders Joel and Craig Jackman

Like most around the country, Iowa’s employers cite a skilled worker shortage.  To address the shortage, a number of public-private partnerships and programs have emerged and are making an impact.  The number of Iowa high school students taking STEM-related courses is now steadily rising in tandem with technical course offerings at the state’s 15 community college campuses.  “Paragon wants to remove as many barriers as possible for Iowa’s best and brightest,” said Craig Jackman, Co-Owner of Paragon. “After 21 years of serving the IT Community, we’re absolutely committed to being a part of the long-term solution here in the Midwest.

The IT Leadership Forum Scholarship application process will open in 2019 and will provide 18 additional, $1000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors, bringing the total to 110 since inception.  Visit for more information.

About Paragon IT Professionals, Inc. – Founded in 1997, Paragon IT Professionals is an IT Staffing and Technology Solutions firm based in Des Moines, Iowa.  Paragon’s proven process and legendary service commitment have propelled its growth throughout key Midwest markets.