Iowa Specialty Hospital

Donald Barnes Memorial Scholarship

November 20, 2015

Penny Barnes and her children established the Donald Barnes Memorial Scholarship in October 2015. Don Barnes was a strong supporter of NIACC students studying in the Physical Therapy Assistant program.

“It seems only fitting to endow a scholarship in Don’s memory to assist PTA students,” shared Penny Barnes, Don’s wife. “Don spent his entire adult life in the physical therapy profession. He filled in as a clinical instructor for a NIACC instructor’s maternity leave.  He also mentored students in the PTA program at his own practice. Don always took a personal interest in the success of each student who worked with him."

Don Barnes passed away in August 2015 and he will be forever missed and loved by his family, friends, patients, and community. The Donald Barnes Memorial Scholarship is an endowment that will assist 2nd year NIACC PTA students. Anyone interested in contributing to this endowed scholarship may do so by contacting the NIACC Foundation at 641-422-4386 or via email at

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