The New Ulm Area Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that Kincaid Diersen has been selected to be the 2020 recipient of the Charlotte Raymond Anderson Teaching Scholarship. This competitive scholarship provides $5,000 to help defray the costs of tuition, books, and related expenditures. Kincaid is a senior at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, where he has attained a 3.976 grade point average through 7 semesters, while also participating in multiple extra-curricular activities, volunteering with his church and elementary school, and working part-time. He plans to attend Martin Luther College, where he will study to earn a bachelor’s degree in Science Education, majoring in Life Science and Chemistry. The Charlotte Raymond Anderson Teaching Scholarship (CRATS) was established in late 2019. Charlotte wanted to support people interested in pursuing excellence in the field of teaching … her life-long passion. She chose the New Ulm Area Foundation, Inc. to manage the fund and selection process. The rigorous selection process required applicants to complete an application, provide verification of minimum grade point average, an essay describing reasons for choosing a teaching career and/or pursing an advanced teaching degree, letters of recommendation, and letter of acceptance into an accredited college/university program. The selection committee was comprised of representatives from New Ulm Area Foundation, Charlotte’s representatives, and local high school counselors.
NUAF, Inc. Announces New Advisory Board Members February 21, 2020 The New Ulm Area Foundation has added two new members to its Advisory Board, Shari Fischer and Shannon Hillesheim. Fischer is an attorney who owns Fischer Law, PA, where she focuses on estate planning, real estate and business. Fischer currently serves on the Boards of the New Ulm Medical Center Foundation, Network New Ulm Youth Leadership Program, Oak Hills Living Center Foundation, and Leave a Legacy-New Ulm. She previously served on and was the chair of the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of the Network New Ulm Program. Hillesheim is the Market President of Bank Midwest, having been in the financial industry for 15 years. She is a graduate of Network New Ulm, serving on the Network New Ulm Youth Leadership Program board and also serves on the Oak Hills Foundation board, New Ulm Farm City Hub Club, New Ulm Girls Fastpitch Association, Public Utilities Commissioner, New Ulm Sertoma Club, New Ulm Economic Development board and MBA Ag Committee and Higher Education Committee.
NUAF, Inc. Announces New Executive Director November 1, 2019 The Board of Directors of the New Ulm Area Foundation, Inc. announces the appointment of John Illikman to the position of Executive Director, effective November 1, 2019. In this role, John will work with the Board to lead the organization to the next level of growth and community impact. Illikman has been a member of the local community since 2003. During that time, he has been involved in several civic, school, and church organizations and activities to make the New Ulm area a better place to live. With origins dating back to 1987, the mission of the Foundation is to address the needs of the community by growing its endowment funds and providing financial grants from the earnings of those funds. The Foundation focuses its grant funding in the areas of the arts, education, economic development, and historic preservation. Illikman will replace Nancy Quam, who will be retiring after leading the Foundation for the past 10+ years. During her tenure, the organization has seen significant growth in its outreach to the community, as well as the scope of its portfolio. The Board thanks her for her many contributions and leadership.