Scholarship Spotlight: Jacob Wolter

The Holdingford Scholarship Endowment provides scholarships to graduating Holdingford seniors who spread out around the world to pursue their studies and interests. We caught up with a recent grad to hear about his post-high school experience and how the Holdingford community has supported him.

A 2019 graduate, Jacob Wolter now studies composite material engineering at Winona State University, and is very happy with his post-secondary education experience so far. “I really love the Winona area and atmosphere,” he says. “I also really like math and science, and I chose to go into engineering because it encompasses both.”

Upon graduation, Jacob earned a scholarship from the Endowment and immediately put it to good use.  “The Holdingford Endowment Scholarship has allowed me to focus more on my studies and be successful,” he says. Jacob is earning money other ways as well, notably as a seasonal laborer for the Stearns County Highway Department.

Jacob’s advice for current high school students is a good balance of responsibility and exploration: “Remember to get your schoolwork done, but try and have as much fun as possible,” he says, adding that this advice carries forward to college. “College is quite a bit of work, but it’s also a lot of fun, too.”

To support future Holdingford grads like Jacob, make a contribution to the Holdingford Scholarship Endowment!

Meet our Supporters: Rod & Linda Harren

Rod and Linda Harren

Rod and Linda Harren (photo credit: Jennifer Coyne)

Rod and Linda Harren have been involved with Holdingford Schools in nearly every way a person can be: Rod graduated with the class of 1965. Linda taught in the elementary school for 25 years. They were involved in many school activities and the booster club. Both of their children are Holdingford graduates.

So when they heard about the Holdingford Scholarship Endowment Fund, it made sense to continue supporting the schools in a new way.

“Bob Warzecha, who helped start the Fund, told us about it,” recalls Linda. “We really appreciate Bob’s devotion to getting the Fund off the ground, and we decided to donate because we believe in the school system and in giving back to our community. The kids are so deserving, but a post-secondary education is becoming more expensive. The students need a helping hand.”

“We wanted to help because Holdingford is one of the better school districts in the whole area, and the kids have a  good chance of succeeding if we can help them get a good education beyond high school,” continued Rod.

Both Rod and Linda hope others consider donating to the Fund and that even more students will apply for the scholarships as the Fund grows and helps more students each year.

To join Rod and Linda in supporting Holdingford graduates, go here to make a contribution to the Holdingford Scholarship Endowment!

To learn more about how donations impact the lives of Holdingford graduates, visit our website to read about our scholarship recipients.

Annual Golf Tournament Raises Record Amount for Holdingford Scholarship Endowment Fund

Tournament supports effort to give every Holdingford graduate a scholarship for continued education.

Holdingford, Minn. (Sept. 15, 2020) – The Holdingford Scholarship Endowment Fund (HSEF) announced that a record number of golfers participated in its golf tournament fundraiser, and a record $8,500 was raised for HSEF, which aims to give every qualified Holdingford high school graduate a scholarship to further their education. The golf tournament was sponsored by Holdingford-based Two Rivers Enterprises, a fabricator of high-quality commercial, industrial and wholesale equipment.

The annual Holdingford Endowment Golf Outing was held August 17 at the Albany Golf Club and attracted teams from across Central Minnesota for a day of fun. The first place winners were Tim Bergeson, Curt McIlravy, Cassie Roberts, Dale Radueg and Adam Jasmer.

Hole sponsors were Midwest Rubber, Central McGowan, TW Metals, Central Minnesota Credit Union, Jim’s Snowmobile and Marine, ISC/SEW, Marco and the Blattner Family Foundation. Additional donors include Holdingford Gas & Grocery, My Salon, Berscheid Builders, Heart & Sol, K&S Pharmacy, Bernick’s, BOHO, Casey’s General Store, Interstate Bearing, Kwik Trip, Scheels, Aerotek, Abrasives Incorporated, Northwoods Electrical, Intralox and Liebovich Steel & Aluminum.  

“Even during a pandemic, the community showed up in a big way to support our students,” said Kelly Boeckermann, chair of the Holdingford Scholarship Endowment advisory board. “We are thrilled to have a record-setting year and to help our Holdingford graduates achieve their goals of an education beyond high school. Thank you to the businesses, organizations and individuals that made this possible, and especially to Two Rivers Enterprises for their leadership.”

About The Holdingford Scholarship Endowment Fund
Created by community members and Holdingford High School alumni in 2013, the vision of the Holdingford Scholarship Endowment is to provide a scholarship for every student graduating from Holdingford High School. The Endowment is a Partner Fund of the Initiative Foundation, led by an advisory board of volunteers who ensure a permanent, self-sustaining source of support for graduates. Funds are raised through events and individual, business, and organizational donations. To learn more or to make a donation, visit