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Class of 1990 Nicole Knutson Memorial Scholarship

The 2023 Class of 1990 Nicole Knutson Memorial Scholarship was presented to Brylee Lingen by Rodney & Sandy Knutson.

Nicole was the president of the Lincoln High School Class of 1990 and tragically an asthma attack claimed her life days before her high school graduation.  The new asthma medications and advanced treatments were not yet available.  If these had been available, Nicole could be with us today.  Nicole had a positive outlook on life, loved people and believed that everyone needed a friend.

The Class of 1990 had money left in their treasury at the end of their senior year.  The class advisor said Nicole kept saying we have to do something with this money that makes a difference in someone’s life.  She did not want to “just spend it.”  After this tragedy they started the Nicole Knutson Memorial Scholarship with the money.  When the money was gone Nicole’s family took over the funding.

The year 2000 came for the 10-year reunion of the class of 1990.  This very thoughtful class did a 5K run in Nicole’s memory and again funded the Scholarship.  They are hoping for an annual 5K.  It was the class of 1990, 1993 and many other Lincoln High School alumni that kept us, as family, grounded to life after this loss.  They brought us sunshine during a storm and gave truth to Nicole’s saying that “everyone needs a friend.”  This scholarship honors Nicole and the class of 1990.  She is still “that friend.

Teddy Dorn Nursing Scholarship

Foundation member Holly Haugen presented the 2023 Teddy Dorn Nursing Scholarship to Carli Prickett.

Teddy Dorn graduated from Lincoln High School in 1944. Teddy chose a nursing career and graduated from Asbury Hospital in Minneapolis as an X-ray technician. The Teddy Dorn Nursing Scholarship was established in 1992 by her family to commemorate her commitment to nursing. The annual scholarship is awarded to an Lincoln High School senior pursuing a career in nursing. The applicant must demonstrate leadership qualities and a qualifying grade point average.

Frances E. Eide Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Polly Gustafson presented the 2023 Frances E. Eide Memorial Nursing Scholarship to Natalie Novak and Megan Peterson.

The Frances A. Eide Memorial Nursing Scholarship has been established by South Dakota businessman Vern Eide, who is an alumni of Lincoln High School and brother of Frances. Frances Eide, who was a 1941 graduate of Lincoln High School, was born on June 14, 1923 and passed away on April 25, 1979 after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer.

The scholarship is to honor her life and the lives of the good nurses who cared for her. "We trust the scholarship money will help in aspiring young people to enter the nursing profession," states the Eide family.

The Frances A. Eide Memorial Nursing Scholarship will award scholarships for two students who are enrolled in a nursing program. Criteria is based on need and a C average or above

Dr. George T. & Marvel Van Rooy Memorial Nursing Scholarship

The 2023 Dr. George T. & Marvel Van Rooy Memorial Nursing Scholarship was presented to Amelie McCloud and Caitlynn Ellison by Board Member Darla Hegge.

The Dr. George T. and Marvel Van Rooy Memorial Nursing Scholarship is awarded to a graduate of Lincoln High School who is enrolled in a nursing program full time and has a GPA of B or above.

George Van Rooy was born in Stephens Point, Wisconsin, and raised in Minneapolis. He enjoyed spending his summers with his grandparents in Stephens Point as he grew up. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1942 and did his internship in Detroit, Michigan. He then served in World War II as an Army physician from 1943 to 1946, where he walked across India to retrieve wounded soldiers.

After the war, he accepted a position to practice medicine in Thief River Falls, where he met his wife. In 1949, he married Marvel Grovum and they moved to Dallas for an internal medicine residency at Methodist Hospital. In 1950, they returned to Thief River Falls. After a brief tenure at the Bratrud Clinic, George joined the Falls Clinic PA in Thief River Falls with doctors William Feigel and Neil Nickerson.

He enjoyed spending time with his patients and making house calls, often without charge. He worked at the Falls Clinic until his retirement in 1977. After his retirement, George and his wife divided their time between Minnesota and Arizona.

He enjoyed his family, ham radio, geology, jewelry making, computers, researching the civil war, hobby farming, reading, Marlene Dietrich, art, poetry, proper grammar, dining out, Wednesday nights with the guys, and chocolate--especially his wife’s chocolate cake with nuts in the frosting.

He loved to tell stories, often enchanting his friends and family with tales of his life, including anecdotes from his time in the war, lively accounts of his antics with his friends, and recollections such as how he’d swim across Lake Calhoun for lunch when he was in high school.

He was generous, funny, intelligent, entertaining, interesting and loved tremendously by his friends and family.

This scholarship was established in his memory.

Marlene Olson Hjeldness Memorial Scholarship

Helen Anderson presented Ava Budish with the 2023 Marlene Olson Hjeldness Memorial Scholarship.
Austins' Hope Scholarship

The 2023 Austins' Hope scholarship was presented to Isabella Hamre & Natalie Novak. (left to right) Alaina Lunsetter, Patty Mutnansky Skibicki, Isabell Hamre, Natalie Novak, Diane Kalsnes, Nikki Lunsetter and David Lunsetter & Jim Hustad.


Must be a Lincoln High School graduate, going to a 2 or 4 year college, 2-$500 scholarships will be sent to the school second semester.

       Austin Martell: $500- 3.5 GPA or above. Going into the medical field for mental heath or psychology.

Austin loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, cutting trees and doing wood working. He was a very caring, creative and talented young man who loved with his whole heart “full throttle”. He has had a huge impact on everyone he met and was always there to lend a helping hand and a shoulder to cry on. Austin had an inseparable bond with his brother Aiden, they were the best of friends, worst of enemies and the competition was fierce. He was a great protector of his little sisters Alaina and Anna and loved to torment them.

       Austin Kalsnes: $500- 3.5 GPA or above. Going into the medical field for mental health or psychology.

Austin was very compassionate. If someone needed help, he would be the first to volunteer. He had an easy-going nature, was fun, friendly, loving, kind, very laid back, and always had a smile on his face. Austin was a sports enthusiast. He was an excellent player and fan of basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, and many other sports. Austin was an avid college and professional sports aficionado -- especially Minnesota sports teams. Austin loved working with electronics and technology. He enjoyed building computers, gaming, and research. No matter his state of mind, he was always on top of current information, trends, and what was going on in the world.


Austin Martell                                     Austin Kalsnes


North Born Physical Therapy Scholarship

The 2023 North Born Physical Therapy Scholarship was presented to Brooklyn Broadwell & Jason Fuhrer by Alicia Backer, Cathy Metalak & Julia Nelson

North Born Physical Therapy Scholarship: Must be a LHS graduate, having been a student of LHS for at least 2 years, with a GPA of at least 3.0, attending a 2 or 4 year college, pursuing a degree in healthcare. Must provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher.

Kathryn Louise (Myrold) Omdahl Memorial Nursing Scholarship

The 2023 Kathryn Louise (Myrold) Omdahl Memorial Nursing Scholarship was presented to Brooklyn Bakke & Ava Budish by Kari Schwinghammer.



The Kathryn Louise (Myrold) Omdahl Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established in her name by her sisters and daughters upon the death of Enid Carolyn (Myrold) Burkholder, Kathryn’s mother. Her mother wished to pursue a nursing career but life’s events did not allow for it. Kathryn was a graduate of Lincoln High School class of 1978 having left her mark in academics, as a four-year hockey cheerleader, a four-year captain of the ‘Prowlins’ dance line and an accomplished flugelhorn player in the community drum corps ‘TRFinettes’. She went on to become a highly regarded registered nurse working in critical and emergency care along with being a flight nurse for both helicopter and plane emergency calls. Kathryn also co-wrote a flight nurse children’s activity book. Later in life Kathryn suffered from depression/mental illness. In 1999 it became too much to bear and she took her life. This scholarship is designed to honor her life and the lives of the nurses who cared for her and her mother in their times of need.

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