(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Memorial Hospital Foundation recently awarded the Louie and Elsie Hansen Scholarships. Alisha Ponsar and Ben Kopp each received a $5000 award for the 2013-14 academic year. Ben is enrolled at the University Of Iowa College Of Medicine and Alisha is a student at Creighton University College of Nursing.
The Louie and Elsie Hansen Scholarship was established through the generosity and careful planning of these two life-long Cass County residents. The Hansens believed in higher education, so much so that over 70% of their estate was bequeathed for that purpose, including a gift to the CCMH Foundation.
Under the supervision and guidance of the CCMH Foundation, scholarship opportunities are provided yearly. As per the Hansens’ wishes, scholarship candidates must have graduated from a Cass County high school and be enrolled in an accredited nursing or medical doctor school.
The Hansens lived and farmed in the Marne area until they retired and became residents of Atlantic. Louie was a Cass County Supervisor and served on the county Agricultural Soil Conservation Committee. He is often remembered as a great storyteller. Louie and Else are also remembered for their many collections. The Hansens were avid travelers, enjoying vacations throughout Europe and Hawaii. Being of Danish ancestry, their visits to Denmark allowed them the chance to discover relatives, traditions and special locations of their families’ past.