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Preston Veteran’s Scholarship Fund Awards 18 in 2013


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Mitchell Walbridge

As college students are counting down the days to campus move-in day, 18 of Preston, Minnesota’s finest are one step closer to receiving their scholarships from the Preston Veteran’s Scholarship Fund.

The Preston Veteran’s Scholarship program has been around since 1996 after it was initiated by Dave Wilson and Dave Sikkink, both who served as the commanders of the Preston post at the time. Since its initiation the scholarship program has grown significantly. Now more than two individuals manage the scholarship fund. A group of seven or eight members including directors, a secretary and a treasurer partake on the scholarship committee each year.

The scholarship process is simple, applicants who have a member of their family with some military background are eligible. Recipients must attend either a two year, four year or technical college and complete their first semester.

Upon completion of their first semester, grades must be submitted for review by a committee member. By the beginning of the second semester, generally by December or January, scholarship recipients receive their $500 if all qualifications are fulfilled.

Since the program began, the Preston Veteran’s Scholarship Fund has given out more than $90,000 worth of financial aid to a couple hundred students. When it began in the mid 1990’s, it was typical that three scholarships would be distributed each year. Now, a substantially greater amount are awarded each year.

The scholarship fund gets its support from both individual donors and businesses. “We’re so grateful for those in our community, including the businesses, for all of their generosity,” said Mary Sikkink. Individual and business donors do get an opportunity to choose a recipient to support on their behalf.

Paying for college today can be a challenge for many as tuition rates burden college graduates for years, even after an educational career has ended. Opportunities like the Preston Veteran’s Scholarship provide help to so many continuing their post-high school education.

Preston Veteran’s Scholarship recipients for 2013 include:

• Gwendolyn Petrillo

• Dana Parkhurst

• Cody Hendrickson

• Cal Larson

• Nicholas Ebner

• Matthew Guttormson

• Deja Lind

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Fillmore Central Schools - Mini Grant Program

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

A “mini grant” program has been continued for the 16th straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, Minn. First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony, Minn. for the Fillmore Central School District. Grants of up to $5 ..... 
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Fillmore Central Schools - Mini Grant Program

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

A “mini grant” program has been continued for the 16th straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, Minn. First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony, Minn. for the Fillmore Central School District. Grants of up to $5 ..... 
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Fillmore Central prepares for new school year

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton The Fillmore Central High School building has been undergoing renovations this summer, including a large heating and venting project. At the regular school board meeting on July 23, principal Heath Olstad said the project is going ac ..... 
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Fillmore Central Schools sets 2013 eligibility meeting

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The eligibility meeting for 2013-2014 Minnesota State High School League activities will be held at Fillmore Central Elementary School stage gym in Preston, Minn. on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 7pm. All students entering grades 7-12 and planning to ..... 
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Fillmore Central 2013-14 Pre-School Registration

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central Community Education School Readiness registration is underway for parents wanting to enroll their child for the 3/4 or 4/5 fall pre-school sessions. Classes are scheduled to begin the week of September 9, 2013. The goal of school ..... 
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Fillmore Central receives donation from the Milk Fun[D] Run

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Michael Johnson presented the Fillmore Central Community Foundation with a donation of $2,300 at the regular school board meeting on June 17. Johnson, a dairy farmer, explained he had heard about the need for money to help student ..... 
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Fillmore Central to bring back Cross Country

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The last time Fillmore Central had students involved in Cross Country was 2008-2009. At that time, there was only one student participating. Recently, nine students expressed interest in starting the program again, which would be shared with Lane ..... 
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5th and 6th grade students from Fillmore Central School

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) and State Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) are pictured with 5th and 6th grade students from Fillmore Central School. The group visited with the lawmakers recently while touring the State Capitol in St. Pa ..... 
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