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Minnesota Scholarship Recipients

Aug 26, 2016

Larry Kotval, Secretary
Minnesota Western Fraternal Life Scholarship Fund

The MN WFLA Scholarship program is proud to announce thirty-four years of scholarships to its student lodge members. Including the awards for 2016, we will have gifted 471 grants totaling $231,050. This has only been possible through the generous contributions of our lodges, individual lodge members, charitable bequests by the families of Minnesota lodge members, and the matching contributions of Western Fraternal Life in Cedar Rapids.
Eighteen individuals applied to receive MN’s scholarships this year. Our lodges awarded ten $600 scholarships at their district meetings, and the Board selected five individuals to receive memorial grants. Congratulations to the following recipients of MN’s 2016 scholarships.

District 1
Brady Kilen,
No. 219, Strathcona, MN
Brady will attend North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. His interests include Mathematics and Computers. He will pursue a major in Mathematics.
District 2
Madison Hudalla,
No. 192, Alexandria, MN
Madison will attend MN State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes, MN. She will graduate with a major in Radiology Technology, and will specialize in CT, Mammography, and MRI Scans.

Haley Norton,
No. 192, Alexandria, MN
Haley graduated from Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN. She will attend Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL, and will major in Elementary Education.
Kelli Totushek,
No. 34, Hutchinson, MN
Kelli is taking online classes at Bemidji State College in the Professional Education Program. She has worked in Special Education for the past nine years and is studying for her master’s degree in Special Education.
District 3
Lindsey Rootkie,
No. 346, Willow River, MN
Lindsey is attending the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, where she is pursuing a major in International Business and a minor in Biology. Her long term plan is to attend medical school and complete a residency in General Surgery. Lindsey’s philosophy is to change lives for the better.
Brian Prchal,
No. 2, New Prague, MN
Brian is attending SD State University in Brookings, SD. He will pursue double majors in Agriculture Bio-Systems Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering. He believes his education will allow him to create new and improved equipment that will preserve and protect our natural resources.

Gregory Johnson,
No. 155, Montgomery, MN
Gregory will attend the University of Minnesota in Crookston, MN. He plans to major in Sports and Recreation Management with a minor in Marketing or Business Management. College baseball will be included in his activities.
William Duban,
No. 155, Montgomery, MN
William plans to attend college and study courses related to the Agricultural Industry.
District 4
Eleanor Haeska,
No. 38, Austin, MN
Eleanor is attending Creighton University in Omaha, NE, where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. She plans to work in a medical science laboratory and aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. She plans further, to pursue a doctorate in Pharmacology.

Elise Nyenhuis,
No. 44, Hayward, MN
Elise is attending Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA. She will major in Elementary Education with emphasis on Special Education and Reading Intervention. Her career goal is to teach Elementary Special Education.
Memorial Grants
Erik Wallace,
No. 34, Hutchinson, MN
Erik received the Frank Dostal Memorial Grant. He is attending TX Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Erik will pursue a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering. His goals include successfully balancing family life and a rewarding career.
Kathryn Haeska,
No. 38, Austin, MN
Kathryn received the Harold Svejkovsky Memorial Grant. She is attending SD State University in Brookings, SD. Her goals include earning a Bachelor’s Degree specializing in Swine Management. She wants to participate in agricultural outreach and serve as a spokesperson for the agricultural industry.


Brady Nyenhuis,
No. 44, Hayward, MN
Brady received the Arnold F. Barta Memorial Grant. He is working to achieve an Associate of Arts Degree from Riverland Community College in Austin, MN. His goals include obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in an area of interest which includes Food Science, Mechanical Engineering, or Computer Science.
Kylee Fernholz,
No. 192, Alexandria, MN
Kylee received the Jerry E. Sostak Memorial Grant. She is attending Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Communications and English. Her goals include obtaining a Master’s Degree and becoming a Speech Pathologist.



Megan Hanson,
No. 192, Alexandria, MN
Megan received the James Pessek Memorial Grant. She attends MN State University in Moorhead, MN and is working toward a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Elementary Inclusive Education. Her goals include teaching at the elementary school level with a certification in the area of Special Education.
The Board of Governors congratulates each of our 2016 scholarship recipients. Again, a very special thank you to the Minnesota lodges and members who have supported the Scholarship Fund by recognizing the importance of their fundraising activities over the past 34 years. Thank you to Western Fraternal Life for your matching fund contributions to our scholarship program.
2017 is the 35th year of our Minnesota lodge’s scholarship program. We encourage all Minnesota members who are continuing their education to apply for the Minnesota Western Fraternal Life scholarships by March 1, 2017. Applications are available from your District Scholarship representatives, your lodge secretary, or from the Western Fraternal Life website www.wflains.org

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