Through the generosity of our donors, we are able to offer annual scholarship awards to individuals who demonstrate financial need, high academic achievement and a commitment to share their blessings with the world.

We are excited to highlight awardees from two of our scholarship funds: the Thrivent Charitable Community Scholarship and the Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship. Learn how this year's recipients aspire to make a positive impact in the world.  

Thrivent Charitable Community Scholarship Recipients

Alivia Baumgarn, Thrivent Charitable Community Scholarship recipient

Alivia Baumgarn

Seeing her aunt's face light up when she talks about her students, inspired Alivia to pursue a career working with children. So, she is striving to become a speech-language pathologist.
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Emma Litwin, Thrivent Charitable Community Scholarship recipient

Emma Litwin

Emma Litwin’s eyes were opened to the needs of local families when volunteering to make beds with a nonprofit. She plans to continue giving back to her community no matter how big or small the deed.
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Chris Andersen WomenLead Recipients

Tanisha Armstrong, Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship Recipient

Tanisha Armstrong

Overcoming the tragedy of her husband's death, Tanisha Armstrong dreams of creating a volunteer doula program to provide equity of care for birthing and parenting mothers.
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Everlyn Bernaag, Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship Recipient

Everlyn Banaag

Inspired to pursue higher education by her family, Everlyn Banaag, hopes to pass on culturally tailored training tools to the next generation of leaders.
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Lydia Famuyide, Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship Recipient

Lydia Famuyide

Losing a member of her community during childbirth inspired Lydia Famuyide's dream to provide maternal and child healthcare in less developed countries.
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Elizabeth Gunner, Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship Recipient

Elizabeth Gunner

During a trip to Panama as a teenager, Elizabeth Gunner offered a snack to a malnourished girl and the interaction inspired her purposeful work in public health and nutrition.
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Helina Haile, Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship Recipient

Helina Haile

As a Black immigrant woman, Helina Haile, seeks use her experiences as a catalyst to create space and opportunity for others who are not often represented.
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Jodie Huju, Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship Recipient

Jodie Huju

Jodie Huju played “church” instead of “house” as a child, and as an adult they aspire to be a spiritual leader and a chaplain within the criminal justice system.
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Tatayana Richardson, Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship Recipient

Tatayana Richardson

As a young, black, female, aspiring pastor Tatyana Richardson hopes to positively impact the world through her calling as an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and as a practical Theologian.
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Corinna Robinson, Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship Recipient

Corinna Robinson

Corinna Robinson was inspired to study theology after converting to Greek Orthodoxy. As an aspiring professor, she hopes to bring attention to the roles and experiences of women in religion.
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Anna Schuster, Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship Recipient

Anna Schuster

Anna Schuster can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a doctor. She's pursuing that dream and focusing on challenges faced by rural communities.
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