Get to Know Our 2023 WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship® Recipients

May 10, 20235/10/2023




Since its start in 2017, the WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship® program has recognized more than 4,600 young members across the United States and awarded $2.7 million in scholarships1. This year, WoodmenLife awarded 571 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $10,000.

Meet the Top 2023 Scholarship Recipients

Reagan C., Helotes, TX – $10,000


Reagan plans to study Animal Science at Texas A&M University. She has served as the ASTA Future Farmers of America (FFA) President, Alamo District FFA President, National Honor Society (NHS) Vice President, and Helotes 4-H Unlimited President during her high school career.

Guided by her passion for animals, Reagan served as a Texas Youth Livestock Ambassador and a member of the Norman Borlaug Youth in Agriculture Program. She has also shown goats and lambs for the past nine years and volunteers in the community by hosting goat and lamb showmanship clinics. She also goes to local food banks and mentors students on her FFA teams.

“I am so grateful to WoodmenLife for giving me this scholarship,” Reagan said. “This money will go toward my future college education at Texas A&M University studying Animal Science. It’s scholarships like this that allow kids like me to chase their dreams!”


Macey E., Paducah, KY – $10,000

alternate_textFor Macey, this scholarship will go toward her college tuition at Murray State University. Her goal is to receive her Bachelor of Science; from there, she will pursue a doctorate in nursing to become a nurse practitioner.
Macey has been a varsity cheerleader throughout her entire high school career. She is a member of Kingdom Baptist Church and Interact Club and Distributive Education Clubs of America. She was also selected to be a bender at Dance Blue where the donations she received for the cupcakes were donated to support kids with pediatric cancer. Additionally, Macey has volunteered with Interact Club to donate toys to the Regions Bank/WPSD Spirit of Giving Toy Drive.

Macey believes that the WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship program helps to remind students, like her, how communities truly care about education.

“Thank you for selecting me for one of your generous scholarships,” Macey said. “I am honored to receive this gift. I am thankful to WoodmenLife for its efforts to make pursuing an education affordable for deserving students. I hope that I can, one day, pay this opportunity forward to someone else and make a difference in a life as WoodmenLife has done with mine.”


Abigail H., Julian, NE – $10,000

alternate_textBorn and raised in Julian, NE, Abigail plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to major in Agricultural Education and minor in Entrepreneurship. During her high school career, Abigail served as President of WoodmenLife Chapter 29 in Nebraska City, NE, FFA President, FFA State Officer, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) President, Student Council Vice President, and Timber Creek 4-H Club President.

She is also involved in her school’s speech team, is an outfielder for the softball team and throws shot and discus in track.

“I am so grateful to have this wonderful opportunity,” Abigail said. “Through participation in WoodmenLife, I have gained skills in leadership, community service, communication, and so much more. Now, with this help, I will be able to chase my career goals and dreams!”


15 $2,500 WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarships are Awarded Each Year

Congratulations to the 2023 recipients:

  1. Luke B., Clarkton, NC
  2. Auto B., Lake Arthur, LA
  3. McKenzie C., Mineral Bluff, GA
  4. Anna Grace F., Mayfield, KY
  5. Gatlin J., Latta, SC
  6. Lydia K., Valencia, CA
  7. Nicholas K., Wilmington, NC
  8. Kylie L., Friedens, PA
  9. Samuel L., Greenville, AL
  10. Hannah L., Clarkesville, GA
  11. Meredith M., Muncy, PA
  12. Mason M., Natchitoches, LA
  13. Raegan S., Murray, KY
  14. Carlee T., Chatom, AL
  15. Cambria W., Oakdale, MN

Learn more about how to qualify for a WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship at and see all this year’s winners at­


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