Scholarships of the Association

All of the scholarships listed below are funded scholarships and generally funded by the generosity of donors. Private individuals, businesses, organizations, former recipients, parents and grandparents, and high school classes and organizations participate each year.

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Al Hodgett/Michael Hodgett Memorial Scholarship

All Hodgett was a dedicated social studies teacher at Beecher High School for 32 years. During his teaching career, he served as the athletic director, basketball coach, golf coach, and cross-country coach. The four most important things in his life were family, friends, academics, and athletics. The family is donating funds from his memorial for this scholarship.

Michael Hodgett, a 1982 graduate of Beecher High School, was tragically killed in a car accident in 1983 after his freshman year of college. He was an excellent student and an outstanding athlete.

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Antoinette Werner Memorial Scholarship

The philanthropic Werner family owned the First State Bank of Beecher for many years. Upon the death of Antoinette, in addition to leaving funds to each of the local churches, instructions were left that money be placed into an account with the annual interest designated for scholarships to be given to deserving graduating Beecher High School seniors.

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Beecher Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

The Chamber was established in 2000. Each year, the Chamber funds its scholarship through support from local businesses as part of the philanthropic work.

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Beecher Education Foundation Scholarship

The Education Foundation was formed in 1994 for the purpose of securing and channeling funds and other gifts to support and promote educational programs and activities of Beecher School District 200-U. The Foundation’s 501(c)(3) classification with the Internal Revenue Service allows a tax benefit to Donors. It is possible for the Foundation to provide funds for a scholarship thanks to contributions received from donors.

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Beecher Parent Teacher Organization Scholarship

The mission of the Beecher PTO is to act as a powerful voice for all children. The PTO is a relevant resource for families and communities and is a strong advocate for the education and well being of every child. It is the PTO’s vision to make every child’s potential a reality. The PTO is able to award a scholarship through the fundraising efforts of both students and parents.

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Deeke-Ohlendorf Amvet Post #67 Scholarship

Deeke-Ohlendorf Amvet Post #67 has generously donated to the Scholarship Association since its inception. Each year, a representative of the organization serves as a member of the selection committee. The representative assists in determining the annual recipients of the Amvet awards given through the Association.

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Dr. Christine Coats, DDS Scholarship

Dr. Coats moved to Beecher in 2001 and was immediately impressed with the community support of its graduates through the Scholarship Association. Having been raised in a small town, Dr. Coats knows how important the support of the community makes in the success of its graduates. Dr. Coats graduated with her undergraduate degree from Augustana College in 1991 and wants to support students looking to gain a liberal arts education as well as those students who have recently moved to Beecher and adopted it as their hometown.

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Dr. Daryl Younker Scholarship

Dr. Younker graduated from Beecher High School in 1963 and received one of the first two scholarships awarded to graduating seniors through the Scholarship Association.  Although Dr. Younker relocated to Florida, he donates $1000 annually to the scholarship drive with an individual award given each year in his name to a graduating senior attending a four-year university.

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Ed Reiman Scholarship

Ed Reiman and his wife, Jean, owned and operated the Princess Café for many years, employing many local young people. The Reimans were always major supporters of the Beecher School District.

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Ernie Sippel Scholarship

Ernie Sippel served the Beecher community for many years in the capacity of president and coach for the Beecher Recreation Council. His efforts also led to improvements at the high school baseball field that, upon his death in 1991, was named in his honor.

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First Community Bank and Trust Scholarship

First Community Bank and Trust has donated scholarship money to deserving students every year since the Scholarship Association inception in 1963. Beginning in 2000, First Community Bank and Trust began a tradition by presenting the annual Valedictorian Scholarship.

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Goldie’s Auto Body Scholarship

Goldie’s Auto Body, located on the north side of town, continues to be a supporter of education. Each year, Goldie’s donates money to be awarded to a qualifying senior.

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Herman Fisher Memorial Scholarship

Herman Fisher was a Beecher Board of Education member and president for many years.  Upon his retirement from the Board, the high school library was dedicated in his name.  In recent years the family has donated funds for a scholarship in his memory.

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James Churchill Scholarship

The Churchill family owned farmland on the perimeter of the village and donated acreage to the school district in the 1970’s.  Mrs. Churchill was a librarian in the district for many years and upon the death of her husband, James, placed funds into an account with the interest to be used annually for the purpose of providing scholarships for deserving graduating Beecher High School graduates.

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James Wunderlich Memorial Scholarship

James Wunderlich was a student at Beecher High School when he was tragically killed in the 1950’s in a car/tractor accident north of town. His parents were longtime educators in the community. In the 1980’s, anonymous funds were received with instructions given to place the funds into an account in James Wunderlich’s memory with the annual interest to be designated for scholarships for Beecher High School graduates.