The 2023 Carl & Melva Lee Memorial Scholarship was presented to Reece Janisch and by Cheryl and Larry Lee.
The Carl and Melva Lee Memorial Scholarship has been established to provide greater educational opportunities to Lincoln High School graduates. It will fund one annual scholarship award to a Lincoln High School senior who will be majoring in business.
Melva and Carl Lee were both 1935 Lincoln High School graduates. They were married in 1939 and made their home in Thief River Falls. Carl started working with his father, Ed, in the family business, Lee Plumbing and Heating, in 1936 and helped build the company into a leading mechanical contractor in northwestern Minnesota. They completed many commercial projects in the area and built a loyal clientele with the citizens of Thief River Falls and surrounding communities. Carl and Melva were also involved in several area organizations. They were members of the Eagles, Elks, Shrine Club, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, Old Fellows, TRF Jobs Inc., director of Union State Bank, and the curling club. They raised three children who are also all graduates of Lincoln High School.