2018 Minnesota Scholarship Fund Recipients

2018 Minnesota Scholarship Fund Recipients

Oct 09, 2018

Minnesota Western Fraternal Life Scholarship Fund | Larry Kotval, Secretary

The Minnesota lodges and the Minnesota WFLA Scholarship Fund Board of Governors are pleased to announce the 2018 scholarship grant awards. Sixteen grants were awarded this year. The Minnesota lodges awarded nine grants at their District Meetings and the Board selected the seven remaining grants. In our thirty-six year history, we are pleased to have provided 501 non-payback grants totaling $247,050. The recipients for 2018 are as follows:

District 1

Garrett Greeley, No. 38,
Austin, MN
Garrett is attending Winona State University in Winona, MN. Garrett plans to enter a PhD program in Research Psychology. He interned at the Yale cognitive and development lab this summer.

District 2

Lauryn Zwiener, No. 34, Hutchinson, MN
Lauryn will pursue an education in Journalism with the goal of becoming a Photo Journalist for National Geographic.

Madisyn Norton, No. 192, Alexandria, MN
Madisyn will attend Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, FL. Her goal is to be an Elementary Education teacher in South West Florida.

Haley Norton, No. 192, Alexandria, MN
Haley will graduate this fall with a BA in Elementary Education. She is attending Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, FL. Her passion is to teach and work with primary grade students.

District 3

Anna Rekow, No. 2,
New Prague, MN
Anna is attending the University of Minnesota and working on her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She loves kids and wants to be a great teacher contributing to their future. Anna’s essay on What my Heritage Means to Me was selected to be read at the 2018 MN State Meeting.

Izak Jirik, No. 2
New Prague, MN
Izak will attend Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. He will earn a Master’s of Theology and enter the field of Pastoral Ministry. Izak serves in the U.S. Army National Guard as a Religious Affairs Specialist.

Gregory Johnson, No. 155, Montgomery, MN
Gregory is attending the University of MN-Crookston. He plans on a major in Sports and Recreation Management and a minor in Marketing. His goal is a position with a sports team or a sports marketing firm.

Kaia Doboszenski, No. 346, Willow River, MN
Kaia will attend St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. She will pursue a degree in Radiology. Education and setting goals are important to Kaia.

District 4

Kendra Weber, No. 38,
Austin, MN
Kendra is attending Gordon College located in Wenham, MA. Her goal is a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She would like to lead and conduct high school choir classes, show choirs, and musicals. Kendra’s essay on What Fraternalism Means to Me was selected to be read at the 2018 MN State Meeting.

Eleanor Haeska, No. 38,
Austin, MN
Eleanor is attending South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Her immediate goal is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. Future plans are a Master’s Degree and PhD in Chemistry working towards research and teaching collegiate level.

Memorial Grants

Grace Wallace, No. 34, Hutchinson, MN
Grace received the Frank Dostal Memorial grant. Grace is attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and studying in a four year pre-medical program. Her goal is to become a Pediatric Oncologist.

Joanna Carman, No. 44, Hayward, MN
Joanna received the Harold Svejkovsky Memorial grant. She will be attending the University of WI-Whitewater. Joanna will major in Accounting and Marketing and become a Certified Public Accountant.

Miranda Pelant, No. 192, Alexandria, MN
Miranda received the Arnold F. Barta Memorial grant. Miranda will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with a goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant.

Wyatt Tauber, No. 34, Hutchinson, MN
Wyatt received the Jerry E. Sostak Memorial grant. Wyatt is attending the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computing Security. His career goal is to work as a cybersecurity analyst for Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure.

Kaitlyn Marschel, No. 34, Hutchinson, MN
Kaitlyn received the James Pessek Memorial grant. Kaitlyn is attending North Dakota University in Fargo, ND earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Development and Social Work. She will continue her studies toward a Master’s Degree and become a Social Worker.

Eliza Carman, No. 44,
Hayward, MN
Eliza received the special memorial grant in honor of Louise Weber. Eliza will attend the University of WI-Stout in Menomonie, WI. She plans to major in Rehabilitation Services and Social Work with the goal of making the world a better place for people.


The Board of Governors conveys a very special thank you to the Minnesota lodges and members who supported the scholarship program with their fund raising activities. We also appreciate the support and assistance from the individuals at Western Fraternal Life and the matching funds contribution to our MN Scholarship Fund. We offer a special thanks to the WFLA Education and Charitable Foundation for the investment guidance and distribution of the fund assets.
We urge all Minnesota WFLA members to continue their education and apply for the Minnesota Western Fraternal Life Scholarship Fund grant by March 1, 2019. Applications are available from your District Scholarship representatives, your lodge secretary, or the Western Fraternal Life website:
Applications are sent in January of each year to all 17-18 year old Minnesota Western members.

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