This spring, eight graduating seniors from the Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Sioux City are receiving scholarships from the Mary Catherine Hagedorn Trust based in Lake View, Iowa.
Throughout the many academic years, this Trust has generated over $703,300.00 for scholarship funds. Moreover, 392 students have benefited as scholarship winners since 1979.
Named after a Catholic farming woman, Mary Catherine Hagedorn, the Trust was founded in accordance with her last will and testament through the sale of farmland in Sac County. Since then, annual reports of all transactions of the trust have been made to the State of Iowa for review and approval through the Sac County Court House.
Current trustees are Colin McCullough, McCullough Law Firm, Lake View and Ronald Muhlbauer, a certified public accountant, Carroll. Erin E. McCullough, an attorney in Lake View, is the attorney for the Trust.
According to them, the Trust has not only perpetuated the name of Mary Catherine Hagedorn, but has also underscored the importance of Catholic high schools and the further education of their graduates.
Recommendations of winners were made by nominating committees at each of the seven Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Sioux City. The winners are:
Whitney Hovey, daughter of Allan and Denis Hovey, Megan Brown, Bishop Garrigan High School, Algona; institution: DMACC – Ankeny, nursing.
Carter Sitzmann, son of Kim Sitzmann and Gary Sitzmann, Le Mars Gehlen (Spalding Catholic); institution; Augustana College in Sioux Falls, biology, pre-med.
Diego Samaniego, guardian Omar Samaniego, Bishop Heelan High School, Sioux City; institution: University of Northern Iowa, biology.
Josue Castro, son of Arturo Castro and Irma Castro, Storm Lake St. Mary High School; institution, Iowa State University, engineer.
Brooklin Border, daughter Mark and Sheila Border, Fort Dodge St. Edmond High School; institution: Iowa Central Community School, communications, theater, music.
Zachary Ruden, son of Steve and Shelley Ruden, Remsen St. Mary High School; institution: University of Iowa, pre-med.
Dakota Bauer, daughter of Robert and Jennifer Bauer, Carroll Kuemper High School; institution: DMACC, nursing.
Ericka Tigges, daughter of Glenn and Jennifer Tigges, Carroll Kuemper High School; institution: Mercy College, Des Moines, nursing.