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2017 Make An Impact Scholarships – Winners announced

In total, 60 Modern Woodmen members were awarded with 2017 Make An Impact Scholarships. Congratulations to the recipients!

May 12, 2017

At Modern Woodmen of America, we believe in making an impact. That’s why we reward member students each year through Make An Impact Scholarships.

Make An Impact Scholarships help young members pay for college and pursue their dreams. And with an emphasis on volunteer experience, we’re rewarding those who are making an impact in their local communities.

You give back to your community. We give back to you. Together we make an impact.

High school seniors can apply for the annually awarded scholarships. Two types of scholarships allow members to choose the path that’s right for them.

Scholarship option 1: Volunteer experience + academic achievement 

Winners are chosen based on volunteer experience and academic achievement. Structured as a competition, Modern Woodmen awarded six $10,000 scholarships and six $7,500 scholarships this year.

Scholarship option 2: Volunteer experience 

Winners are chosen based on volunteer experience. This year, 48 member students were awarded with $1,000.

Go to member.modernwoodmen.org for complete details and eligibility requirements. Program is subject to change at any time.

Congratulations to the recipients of Modern Woodmen’s 2017 Make An Impact Scholarships!

Hear from some of our volunteer experience + academic achievement recipients.

Region 1 Winners

Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and areas outside the contiguous United States

Volunteer experience + academic achievement

Jonathon Jones
Elkton, Ky.
$10,000 college scholarship
Murray State University
Murray, Ky.
Major: Agribusiness Management

Faith Gongaware
Export, Penn.
$7,500 college scholarship
Penn State University Park
University Park, Penn.
Major: Political Science

 

Volunteer experience

Jenna Staub
Rockingham, N.C.
$1,000 college scholarship
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Major: Psychology

Christina Arnoldy
Milford, N.H.
$1,000 college scholarship
Dartmouth College
Hanover, N.H.
Major: Biology

Alexis Emmert
Tompkinsville, Ky.
$1,000 college scholarship
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Ky.
Major: Biology

Aspen Arnold
Quality, Ky.
$1,000 college scholarship
Murray State University
Murray, Ky.
Major: Psychology

Matthew Strout
Sabattus, Maine
$1,000 college scholarship
Thomas College
Waterville, Maine
Major: Accounting

Casey Griffin
Baldwindsville, N.Y.
$1,000 college scholarship
SUNY College at Geneseo
Geneseo, N.Y.
Major: Psychology

Martha Dunkelberger
Spring Mills, Pa.
$1,000 college scholarship
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock, Penn.
Major: Kinesiology/Exercise Science

Christina Durham
Chesterfield, Va.
$1,000 college scholarship
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Va.
Major: International Relations

 

Region 2 Winners

Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee

Volunteer experience + academic achievement

Mitchell Lupi
Kingsport, Tenn.
$10,000 college scholarship
Drexel University
Philadelphia, Pa.
Major: Engineering 

Callie Thackston
Fountain Inn, S.C.
$7,500 college scholarship
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Major: Biology

 

Volunteer experience  

Jordan Sutter
Easley, S.C.
$1,000 college scholarship
Clemson University
Clemson, S.C.
Major: Pre-Veterinary Studies

Virginia Collins
Greeneville, Tenn.
$1,000 college scholarship
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tenn.
Major: Exercise Science

Levi Myers
Greeneville, Tenn.
$1,000 college scholarship
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tenn.
Major: Industrial Engineering

Ivy Collins
Mineral Bluff, Ga.
$1,000 college scholarship
Berry College
Mount Berry, Ga.
Major: Biology

Bailey Burns
Chickamauga, Ga.
$1,000 college scholarship
Berry College
Mount Berry, Ga.
Major: Mathematics

Mary Reno
Anderson, S.C.
$1,000 college scholarship
Clemson University
Clemson, S.C.
Major: Biochemistry

Ashley Etheridge
Byron, Ga.
$1,000 college scholarship
Wesleyan College
Macon, GA.
Major: Accounting

Michael McCain
Jacksonville, Fla.
$1,000 college scholarship
University of Florida
Gainesville, Fla.
Major: Electrical Engineering

 

Region 3 winners

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Ohio

Volunteer experience + academic achievement

Chase Brandt
Davenport, Iowa
$10,000 college scholarship
Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wis.
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Laura Kaufmann
Harlan, Iowa
$7,500 college scholarship
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Major: Accounting

 

Volunteer experience

Abigail Trautman
Raymore, Mo.
$1,000 college scholarship
Creighton University
Omaha, Neb.
Major: Biology

Shayla Thomas
Tiffin, Ohio
$1,000 college scholarship
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio
Major: Psychology and Theater

Annika Hong
Milan, Ill.
$1,000 college scholarship
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, Mo.
Major: Biology

Rachael Koehler
Jackson, Mo.
$1,000 college scholarship
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Ark.
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Katheryn Curran
Humboldt, Iowa
$1,000 college scholarship
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Major: Nursing

Quinlan Calvert
Clinton, Ill.
$1,000 college scholarship
Heartland Community College
Normal, Ill.
Major: Graphic Design

Sophia Diener
Waverly, Ohio
$1,000 college scholarship
Asbury University
Wilmore, Ky.
Major: Undecided

Anthony Desalvo
Davenport, Iowa
$1,000 college scholarship
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Major: Engineering

 


Region 4 winners

Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma

Volunteer experience + academic achievement


Amber Smith
Jennings, Okla.
$10,000 college scholarship
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Okla.
Major: Accounting


Cassidy Doss
Hernando, Miss.
$7,500 college scholarship
Mississippi State University
Starkville, Miss.
Major: Undecided

 

Volunteer experience

Lauren Usrey
Alexandria, Ala.
$1,000 college scholarship
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, Ala.
Major: Undecided

Lauren Brown
Heflin, Ala.
$1,000 college scholarship
Troy University
Troy, Ala.
Major: Pre-Medicine

Callie Cox
Checotah, Okla.
$1,000 college scholarship
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Okla.
Major: Business

Jonah Trotter
Oakman, Ala.
$1,000 college scholarship
Beville State Community College
Jasper, Ala.
Major: Secondary Education

Myles McLeroy
Cullman, Ala.
$1,000 college scholarship
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Major: MIS and Accounting

Karly Cook
Winfield, Ala.
$1,000 college scholarship
University of North Alabama
Florence, Ala.
Major: Elementary Education

Rylee Broadbent
Cashion, Okla.
$1,000 college scholarship
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Okla.
Major: Dental Hygiene

Grant Voss
Ardmore, Okla.
$1,000 college scholarship
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Okla.
Major: Pre-Medicine/Biology

 

Region 5 winners

Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin

Volunteer experience + academic achievement


Hannah Harberts
Emery, S.D.
$10,000 college scholarship
Mount Marty College
Yankton, S.D.
Major: Nursing


Rylie Hendren
Muskego, Wis.
$7,500 college scholarship
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Mich.
Major: Computer Science & Finance

 

Volunteer experience  

Andrew Nowacki
Minneapolis, Minn.
$1,000 college scholarship
Luther College
Decorah, Iowa
Major: Business

Sydney Rodman
Sioux Falls, S.D.
$1,000 college scholarship
Northwestern College
Orange City, Iowa
Major: Graphic Design and Public Relations

Caitlynn Runia
Brandon, S.D.
$1,000 college scholarship
South Dakota State University
Brookings, S.D.
Major: Nursing

Emily King
Apple Valley, Minn.
$1,000 college scholarship
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, Maine
Major: Neuroscience

Andrea Bell
Centreville, Mich.
$1,000 college scholarship
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Major: Athletic Training

Jonathan Scare
Three Rivers, Mich.
$1,000 college scholarship
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Mich.
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Brooke Fraasch
Milbank, S.D.
$1,000 college scholarship
United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, Md.
Major: Commercial Aviation

Skylar Ross
Hill City, S.D.
$1,000 college scholarship
Augustana University
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Major: General/Explorer

 

Region 6 winners

Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming

Volunteer experience + academic achievement

Jenna Trost
Castle Rock, Colo.
$10,000 college scholarship
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colo.
Major: Chemistry

McKenna Spence
Fort Collins, Colo.
$7,500 college scholarship
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kan.
Major: Music Therapy

 

Volunteer experience 

Kaylee Umberhocker
Cedar Park, Texas
$1,000 college scholarship
Texas A&M University
College Stations, Texas
Major: Geology

Ashlee Foster
Honey Grove, Texas
$1,000 college scholarship
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Tracy Nguyen
Grand Prairie, Texas
$1,000 college scholarship
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
Major: Undecided

Christian Schmelzel
Wheat Ridge, Colo.
$1,000 college scholarship
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colo.
Major: Computer Sciences

Haylie Roberts
Pender, Neb.
$1,000 college scholarship
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Lincoln, Neb.
Major: Pre-Health/Pre-Med

 Lance Kelley
Danbury, Neb.
$1,000 college scholarship
Wichita State University
Wichita, Kan.
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Haylee Sheffield
Exeter, Neb.
$1,000 college scholarship
Fort Hayes State University
Hayes, Kan.
Major: Communication Science

Noah Urbanovsky
Cedar Park, Texas
$1,000 college scholarship
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas
Major: Geology