Heinen and Vermulm new board members for Dollars for Scholars

NEW YEAR BABY  —  While she took a while to join the world, Willow Joy Levesque was delivered at Pondera Medical Center by Dr. Peter Barran on March 3 at 6:42 p.m. She weighed in at seven pounds five ounces and was 20-1/4 inches in length. The proud parents are Brandon and Angela Levesque of Conrad. The paternal grandparents are Robert Levesque of Reno and Darlene Martinez of Magalia, Calif. The maternal grandparent is Brenda Wagner of Conrad. She is joined by a sister Danielle and a brother Sean. Pat Howard of the Conrad Quilt Group presents a baby quilt and other goodies to the new Mom, Angela and the New Year baby while her brother and sister look on.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler




A board of directors is a group of volunteers who care so much about the mission of the organization that they are willing to donate their time (a precious resource) to the cause.

It can be a daunting task to find new faces to replace empty board positions, but Conrad Dollars for Scholars is happy to announce the addition of two enthusiastic members.

Meagan Heinen has been a part of the Conrad community for nine years, along with her husband Patrick and three children: Patrick, Bethany and Avery.

Heinen welcomed the opportunity to join the DFS board. She stated, “I owe my career to a scholarship that pointed me in the direction of engineering.” She graduated with a Civil Engineering degree and works at USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. She believes learning is a lifelong pursuit and that it can start with higher education. “Dollars for Scholars is one way the whole community demonstrates the importance of education to our children.”

Chris Vermulm is also looking forward to serving as a board member. Along with her husband, Jeremy, and daughters, Payton and Sadie, she enjoys being a part of this small community.

She works at Northwest Farm Credit Services in crop insurance. Her experience has taught her that higher education provides not only specialized instruction, but lessons in life. When asked to be on the board for DFS, Vermulm said, “It will be a great opportunity to get involved with our schools and community.”

Vermulm and Heinen join other DFS volunteers: Kayce Bitney, LeAnn Hermance, Patti Orcutt, Kody Farkell, Jane Holzer, Janice Hoppes, Dede Brown, John McFarland, Jim Meier, Judy Ellis and Richard Murack. Board emeritus members are Dale Keil, Guy Miser and Butch Orcutt.

As of the April 2 deadline, Conrad High School seniors who have successfully completed their DFS scholarship applications can be assured that their Dollars for Scholars application will be graded anonymously.

Names are blocked off of the application and scored depending on GPA, parent financial information, work experience, faculty reference, choice of study, school and community activities.

Many DFS donors set criteria to decide whom their scholarship is awarded.

This year DFS will award 77 scholarships to deserving senior applicants. This summer another round of scholarship giving is intended for students already attending post secondary classes as well as graduate studies.

Application deadline for these upper level students is Aug. 1.

Whether the DFS volunteers sit on the scholarship committee or the board of directors, they all bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to help Conrad DFS grow and award scholarships to deserving students. DFS prides itself on their continued fundraising successes and on having very low expenses, in part because there are no paid volunteers.

This is in contrast to scholarship organizations that have paid staff members and large fundraising budgets. DFS volunteers are reminded that “Noah’s Ark was built by amateurs. The Titanic was built by professionals.”