The Reverend Robert Wilson Scholarship

 

 

In May 2015, Rich Elliker, on behalf of the Cable UCC, presented a $500 scholarship to Drummond Rich and Jordan Miller smallHigh School senior Jordan Miller of Mason.  Jordan will be attending Itasca Community College in Minnesota majoring in Natural Resources Law Enforcement.  His long-term goal is to become a DNR Game Warden.   Meeting with Jordan and his mother after the ceremony, Rich reports she and Jordan were very personable and appreciative of the award.

 

Jordan is the latest Drummond High School graduate to receive the Reverend Robert Wilson scholarship and is just the type of individual Rev Robert “Bob” Wilson was thinking of when he suggested that our church offer scholarships to local high school seniors.   He wanted an award that championed “middle-of-the-pack” students, those more likely to go into the trades than to continue on with a four- year college degree.  Accordingly, our scholarship committee - Rich and Carol Elliker, John Uffenbeck and Mary Lintula have held true to these ideals, awarding ten scholarships over the last 10 years totaling $4,750.


Bob WilsonBut who was Bob Wilson?  It’s been more than 12 years since Bob passed away, and more than 16 years since he was our pastor.  Bob filled in for Pastor Lynn when Lynn was on sabbatical from October 1998 to April 1999.  He helped hold our church together during a rather turbulent time as not everyone agreed with Lynn taking a six-month sabbatical.

 

But Bob was much more than an interim pastor.  He graduated from Yale Divinity School and Columbia University.  He served as a military chaplain at the US Army Headquarters in Europe as well as the Pentagon and was a member of the staff and faculty at the US Army Chaplain School.  Upon retiring from the Army, he served as an interim pastor of Methodist and Presbyterian churches in northwest Wisconsin for 25 years, including eight years as pastor of the Mellen Congregational Church.

 

With an initial $1000 donation from Betty Best, Bob’s long-time companion, the Rev Robert Wilson Scholarship was begun in 2006.  In 2010, the church board voted to use the proceeds from the annual Mardis Gras Pancake Supper to fund this scholarship.  This practice continues to this day, a living tribute to a man who helped our church on its more than 100 year journey.

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