Allison Rae Lessner has been awarded a $7,000 four-year Fraternal College Scholarship in a national competition with other students who are members of Modern Woodmen of America. Modern Woodmen, a fraternal benefit society offering financial services, has local representatives and is based in Rock Island, Ill.
Lessner, the daughter of James and Pamela Lessner, Flossmoor, plans to use the scholarship to attend the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Lessner is one of 36 regional scholarship winners chosen this year. Selection is based on students' personal and academic achievement, including the results of the American College Testing Program or the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Qualities of leadership and character and extracurricular activities were also judged.
During the past 45 years, Modern Woodmen has committed millions of dollars in financial assistance to hundreds of students through its Fraternal Scholarship Program.
Applications for the 2014-2015 Scholarship Program will be taken in the fall of 2014.
Founded in 1883 as a fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen of America offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States. Local Modern Woodmen representative Donna H. Lapton can be reached at 941-766-7183.