2022 Scholarship Awards

This year, the  Scholarship Awards Ceremony was different; instead of gathering during the chapel hour, students, faculty, and donors fellowshipped over dinner in the DC on April 18th. Students were seated with their donors, giving them the opportunity to get to know each other and thank them in person for their generosity. 

Eighty-five scholarships, totaling over $153,000, were awarded to students for the 2022-2023 school year. Twenty donors were present at the dinner.

Sienna Achterberg, the runner-up in the Creative Writing Contest Scholarship, declared her surprise at receiving her scholarship. “I had no idea that I’d do this well,” she said. “I figured I’d give it a shot, but I never thought I’d end up here!” The first-place winner expressed the same sentiment.

Mrs. Cindy Stratford told the story behind her late mother’s contribution, the Basso Family Scholarship: “Mom always wanted to be a teacher, but because she grew up in the Great Depression, she wasn’t able to attend school past the twelfth grade,” Mrs. Stratford explained. “All throughout her adult life, she found every opportunity she could to work with children – teaching in church, raising her own children, working in the community. Mom wanted to help other aspiring teachers have the opportunity she wished she’d had as a young lady.” Alexandra Gaul, an Elementary Education major, with a double minor in Music Education and Special Education, received the scholarship.

Below are listed each scholarship and its recipients:

Basso Family Scholarship

Alexandra Gaul

Biblical Studies Honor Scholarship

Celecia Bachmann, Hannah Pate

Byers-Price Memorial Scholarship

Kelsey Morris

Camp Chetek Scholarship

Wyatt Arterberry, Eryn Bates, Reagan Bill, Emma Carlson, Jonni Decker, Naomi Gauger, Reba Gretch, Lauren Harrison, Nathan Holder, Rachel Hudson, Niah Ingraham, Michael Kreger, Justus Morrison, Katelyn Morrison, Jacob Newman, Elizabeth Riley, Mary Robertson, Abigail Seger, James Seger, Katie Stille, Michal Wagner, Amber Wester

Cedarholm Alumni Scholarship

Camille Fink, Alissa Foerster

Christina Hargrove Memorial Scholarship

Grace Goin, Alyssa Krystowiak

Creative Writing Contest Award

Runner-up: Sienna Achterberg

Winner: Rachel Hudson

Doc and Marilyn Hilsen Weniger Memorial Scholarship

Lydia Estes, Julia Leuthold, Seth Leuthold, Caleb Moultrie, Mary Robertson

Elbert M. Dean Memorial Scholarship

Margaret McIntyre

Elmer F. Brown, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Lydia Bachorik, Margaret Bugera

Farrington Family Memorial Scholarship

Roselyn Andrews, Lydia Neubert

Fine Arts Music Scholarship

Joel Montgomery

Helen Steinhaus Memorial Scholarship

Jonathan Piranian

Hewison Family Scholarship

Luke Nason

Hope Pfeiffer Memorial Scholarship

Danielle Chaney

Jack and Ruth Cole Memorial Scholarship

Claire Greene

Jackson Education Scholarship

Olivia Harrington, Bethany Yenger

Johnson-Noland-Graham Nursing Scholarship

Veronica Fultz

Jonathan Leber Memorial Scholarship

Luiz Diaz

Jude 22 Scholarship

Taylor Ellis, Nita Heiderich

Kathleen Shelton Scholarship

Elisabeth Delaney

Lee Jason Krueger Memorial Scholarship

Rachel Hudson

Leitner Family Scholarship

Elisabeth Delaney, Philip Holloway, Joseph Rincon

Lewis and Mary Robinson Memorial Scholarship

Naomi Gauger

Psalm 78:4 Scholarship

Bailey Bessert, Sarah Rogers

Public Affairs Internship Scholarship

Michael Carruthers

Richard G. Ellis Memorial Scholarship

Esther Bishop, Jeremy Fopma, Abigail Hoffman

Robert Hanneman Memorial Scholarship

Mallory Willette

Russell Family Memorial Scholarship

Jordan Barnes, Benjamin Clore, Kyle Fowler, Gabrielle Torres

Ruth E. V. Hey Memorial Scholarship

Timothy DeLeon, Micah Risinger

Schlichting Family Memorial Scholarship

Carson Abbey, Josh Burt, Rebekah D’Oyley, Jared Martin, Michal Wagner

Stoltenberg Scholarship

Josiah Cochran, Drew Smith

Westra Scholarship

Michael Carruthers, David Cripps, Caitrin Kemlo, Joseph Rincon, Luke Zimmerman


These privately funded scholarships provide needed financial support for MBU students. Perhaps you or your family would like to honor someone and create a scholarship in their name(s). Contact the Development Office to find out how you might be a blessing to a student or students.