The Hegrenes Family Foundation
Dr. Bob's Scholarship Scramble
The three sons of Robert and Phyllis Hegrenes established the Hegrenes Family Foundation shortly after Bob’s death in 2014 following his decades-long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Phyllis passed away 9 years earlier in 2005 from ovarian cancer.
Money raised through the fund will go to benefit Hutchinson area youth. We considered having the foundation’s proceeds go to Parkinson’s or cancer research, but we thought we’d rather give back to the community that was such a big part of our family's lives.
To date, the foundation has donated to the new practice facility and junior golf program at the Crow River Golf Club, and $25,000 in scholarships through the Hutchinson High School Dollars for Scholars Program.
All proceeds from the annual Dr. Bob’s Scholarship Scramble will go to the Hegrenes Family Foundation Scholarship benefitting an ambitious and compassionate Hutchinson-area student.
Bob and Phyllis believed in the value of higher education, shared a benevolent spirit, and advocated rewarding deserving students with help towards their life’s goals. Bob also enjoyed the game of golf and spent just about every Thursday afternoon (men’s day at Crow River Golf Club) golfing with friends and enjoying a game of cards or dice afterwards. So we thought an annual golf tournament was a perfect way for friends and family of Bob, Phyllis and us Hegrenes boys to get together, have fun, and raise money for a worthy cause.
2019 Scholarship Recipient: Jacob Lipke
The 2019 Hegrenes Family Foundation Scholarship of $5,000 was awarded to Jacob Lipke on May 20 at the HHS Senior Honors and Awards Program. Jacob is a high academic achiever and was named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Outside the classroom, Jacob was a runner and swimmer for HHS, and he volunteers his time at church, nursing homes, youth sporting events, and other charity activities. Jacob loves to travel, especially to National Parks. He has been to 10 of them and plans to cross three more off his list as he travels this summer after graduation. Then it’s off to St. John’s University in the fall where he intends to double major in mathematics and physics. Good luck at SJU, Jacob!
2018 Scholarship Recipient: Margaret Kleiman
The 2018 Hegrenes Family Foundation Scholarship of $5,000 was awarded to Margaret Kleiman on May 21 at the HHS Senior Honors and Awards Program. Maggie is an exceptional student and a bit of a music nut. She plays five instruments, including the violin and saxophone. Her favorite is the ukulele because she says it’s fun to play on camping trips or leading nursing home residents in a sing-a-long of “Ring of Fire.” She also has a knack for remembering song lyrics - even the golden oldies. Maggie will attend University of South Dakota to study data analytics, hoping to one day use her analytical skills to help solve some of the serious problems plaguing our planet. For example, discovering data-driven solutions that can help maximize crop yields and minimize food waste as a way to reduce world hunger. You go girl!
2017 Scholarship Recipient: Haley Bugart
The 2017 Hegrenes Family Foundation Scholarship of $5,000 was awarded to Haley Burgart on May 15 at the HHS Senior Honors and Awards Program. Haley impressed us with her perseverance and compassion. Around the time Haley’s high school career began, her father unexpectedly passed away. But “hardship does not have to define a person’s life,” Haley says. So she persevered, dealing with the tragedy while not only excelling academically, but also becoming captain of the Lacrosse team, speech team, and President of the National Honor Society. Her compassion shines through in her love for animals. She plans on going into pre-veterinary medicine at North Dakota State University (Dr. Bob’s undergraduate alma mater). Good luck at NDSU, Haley!
2016 Scholarship Recipient: Josie Myers
The 2016 Hegrenes Family Foundation Scholarship of $5,000 was awarded to Josie Myers on May 16 at the HHS Senior Honors and Awards Program. Not only is Josie an exceptional student (see her honor cords?) but she also has shown leadership skills as a captain on the swim team, mentoring younger swimmers on the team. She remembered others doing the same for her when she was younger, and was intent on paying those same small deeds forward to make a difference for others. That forward thinking is also evident in her passion for protecting our Earth from environmental threats. In fact, Josie plans to minor in Environmental Studies as she pursues a Political Science degree at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
2015 Scholarship Recipient: Ben Jenum
The 2015 Hegrenes Family Foundation Scholarship of $5,000 was awarded to Ben Jenum on May 18 at the HHS Senior Honors and Awards Program. Merit was heavily weighted on how the applicant's deeds have made a difference in the lives of others. Ben has been volunteering at nursing homes since he was 12 years old, and was named “Ecumen’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year.” Ben says, “visiting the homes is never a chore, and never will be. Seeing the residents’ smiling faces make every visit worth it.” Ben will attend the University of Minnesota-Morris and plans to be a K-6 teacher, hoping to instill the same good values and morals into his students by encouraging them to serve in their community and to always be grateful and thankful for what they have.
Money raised through the fund will go to benefit Hutchinson area youth.
Keep an eye open for a special memory of Dr. Bob on hole #2.
Thank you for participating in Dr. Bob’s Scholarship Scramble!