2019 Minnesota Scholarship Fund Recipients

2019 Minnesota Scholarship Fund Recipients

Jan 01, 2020

The Minnesota lodges and the Minnesota WFLA Scholarship Fund Board of Governors are pleased to announce the selection of the 2019 scholarship grant awards. Seventeen grants were awarded. The Minnesota lodges awarded eleven grants at their District Meetings and the Board selected six memorial grants. In our 37 year history, we are pleased to have provided 518 non-payback grants totaling $256,050. The recipients for 2019 are:

District 1

Alyssa Kilen, No. 219, Strathcona, MN
Alyssa will attend North Dakota State University. She plans to graduate with a major in Animal Science and become a leader in the field of animal agriculture.

District 2

Kaitlyn Marschel, No. 34, Hutchinson, MN
Kaitlyn is attending North Dakota University in Fargo, ND and Minot State University studying in a dual degree program for Family Development and Social Work. She is also working at the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Fargo.

Miranda Pelant, No. 192, Alexandria, MN
Miranda is attending Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge, IA. Miranda will pursue a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant.

Macy Trousil, No. 192, Alexandria, MN
Macy will attend the University of MN-Rochester. Her goal is to become a Neurosurgeon. Macy is the president of the lodge YELL! group. Her essay, What my Heritage Means to Me, was read at the 2019 MN WFLA State Meeting.

Jacob Vasek, No. 34, Hutchinson, MN
Jacob is attending the University of MN-Duluth studying for a pre-business major. His goal is to double major in Financial Markets and Environmental Sustainability. Jacob received a special district memorial grant in memory of Betty Kotval, No. 192 in Alexandria, MN.

District 3

Anna Jo Prchal, No. 2, New Prague, MN
Anna will attend the South Dakota State University and pursue a degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. Her interests are in water and natural resource engineering.

Katherine Yapp, No. 69, St. Paul, MN
Katherine will pursue a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Political Communications and Marketing. She would like to be a Lobbyist representing and advocating for minorities and social change.

Gregory Johnson, No. 155, Montgomery, MN
Gregory is attending the University of MN-Crookston. He plans to major in Sports and Recreation Management with a minor in Marketing. His goal is to obtain a position with a sports team or a sports marketing firm. Gregory’s essay on What Fraternalism Means to Me was read at the 2019 MN WFLA State Meeting.

Nicholas Duban, No. 155, Montgomery, MN
Nicholas will attend South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, SD. He will pursue a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Nicholas plans to help people better understand and apply computer technology in their life style.

District 4

Joanna Carman, No. 44, Hayward, MN
Joanna is attending the University of WI-Whitewater. She is pursuing a double major in Business Education and Spanish Education. Her goal is to become a high school business teacher.

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 post graduate degree in Chemistry pertaining to the environment. Eleanor’s essay on What Fraternalism Means to Me was read at the 2019 MN WFLA State Meeting.

Memorial Grants

Anna Rekow, No. 2, New Prague, MN
Anna received the Frank Dostal Memorial Grant. She is attending the University of MN– Minneapolis. Her goal is to become an Elementary School Teacher and expand her education with a degree in Administration. Anna’s essay on What my Heritage Means to Me was read at the 2019 MN WFLA State Meeting.

Thaddeus Lievens, No. 361, Meadowlands, MN
Thaddeus received the Jerry E. Sostak Memorial Grant. He will attend Huntington College in Montgomery, AL. Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, Thaddeus will attend optometry school and join his family in the field of Optometry.

Kendra Weber, No. 38, Austin, MN
Kendra received the Harold Svejkovsky Memorial Grant. 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 read at the 2018 MN WFLA State Meeting.

Eliza Carman, No. 44, Hayward, MN
Eliza received the Arnold F. Barta Memorial Grant. She is attending the University of WI-Stout in Menomonie, WI. Eliza plans to major in Rehabilitation Services and Social Work with the goal of making the world a better place for people.

Brian Prchal, No. 2, New Prague, MN
Brian received the James Pessek Memorial grant. He is attending South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Brian is pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Precision Agriculture Engineering. His goal is to provide best practices in agriculture while preserving our natural resources.

Kegan McCorkell, No. 127, Owatonna, MN
Kegan is receiving a Special Memorial Grant in memory of Betty Kotval, No. 192 in Alexandria, MN. He is attending the University of WI–River Falls. His goal is a major in either Mathematics or History.

The Board of Governors conveys a very special “Thank You” to the Minnesota lodges and members who supported the scholarship program with their fundraising 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 thank you 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, 2020. Applications are available from your District Scholarship representatives, your lodge secretary, or the Western Fraternal Life Association website: www.wflains.org
Applications are sent in January of each year to all 17-18 year old Minnesota Western Fraternal Life members.

Minnesota Western Fraternal Life Scholarship Fund
Larry Kotval, Secretary



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