Margaret Vos

Meet our Board: Margaret Vos

Get to know the people behind the Holdingford Scholarship Endowment! Our generous board members volunteer their time and expertise to help Holdingford graduates succeed.

Margaret Vos
Director Emerita of Atwood Memorial Center, St. Cloud State University
Foreston, Minn.

Why are you a part of the Holdingford Scholarship Endowment Board?
My parents always believed in education, and when my mother passed in 2008 she designated the HHS scholarship fund as a place to receive a memorial. However, when I delivered the check to the high school counselor, Deb Ruszat, she informed me that no fund existed! So I told her to use it as seed money for a scholarship fund.  

Years later, when Bob Warzecha, contacted me about the idea to start a formal Holdingford Scholarship Endowment Fund, I immediately said “YES!” 

Margaret and Leo Vos

What is your connection to Holdingford?
My roots run deep. Both of my parents’ parents settled in the Holdingford area in the 1880s. My husband’s parents’ parents also came to the area around that time. So the roots run deep with the Patrias, Skudlarek, Botz and Vos families. I graduated from HHS in 1968. My husband Leo in 1970. My brother Tom Skudlarek and his wife Mary still live and farm on the homestead that goes back to 1885.

What are your hopes for graduates?
I hope that their dreams are made possible by the assistance from the scholarship fund. Each graduate should be able to pursue their passion. My father, Frank Skudlarek, always believed that if you love what you do, it will never feel like work. He loved to farm and never thought of it as a burden. I wish that all can find a career with purpose. The Holdingford Scholarship Endowment Fund can help reach that goal.

Admission to Hogwarts is not covered by the Holdingford Scholarship Endowment 🙂

What do you wish the greater Holdingford community knew about HSEF?
First of all, that we exist. Secondly, that every dollar counts. No matter the amount of the donation, it all goes into the scholarship fund.

Finally, I’d like the community to know that the HSEF board of volunteers is committed to raising funds so that every HHS graduate that wants to continue their education (be it at a trade school or university) can count on us for support. We are on our way to this goal, but still have a ways to go. We need the support of many to make it happen for each graduating class.

Why is education so important to you?
An investment in education is a solid expenditure. It will never be wasted, as power is knowledge and the mind is a terrible thing to waste. We are always open to new fundraising ideas. For example, there are opportunities to establish a named scholarship that can be designated to a particular career or profession. Our students are our future. They give us hope.

Holdingford Scholarship Endowment Fund Supports Record Number of Students

Community-led endowment gives scholarship to 26 high school graduates

Holdingford, Minn. (June 7, 2021) – The Holdingford Scholarship Endowment Fund announced that it has awarded 26 Holdingford High School seniors $500 scholarships for their continued education. This is nearly twice as many scholarships as HSEF awarded in 2020. Nathan Sowada, a scholarship recipient, was also awarded a new $1,000 scholarship endowed by the Lane family for a student pursuing a career in the trades. 

Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s school and community involvement, leadership skills, and post-secondary education plans. The graduates and their post-secondary schools are:

  • Dalton Brinkman, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Brooke Fiedler, University of Minnesota
  • Matthew Fiedler, St. Cloud State University
  • Rylee Friedrich, St. Cloud State University
  • Kendra Gerads, St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  • Rebekah Gerads, College of St. Benedict
  • Lydia Hoikka, Minnesota State University Mankato
  • Michael Holz, University of North Dakota
  • Kendra Kuklok, North Dakota State University
  • Arianna Larson, Northwest Technical College
  • Jenna Lawin, Central Lakes College
  • Danielle Lyon, Concordia College
  • Theresa Meier, College of St. Benedict
  • Emily Miller, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Triston Mrosla, Undecided
  • Paige Paulzine, Minnesota State University Mankato
  • Josephine Philippi, Joseph’s School of Cosmetology
  • Janessa Rudolph, St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  • Brandyn Scegura, North Dakota State University
  • Adam Schloemer, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Ari Schmidt, University of Northwestern St. Paul
  • Mikaela Soltis, Ridgewater College
  • Nathan Sowada, St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  • Carissa Stark, College of St. Scholastica
  • Carter Wuebkers, North Dakota State University
  • Kaylee Yamry, Alexandria Technical and Community College

“Even during an unusual fundraising year like 2020, generous community members and alums supported our seniors,” said Kelly Boeckermann, chair of the HSEF board. “Scholarship recipients tell us they’re grateful for these scholarships that allow them to focus on school and worry less about student loans. We’re thrilled to award more scholarships than ever before.”

The Holdingford Scholarship Endowment aims to eventually award every qualified graduate with a scholarship for their future education. Led by a board of dedicated community members and Holdingford High School alumni, the Endowment raises funds and pays out a portion of the invested funds in scholarships each year.

Here are some of the 2021 HSEF scholarship recipients!

About The Holdingford Scholarship Endowment
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 a 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