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2018 Make An Impact Scholarships winners announced

In total, 120 Modern Woodmen members were awarded with 2018’s Make An Impact Scholarships. Congratulations to the recipients!

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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 find 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, six $7,500 scholarships, six $5,000 scholarships and 12 $2,500 scholarships this school year.

Scholarship option 2: Volunteer experience

Winners are chosen based on volunteer experience. This year, 90 member students were awarded with $1,000.

Modern Woodmen divides the country into six regions. Although the regions are not equal in geographic size, they have been carefully established so that the number of eligible students in each region is approximately equal.

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

Congratulations to the recipients of Modern Woodmen’s 2018 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 

Liam T. Dao

Greenville, N.C.

$10,000 college scholarship

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, N.C.

Major: Statistics

 

Drew E. Fisher

Clemmons, N.C.

$7,500 college scholarship

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, N.C.

Major: Biomedical Engineering

 

John M. Mills

Bowling Green, Ky.

$5,000 college scholarship

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Ky.

Major: Biology

 

Kelsey L. Wolfe

Frewsburg, N.Y.

$2,500 college scholarship

Mercyhurst University

Erie, Penn.

Major:  Public Health

Kayla J. Woods

Wilmington, Del.

$2,500 college scholarship

University of Richmond

Richmond, Va.

Major: Healthcare Studies

 

Volunteer experience

Emmanuel T. Amerson

Wendell, N.C.

$1,000 college scholarship

Appalachian State University

Boone, N.C.

Major: Music Education

 

Mary E. Baldwin

Appomattox, Va.

$1,000 college scholarship

Emory & Henry College

Emory, Va.

Major: Physical Education

 

Logan S. Campbell

Bunker Hill, W.V.

$1,000 college scholarship

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Ky.

Major: Professional Flight

 

Kendall E. Clemons

Williamstown, Ky.

$1,000 college scholarship

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Ky.

Major: Family and Consumer Science

 

Faith A. Cobb

Lake Waccamaw, N.C.

$1,000 college scholarship

East Carolina University

Greenville, N.C.

Major: Biomedical Engineering

 

Laura C. Conley

Broadway, Va.

$1,000 college scholarship

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Va.

Major: Undeclared

 

Lindsay P. Gill

Owenton, Ky.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Ky.

Major: Finance

 

Haileigh M. Hamilton

Compton, Ky.

$1,000 college scholarship

Morehead State University

Morehead, Ky.

Major: Nursing

 

Kendra N. Johnston

Narrows, Va.

$1,000 college scholarship

New River Community College

Dublin, Va.

Major: Undeclared

 

Joshua D. Libby

Windham, Maine

$1,000 college scholarship

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, N.H.

Major: Computer Programming

 

James M. Malin

Lexington, Ky.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of the Ozarks

Clarksville, Ark.

Major: Environmental Sciences

 

Blakely A. McCalister

Owensboro, Ky.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Louisville

Louisville, Ky.

Major: Dentistry

 

Isaac J. Stolpe

Schwenksville, Pa.

$1,000 college scholarship

Grove City College

Grove City, Pa.

Major: Music Education

 

Hannah L. Thompson

New Haven, Ky.

$1,000 college scholarship

Jefferson Community and Technical College

Louisville, Ky.

Major: Nursing

 

Tyler J. Young

Brewerton, N.Y.

$1,000 college scholarship

Nazareth College

Rochester, N.Y.

Major: Psychology

 

Region 2 winners

Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee

Volunteer experience + academic achievement

Karli Bryn Ailshie

Kingsport, Tenn.

$10,000 college scholarship

University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Knoxville, Tenn.

Major: Finance

 

Macy E. Hudson               

Camden, Tenn.

$7,500 college scholarship

Belmont University

Nashville, Tenn.

Major: Faith and Social Justice

 

Jarrod W. Wright

Dalton, Ga.

$5,000 college scholarship

Lee University

Cleveland, Tenn.

Major: Undeclared

 

Erin C. Blazer

New Market, Tenn.

$2,500 college scholarship

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tenn.

Major: Exercise Science

 

Grace E. Brock

Finley, Tenn.

$2,500 college scholarship

Mississippi State University

Starkville, Miss.

Major: Education

 

 

Volunteer experience

Matthew L. Ashe

Bethel Springs, Tenn.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Tennessee – Martin

Martin, Tenn.

Major: Education, History

 

Savannah L. Garrett

Chickamauga, Ga.

$1,000 college scholarship

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Ga.

Major: Neuroscience/Pre-Med

 

Jacob H. Gentry

Red Boiling Springs, Tenn.

$1,000 college scholarship

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tenn.

Major: Biology

 

Kimberlea D. Howell

Bremen, Ga.

$1,000 college scholarship

Berry College

Mount Berry, Ga.

Major: Pre-Med

 

Mary K. Lovegrove

Douglasville, Ga.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Georgia

Athena, Ga.

Major: Food Science

 

Allison M. Mathes

Macon, Ga.

$1,000 college scholarship

Columbus State University

Columbus, Ga.

Major: Musical Theater

 

Tyler S. Mullins

Sneedville, Tenn.

$1,000 college scholarship

Walters State Community College

Morristown, Tenn.

Major: Pre-Med

 

Emily L. Pitts

Griffin, Ga.

$1,000 college scholarship

Georgia College and State University

Milledgeville, Ga.

Major: Chemistry

 

Chandler A. Price

Thomasville, Ga.

$1,000 college scholarship

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Tifton, Ga.

Major: Natural Resources

 

Eva F. Proels

Suwanee, Ga.

$1,000 college scholarship

Berry College

Mount Berry, Ga.

Major: Pre-Med

 

Colton B. Schepper

Milton, Fla.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Ala.

Major: Medicine

 

Colton S. Short

Rogersville, Tenn.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Knoxville, Tenn.

Major: Veterinary Medicine

 

Kayla V. Sims

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

$1,000 college scholarship

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Tallahassee, Fla.

Major: Undeclared

 

Corrin Street

Cohutta, Ga.

$1,000 college scholarship

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Ga.

Major: Materials Science

 

Robert N. Westbrook

Edgefield, S.C.

$1,000 college scholarship

Presbyterian College

Clinton, S.C.

Major: Biology

 

Region 3 winners

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Ohio

Volunteer experience + academic achievement

Ida Z. Claude

Chicago, Ill.

$10,000 college scholarship

Dartmouth College

Hanover, N.H.

Major: Chemistry

 

Taylor N. Fair

Carrollton, Ohio

$7,500 college scholarship

Ohio State University – Columbus Campus

Columbus, Ohio

Major: Mathematics/Actuarial Sciences

 

 

Brynn C. Bergen

Seaton, Ill.

$5,000 college scholarship

Wheaton College

Wheaton, Ill.

Major: Sociology

 

Maya R. Chavez

Moline, Ill.

$2,500 college scholarship

Augustana College

Rock Island, Ill.

Major: International Business

 

Breanne Fender

Hillsboro, Ohio

$2,500 college scholarship

Shawnee State University

Portsmouth, Ohio

Major: Physical Therapy

 

 

Volunteer experience

Richard J. Bogard

Carterville, Ill.

$1,000 college scholarship

Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar, Mo.

Major: Youth Ministry

 

Bryan J. Clark

Aurora, Ill.

$1,000 college scholarship

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Major: Music

 

Carley Derexson

Circleville, Ohio

$1,000 college scholarship

Ohio University – Lancaster Campus

Lancaster, Ohio

Major: Early Childhood

 

Madilyn K. Earnheart

Bernie, Mo.

$1,000 college scholarship

Missouri State University

Springfield, Mo.

Major: Nursing

 

 

Josie Te Grotenhuis

Pella, Iowa

$1,000 college scholarship

Dordt College

Sioux Center, Iowa

Major: Nursing

 

Julia L. Hofmeister

Warsaw, Ill.

$1,000 college scholarship

Taylor University

Upland, Tenn.

Major: Computer Science

 

Justus K. Mai

Huxley, Iowa

$1,000 college scholarship

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Major: Marketing

 

Kaitlyn E. Markwood

Bryan, Ohio

$1,000 college scholarship

Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute

Wooster, Ohio

Major: Animal Science

 

Nathan A. Price

Hampshire, Ill.

$1,000 college scholarship

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Va.

Major: Aviation

 

Parker T. Schulte

Emmetsburg, Iowa

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Major: Mass Media

 

Macyn L. Seaver

Macomb, Ill.

$1,000 college scholarship

John Wood Community College

Quincy, Ill.

Major: Radiography

 

Karissa L. Walhof

Rock Valley, Iowa

$1,000 college scholarship

Visible Music College

Memphis, Tenn.

Major: Modern Music

 

Claire J. Wallace

Bowling Green, Ohio

$1,000 college scholarship

Lourdes University

Sylvania, Ohio

Major: Education

 

Alexis J. Walrath

Keokuk, Iowa

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Major: Biology

 

Ali L. Wilson

Lincoln, Ill.

$1,000 college scholarship

Lakeland University

Sheboygan, Wis.

Major: Sport Management

 

Region 4 winners

Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma

Volunteer experience + academic achievement 

Hunter W. Hodson

Mannford, Okla.

$10,000 college scholarship

Northwestern State University

Tahlequah, Ohio

Major: Cell and Molecular Biology

 

Riley W. Cornett

Locust Grove, Ark.

$7,500 college scholarship

Arkansas State University

State University, Ark.

Major: Civil Engineering

 

 

Sephia “Gabby” Hendrix

Ranburne, Ala.

$5,000 college scholarship

Mississippi State University

Starkville, Miss.

Major: Aerospace Engineering

 

Jackson L. St. Pierre

Jonesboro, Ark.

$2,500 college scholarship

Arkansas State University

State University, Ark.

Major: Biology

 

Mary “Carol” Stover

Bigelow, Ark.

$2,500 college scholarship

University of Central Arkansas

Conway, Ark.

Major: Physics

 

 

Volunteer experience

Brooke A. Berger

Bella Vista, Ark.

$1,000 college scholarship

Missouri State University

Springfield, Mo.

Major: Education

 

Sydney E. Brown

Viola, Ark.

$1,000 college scholarship

Harding University

Searcy, Ark.

Major: Athletic Training

 

Maison J. Cook

Enid, Okla.

$1,000 college scholarship

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, Okla.

Major: Aerospace Engineering

 

 

Alexa D. Copeland

Nashville, Ark.

$1,000 college scholarship

Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, Ark.

Major: Music Education

 

Emily M. Cothran

Gadsden, Ala.

$1,000 college scholarship

Covenant College

Lookout Mountain, Ga.

Major: Communications

 

Roselynne L. Dickerson

Lucedale, Miss.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Ala.

Major: Nursing

 

Mahala G. Ebarb

Kinder, La.

$1,000 college scholarship

Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, La.

Major: Chemical Engineering

 

Abby A. Greer

Salem, Ark.

$1,000 college scholarship

Ozarka College

Melbourne, Ark.

Major: Nursing

 

Brianna N. Holder

Conway, Ark.

$1,000 college scholarship

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas

Major: Photography

 

Emma K. Pennington

Fairhope, Ala.

$1,000 college scholarship

Rhodes College

Memphis, Tenn.

Major: Undeclared

 

Christian-Tyron Quarles

Alabaster, Ala.

$1,000 college scholarship

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tenn.

Major: Undeclared

 

Hayden B. Swafford

Heflin, Ala.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Major: Pre-Med

 

Brady C. Swann

Clinton, Miss.

$1,000 college scholarship

Mississippi State University

Starkville, Miss.

Major: Engineering

 

Brianna D. Weeks

Russellville, Ala.

$1,000 college scholarship

Northwest Alabama Community College

Phil Campbell, Ala.

Major: Nursing

 

Katie E. Wicker

Lucedale, Miss.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Miss.

Major: Psychology

 

Region 5 winners

Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin

Volunteer experience + academic achievement 

Jamie N. Bitz

Sioux Falls, S.D.

$10,000 college scholarship

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, Calif.

Major: International Relations

 

Stephanie L. Robinson

DeWitt, Mich.

$7,500 college scholarship

Calvin College

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Major: Biology/Pre-Med

 

Benjamin J. Tegethoff

Mitchell, S.D.

$5,000 college scholarship

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, S.D.

Major: Medical Biology

 

Alyssa M. Heckendorf

Greenville, Wis.

$2,500 college scholarship

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, Minn.

Major: Education

 

Kalista Vanden Berge

Platte, S.D.

$2,500 college scholarship

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, S.D.

Major: Chemistry

 

 

Volunteer experience 

Libby R. Bailey

Bridgewater, S.D.

$1,000 college scholarship

South Dakota State University

Brookings, S.D.

Major: Education

 

Lacey I. Barke

Arco, Minn.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Minnesota – Duluth

Duluth, Minn.

Major: Undeclared

 

Megan A. Beine

Watertown, Wis.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Northwestern – St. Paul

St. Paul, Minn.

Major: Accounting

 

Zachary T. Beine

Watertown, Wis.

$1,000 college scholarship

Marquette University

Milwaukee, Wis.

Major: Biomedical Sciences

 

Camden J. Breitling

Miller, S.D.

$1,000 college scholarship

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, S.D.

Major: Biology, English

 

Jonathan Habersetzer

West Bend, Wis.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Wisconsin – Stout

Menomonie, Wis.

Major: Construction

 

 

Noah J. Healy

Mitchell, S.D.

$1,000 college scholarship

Dakota State University

Madison, S.D.

Major: Undeclared

 

 

Benjamin Kretchman

Aberdeen, S.D.

$1,000 college scholarship

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City, S.D.

Major: Civil Engineering

 

 

Danielle M. Milheiser

Seymour, Wis.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Wisconsin – Platteville

Platteville, Wis.

Major: Undeclared

 

 

Maria S. Moy

Plymouth, Minn.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management

Minneapolis, Minn.

Major: Accounting

 

 

Hannah R. Olson

Kalamazoo, Mich.

$1,000 college scholarship

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Mich.

Major: Accounting

 

 

Zane M. Rohde

Colome, S.D.

$1,000 college scholarship

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, S.D.

Major: Diesel and Paramedic

 

 

Noah D. Runyard

Kenosha, Wis.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Wisconsin – Parkside

Kenosha, Wis.

Major: Business Administration

 

 

Jack L. Van Vooren

Mequon, Wis.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Madison, Wis.

Major: Civil Engineering

 

 

KaSondra Wiederich

Le Sueur, Minn.

$1,000 college scholarship

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, S.D.

Major: Speech Pathology/Business

 

Region 6 winners

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

 Volunteer experience + academic achievement

Sheridan E. Scott

McPherson, Kan.

$10,000 college scholarship

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pa.

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience

 

Ryan N. Trost

Castle Rock, Colo.

$7,500 college scholarship

Colorado State University

Major: Computer Science

 

Jake R. Henige

San Carlos, Calif.

$5,000 college scholarship

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Major: Agricultural Business

 

Dallan A. Christensen

Burley, Idaho

$2,500 college scholarship

Idaho State University

Pocatello, Idaho

Major: Electrical Engineering

 

Danika E. Nelson

Texico, N.M.

$2,500 college scholarship

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, N.M.

Major: Biology/Pre-Med

 

 

Volunteer experience 

Audra M. Boerger

McPherson, Kan.

$1,000 college scholarship

Fort Hays State University

Hays, Kan.

Major: Business

 

Jhermy S. Casabar

Santa Maria, Calif.

$1,000 college scholarship

California State University – Sacramento

Sacramento, Calif.

Major: Bioengineering

 

Miranda A. Chabot

Elk Grove, Calif.

$1,000 college scholarship

Northwestern University

Evanston, Ill.

Major: Journalism

 

Emily R. Dalrymple

Savannah, Texas

$1,000 college scholarship

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, Okla.

Major: Animal Science

 

Brianna F. Fernandez

Nampa, Idaho

$1,000 college scholarship

Kent State University

Kent, Ohio

Major: Geography, History

 

Audra N. Frieden

Colorado Springs, Colo.

$1,000 college scholarship

Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, Ind.

Major: Pre-Art Therapy

 

Cade A. Griffin

Fort Worth, Texas

$1,000 college scholarship

University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas

Major: Computer Science

 

Rudolph L. King, III

Puyallup, Wash.

$1,000 college scholarship

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, Wash.

Major: Pre-Med

 

Noah C. Koontz

Portland, Ore.

$1,000 college scholarship

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Ore.

Major: Electrical/Computer Engineering

 

Sophia A. Louie

El Dorado Hills, Calif.

$1,000 college scholarship

San Diego State University

San Diego, Calif.

Major: Business

 

Isaac E. McDonald

Puyallup, Wash.

$1,000 college scholarship

Whitworth University

Spokane, Wash.

Major: Accounting

 

Jack R. Meadows

Crockett, Texas

$1,000 college scholarship

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

Major: Kinesiology

 

Mariah A. Peralta

Salinas, Calif.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of California – Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Major: Marine Biology

 

Ashlyn U. Riambon

Delano, Calif.

$1,000 college scholarship

University of California – Irvine

Irvine, Calif.

Major: Undeclared

 

Anthony Vazquez

Manteca, Calif.

$1,000 college scholarship

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, Calif.

Major: Astrophysics

 

 

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