Minnesota Scholarship Fund Recipients

Minnesota Scholarship Fund Recipients

Nov 02, 2017

by Larry Kotval | Secretary, Minnesota Western Fraternal Life Scholarship Fund

The Minnesota lodges and the Minnesota WFLA Scholarship Fund Board of Governors are pleased to announce the 2017 scholarship grant awards. The Minnesota lodges awarded nine grants at their District Meetings. The Board selected the six remaining grants. The Minnesota WFLA Scholarship Fund celebrated its 35th year at our State Meeting. We are proud to have provided 486 non-payback individual grants totaling $238,850. The recipients for 2017 are as follows:

District 1

Brady Kilen
No. 219, Strathcona, MN
Brady is attending North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. Brady is working towards a major in Mathematics and plans a career as an Actuary.

District 2

Andrew Bentz
No. 34, Hutchinson, MN
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Andrew is attending Minnesota State University-Mankato. He plans to graduate in the fall of 2018 with a teaching degree in Health and Physical Education.

Grace Wallace
No. 34, Hutchinson, MN
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Grace will attend Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and complete a four year Pre-Med Program. Her goal is to become a Pediatric Oncologist.

Faith Rakow
No. 34, Hutchinson, MN
Faith will attend Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Her goal is a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and then a Master’s or a Law degree. She would like to work in the elected office side of political science.

District 3

Kaitlyn Mikulski
No. 69, St. Paul, MN
Kaitlyn will be attending Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, MN. Her interests are in the Paralegal program.

Brian Prchal
No. 2, New Prague, MN
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Brian is attending South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. He is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Electronics. Brian 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
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Gregory is attending the University of Minnesota-Crookston. He is majoring in Sports and Recreation Management and will minor in either Marketing or Business Management. College baseball is included in his activities.

District 4

Kendra Weber
No. 38, Austin, MN
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Kendra will attend Gordon College located in Wenham, MA and attain a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She would like to lead and conduct high school choir classes, show choir, and musicals.

Brennah McCorkell
No. 127, Owatonna, MN
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Brennah is attending Minnesota State University-Mankato. Her goal is a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work.

Memorial Grants

Jacob Vasek
No. 34, Hutchinson, MN
Jacob received the Frank Dostal Memorial grant. He will attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He will pursue a degree in Finance at the Labovitz School of Business in the University. His career goal is Investment Banking.

Erika Heideman
No. 44, Hayward, MN
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Erika received the Harold Svejkovsky Memorial grant. She will be attending the pre-Pharmacy program at University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. Her goal is to become a Pharmacist.

Garrett Greeley
No. 38, Austin, MN
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Garrett received the Arnold F. Barta Memorial grant. He is attending Winona State University in Winona, MN pursuing an undergraduate degree in Psychology. He will continue his education in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience. Garrett’s essay, What Fraternalism Means to Me, was selected to be read at the 2017 Minnesota State Meeting.

Anna Schumacher
No. 168, Mahnomen, MN
Anna received the Jerry E. Sostak Memorial grant. Anna will attain a Bachelor’s degree from a liberal arts school and a Doctorate from a medical school. Her goal is to provide quality health care to those that are traditionally not able to access care.

Callie Jo Hanson
No. 44, Hayward, MN
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Callie Jo received the James Pessek Memorial grant. She will be attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Callie Jo will continue her studies to become a Physician’s Assistant and work in an underserved rural community. Her essay on What My Heritage Means to Me was selected to be read at the 2017 Minnesota State Meeting.

Elise Nyenhuis
No. 44, Hayward, MN
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Elise is attending Winona State University in Winona, MN pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. She will major in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Special Education and Reading Intervention Programs. Her career goal is to become an Elementary Special Education Teacher.

The Board of Governors conveys a very special thank you to the Minnesota lodges and members who supported the scholarship fund with their fundraising activities. Thank you to the Western Fraternal Life Matching Funds contribution to our scholarship program.
We urge all Minnesota members who are continuing their education to apply for the Minnesota Western Fraternal Life Scholarship Fund grant by March 1, 2018. Applications are available from your District Scholarship representatives, your secretary, or the Western Fraternal Life website, www.wflains.org.



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