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2016 Scholarship Winners

2015 Scholarship Winners

Valley Communities Credit Union recently awarded four local student members with educational scholarships for the 2016-17 school year. Winners were announced at the 81st Annual Meeting on April 26, 2016.

Each year, Valley Communities Credit Union awards one $1000 scholarship and three $500 scholarships to area students who are pursuing post secondary education. Award winners were chosen based on commitment to school and community activities, previous honors or awards, volunteer work and more. This year Valley communities added three additional scholarships, one $1000 and two $500.

2016 award winners are: Rachel Schulte, of Mosinee ($1000); Danielle Karch, of Amherst ($1000); Tia Krzykowski, from Plover ($500); Hazel Schira, of Mosinee ($500); Jasmine Valenta, of Mosinee ($500); Oliva Anderson, of Wisconsin Rapids ($500); and Hillary Drake, of Mosinee ($500).

Rachel graduated from Mosinee High School in May of 2015. In August of 2015 she started her education with Northcentral Technical College for the Dental Hygiene Program. Rachel has been involved in many community and extracurricular activities. She had participated in the Youth Apprenticeship Program with Mosinee Family Dental for two years while in high school. Upon completion of the program Rachel earned a certificate of occupational proficiency for achieving skill standards in health services. Rachel also was very active in her church youth group and helped many communities in need. She helped out with bible school, volunteered in Mississippi and Colorado to help clean up communities after natural disasters. Her experiences have helped inspire her to always go above and beyond in both her career choices and as an active community member.

Danielle is currently attending UW-La Crosse pursuing a biomedical science degree. She knows that her pre-medical courses will be challenging and her priority for the next few years. Set has set hefty goals to create a path for herself to achieve all of her goals. Her drive to succeed started in high school with involvement in many extracurricular activities such as softball, cross country, choir, Habitat for Humanity and more. Danielle was the class valedictorian and class president at Amherst High School. After graduating from high school she held three part time jobs to try to save up as much money for college as possible. This did not stop once she went to college as she continued to participate in Habitat for Humanity, volunteering for events such as the Color Run or Salvation Army Bell ringing, and has now is looking to take on a job in a nursing home facility. Her drive to succeed and hard work ethic help her push through stress and long days to achieve her goal of attending medical school.

Tia is currently a senior at Pacelli High School. She is very active in her community and through her church. In the summer of 2014 Tia went on a mission trip to an orphanage in Lima, Peru. She enjoyed her work there so much that she returned twice in 2016. She is very passionate about helping children and plans to pursue a degree in elementary education at UW-Stevens Point. She has big goals set for herself and her passion and drive will help her achieve them. In her community Tia teaches religious education, is a part of National Honors Society, and participates in many different community fundraisers and events. She also has a job at Buffalo Wild Wings and saves her money from working both for college and to help fund her mission trips. After graduating college Tia plans to find a teaching job in central Wisconsin and to use her summer’s to go on mission trips both in and out of the US.

Hazel graduated from Mosinee High School in 2013. She is currently attending UW-Madison with intentions of majoring in Biochemistry and Chinese. During high school Hazel was active in many different organizations including Chinese club, National Honors Society, Forensics, FFA, Student Senate, and more. Through her involvement in these clubs she has earned many awards. Along with her extracurricular actives Hazel also volunteered at Ministry Saint Claire’s Hospital as a receptionist, had worked at Stoney Road Farm, was a secretary at Schira Law Firm, and is currently a Lab assistant in the Biomolecular Chemistry lab at UW-Madison. Hazel plans on attending medical school after her undergraduate program and also strives to be the best that she can be no matter what barriers she faces.

Jasmine is currently a senior at Mosinee High School. Throughout high school she was very involved in organizations and clubs. She has been a member of 4-H and has worked her way up to Vice President! She also received Silver and Bronze member awards, a Grand Champion award in driving horses, and a few other awards. Along with 4H Jasmine has also been involved in her school’s chapter of FFA, FCCLA, and All-Star Cheer. Outside of school she has helped make blankets for the homeless, rang bells for the Salvation Army, and helped out with Special Olympics. One thing that Jasmine has worked very hard on is raising money for her education. Through her work at different farms, her job at Gander Mountain, and her job at Hammer Down Bar and Grill she has been able to pay for her first full year of college. In the fall Jasmine will be attending UW-River Falls for Agriculture Studies. Jasmine’s sets her goals high and hopes to graduate college debt-free!

Olivia is currently a senior at Lincoln High School and will be attending Madison Area Technical College in the Fall of 2016. She ranks in the top five in her class for her academics and also is involved with German club, Drama Club, and many musicals and plays. Outside of school Olivia volunteers at the south wood county humane society, shovels snow for the elderly, attends vacation bible school each summer as a leader, and has attended multiple mission trips with her church. Ever since being a young girl she has dreamed of becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. She took many AP classes in high school to help prepare her for her college courses. She has also volunteered at the local humane society, helped at her uncles farm, and has job shadowed at Mobile Veterinary Practice. Olivia set her sights on this goal and is going above and beyond to achieve it!

Hillary is currently attending UW-Stevens Point as an undergraduate. She graduated from Mosinee High School. Throughout high school and into college Hillary has been very active in extracurricular and volunteer activities. She has volunteered for many events such as building bridges in Providence, RI, helping out with the Stevens Point Cultural Festival, assisting in the Wellers Walk, and much more. Along with volunteering Hillary has also worked hard on her professional development. She was nominated for UWSP’s Chancellor’s Leadership Award, received the UWSP Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Award, has attending the National Wellness Institute Conference, and much more. Currently she is working towards becoming a certified Exercise Physiologist. This summer Hillary plans to intern at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Heart Institute. She is beyond excited for this once in a life time opportunity.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners!