A college diploma comes at a steep price these days. According to the College Board, “the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015–2016 school year was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.”* Since 1980, tuition costs have risen by 945%.** With these types of increases, students need all the help they can receive from scholarships and grants. The Western Fraternal Life Home Office is pleased to offer 25 scholarships each year. To date, we’ve given $306,000 to students pursuing their dreams of a college education. The Home Office is not alone in this venture, many lodges dedicate their time and money to this cause as well.
No. 141, Cadott, WI provides scholarships to members or graduating seniors from Cadott High School. This year, they were able to give out two scholarships ($200 a piece) with money they raised at the Portage County Cultural Festival, UWEC Folk Fair, and Charles Sikora Memorial Fund. Members sell Czech cookies, kolache, halusky, wooden Czech dolls and cookbooks to raise money.
WI/Upper MI gives away $4,500 to lucky recipients each year. Scholarships are provided by the generosity of members who donate to the scholarship fund and hold fundraisers throughout the year.
Minnesota State has provided 34 years of gifting scholarships to its members, totaling $231,050. These grants are made possible by generous contributions of lodges, lodge members, charitable bequests, and the matching contribution of Western Fraternal Life’s Home Office. This year, 15 individuals were given scholarships to further their education. Members of No. 38, Austin, MN gave away four scholarships in memory of deceased members. To apply for the scholarship, each winner wrote an interesting essay on How to Attract and Keep Young Members.
Other lodges that award scholarships to members are No. 101, Du Bois, NE; No. 144, Mosinee, WI; and No. 74, Dorchester, NE to name a few. “The future is our youth,” No. 38 members believe, and helping them achieve their goals is important to the Association.
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