Ashley Ridge High School Student Receives $1,000 Scholarship

Omaha, NE – Brooke Thompson, a 2018 graduate of Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, SC, was recently awarded a $1,000 WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship®. Thompson, who is a WoodmenLife member, submitted an application highlighting her high school grades, activities and volunteerism, as well as an essay on patriotism.

In addition to academics, Thompson, the daughter of Mashell Thompson, participates in extra-curricular activities, including Volleyball and National Honor Society. She is also active in her church and volunteers in her community. She will be attending Clemson University next year, where she plans to major in Biomedical Engineering. Her family are members of WoodmenLife Chapter 368 in Summerville.

“Brooke was chosen as a recipient of this scholarship because of her dedication to excellence in academics and community involvement,” said WoodmenLife President & CEO, Patrick L. Dees. “WoodmenLife is thrilled to be able to recognize that achievement and help her realize her dream of furthering her education with this scholarship.”

The WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship Program is part of the organization’s member benefits. The program awards up to $1 million annually to members furthering their education in a two-year or four-year college, university or technical school. This year, WoodmenLife will award 989 scholarships ranging from $500 to $25,000.

About WoodmenLife

WoodmenLife was founded in 1890 as a not for profit. The organization gives back to its nearly 700,000 members, who join together in a shared commitment to family, community and country. With a legacy of financial stability, WoodmenLife offers quality life insurance and retirement products. To learn more about the organization, visit

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