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Iowa Lakes Students Awarded American Legion Scholarships

By Staff | Oct 22, 2020

ESTHERVILLE — Melvin Gossler and Ed Rohner, two representatives of the American Legion of Iowa Foundation, visited Iowa Lakes Community College (ILCC) on October 16, 2020, at the Estherville campus to recognize American Legion Scholarship recipients.

The American Legion Foundation presented Iowa Lakes a $2,000 check that supports four $500 scholarships for students that are attending ILCC. These scholarships are awarded based on need, references, and a short essay describing the students’ accomplishments, service to their communities, and future goals.

The scholarship recipients for the American Legion of Iowa Foundation $500 scholarships are Brandon Gifford of Algona, Anyssa Sargent of Cylinder, Seattle Sweeney of Arnolds Park, and Devin McCrea of Estherville. Sweeney was the only student able to attend the visit in person.

At ILCC, Brandon Gifford is studying Criminal Justice. Anyssa Sargent is studying nursing and plans to transfer and obtain a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Seattle Sweeney, an Arts and Science major, intends to get a bachelor’s degree in Teaching and Education. Devin McCrea is majoring in Wind Energy and Turbine Technology.

“We are very proud of our partnership with the American Legion Foundation,” said Tim Ireland, the Career/Veteran/Military Services Coordinator at Iowa Lakes. “They annually provide funds for four scholarships that are awarded to ILCC students. The men and women of the American Legion have served their country in a military capacity and continue to serve by providing programs to assist students in a significant way. The students that were awarded each scholarship were appreciative and well deserving. Iowa Lakes would like to thank the American Legion Foundation for supporting our students.

Partners like the American Legion Foundation make college education more accessible and affordable for current and prospective ILCC students. To contribute to this scholarship or establish a new scholarship, contact the ILCC Institutional Advancement/Foundations Office at 712-362-0491. To apply for scholarships, visit www.iowalakes.edu.