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Making a Difference for the Good

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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A few weeks ago, Luck High School seniors were told that one of their own alumni was contributing scholarships to any of the 2019 graduates who will be attending a technical college.  Dennis Frandsen, a successful businessman with Luck roots, said he made this gift because ‘it was the right thing to do.’  As a result, any of the 34 prospective Luck graduates may receive up to two years of technical college education for free.

Most available scholarships that are awarded each year go to graduates who are the school’s top students and who plan on attending a 4-year college or university.  There is no doubt that these students are deserving.  But Mr. Frandsen’s gift is targeted to other deserving students who may hold the key to a local community’s future.  Students seeking technical degrees learn the skills necessary to build, wire, and plumb our homes.  They learn to provide health care to our elderly.  They are also able to fix our computers, weld parts, and transport cargo.  And many of these tech students receive their training and begin their careers here at home.

The future of business in Polk County depends to a large extent on our workforce.  Polk County needs more workers who are trained and ready to perform much needed tasks in all types and sizes of businesses.  In addition, students who further their education at tech schools and work locally also become advocates and leaders for their home towns.  They believe in their community and they work toward a better future for their kids, schools, and neighbors.

The contribution from Mr. Frandsen is the perfect gift that not only helps specific students, but it also establishes a path for young people to follow and succeed at home.  Some young people are destined to leave and accomplish great things in other places.  But some can be successful here in Polk County and make a difference for the good of many …. just like Mr. Frandsen.

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