WoodmenLife awards more than $485,000 in scholarships

Published 10:23 am Wednesday, May 15, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. — For the third year, WoodmenLife awarded more than 850 high school graduates or college students WoodmenLife Focus Forward® Scholarships ranging from $500 to $25,000. To apply, students submitted an application highlighting their transcripts, activities and volunteerism, as well as an essay on patriotism.

The WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship program is just one of the extras WoodmenLife members enjoy. The program can award up to $1 million annually to members furthering their education in a two-year or four-year college, university or technical school.

This year, the program awarded a top prize of $25,000 to Mangham, Louisiana, high school student, Annaliese Russell. She will be attending Louisiana Tech next year, where she plans to major in finance.

Daniel Kim, a 2019 graduate of Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta, California, received the $20,000 scholarship. He will be attending Vanderbilt University next year, where he plans to major in math.

Courtney Warner, a 2018 Del Campo High School graduate and California State University, Sacramento student majoring in biology, received the $10,000 scholarship.

The program also awarded 10 $1,000-scholarships and 846 $500-scholarships to help very deserving students across the U.S. further their academic goals in higher education.

“In three years, we’ve awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships, and we’ve seen our recipients do some amazing things,” said Patrick L. Dees, WoodmenLife president and CEO. “In fact, our very first recipient, who received the scholarship as a high school graduate, graduated college in just two years and is going on to medical school. We look forward to seeing this year’s recipients excel as well.”