Messenger names 2017 scholarship winners

The Messenger has named three students as Iowa Central Community College scholarship winners for 2017.

Carson Walrod, of Southeast Valley High School, Andrew Schertz, of Fort Dodge Senior High, and Matthew Bennett, of St. Edmond High School, were chosen as this year’s recipients.

The newspaper pays full tuition for the first year of study, and the college pays half-tuition scholarships for the second year. Recipients were evaluated in academic achievement, leadership, and school and community involvement.

Applicants were asked to describe their college and career plans, as well as their reasons for applying for a scholarship. They also listed their extracurricular activities, leadership responsibilities, awards and honors, work experience and high school transcripts, along with two letters of recommendation.

“We congratulate these outstanding students, their parents, their teachers and others who have positively affected them,” Larry D. Bushman, Messenger publisher, said.

Scholarship winners, along with highlights of their biographical information, qualifications and achievements are:

Carson Walrod, of Moorland, is the son of Bruce and Amy Walrod, and attends Southeast Valley High School. He has participated in 4-H, FFA, orchestra, pep band, and jazz band throughout his high school years. He hopes to eventually obtain a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. In a letter of recommendation, Walrod’s instructor wrote, “Walrod does a remarkable job juggling his involvement in and out of the classroom.”

Andrew Schertz, of Fort Dodge, is the son of Jennifer Schertz, and attends Fort Dodge Senior High. He has participated in many activities, including marching band, concert band, pep band, jazz band and basketball. He has been a member of National Honor Society and served in other leadership roles. Schertz is pursuing an education in music. An instructor, in a letter of recommendation, wrote, “I have seen Andrew grow not only as a great musician, but also as an outstanding young man.”

Matthew Bennett, of Fort Dodge, is the son of Dan and Angie Bennett, and attends St. Edmond High School. He has played football, basketball, cross country, track, and baseball throughout high school. Bennett plans to attend Iowa Central Community College in the fall to enroll in the industrial mechanics program. An instructor at St. Edmond High School wrote of him, “He understands the meaning of continuous improvement and is responsible, accountable, and meets his deadlines.”