OOIDA announces scholarship winners

By Land Line staff


OOIDA Director and Scholarship Fund Committee Chairman Bill Rode of Eagle, ID, can sum up the motivation behind the Association’s scholarship fund efforts in fewer than 10 words.

“We’re just so darned proud of our kids,” said Rode.

Established to help with the college expenses of the children, grandchildren and legal dependents of OOIDA members, each year OOIDA awards one $2,000 and four $1,000 scholarships.

The scholarships are renewable for three years, providing a total of four years of assistance to each student.

In the first 10 years of this program – 2008/2009 being year No. 11 – the program awarded $125,000 to 46 young people from 24 states.

The program is administered by the OOIDA Foundation. The 2008-2009 winners are as follows:

Hannah Biniecki of Monroe, MI, is the winner of the $2,000 scholarship. She is the daughter of member Dale E. Biniecki. Hannah has applied to Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. Her intended major is philosophy and political science.

Samantha K. Jones of Wartburg, TN, is the winner of a $1,000 scholarship. She is the daughter of member James Steven Jones. Samantha has applied to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. Her intended major is public relations.

Erik Logan Reich, Versailles, IL, is the winner of a $1,000 scholarship. Erik is the son of member Rick Joseph Reich. He has applied to Spoon River Community College, Canton, IL, where he intends to earn an associate’s degree in applied science in diesel mechanics.

Rebecca Foster of Joplin, MO, is the winner of a $1,000 scholarship. She is the daughter of member David Foster. She has applied to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO. She intends to major in radiologic technology.

Shawn Allen Volk of Bismarck, ND, is the winner of a $1,000 scholarship. He is the grandson of member Thomas M. Brown. Shawn has applied to Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND. His intended major is business management.

Runner-up for a $1,000 scholarship is Jillian Mlinarcik of Fountain, MI. Jillian is the daughter of member Gary Love. She has applied to Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI. Her intended major is biomedical science. She will receive a scholarship if one of the 2008-2009 recipients drops out of the program. LL

– By Land Line staff