The Holdingford Scholarship Endowment awarded its first scholarships to seniors in 2014, which means many of those recipients are now vibrant, contributing citizens of communities near and far!
Abby Mokhtary, who was awarded one of the first scholarships when she graduated from Holdingford in 2014, attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. “Without financial assistance like the scholarship from the Holdingford Scholarship Endowment, it would have been very difficult for me to attend a school like Wartburg,” Abby said. “My experience at Wartburg was something that I would never trade. My experiences in academics, participating in track and cross country, and the network of people I met are things that cannot be replaced and have carved me into the professional that I am. Wartburg had everything I needed, and then some.”
While in school, Abby studied biology and Spanish, with the goal to become a nurse. She’s now back in Central Minnesota working as a Nurse’s Assistant at a local nursing home, while planning her dream to become a nurse practitioner and open a clinic in Central America to provide health care in areas that lack access to even the most basic care.
As if that’s not enough, she’s sharing her passion for cross country and track as a coach at Holdingford High School and while also working as a substitute teacher at the high school.
Her wise advice to recent Holdingford graduates is applicable to those of us at any age: “The biggest take-away from my college experience was to not get stressed when people insist that you have to rush to make big decisions. It’s not worth it. I made my biggest life choices and decisions about my education when I was ready to, not when others told me I needed to hurry or rush. When it comes to your educational experience, always do what you want to do because it will be exactly what you make of it.”