One of our values here at Minster Bank is giving back to the communities we serve, and one of the ways we do that is through our annual scholarship program.
This year, we awarded $15,000 to graduating high school seniors in school districts in the communities we serve. Each recipient was chosen by their school and needed to meet the following criteria:
- A graduating senior with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Planning a two- or four-year degree with a major in business at an accredited community, private or public university.
- Has never received a suspension from high school, which would negate eligibility for the scholarship.
Read on to learn more about our 2021 scholarship recipients.
The Minster Bank Class of 2021 Scholarship Recipients
Kyle Peters: Fairlawn High School
Kyle’s parents are Kenny and Johanna. He plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio, majoring in sports marketing management. In high school, Kyle participated in basketball, golf, FFA and the National Honor Society, and he received the Honda Certificate of Achievement, State STEM Award and was the September 2020 Kiwanis Student of the Month.
Emily Holthaus: Ft. Loramie High School
Emily’s parents are John and Kelly. She plans on attending the University of Dayton, majoring in finance/pre-law. In high school, Emily was involved in the National Honor Society and was vice president of Student Council. She was also a Mathlete and participated in cheerleading, 4-H and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She was awarded Most Outstanding Cheerleader and received a Shelby County 4-Her Award.
Words from Emily: “Thank you, Minster Bank, for your generous scholarship. I am planning to attend the University of Dayton to study finance and law. I couldn’t be more appreciative of this scholarship to help towards my loans.”
Lisa Adams: Lehman Catholic High School
Lisa’s parents are John and Tara. She plans to attend The Ohio State University as a marketing major. In high school, Lisa was Student Council president, in the National Honor Society, in Pro Life Club and Spirit Club co-founder. She was also a PSR religion teacher.
Heidi Rethman: Marion Local High School
Heidi’s parents are Mike and Maria. She plans on attending Columbus State University, majoring in human resources. In high school, Heidi played volleyball and basketball, and she was also in the National Honor Society.
Bryan Falk: Minster High School
Bryan’s parents are Peter and Sue.
Words from Bryan: “Thank you so much for the very generous scholarship. You helped me to be able to pursue my career and dreams, and I am extremely grateful for it.”
Garrett Wibbeler: New Bremen High School
Garrett’s parents are Mary and Dave Looney. He plans on attending Edison State Community College, majoring in accounting.
Words from Garrett: “I would like to thank you for your consideration and for rewarding me with a Minster Bank scholarship. I am happy to inform you that the scholarship will be put into great use to help pay for my books, labs and any extracurricular payments I might have while attending college this coming fall.
“I plan to go online and attend Edison State Community College in the hopes of obtaining an associate’s in accounting. Many members of my family have gone into business and/or accounting and have remarkable things to say about the field. My strengths and weaknesses directly tie me to a position and job that is in the accounting field and has therefore pushed my interest into pursuing my education past a high school diploma.
“Organization and numbers are my absolute strong suit and to be able to go into a field that entices and needs bookkeeping, taxes, budgeting or any financial part is exciting to me. I try to help as many people as I can in life and when asking myself how I would be able to do this as a career, I knew that using my knowledge and skills in mathematics and finance to help others budget and increase or perfect their lifestyles sounds thrilling to me … I applied for an accounting seasonal summer position at Crown in hopes to grow and learn the basics of the field.
“I am truly grateful for your donation to me of the scholarship and all the interest that you have put into my future to ensure that my education is handled.”
Morgan Leffel: New Knoxville High School
Morgan’s parents are Keith and Sue. She plans to attend The Ohio State University – Lima, majoring in agricultural business/agricultural communications. In high school, Morgan played volleyball and basketball and was involved in the National Honor Society, Student Leadership Team and Auglaize County Fair Board. She was 1st Team All-MAC & District 8, as well.
Words from Morgan: “Thank you for the generous scholarship money. I really appreciate it. It will come in handy this fall when I start college at OSU in Lima to study agricultural business with a minor in agricultural communications.”
Jimmie Kennedy: Sidney High School
Jimmie’s parent is Valorie Kennedy. He plans on attending the University of Toledo, majoring in business. While in high school, Jimmie was active in soccer and FCCLA.
Words from Jimmie: ”I am truly grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the Minster Bank scholarship. Thank you for your generosity; this award helps me in so many ways! I will be continuing my education at the University of Toledo to major in business. I am very thankful for receiving this gift from you. This scholarship will help me in the long run. Thank you again for your generosity and support for giving me this award!”
Teighan Hensley: St. Marys Memorial High School
Teighan’s parents are Bryant and Chrissy. She plans on attending the University of Toledo with a major in digital marketing. In high school, Teighan participated in choir, concert band, symphonic band, pep band, jazz band, marching band, Goodfellows and Solo & Ensemble.
Words from Teighan: “Ultimately my occupational goal is to be employed by a business I stand by and assist the company with the knowledge I will obtain through college. I aspire to help companies expand their audience with the use of social media platforms and advertisements. I was interested in this occupation due to the fact that I believe new technological advances have been, and could further be, a tremendous asset to businesses.
In addition to working towards my bachelor’s degree, I aim to work as an intern or shadow a similar position I’m interested in. This would be an excellent opportunity to get more comfortable in a professional work environment and also allow me to experience what my duties would entail in my career after college.”
Brandon Allen: Troy High School
Brandon’s parent is Chad Allen. He plans on attending Kent State University, majoring in business marketing. While in high school, Brandon participated in musicals, Drama Club, e-sports and Troy Tones. He also was the yearbook editor.
Maiya Dilbone: Troy Christian High School
Maiya’s parents are Kevin and Kristin. She will major in business management at Ohio Northern University. In high school, Maiya played soccer (was a captain) and participated in Student Council, Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy and National Honor Society. She was also a teacher’s assistant and aided in ministry preparation. She received the Soroptomist Outstanding Young Woman Award, Metro Buckeye All-Conference Sportsmanship Award and Coaches Award.
Jillian Burgmeier: Vandalia-Butler High School
Jillian’s parents are John and Denise. She plans on attending the University of Cincinnati with a major in accounting. In high school, Jillian played soccer (was a captain) and was in National Honor Society, History Club, Junior Counsel of World Affairs and Student Congress. She also coached a youth soccer team and camp, was a teacher’s aide and volunteered at a food pantry.
Trevor Crow: Wapakoneta High School
Trevor’s parents are Jon and Kimberley. He plans on attending Bowling Green State University as an accounting major. In high school, Trevor played football and baseball. He was also in the National Honor Society and on the Western Buckeye League Sportsmanship Committee. He graduated cum laude with distinction.
Words from Trevor: “Thank you so much for awarding me the Minster Bank business scholarship. I will be using this scholarship to continue my education at BGSU.”
Congratulations to the 2021 Minster Bank Scholarship Winners
Minster Bank wishes each of our recipients (and the entire class of 2021) all the best in their future endeavors.
To revisit past scholarship winners, click here to read about our class of 2020.
Alexis Sowers was the recipient from Hardin-Houston High School. Alexis’ parents are Kasey Watercutter and Justin Sowers. She plans on attending Edison State Community College with a major in business. No other information was provided for her and Covington High School recipient, Ellery Reck.