Micaela is an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, Colby, Wisconsin and a current student at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Upon graduation, she plans to become a large animal veterinarian or conduct biology research. Micaela is the daughter of Dean and Leah Haas, and the granddaughter of LCEF Volunteers Wilfred and Darlene Strack, members at Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens, Wisconsin.
In his letter of recommendation for Micaela, her pastor at Zion, Rev. M.G. Neumann wrote:
“Micaela was a very shy person until a life-changing event happened in her family. Her brother, Grant, was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. In search of help the family was torn between home and hospital. Two years later Grant died. I have seen other young people go through difficult family situations, and make poor choices to ease their pain. But Micaela has stepped forward and to become a positive role model in our community…. I heartily recommend Micaela for the Lutheran Church Extension Fund Scholarship as a most deserving recipient of your scholarship.”
An outstanding student, Micaela took a leadership role in Zion’s youth group service event before and during the 2010 National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. She has shared her exceptional musical talent as a soloist and as a faithful member of the hand bell choir over the years at Zion. In high school, Micaela excelled both musically and in sports.
LCEF is blessed to have the funds available to support our youth as they pursue post-secondary education. It is our prayer that they are equipped to become strong, Christian leaders as adults. “Micaela is a most deserving recipient of this award,” said LCEF NWD Vice President Dennis Johnson.
In her scholarship application, Micaela explained why she appreciates LCEF and its mission and ministry of supporting Lutheran Church —Missouri Synod (LCMS) members and organizations. Micaela wrote the following:
“The LCEF mission provides great opportunities for anyone. I like that it is empowering and provides resources that help a ministry spread and stay true to their mission. I also like that LCEF provides a partnership to ministries or church members, and can provide a sense of security by not only investing but by giving through LCEF, which helps ensure that God’s message can be shared with everyone…. [LCEF] can give the chance for Lutherans to give and support others’ lives and spread the Gospel. LCEF also has the potential to change people’s lives….”
There will be three additional 2015 NWD District LCEF scholarship winners announced yet this spring, as well as $1,000 scholarships awarded to Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) students in the Minnesota South and North Dakota Districts. Subscribe to LCEF’s upper Midwest districts’ newsfeed or follow our Facebook page for future announcements!