There will be a total of 19 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) district scholarships announced this spring. The first is an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa, and an outstanding student at Cornerstone Academy. Rachel Eckert is the recipient of the 2018 $1,000 LCEF Iowa District East scholarship. Eckert plans to attend Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in the fall and study materials engineering.
In his letter of recommendation for Eckert, Trinity Associate Pastor Michael Vokt wrote, “The reasons for this recommendation transcend [Rachel’s] excellence in academics, robotic competitions, and music. What sets Rachel apart from other students are the many ways she demonstrates her love for her neighbor, both those who are nearby and those who are far, far away.”
Vokt shared Eckert’s accomplishments and efforts to serve her neighbors. Eckert helped establish FIRST in Kenya which impacted almost 3,000 children; she founded and coached the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team at East Side Mission (Urban Ministry Center of the LCMS in Davenport;) and has volunteered in countless ways both in her congregation and her community.
In her letter of recommendation, Eckert’s piano instructor Roberta Quist wrote,
“[Rachel] has taken the admonition of Christ to love your neighbor as yourself to heart. This is evidenced by her copious service to the church and community…. Rachel is an outstanding student and a joy to work with. She is one of the most disciplined and hard-working students I have ever had in my studio. She is able to meet obligations at school and in her community while maintaining excellent academic standards….
Rachel has competed in many piano competitions at the local, and state level and has won numerous honors. She is quick to encourage other students in my studio and willingly participates in studio activities. She is always looking to learn from others and to share her knowledge with her peers.”
“LCEF is blessed to recognize young Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod members such as Rachel with this scholarship,” said Carole White, LCEF District Vice President – Iowa East and West. “It is inspiring to see our young people go above and beyond to serve others in our Lord’s name. As one in a long, family line of LCEF investors, Rachels also displayed a unique understanding of what Lutheran Church Extension Fund strives for as an organization in the church.”
In her scholarship application, Eckert wrote, “Through investments, loans, grants, and teaching materials (such as the Young Investors Club), LCEF provides opportunities for Christians to manage their money in a way that glorifies God. 1 Timothy 6:18 commands us to ‘Do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.’”