Luther College Announces Steven Mark Anderson Scholarship Recipients | Securities

Seven Luther College students have each been awarded a $1,000 Steven Mark Anderson Scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year. Recipients include Jasmine Elliott, Samantha Ferguson, Lilah Gray, Emily Marthaler, Kaylee Martin, Samuel Nemechek and Samantha Reesman.

The Steven Mark Anderson Scholarship was established in 2001 by Lloyd and Kathy Anderson of Ames, Iowa, in memory of their son, Rev. Steven Mark Anderson, who graduated from Luther in 1985. The scholarship benefits first-grade Luther College students. generation and eligible for income. participate in the TRIO success program. TRIO offers personalized support and comprehensive programming that promotes student academic success, personal development and community engagement. The federally funded program has been sponsored by Luther for nearly 50 years and serves approximately 165 students annually.

Jasmine Elliott ’24, a sophomore from Evansville, Wisconsin, is majoring in identity studies with minors in dance and psychology. Elliott is a member of Luther College’s dance program, Norse Against Sexual Assault and the Sunday Night Worship group (Focus). She is also the vice president of service for the national mixed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. Off campus, Elliott works at ArtHaus at Decorah and is a member of the American Association of University Women. After graduating from Luther, she aspires to facilitate cultural connections, inspire healing, encourage personal responsibility, and champion universal fairness and equality through dance activism.

Samantha “Sammy” Ferguson ’23, a junior from Rapid City, Illinois, is an English major with a management minor. She is a member of Collegiate Chorale and vice president of Tau Delta Gamma sorority. Ferguson works on campus as a peer leader for the TRIO Achievement Program and as a tutor for the Barry Writing Center. Off campus, she works as a library assistant at the Decorah Public Library. She is certified in CPR and first aid and was invited to Sigma Tau Delta, the honors society of the English department. After graduating from Luther, Ferguson aspires to become a publicist and work for a publishing house specializing in novels.

Lilah Gray ’24, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, is majoring in elementary education. Gray attends the Luther College Ballroom and Swing club and has performed with the Aurora Choir. Currently, Gray is a valued student manager for Oneota Market on campus. After graduating from Luther, Gray plans to become a teacher and eventually attend graduate school.

Emily Marthaler ’24, a sophomore from West Union, Minnesota, is majoring in social work with a minor in art. Marthaler participates in the Luther College Social Work Association and Habitat for Humanity groups. After graduating from Luther, she plans to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in social work specializing in art therapy.

Kaylee Martin ’24, a junior from Romeoville, Illinois, is majoring in social work with a minor in counseling. At Luther, she is vice president of the Social Work Association and the new Special Olympics group. Martin is a skills trainer at Opportunity Homes, Inc., Decorah, where she serves people with disabilities. She is certified in mental health first aid and as a medication manager and is a member of the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society. Off campus, Martin volunteers with youth and family support services as a “mentor for a day” and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. After graduating from Luther, Martin plans to attend graduate school and then become a social worker for youth involved in the foster care system.

Samuel Nemechek ’23, a junior from Elkader, Iowa, is majoring in economics and minoring in philosophy. Nemechek co-creates a new club on Luther’s campus for powerlifting and is a resident assistant at Dieseth Hall. Off campus, he works at the Quality Inn and Suites in Decorah. Nemechek is certified in CPR and Mental Health First Aid. After graduating from Luther, he would like to stay in the Decorah area but is also open to exploring the world.

Samantha “Sami” Reesman ’24, a sophomore from Burlington, Wisconsin, is a nursing student. She is a member of Luther’s women’s swim and dive team and works as a lifeguard for the Luther Aquatic Center. She is certified as a water safety instructor and certified in CPR and first aid. After graduating from Luther, Reesman plans to return to Wisconsin and work as a registered nurse.

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