Rachel Eckert, daughter of Rev. Timothy and Susan Eckert, received the 2018 Iowa District East Lutheran Church Extension Fund $1,000 Scholarship at her home congregation on December 16, 2018. Carole White, LCEF District Vice President - Iowa East and West, presented the award at Trinity Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa.
Rachel attends Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, majoring in engineering. She plans to design and develop new, economically feasible products that will make a positive impact on people’s lives.
A Blessing to Others
White was pleased to recognize Rachel for her compassion, academia and achievements. “God has richly blessed Rachel with special talents; it is inspiring to hear how she is a blessing to others.”
In previous years, Rachel served as a crew leader for Trinity’s Vacation Bible School, served as a member of the Youth Ensemble, participated in Kids Against Hunger, founded and coached FIRST LEGO League Team at East Side Mission, and helped to establish FIRST in Kenya which impacted almost 3000 children. As a confirmand, she arranged a service project that led her to personally knit 100 hats for local and Guatemalan infants, among many other activities.
Associate Pastor Michael Vokt shares that the reasons for his recommendation of Rachel “transcend her excellence in academics, robotic competitions and music. What sets her apart from other students are the many ways she demonstrates her love for her neighbor, both those who are nearby and those who are far, far away.”
Rachel is a gifted musician and was a student of Roberta Quist for seven years. In her letter of recommendation, Quist wrote, “Not only is she a dedicated piano student but she is a very dedicated Christian…she has played for church services, nursing homes and other community events. She faithfully attends church, Sunday school and youth activities as well as participates in the Trinity Youth Ensemble. She openly talks about her faith and we have often talked together about our life in Christ. Rachel has won numerous awards at local and state piano competitions and encourages other students, learning from others and sharing her knowledge.”
Managing money in a way that glorifies God
Rachel has a strong understanding of Lutheran Church Extension Fund: “LCEF is valuable because it equips people to expand God’s kingdom. Through investments, loans, grants and teaching materials (such as the Young Investors Club,) LCEF provides opportunities for Christians to manage their money in a way that glorifies God. 1 Timothy 6:18 commands us to ‘Do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.’ I have been a partner in LCEF’s ministry for a long time and will continue to be. My family has history with the organization; both my parents and grandparents have savings with LCEF. As my responsibility and independence increase, it is imperative for me to prioritize Christ in every area of my life, finances included.”
Annual LCEF District Scholarships
LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students. The deadline for the 2019 scholarships was January 31, 2019. Subscribe to the newsfeed at lcefcentral.org to learn who will receive the $1,000 scholarships. Online announcements for all recipients in the ten districts of LCEF’s Central Region should be completed by May. If you’re interested in the 2020 LCEF scholarships, an online application should be available at lcefcentral.org in September 2019.