Our Lady of the Lakes Scholarship Opportunities
All of these scholarships are in memorial for people who were very involved in our parishes. Applicants must be
2023 high school graduates and members of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish. Priority will be given to those students
who have served their parish or been involved in additional capacities during their high school years. Up to five
$500 Scholarships will be awarded from these scholarship funds:
Father Paul Memorial Scholarship
The Sunday following his ordination, he was sent out on his assignment to the parishes of St. Alice and St
Christopher’s with his 1st Mass then being said at St Christopher’s. He continued to come to our churches to help
out from mid-May until Labor Day Weekend for the following 7 straight years while his main assignment was as
faculty moderator of college student housing at St. John's University. There he was instrumental in leading TEC
retreats which flowed over into his love of working with youth when in our parish. The Altar Servers of St.
Christopher’s and St. Alice loved working with him.
Fr. Paul was convinced that land is a gift of God that should be used to benefit the larger community and be
protected for enjoyment for future generations. He founded the Saint John's Arboretum, designating the Saint
John's Abbey land as a natural arboretum with a mission of education, conservation, and research. He even
planted a few evergreen and maple trees on the grounds of St Christopher’s. Fr. Paul collapsed after a morning
workout and died of heart failure at the age of 48 in 2000.
Click here for Father Paul Memorial Scholarship application.
Click here to claim Father Paul Memorial Scholarship.
Grace Herreid Memorial Scholarship
Grace Herreid, or “Gracie” as those that loved her knew her by, was the long time organist at St. Alice in Pequot
Lakes for many years and a Pequot Lakes School teacher. She was loved by many. There were four great loves of
her life: Her Catholic Faith, Music, Family and Education. Her love for God and her love of music filled our worship
with sweetness. She encouraged and mentored other musicians in our midst. Gracie, who lived alone and whose
family lived far away out East, became a revered part of many of our families. She loved to share in family
celebrations. Her quiet smile, keen intelligence and gracious manners seemed to have a calming effect on our
rambunctious youngsters. Gracie was a disciplined, perfectionist typing teacher at Pequot Lakes High School. It was
Gracie’s loving family who established this scholarship. Thank you to all of them for their goodness to us. Thank
you, Gracie, for continuing even now to share your gifts so generously with us and our children and grandchildren!
We won’t forget you. And thank you, Lord, for giving her to us.
Click here for Grace Herreid Memorial application.
Click here to claim Grace Herreid Memorial Scholarship.
Archie & Elene Shamp Memorial Scholarship
Archie and Elene were very active in their church, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church of Pine River, being the next
generation of family to be members. Their family was integral in the building of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic
Church. Archie was also active with his town board, school board, Cattleman's Association and ASCS. Elene was a
former Welcome Wagon Hostess in Pine River, a member of the Pine River Legion Auxiliary, former president of
the Ladies Aid at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, a 4-H leader and a Catechism teacher. Elene and Archie
were married on Dec. 29, 1943. Elene passed away in 1999 and Archie in 2003.
Click here for Archie & Elene Shamp Memorial Scholarship application.
Click here to claim Archie & Elene Shamp Memorial Scholarship.
Applicants do not have to be members of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish to apply for
the following scholarship:
The Jed Fyle Memorial/Our Lady of the Lakes Parish Scholarship
Deadline March 29, 2023
Jed Fyle was a 1983 graduate of Pequot Lakes High School and the youngest of five. After graduating with an
Automotive Maintenance Technician degree, he worked in Minneapolis for a short time. He moved back to the
lakes area to work on cars and at a marine dealership. Jed loved to work on motorized vehicles, ride snowmobiles
and race them. The evening before Father’s Day 1987, Jed was killed in a boating accident on Pelican Lake. His
good friend initiated this scholarship, with his parents and snowmobile race team led by Dan
Zimmerman, continuing the scholarship in his memory. The Jed Fyle Memorial/Our Lady of the Lakes
Parish Scholarship is intended to support an applicant enrolling into a post-secondary Vocational/Technical or 2-
year Associate’s degree program. Priority will be given to applicants pursuing a career in the vocational or technical
Click here for Jed Fyle Memorial Scholarship application.
Click here to claim your Jed Fyle Memorial Scholarship.