Three Glen Rose Students Awarded Wasilchak Scholarships

A renewable $6,000 scholarship awarded to students attending University of Mary-Harden and Tarleton State University this Fall

Three Glen Rose High School seniors are the 2024 recipients of the John and Frances Wasilchak Scholarship. The Wasilchak Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 at North Texas Community Foundation and has awarded nearly $800,000 to 47 Glen Rose High School graduates.

Hannah Balkenbush, Jaxon Heppler, and Emma Schlabs were each awarded $6,000 to be used during their freshmen year of college. The scholarship award is renewable each year of their college careers as long as they remain full-time students and maintain a set GPA.

Hannah Balkenbush will be attending the University of Mary-Harden Baylor this Fall, where she plans to pursue dual degrees in Piano Performance and Biochemistry. Beyond her academic pursuits, she is dedicated to humanitarian causes, having founded Beautiful Hope Ministries to aid survivors of human trafficking. Her aspirations extend beyond college, as she dreams of becoming a neonatal surgeon in developing nations while continuing her impactful work through Beautiful Hope Ministries. During her time at GRHS, Davis actively engaged in extracurricular activities such as varsity choir, tennis, and cross-country.

Another accomplished graduate, Jaxon Heppler, plans on attending Tarleton State University, where he will study Mechanical Engineering. Known for his natural problem-solving skills, Heppler aims to use his education to develop innovative solutions that can make a positive impact globally. During his time at GRHS, Heppler served as captain of the varsity basketball team.

Joining Heppler at Tarleton State University is Emma Schlabs, who will also be pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Schlabs’s passion for STEM and innovation is matched by her exemplary leadership at GRHS, where she held positions such as Senior Class President, Student Body President, and Secretary of the National Honor Society. Additionally, Schlabs led her peers as captain of the varsity cheer squad.


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