May 9, 2022
CARROLL, IOWA (Monday, May 9, 2022) – Each spring, New Hope proudly awards scholarships to employees working toward continued education or advanced degrees of any kind.
New Hope’s Scholarship Program is titled the Norm Olberding Scholarship program, named after Norm Olberding, of Odebolt. Norm made a significant gift to New Hope in 1999 in memory of his wife, Millie.
“Norm and Millie understood the vital role caregivers play in the lives of individuals with disabilities. Specifically, they wanted their gift to enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities by supporting the recruitment and retention of New Hope employees. Since then, the Norm Olberding Scholarship program has awarded numerous scholarships, including more than 40 scholarships in just the last 5 years to active employees, making Norm and Millie’s dream come true through their progressive gift,” explains Lacie Tedrow, New Hope’s Director of Quality Assurance and Staff Training.
The Norm Olberding Scholarship awards are granted based on service and dedication to New Hope. For every month an individual is employed with New Hope, and works more than 15 hours during that month, that employee earns a scholarship award. There are no limitations on what schools or degrees the scholarships can be used toward, giving recipients the opportunity to take this earned educational benefit with them anywhere.
“For a lot of our employees, particularly those still in high school, the scholarship program gives them a good jump start on their secondary education. And the fact that it can be used to pursue any degree or certification is an added bonus. Many of our long-time employees have also taken advantage of the program to pursue additional or higher education opportunities,” adds Tedrow.
New Hope’s 2022 Norm Olberding Scholarship recipients are: