Meet the Board: Terry Sunde

Terry Sunde
Retired
Holdingford

Why are you part of the Holdingford Scholarship Endowment Board?

I have been involved with the Holdingford school district for over 50 years. My role has been as a Science Instructor, Community Education Director and more recently as a substitute teacher.

What is your connection to Holdingford?
My three children graduated from Holdingford and I have developed many close ties with former students and parents. 

What is your wish for Holdingford graduates?
I felt a need to continue my involvement with the district.  The scholarship board seemed like an excellent opportunity to help students, and my hope is that we can continue to grow and provide scholarships for even more students.

Bob Warzecha

Meet the Board: Bob Warzecha

Meet the Board: Josh Ottman

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

Josh Ottman
IT Project Manager
Rice, Minn.

Why are you a part of the Holdingford Scholarship Endowment Board?
I believe in the power of education and strengthening the future of our community, and I think this board plays an important role in that. I wish HSEF had been around when I graduated!

What is your connection to Holdingford?
I was born and raised in the community, and am a proud graduate of Holdingford Schools.

What are your hopes for graduates?
That they are successful in their future education and career endeavors, and hopefully we can help play a role (even if it’s only a small one) in making that happen.

What do you wish the greater Holdingford community knew about HSEF?
That it’s probably easier to make a difference (or contribute) than they may think!

Meet our Board: Ron Scegura

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

Ronald Scegura
Insurance Agent
Holdingford, Minn.

Why are you a part of the Holdingford Scholarship Endowment Board?
I really appreciated any scholarships I received toward my post high school education. It made a big difference in my life and I’d like that for current graduates, as well.

In addition, everyone involved in the HSEF is a committed board member and dedicated to the future success of our students.

What is your connection to Holdingford?
I graduated from HHS, built a business here and raised a family.

What are your hopes for graduates?
I hope our HHS grads can acquire a higher education and come back to our community, to help build an even better community and raise their children here.

What do you wish the greater Holdingford community knew about HSEF? It would be great if people realized that an investment in our students can produce greater benefits in the future.

If you’d like to support Holdingford grads, you can make a donation to the scholarship endowment here!

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.