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By JoAnn Cruse
Monticello Foundation Secretary 

Monticello Foundation Awards Scholarships


November 26, 2020

The Board of Directors of The Monticello Foundation, Inc., met October 12th and voted to award twelve scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to Monticello alumni currently in college. Congratulations to these deserving students: Claire Klossner, Hannah Zanow, Jordan (Zweifel) Tiede, Megan Lehr, Jessie Garrison, Emily Koch, Katie (Kubly) Marti, Courtney Leuzinger, Veronica Blumer, Heidi (Rieder) Kassebaum, Brittany Disch, and Alaya Hummel. This brings the total amount awarded in 2020 to $40,000, and the total amount awarded since 1995 to $449,750! Thanks to everyone who applied and to our generous community for their continued support to help make this possible!

Selection is based on criteria such as academics, activities, leadership, community activities, citizenship, work experience and financial need. We hope you enjoy reading about these fine young people and agree that these students are very deserving and well on their way to much success!

Courtney Leuzinger, Class of 2015

I am attending Edgewood College to pursue my Master of Arts in Education, with concentrations in ESL and Special Education. I’m a full-time grad student while I am a first year teacher, too. I accepted a 1st grade teaching position at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Madison in July. I have 22 students in my classroom and QP is doing a hybrid model. I see a group of students on Monday/Tuesday and then the other group on Thursday/Friday, all while still teaching virtually every day. My students are wonderful and they always come prepared to learn, whether they are in-person or virtual. I would also like to thank the Monticello Foundation committee for selecting me as a recipient for this year’s scholarship. Go Ponies!

Jordan (Zweifel) Tiede, Class of 2013

Jordan would like to thank that community of Monticello and the Monticello Foundation for your continued support in her academic endeavors. Jordan is earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at UW-Platteville. She will be graduating in December, and will be a full-time staff accountant at Honkamp Krueger in Dubuque, Iowa. She has been with the company since May as an intern, and then is currently part-time while finishing school. Jordan is planning on obtaining the CPA license after graduation to further her career and knowledge in accounting.

Megan Lehr, Class of 2017

I am currently a senior at UW-Madison majoring in Agricultural Business Management with plans to graduate in Spring 2021. After graduation, I plan to utilize my education and experiences to pursue a career in agricultural finance or marketing. One of my favorite parts of my college experience has been my involvement on campus. This year, in the Association of Women in Agriculture, I am serving as the Vice President and continue to expand my professional network while advocating for agriculture. Through AWA, I’ve been able to participate in many volunteer activities like Rally to Fight Hunger, where we package over 30,000 meals for families in need. I have also been involved in the Agricultural Business Management Club and the Renk Agribusiness Institute. Throughout my college career, I have broadened my experiences with agribusiness work at Wisconsin Cheese Group, the UW-Madison Agronomy Department, Precision Biolabs, and W&W Dairy. I am honored to be a recipient of the Monticello Foundation Scholarship and grateful for their continued support of my education.

Veronica Blumer, Class of 2018

I attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. I am majoring in Psychology, and I am pursuing a minor in Spanish. In terms of careers, I am working to become a healthcare social worker. Unfortunately, the pandemic has limited options for students to get involved or work on-campus. However, during my time at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, I have participated in five psychology-related research studies. I am currently designing and will eventually carry out a psychology research study with a classmate. Our study will examine how social media effects people’s moods and identify potential gender differences. I have also been inducted into Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic National Honor Society) and Psi Chi (International Honor Society in Psychology). I have also participated in career fairs that have helped me determine my next steps after I graduate. I want to thank the Monticello Foundation for supporting my education. It is truly an honor to be selected to receive one of the Monticello Foundation’s scholarships. The financial assistance from this scholarship allows me to focus my time and energy on my studies. I am grateful for the strong foundation and support that the community of Monticello has given me. I am fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community. Thank you!

Jessie Garrison, Class of 2017

I am extremely honored to have been selected as one of the recipients for the Monticello Foundation Scholarship. I will forever be thankful for the Monticello community and their continuous support in helping me receive my Bachelor’s Degree. I am currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I am majoring in Business Management, with a minor in Spanish, and I will be graduating in the Spring of 2021. On top of that, I work back home at Duluth Trading Company. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, my senior year is not what I ever expected it to be. All of my classes are virtual, and a lot of the activities on campus were cancelled this year. Although it is bittersweet, I look forward to graduating in the Spring and for all my future endeavors. Thank you again to the Monticello Foundation for their continuous support. I am forever thankful for our community.

Emily Koch, Class of 2016

I want to thank the Monticello Foundation for the generous scholarship and the continued support of the graduates of Monticello Schools. I am currently finishing up my last semester at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, student teaching in a middle school special education resource room for the first quarter of the school year, and a fourth-grade classroom the second quarter of the school year. I have also started volunteering after school with the middle school’s after school activity of pickle ball! Before the opportunity presented itself, I had never heard of pickle ball; it has been a lot of fun learning alongside my students. Additionally, before student teaching began, I was a lead teacher at a local daycare providing care and full-time schooling for students in the elementary grades because of the school closures from COVID-19. Upon graduation in December, I plan to apply for jobs as a special education teacher within the middle school grades because of how much I have enjoyed it this fall. Thank you again to the Monticello Foundation for the scholarship, it is greatly appreciated!

Alaya Hummel, Class of 2018

Hi, my name is Alaya Hummel and I am currently a junior at UW-Platteville, studying Soil and Crop Science. Right now I am living at home because of online schooling and working as a bartender, and at Duluth Trading Company. I commute to school when I need to for my science labs. Although college has been different and difficult these past few months, it is great to know that I have a community that stands behind me and wants me to succeed as much as I do. I want to thank the Monticello Foundation Committee and the community for their continued financial support to the graduates of Monticello.

Heidi (Rieder) Kassebaum, Class of 2001

I am Heidi Kassebaum and am currently in my first semester of the nursing program at Blackhawk Technical College. It is both a challenging and rewarding change. My career path has been a winding road, but my passion has always been in helping people. I was a Medical Assistant at UW Health for five years, but decided that a career in nursing would enable me to do so much more. I am active in the community, both at the county level as well as in Monticello. I help with the Green County Ag Chest as chair for the Queen’s Program for the Monticello community and every year with the Green County Breakfast on the Farm helping wherever I am needed. I also volunteer with the Zwingli UCC events like the Kalburwurst Dinner, Trunk-or-Treat, Super Sunday, Steak Cookout and road pick up. I also volunteer, with my family, every year with Whitetails Unlimited at their annual fundraiser banquet. I am very proud to be from Green County and the Monticello community and will continue to contribute wherever and whenever I am able. These are strange times and now, more than ever, we need to be there for one another. Thank you to The Monticello Foundation. I am extremely humbled and grateful for this opportunity.

Claire Klossner, Class of 2019

I am grateful to be given the opportunity to apply and be receiving this scholarship. I am currently in my third semester at Viterbo University and first semester in the nursing program. I cannot wait for clinical rotations starting next semester. This semester I have enjoyed getting the opportunity to utilize our simulation labs. I have been involved in the Spanish Club and Viterbo Student Nurse Association by different volunteer experiences. I am very excited for the upcoming semesters. My goals are to finish nursing school and to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Spanish. I cannot wait to see what the future holds. I cannot thank the community members, teaching staff, and administrative staff, as well as my family who have guided and supported me to become the person I am today! I would like to thank the Monticello Foundation for giving extra support to me and others by rewarding this generous scholarship. I will continue to work hard and make the community and family proud!

Hannah Zanow, Class of 2019

First off, I am honored and beyond grateful to be a recipient of the Monticello Foundation Scholarship. I cannot thank the Monticello Foundation enough for their support and dedication that allows students and alumni to pursue our goals and aspirations. I am currently a sophomore attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and will be majoring in Marketing, with a minor in Spanish. Throughout my time at UW-Whitewater, I have been fortunate enough to be involved with multiple organizations that give back to the community, as well as develop my leadership and business skills. Last semester, I was selected to be the Vice President of Internal Operations of the Social Impact Division for the UWW American Marketing Association. This position has allowed me to market for non-profits in the surrounding communities, as well as on-campus organizations. This year, in particular, I was able to promote and work closely with UWW-WILL, which stands for Working for Inclusion, Leadership, and Learning. Their mission is to teach employers how to empower those with disabilities, both visible and hidden, to thrive in the workplace. I am also an Executive Board Member and Project Director for UW-Whitewater’s Enactus, which is a social entrepreneurship organization. From the beginning of last year, I became a Project Lead for the Quetzal Collaborative through Enactus. This project gave me the opportunity to partner with a school in Guatemala, called La Unión, who provides indigenous women with entrepreneurial programs. Last year, we started a mighty cause page and ran a supplies drive to collect items for their programs. I am proud to say that we collected over 2,000 items and 700 dollars for La Unión’s programs. Despite the challenges of Coronavirus, myself and two other Enactus members safely made a trip to Indiana this semester, in order to take the supplies down to our partner, Hearts In Motion. The individuals at Hearts in Motion will be sending the shipment to Guatemala. Through these positions and organizations, I have been able to meet amazing and selfless individuals, who constantly give back to others. The Monticello community and Whitewater community have made me realize how important social impact is to me. I now know that whichever career path I choose, my personal mission is to ensure that the future of marketing focuses on building relationships within societies that drive the creation of innovative, helpful ideas to the better the world.

Katie (Kubly) Marti, Class of 2004

Thank you to the Monticello Foundation for supporting Monticello graduates as we continue to advance our education. I am thankful and humbled to be selected as a recipient this year. I am a first-semester student for my Doctorate in Nursing Practice, focusing on healthcare leadership through Chamberlain University. I have been an RN for eleven years and in management for the past nine years. Pursing my Doctorate in Nursing will allow me to expand my knowledge in applying research into practice to improve our local community and population health. During my program, I will be responsible for implementing an improvement initiative to address a care need within our community or local healthcare system. Both personally and professionally, my goals are to continuously give back to the community through participating in Green County health improvement initiatives, volunteer work, supporting local events, and participating in committees. I am an active member of the Green County Relay for Life planning committee, assisting with fundraising, and organizing event activities that recognize local cancer survivors. I’ve also been able to volunteer in many ways with my daughter’s 4-H club. I am passionate about volunteerism and believe it is vital to instill this passion in a child at a young age, which is why my daughter is often by my side when giving back to our community. Thank you again to the Monticello Foundation for this outstanding opportunity!

Brittany Disch, Class of 2017

My name is Brittany Disch and I am currently a senior at UW-Platteville majoring in Agribusiness with a minor in Soil and Crop Science. I am grateful the Monticello School encouraged their high school students to take college credits while in high school, because of this I will be graduating a semester early. While not in class I am working for Helena Agri-Enterprises, where I have spent my last two semesters interning. Fortunately, I have received a full-time job with Helena in Monroe, WI, as an AGRIntelligence Specialist. I am excited to be working with my Helena family helping farmers make their crops more productive and profitable. I would like to thank the Monticello Foundation for the opportunity to be a recipient of this scholarship, as well as the Monticello Community for helping me obtain my Bachelor’s Degree. I am grateful I grew up in such a supportive community!

Over the past year, donations have been received from Amy Silver, Douglas Karlen, John Gehn, Mike and Beth Korth, Brian Vetrovec, Ed Murphy, Mary Baker, David and Ann Porter, Michael Klassy, Gert Waelchli; Irv Eichorst in memory of David Baker; David and Nancy Walsh in memory of Elmer Lemon; Jim and Lisa Ritschard in memory of Mona Landis, Dale Landis, Sandra Ramer, Helen Gehn, Dr. Tom McCarthy, Tony Huml, Nancy Studer, Gladys Steiner and Johnny Marty; Paul Judy in memory of Richard Gilder; Nancy Aquino in memory of Delbert Ott and Nancy Studer; Carla Hartwig and Marjorie Buchholz in memory of Bonnie Seeholzer, Marjorie Buchholz in memory of Sharron Gempeler, Verlyn and Judy Adamson in memory of Nancy Studer. Many thanks to supporters who donated when the annual golf outing fundraiser was canceled in June. There’s still time to make your tax deductible donations for 2020! Donations may be given to any director or mailed to PO Box 636, Monticello, WI 53570. Thank you for your support!

Monticello Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors,

L. Linn Lederman, President; David Quade, Vice President; JoAnn Cruse, Secretary; Carol Kubly, Treasurer; Keith Hoesly, Ronda Buchholz, Jean McMannes, Michael Aquino, and Jane Lemon Tereba


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