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Gordon & Faith Vine Scholarship

The Gordon and Faith Vine Scholarship was established in 2014 to honor the lives and careers of Gordon and Faith Vine.  Gordon graduated from NHS in 1940.  He then enrolled in UW River Falls to pursue a degree in Agriculture.  College was interrupted in 1942 when he enlisted in the US Army Air Corp, where he was top turret gunner in a B-24 bomber. 

 

Upon completion of WWII he returned to UW River Falls and graduated in 1947.  He used his Ag degree to serve as a Veteran training teacher in Agriculture, serve as a sales representative for the American Dairy Association, and finally as Ag Loan officer for the Neillsville Bank.  

 

During this time, he lived on the farm he was born on and continued to raise beef cattle.  He retired in 1986 and planted the first Christmas Trees in 1987. 

 

Faith (Griffith) Vine grew up in River Falls, WI.  She attended UW Madison where she earned a degree in English Education.  She met Gordon during this period and they were married in 1947.  She began her teaching career in Greenwood, WI.  She taught English as well as reading for over 30 years.  She had a lifelong love of education and ensured all five of her children earned post-secondary degrees. 

 

As a result of Gordon & Faith Vine's lifelong commitment to agriculture and education, our family commits a portion of each year'ss tree sales, to support a Neillsville High School graduating senior who is pursuing a degree in either Agriculture or education.

 

This scholarship is funded as an endowment fund, which is managed by the Marshfield Community Foundation.  By endowing the scholarship we ensure only the interest will be used and it will continue to provide benefits for worthy students for years to come. 

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Congratulations to Kayla Johnson (left) and Alaina Strey each recipients of the 2019 Gordon & Faith Vine $1200 Scholarship. Kayla is Granton HS valedictorian, attending UWRF pursuing a degree in Animal Science. Alaina is the salutatorian, attending UW Marshfield and then UW Superior, pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Congratulations to both! 

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Congratulations to Emily Brekke, the 2018 winner of the Gordon & Faith Vine $1,200 Scholarship Award. Emily is a 2018 Neillsville High School graduate and will be pursuing a degree in Elementary Education at UW Green Bay this fall. She is pictured here receiving the award alongside her parents, Tim & Lynn, and Vine's Christmas Tree owner, Paul Vine. Congratulations to Emily!

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My name is Lexi Opelt. I am currently going into my sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. I am double majoring in Specific Learning Disabilities and Elementary
Education. I am planning on graduating in May of 2021.
I had many teachers over the years that really made an impact on me. I love working with kids of all ages, but especially grades K-3 rd . They learn and grow significantly at those ages, and I want to be a part of that. I love the feel of small towns like the one I grew up in, and I hope to one day be a teacher in a Clark County elementary school. I am very thankful to have received this scholarship.

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My name is Krista Rueth, and I am attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, majoring in Early Childhood/Middle Childhood Education. In the fall, I will be starting my third year of school. I have been accepted into the School of Education, and I have completed one field experience; I had the opportunity to teach and help out in a first grade classroom in Holmen for an entire semester. I am on track to graduate in December of 2019, and I hope to find a job near the Neillsville area, as that is where I grew up. My 'dream job' is to teach first grade, because children learn and grow so much at that age, and I love to see the improvements that they make! 

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My name is Avriel Voigt, and I recently graduated from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in Special Education cross-categorical. Currently, I am in my first year of teaching Special Education at Tainter Elementary School in Rice Lake, WI.  Thank you to the Gordon & Faith Vine scholarship for assisting with my goal to become an educator.