High school seniors from across the country with an earned GPA of at least 3.0 and a proven contribution to outdoor conservation submitted applications. Students were required to submit letters of recommendation along with their transcript and an essay that answered the following question:
The COVID-19 Pandemic has greatly impacted most facets of our lives. Did the outdoors help you get through this difficult time? If yes, how so and, what did you learn about yourself from this experience? What have you taken away from this time that will help you grow as a citizen of the outdoors?
The Ike Foundation®’s trustees conducted a blind review of all applications and essays and scored submissions based on a pre-defined point system. The five winners, each receiving a $2,500 Ike Foundation® College Scholarship, are:
Jacob Knutsen of Middle River, MN
Jackson Temme of Larkspur, CO
Nicholas Splain of Sellersville, PA
Carter Coza of Marietta, GA
Alexis Grandstaff of Headland, AL
Alexis is the recipient of the Brenda Butenewicz Purple Memorial Scholarship Award. Butenewicz was an original member of The Ike Foundation® who passed away in 2020. She shared the vision of engaging underprivileged youth in the sport of fishing and being in the outdoors. Butenewicz was a biology teacher and passionate photographer, taking many pictures at early Ike Foundation® events. The Ike Foundation® has created The Purple Memorial Scholarship in honor of Brenda Butenwicz and her passion for biology, the outdoors, photography, and her favorite color, purple.
Please consider supporting the 5th Annual Scholarship Fund at the next event, Friday, January 28th, 2022 at The Grove at Centerton More information on this event can be found on our website https://theikefoundation.org/upcoming-events/ and on our social media pages in the coming months.