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Jul 1
Jul 1

Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Jordan Wetovick

Erickson Merkel Foundation: Tell us a little bit about your family and friends growing up, and any positive effect that they had on your formative years. Jordan Wetovick: My dad and mom instilled in me at a very young age that I needed to learn to be independent not only with taking care of myself, but […]

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Jul 0
Jul 0

Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Joshua Wakeling

Erickson Merkel Foundation: Tell us a little bit about your family and friends growing up, and any positive effect that they had on your formative years. Joshua Wakeling: My family was, and still is, always there to support me, especially academically. My parents, who are not college educated, were always excited to take me out […]

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Jul 0

Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Courtney Kemmet

Erickson Merkel Foundation: Tell us a little bit about your family and friends growing up, and any positive effect that they had on your formative years. Courtney Kemmet: My family was and still are very close. My grandparents lived on a farm just three miles from where I grew up so I spent a lot […]

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Jul 0
Jul 0

Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Devin Merz

Erickson Merkel Foundation: Tell us a little bit about your family and friends growing up, and any positive effect that they had on your formative years. Devin Merz: Growing up I have always had my parents behind me and supporting me no matter what it was I wanted to engage myself in. My parents placed […]

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Jul 2
Jul 2

Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Byron Laing

Erickson Merkel Foundation: Tell us a little bit about your family and friends growing up, and any positive effect that they had on your formative years. Byron Laing: Neither of my parents are musicians themselves, but my mother has always been a classical music enthusiast. I was exposed to music from the time I was born, when […]

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Jul 0
Jul 0

Alberts: Discipline and compassion go hand-in-hand

Born and raised in Ohio by parents Charles and Kathy, Alexa “Lexi” Alberts was taught to value dependability, consistency and perseverance from a very young age. Alongside her brother, Andy, Lexi learned both compassion and discipline, which would stay with her to present day. Like many, family and friends were a strong support network. “I […]

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Jul 0
Jul 0

Kerr: Care inspires workhorse drive

Sarah Kerr has a passion for medicine that she’s been cultivating since she was a child. Growing up Bellingham, Washington, gave her a unique perspective on helping others. She and her siblings Emily, Marissa and Dakota shared their home with even more siblings thanks to her mother Julie’s foster efforts. Her grandmother, Nadine Williams, also […]

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Jul 3
Jul 3

Ahmad: Strong family and hard work equals success

Virginia undergraduate businesswoman selected for $2,000 scholarship   Born and raised in northern Virginia, Ayesha Ahmad is the middle (and tallest) of three daughters born to Pakistani immigrants. Her parents, Imtiaz and Mehr, came to the United States in the late 80s. Ayesha considers herself to be Muslim-American-Pakistani. The Erickson Merkel Foundation considers her to […]

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Jul 0
Jul 0

Noll: A strong plan for support

Minnesota graduate student awarded $1,000 scholarship   Hillary Noll has always wanted to help people. Through her life so far she’s been happy with the support she’s received from family and mentors, and she very much wants to pass that same kind of support along to others. Hillary was one of the first three recipients […]

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