DFS has given $500,000 to kids [UPDATED]Published 10:23am Thursday, May 3, 2012 Updated 12:24pm Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Dollars for Scholars held its annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 25, at M State’s Legacy Hall.
Both Hillcrest and Fergus Falls Public School students benefit from the generosity of the Dollars for Scholars and their donors.
Dollars for Scholars has been providing scholarships to Fergus Falls students since 1992 and this year it went over the $500,000 mark. Thank you on behalf of the students and schools.
This was the first year of the TJ Krivanek Memorial Scholarship awarded during Wednesday’s event. Nine of the 57 scholarships were designated for students who will be attending vocational programs. The following is list of the scholarships given and the recipients:
Legacy Sponsors: Bechtel Memorial Scholarships — Delaney Schara and Samuel Vatnsdal; Cowles Memorial Scholarship — William Eerdmans; Eagles Aerie 2339 Scholarships — Brittany Christensen, Peter Sawtell, and Paige Stangvik; Fergus Falls Educators Scholarship — Sarah Bowman, Beverly Gerhardson; Paulson Memorial Scholarships — Megan Adam and Taylor Amberg; Sample Memorial Scholarship — Matt Donoho; Dr. Frank Veden Scholarship — Taylor Isaac.
Heritage Sponsors: Isaiah Anderson Memorial Scholarship — Sydney Schultz; Joan and Gordon Bakken Scholarship — Hannah Juliot; Bank of the West Scholarship–Emily Flake; Robert Block Scholarship — Kati Enderson; Dorn and Co., Inc. Scholarship — Nicole Weiss; John and Kim Erickson Scholarship — Derek Jennen; Helmer Otto Gerhardson Memorial Scholarship — Ben Ronning; Rudolph “Duffy” Gerhardson Memorial Scholarship — Elise Viger; Edna Dierich Hagen Scholarship — Jacob Fisher; ITT Corporation Scholarship — Sam Wasberg; Eleanor Keane Johnson Scholarship — Matthew Jacobson; Lake Region Healthcare Corp. Scholarship — Amber Blondeau; Anna Nelson Memorial Scholarship — Matt Suek; Mary Lee Anderson Nord Scholarship — Alexis Wedll; Guy and Pam Olson Scholarship — Mark Undseth; Mark Olson Rotary Scholarship — Zachary Nersten; Otter Tail Corporation Scholarship — Christopher Rausch; Otter Tail Power Company Scholarship — Megan Fritz; Ottertail Coaches Scholarship — Robert Darling; Ottertail Builders Scholarship — Kyle Rust and Derek Toso; Beverly Gerhardson Paulson Scholarship — Lucille Krivanek; Beverly Gerhardson Paulson Vocational Scholarships — Brittany Dahlen, Drew Eckley, Ashley Jorgenson, Miranda Kollman and Jessica Nelson; Theodore Paulson Memorial Scholarship — Ryan Sorkness; Service Food Market Scholarship — Dominic Jones; StoneL Scholarship — Andrew Eerdmans; VFW Good Citizen Scholarships — Kyle Beske and Taylor West.
Scholar Sponsors: Art Scholarship – Blayze Buseth; Bremer Bank Scholarship–Ryan Thorsen; Fergus Falls Business and Professional Women Scholarship – Charli Wolenetz; Eugene Eckhoff Memorial Scholarship – Allison Billodeau; Fred Evenson Jr. Memorial Scholarship – Eric Kvidt; Excel Plastics Vocational Scholarship – Tyler Demartelaere – Fergus Falls Education Association Scholarship – Valerie Hart; Gordon Gerhardson Memorial Scholarship – Alex Johnson; Damien Jacklitch Memorial Scholarship – Haylie Zenner; TJ Krivanek Memorial Scholarship – Kaitlyn Ganoe; Lake Region Hospital Foundation Scholarship – ShaeLyn Martin – Northern Lakes Dental Scholarship – Patrick Kester; Otter Tail Telcom/Park Region Telephone Scholarship – Matt Laugen; Mary Beth Wedum Scholarship – Taylor Monk.
Thanks to the Board of Directors for their commitment and leadership: Jan Cole, Scott DeMartelaere, Kim Erickson, Chad Felstul, Kevyn Heck, Ken Heidorn, Dacia Johnson, Jean Larson, Sue Lewis, Trena Martinson, Guy Olson, Nancy Sletten, Mitch Wellman, Steve Brue (ex-officio), Connie Knapp (ex-officio), Brad Martinson (ex-officio), and Nancy Eldredge Hess (executive director).
And finally, a special thank you to M State for co-sponsoring the luncheon at Legacy Hall and to our luncheon sponsors: 20/20 Optical, Bank of the West, Jan & Don Cole, Design Intent Architects, Dorn & Co., Inc., John & Kim Erickson, Gettel Chiropractic P.A., Margie Gettel/Mary Kay Cosmetics, H & R Construction, Kevyn Heck Insurance, Lake Region Healthcare, Jean & Tom Larson, LifeSmiles Dental, Trena & Brad Martinson, Minnesota Motor Company, Nelson Automotive Center, Olson Funeral Home, Pemberton Law Firm, Quality Toyota, Security State Bank, Security Insurance, The Flower Mill, and Transit Authority.
Bike or Walk to School
Week is May 5-13
Lake Region Healthcare has challenged the Fergus Falls Public Schools to exceed their total of employees biking or walking to work. We have accepted the challenge and are currently signing up many staff members who will be participating. The plan is to make this an annual event with a traveling trophy as the prize. I hope all citizens will participate in this Wellness event.