Total of $18,000 provided to students pursuing
careers supporting intellectual and developmental disabilities
Watertown, Wis. –
Six college students planning careers that will enhance the lives of people
with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been awarded Bethesda
Lutheran Communities Scholastic and Service Scholarships for the 2020-2021
academic school year.
“Bethesda Auxiliary scholarships bolster students planning careers that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Karen Carter, president of the Bethesda Auxiliary. “We’re so pleased to recognize and reward students poised to support the disability ministry of the future.”
Students receiving the 2020-2021 scholarships are:
- Jenna Gaal of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, attending the
University of Wisconsin, Madison
- Hannah Oelhafen of Waukesha Wisconsin, attending Martin
Luther College, MN
- Sarah Brooks of Janesville, Wisconsin, attending Martin
Luther College, MN
- Kayla Lehr of Omaha, Nebraska, attending the University of
- Brandon Staple of Longmont, Colorado, attending the
University of Colorado, Denver
- Meghan Weaver of Fort Wayne, Indiana, attending Bowling
Criteria for the competitive scholarships includes
demonstration of academic achievement, active involvement in a Lutheran church,
service hours spent working with people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities, and a career plan that includes work and advocacy in the field of
This year’s competitive scholarships total $18,000 and are
awarded annually by the Bethesda Auxiliary in partnership with Bethesda
Lutheran Communities. More information on the scholarships can be found at www.BethesdaLC.org/scholarships.
The Bethesda Auxiliary is a nationwide organization that reaches forward in faith, word and deed by sharing the love of Jesus with people who have developmental disabilities in partnership with Bethesda.
Headquartered in Watertown, Wis., Bethesda is a national Christian
organization, providing homes and other services for people with intellectual
and developmental disabilities since 1904. Bethesda strives to become a central
point of connection that unites people who have disabilities with communities
and provides essential resources to help them live their lives to the fullest
through more than 300 programs across the country. For more information, go to http://www.BethesdaLC.org.