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Emma Walters Awarded 2017 NWD LCEF Scholarship

“Emma loves her Lord and it is a joy to see her sharing that faith,” wrote Rev. Gary Schultz in his letter of recommendation for Emma Walters.

Emma is the fourth of five 2017 North Wisconsin District (NWD) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 Scholarship winners. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin and will graduate from Wausau East High School (WEHS) this spring. In the fall, Emma plans to attend the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in Minneapolis.

“Her work ethic and never give up attitude are definitely Emma's strongest qualities which is evident in the difficult classes she has taken and her ability to maintain a 4.0 GPA,” wrote Emma’s Calculus Teacher and WEHS Mathematics Department Chair Brian Buege.

“Emma has been involved in a variety of activities both in and out of school. She has been a four-year member of FFA, where she has served as both vice president and president, has been involved with 4-H since first grade and has held secretary, treasurer, and historian positions, and has participated in Key Club, volleyball, and Nordic skiing. Emma has also volunteered her time with the 4-H club working at the county fair every summer, raking leaves for local residents, and bell ringing for the Salvation Army.”

In her scholarship essay, Emma wrote, “Undoubtedly, whether I'm working with my 4-H club to plan a meal for the hungry, cleaning up the Wisconsin River with my FFA chapter, or volunteering my time elsewhere, I believe that giving back to my community is of high importance. 

That's what I like about the services that LCEF provides; the services and investment opportunities given by LCEF are changing the lives of both individual investors, by giving them financial confidence, and church members and their communities, by [supporting] churches with the financial means necessary to increase and grow their ministries.”

LCEF is blessed to support active, faith-filled students like Emma with these annual scholarship awards. There is another NWD and a Minnesota South District LCEF scholarship yet to be announced this week. Follow our newsfeed and Facebook page for the most recent award announcements.

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