Founders' Scholars Announced
Two new students have been named recipients of the prestigious Trinity Christian College Founders’ Scholarship. Kaitlyn Fondrk of Belvidere, Illinois, and Brian Hofman of Waupun, Wisconsin, both expressed great excitement and gratitude upon receiving the news.
Founders' scholarships are renewable, four-year, full-tuition awards given to two freshmen each year. Applicants must demonstrate leadership in church, school, or community; believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; have at least a 3.8 grade point average or rank in the top five percent of their class; and have a 30 ACT or 1320 SAT 1 score.
Kaitlyn Fondrk is a senior at Belvidere High School in Belvidere, Illinois, with a passion for service and leadership. The National Honor Society member has also served as president of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), a student organization designed for business, marketing, and entrepreneurship.
Last year, Fondrk took on a leadership role, and with the help of two DECA members, launched a student-run community service project to create awareness of the plight of Ugandan children. Over 700 students participated, and $2,000 was raised in a single day to donate to Invisible Children, Inc.
Fondrk plans to major in accounting and looks forward to being a part of the Trinity community. She said she is excited to begin her college journey in a place where her spiritual and academic lives can simultaneously grow.
“I can’t imagine myself anywhere else,” Fondrk said to the Trinity admissions counselor who called her with the news.
Fondrk is the daughter of Jeffrey and Ellen Fondrk and attends Heartland Community Church in Rockford, Illinois.
Brian Hofman hails from Waupun, Wisconsin, and is a senior at Central Wisconsin Christian High School. Hofman has received numerous awards for his academic and athletic achievements, including the All-Conference Academic Award, the Junior Rotarian Award, and numerous American Mathematics Competition awards.
Hofman has shown exemplary leadership serving as a small group leader and as both a representative and vice president of the student council. He was also appointed as Central Wisconsin Christian School Ambassador to the Wisconsin Leadership Seminar. Food drives, parents’ nights, student mixers, and banquets are just a few things that Hofman has helped to organize.
He is an active prayer group participant and Bible study leader, and he enjoys participating in the praise band at Living Hope Community Church in Fox Lake, Wisconsin.
Hofman is the son of Trinity alumnus Matthew ’93 and Sarah Hofman. He plans to follow in the footsteps of his father by majoring in mathematics. Hofman said he views Trinity as the place that will prepare him for a life of service in the kingdom of God.
“I’m looking forward to growing spiritually, academically, and socially through the opportunities that Trinity provides,” Hofman said.
Last year’s recipients were Christine Carter ’12 of Wheaton, Illinois, and Jennifer Hill ’12 of Guston, Kentucky.
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