Longtime Wadena residents Carl and Louise Hulting recognized the importance of a well-rounded, quality education for their own family and for others. Carl served three terms as a member of the Wadena-Deer Creek School Board while Louise was a strong supporter of their three children's education at Wadena schools and at the college level.
Even though both Carl and Louise are now deceased, their generosity still lives on. The Louise H. Hulting Estate recently awarded a $50,000 scholarship to WDC High School.
"This scholarship was established by Louise in her will dated Aug. 13, 2003," estate representative and Hulting's friend, attorney Luther Nervig, said. "The Carl F. and Louise H. Hulting Scholarship was created in recognition of the importance of Wadena-Deer Creek High School graduates furthering their education."
The $50,000 bequest for this scholarship will be a perpetual fund with 90 percent of the income used for annual scholarships. The selection process will be determined by the administration of the Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools.
Carl graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, with a degree in agriculture and Louise attended Iowa State University studying in the field of home economics. They were married on April 12, 1941. After their marriage, they farmed in the Galva, Ill. area until 1947, when they moved to Wadena. Carl was employed at Peterson-Biddick Company as a production manager from 1947 until his retirement in 1980.
Louise was an active and enthusiastic member of the Wadena community. She served on the Wadena County Welfare Board, former employee and volunteer at the Wadena City Library, established, supervised and watered numerous flower gardens in the city of Wadena, and was active in many community organizations and her church.
Louise's generosity was far-reaching throughout the community. She purchased a Steinway grand piano for the Wadena Memorial Auditorium, paid for the renovation and upgrading of the children's wading pool in Wadena, contributed to the Tri-County Hospital expansion project, and contributed generously to many other community endeavors.
"The community benefited from Louise's generosity during her lifetime in so many ways," Nervig said.
Carl and Louise were parents to three children: a son Bruce, a Naval Airman, who died in 1969 in an airplane accident off the coast of Puerto Rico; and two daughters Jane K. Hulting of Elkins Park, Penn., and Ann Hulting Tashjian of Berkley, Calif. Carl died at the age of 77 years on Sept. 24, 1992, and Louise passed away at the age of 90 on May 28, 2010.
"We thank the Hulting family for her generosity now and into the future," Jerry Anderson, WDC School District business manager said. He accepted the check on behalf of WDC. "This scholarship will assist WDC graduates for years to come and continue the legacy of Carl and Louise Hulting," he said.
For information about creating a scholarship fund for WDC students, call Joyce Boyne, representative of WDC Education Foundation and Dollars For Scholars at (218) 632-2351 or e-mail at email@example.com.