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Scholarship Winners

2020 National Scholarship Winners

Western wants to help all our members succeed and is excited to help them attain their dreams through education. As the cost of getting a higher education continues to grow, Western Fraternal Life is proud to offer 25 National Scholarships every year. Western is pleased to announce the winners of the Western Fraternal Life National Scholarships. This year, 71 qualified members applied for the National Scholarship.

The scholarships include:

  • One four-year Academic Scholarship, $1,000 per year for a total of $4,000.
  • Two $1,000 scholarships to either Community College or Vocational/Technical school.
  • One Community Involvement Scholarship for $1,000 to an applicant with outstanding volunteer service.
  • One Non-Traditional Student Scholarship for $1,000 to applicants age 25 and older.
  • Twenty scholarships are awarded based on academic ability, test scores, lodge involvement, school and community involvement, and financial need.

Each applicant must have been a member for two years prior to application. The applicant must maintain a C-grade average each year of a four-year scholarship and plan to or be enrolled as a full time student at an accredited school. An individual may apply for a one-year scholarship up to four times for a total of $4,000. Scholarship regulations and the application can be found on our website: www.wflains.org or by calling toll free 877-935-2467.

The applicants were judged by Director of Financial Aid at Mount Mercy University, Bethany Davenport; Director of Student Services at Kirkwood Community College, Nick Borders; and Barb Hoffman, Director of Financial Aid, Coe College. In addition to securing neutral judges, each application and related materials are assigned a number to ensure impartiality.


Benjamin Ramaeker

Benjamin Ramaeker, No. 330, Brookfield, IL is the winner of our 4-year National Academic Scholarship. He will attend the University of WI-Green Bay and earn a degree is Human Biology with an emphasis on Nutritional Science and a goal of becoming a registered dietician. Ultimately, Ben would like to acquire his master’s degree relating to athletic nutrition and diabetes management. He hopes to start out in a clinical setting to help patients improve their overall health. Down the road, Ben hopes to enter the private sector and work one-on-one with athletes to assist them in performing at maximum ability.


Autumn Thome

Autumn Thome, No. 100, Haugen, WI is one of the Community/Vocational/Tech School Scholarship winners. She is attending Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Autumn wants to run a small business where she can provide a spot that people can come to escape from the world. Her ideal business would be a bed and breakfast she renovates herself.


Cormac Mahurin

Cormac Mahurin, No. 262, Cedar Rapids, IA is the second Community/Vocational/Tech School Scholarship winner. He was accepted into Kirkwood Community College and will major in Criminal Justice. Cormac’s goal is to become a deputy after graduation, then run for sheriff of the county he lives in. He hopes to work in the Midwest because he enjoys the family atmosphere of a small town.


Celia Kolarik

Celia Kolarik, No. 108, Denmark, WI attends the University of WI-Green Bay and won the Community Service National Scholarship. She is pursuing a degree in Art Therapy. The creative process of art has always been cathartic for Celia and when she found she could combine her passion of art and helping others together, she knew she had found her career. Armed with the skills and knowledge she’ll gain in college, Celia can envision a successful future in helping people overcome the challenges they may face in life.


Morgan Rezac

Morgan Rezac, No. 9, Morse Bluff, NE was the winner of our Non-traditional National Scholarship. She attends the University of CO-Denver and is working to earn a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management. While attending the University of NE-Lincoln, Morgan found her true passion was in grant making, specifically getting to invest in nonprofit organizations that support youth. Her future goal is to write grants for foundations or corporate giving.

 zach-borer.jpg Zachery Borer

Zachery Borer, No. 9, Morse Bluff, NE attends the University of NE-Lincoln and aims to be a Mechanical Engineer. This degree will give Zach a wide range of areas to work and discover more about how he can benefit the world. Zach is passionate about learning the way various things work and doing hands on projects. Ultimately, Zach wants to improve the lives of many people in the career he chooses.

 jacob-sestak.jpg Jacob Sestak

Jacob Sestak, No. 46, Prague, OK attends Oklahoma State University and is working towards his undergraduate in Agriculture Economics. This also includes a minor in Environmental Economics, Politics, and Policy. Jacob would like to pursue a master’s degree in Agriculture Economics and then a Juris Doctorate to be an environmental lawyer. He’d like to protect farmers and ranchers from further regulations that make their production difficult.

 karlee-curtis.jpg Karlee Curtis

No. 108, Denmark, WI attends St. Norbert College and studies Biology and Biomedical Science. Her hope is to become a physician’s assistant because it is rooted in her love for science and a desire to make connections and serve others. Karlee plans to work with underserved communities, in particular the Spanish-speaking population, to narrow the gaps in healthcare for minorities. Her hope is to make someone’s day a little brighter through her work.

 madalyn-ellingson.jpg Madalyn Ellingson

Madalyn Ellingson, No. 85, Protivin, IA will attend Wartburg College and major in Mathematics and minor in Data Analytics. She wants to make a career out of her ability to think critically. With a mathematics degree, Madalyn feels there are many opportunities for her future, such as medicine, business, and engineering. Although she has not decided which area will serve her best, Madalyn is excited to do more career exploration while enrolled at Wartburg.




Kaitlyn Gilson

Kaitlyn Gilson, No. 365, Kewaunee, WI attends Carthage College and hopes to pursue a career in the non-profit sector. By working in this field, Kaitlyn will achieve her goal of giving back to her community. As a Political Science major, she hopes to give opportunities to the citizens in her community so they can achieve their personal aspirations. The political science program provides a broad education of the world and economic system that will help Kaitlyn reach her goals. 

 zach-hosek.jpg Zachary Hosek

Zachary Hosek, No. 426, Lincoln, NE is enrolled at the University of NE-Lincoln and is pursuing an Accounting degree. He would like to work towards a master’s degree in accounting to complete his Certified Public Accountant status. Zachary has always enjoyed the accounting classes he took in high school and would like to build a career in this field.


Morgan Karasek

Morgan Karasek, No. 126, Ashland, WI has been attending the University of WI-Eau Claire and working towards her Nursing degree. After graduating, Morgan hopes to work at Luther in Eau Claire, a hospital that is part of the Mayo system on the medical surgery floor. Her ultimate goal is to become a trauma nurse working in the emergency room.


Logan Krivanek

Logan Krivanek, No. 67, Yukon, OK attends the University of Oklahoma and hopes to become a Physician’s Assistant to serve the community by helping others with compassion, understanding, and hard work. Logan will major in Psychology since it’ll steer her towards a bachelor’s degree on the PA’s track. She has chosen a minor in Native American Studies, which spurs an academic interest of hers being of Choctaw and Potawatomi descent. Logan hopes to one day serve a Native American hospital or clinic.

 allyson-laidlaw.jpg Allyson Laidlaw

Allyson Laidlaw, No. 144, Mosinee, WI has been attending St. Norbert College and double majors in Graphic Design and Computer Science. She wants to program websites and create brand identities that are beautiful, streamlined, and instantly recognizable. Allyson wants to add beauty to the world and believes it’s in the tools, accessories, and systems we use to navigate everyday life.


Thaddeus Lievens

Thaddeus Lievens, No. 361, Meadowlands, MN attends Huntingdon College and follows in the footsteps of his parents by studying optometry. It has always been a dream and desire for Thaddeus to care for the underserved. He would like to take mission trips to other countries and provide services to all ages and those who wouldn’t normally receive them. To provide sight to persons of all backgrounds would be very rewarding and give his life purpose.


Kendra Weber

Kendra Weber, No. 38, Austin, MN attends Gordon College and is earning her bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She hopes to lead and conduct a high school choir class, as well as other music related extracurricular activities like show choir and musicals. Attending a college with Christian principles helps Kendra incorporate these into everyday life. Her life-long goal is to continue to graduate school and maybe one day own her own music performance studio.


Summer Marske

Summer Marske, No. 100, Haugen, WI studies at the University of WI-Eau Claire to be a Speech and Language Pathologist, double majoring with Communication Science Disorders and Spanish. Another goal for Summer is to be able to work in a school with Hispanic children who are learning English as a second language. She would also like to use her talents to work with premature babies and elderly patients who have had strokes. Summer’s ultimate goal is to make a difference in her patient’s lives.


Anna Prchal

Anna Prchal, No. 2, New Prague, MN attends South Dakota State University and intends to obtain a degree in Biosystems Engineering with a Water and Natural Resource Engineering emphasis. With this degree, Anna hopes to find ways to reduce soil compaction, control the carbon footprint, and preserve natural habitats. She hopes to work for a progressive company that values agriculture progress, along with protecting the environment.


Mary Kate Shlimovitz

Mary Kate Shlimovitz, No. 332, Weyerhaeuser, WI attends Madison Area Technical College and will major in Dental Hygiene. Mary Kate would like to help kids overcome their fear of the dentist and would like to specialize in pediatrics. She feels with hard work and dedication, all her goals are attainable.


Maxwell Rohret

Maxwell Rohret, No. 7, Cedar Rapids, IA will attend the University of Northern Iowa this fall and plans to obtain a business degree. His ultimate goal is to be successful and make his family proud in whatever career he lands in. Max would like a career that helps him provide for a family someday. He fully expects to have an extraordinary life because he knows he can achieve whatever he sets his mind to.


Katherine Yapp

Katherine Yapp, No. 69, St. Paul, MN attends St. Catherine University. She is majoring in Strategic Political Communication and Marketing before pursuing law school. Katherine has a passion for politics and hopes to one day become a legislator.

 stephanie-wright.jpg Stephanie Wright

Stephanie Wright, No. 53, Niobrara, NE attends Doane University and is working towards her dream job of changing lives through music, as a Music Educator. She believes that music can heal people and bring them together. Stephanie feels that every student should have access to quality musical experiences and hopes that she can be the one to bring the experience to her students.


Cami Wendricks

Cami Wendricks, No. 108, Denmark, WI attends St. Norbert College and is working towards her degree in Business Administration with a Human Resource Management concentration. She is also double minoring in Spanish and Peace & Justice Studies. Cami hopes her education will lead her to a career in human resources with a particular emphasis on a professional sports league or team. She’ll likely obtain a master’s in Sports Administration after working in her field a few years.

kaitlyn-marschel.jpg Kaitlyn Marschel

Kaitlyn Marschel, No. 34, MN is the recipient of the Carl and Stella Ruzek Education and Charitable Foundation Scholarship and attends North Dakota State University. She is working towards her Bachelors of Social Work degree with majors in Social Work and Family Sciences and a minor in Psychology. From there, Kaitlyn hopes to become a social worker to fulfill her passion to work with and help children.

brooke-shirek.jpg Brooke Shirek

Brooke Shirek, No. 106, Lankin, ND will attend the University of North Dakota and major in either Business or Biology. After taking her core courses, Brooke hopes to take more classes related to these fields in order to narrow down her degree decision. She has many interests and wants to explore her options before choosing an academic concentration and career.


Ethen Tretheway

Ethen Tretheway, No. 67, Yukon, OK will attend the University of WI-Madison and work towards a degree in Finance. He feels this career will provide financial stability for himself and his family. Ethen also hopes to give back to his community physically and financially and feels a degree in finance will help him achieve these goals.


Sydni Schernikau

Sydni Schernikau, No. 426, Lincoln, NE has been attending Concordia University and has chosen a pre-med route with the hopes of being accepted into medical school. Her ultimate goal is to become a Forensic Pathologist. Sydni believes this is the best fit for her because it marries her passion of biology with natural science, as well as a love for anatomy and the human body.

Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.