This spring, seven 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.
Throughout the many academic years, this trust has generated more than $671,800 for scholarship funds; 370 students, moreover, 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 of Lake View and Ronald Muhlbauer, a certified public accountant of 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.
This year, each scholarship winner will receive an award of $1,600 in four installments during the freshman and sophomore years of college. Recommendations of winners were made by nominating committees at each of the seven Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Sioux City. Here are the winners:
Emily Riesenberg, daughter of Charles and Lisa Riesenberg, is a student at Garrigan High School in Algona. She plans to attend Clarke University, Dubuque, and study psychology.
Allison Hansen, daughter of Thomas and Jeanne Hansen, is a student at Gehlen High School in Le Mars. She plans to attend St. Luke’s College, Sioux City, and study nursing.
Ashley Lawler, daughter of Matthew and Caroline Lawler, is a student at Heelen High School in Sioux City. She plans to attend Creighton University, Omaha, and study biology and pre-med.
Elvis Castro, son of Irma Castro, is a student at St. Mary’s High School in Storm Lake. He plans to attend Morningside College, Sioux City, and study biopsych.
Nathanial Yetmar, son of Kevin and Jaclyn Yetmar, is a student at St. Edmond High School in Fort Dodge. He plans to attend Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, and study general education and business.
Bailey Schroeder, daughter of Jay and Tami Schroeder, is a student at St. Mary High School in Remsen. She plans to attend iversity of South Dakota, Vermillion, and study early childhood education.
Tyler Schroeder, son of Greg and Kristi Schroeder, is a student at Kuemper High School in Carroll. He plans to attend University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, and study pre-physical therapy.