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Abigail Luerssen Awarded Final 2017 NWD LCEF Scholarship!

“Abby is a wonderful Christian young lady and a joy to be around,” wrote Rev. David Karolus in his letter of recommendation for Abigail Luerssen.

Abby is the final 2017 North Wisconsin District (NWD) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 Scholarship winner.

A member of Peace Lutheran Church, Antigo, Wisconsin, Abby will graduate from Antigo High School (AHS) this spring. In the fall, she plans to attend Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) in Mequon, Wisconsin and become a Lutheran School teacher.

 “I have witnessed her leadership at our local high school as a student representative and also as part of the marching band,” continued Karolus. “She would be an excellent Lutheran School teacher. You can tell that Abby enjoys life, she looks at things in a positive way and lives out her faith on a daily basis, making an impact for Christ on those around her. She is a person of high Christian character and values. I'm looking forward to seeing what plans God has for Abby as she pursues her dreams and calling as a child of God.”

Pastor Karolus also wrote about Abby’s participation and leadership as a member of their church youth group. Peace hosts a thriving senior high youth group with about 40 students attending each week. One example of Abby’s service includes taking a leadership role in their National Youth Gathering fund raising activity making and selling pizzas two or three times a year. “At times they have made up to 1,000 pizzas in one evening,” wrote Karolus.

In her letter of recommendation for Abby, AHS Spanish Teacher Lorra Metko wrote about Abby’s volunteer service as her teaching assistant.  “…Abby is hard working, asks pertinent questions, and can work with any other student in the room. … Abby started a “word of the week” activity for the students in my classes. Her ethics are admirable and I trust her to write vocabulary quizzes for my lower level students. If I assign a project or have an activity for my Spanish 2 class, Abby may just join right in. The other students look forward to hearing the contributions and opinions of an upperclassman.

Abby has a main role in the high school musical this year, is quite involved in 4H, loves her music, and has a job outside of school…. Due to her work ethic, dependability, and intelligence, the future looks bright for Abby.”

In her scholarship application, Abby wrote, “The mission of Lutheran Church Extension Fund is simple and God pleasing. It is to support the Church in fulfilling its mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ by being a Christ-centered servant partner of the LCMS. Through this mission, it ensures that funds and services are available now and in the future. What a blessing to know that an organization is there to assist believers and their church both spiritually and financially.”

Not only is LCEF blessed to partner with congregations just like Peace to provide affordable loan funding, LCEF is also blessed to support active, faith-filled students like Abby with these annual scholarship awards. All sixteen upper Midwest district LCEF scholarship winners have been announced this spring. Visit our newsfeed and Facebook page to read their stories. The 2018 scholarship applications will be available beginning September 1, 2017.

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