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William Laatsch Awarded First of Five 2017 NWD LCEF Scholarships

Congratulations William!

William Laatsch is the first of five 2017 North Wisconsin District (NWD) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 Scholarship winners. He's a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Green Bay and attends Northeastern Wisconsin (NEW) Lutheran High School (NEWLHS), Green Bay. William plans on attending University of Wisconsin – Platteville in the fall.

In his letter of recommendation for William, NEW LHS Executive Director Chris Nelson wrote,

“Will is also a hard-working student who has a wonderful personality.  His academic success has been impressive.  I have also found him to be very conscientious, respectful and cooperative.   He has displayed wonderful leadership skills through his time as a leader in our Life in Faith Together (LIFT) program.

The thing I am most impressed by is Will’s integrity.  His character shines through in the way that he interacts with teachers, coaches and adults but he also has a unique ability to relate to his peers and to lead by example. 

He is selfless, encouraging and diligent when it comes to building others up in their Christian faith and setting the expectations for younger students as it relates to the desired culture of our school.”

In his letter of recommendation for William, Pastor Paul Pett wrote,

“He has a sincere and active Christian faith, being involved in our Praise Team as a drummer just about every week, and has also been involved in many other service and volunteer activities at church. When he has to work on a Sunday morning, he makes sure that he gets to a worship service on a different day, taking the time to hear God’s Word and receive the Sacrament on a weekly basis. …he has become a great example of what every Christian young person should aspire to: faithful, active, and respectable. It has been a joy to watch Will grow and develop into a mature Christian, desiring to walk rightly with his Lord.”

In his scholarship essay, William wrote, “LCEF’s mission is a great example of Christian leadership, especially considering public opinion today. Their vision encompasses how businesses who represent Christ should function. I find that a simple scholarship like this one provides a basic need for Christian youth across the nation….”

LCEF is blessed to support faith-filled students such as William with these annual scholarship awards. There are several remaining upper Midwest districts’ LCEF scholarships yet to be announced this spring. Four awards will be announced from Minnesota South District, an additional four from North Wisconsin District and a scholarship award from North Dakota District will also be announced. Follow our newsfeed and Facebook page for the most recent award announcements.

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