Krantz scholars excel at Doane
A number of former Crete Cardinals are excelling at Doane University as Krantz scholars.
Established by Michael W. Krantz ’83, the Krantz scholarship is in its fourth year of existence and has already had a tremendous impact on the students who are receiving the scholarship.
Two Crete High School seniors who are also first-generation college students that enroll at Doane receive the scholarship each year. Sergio Castaneda ’19 and Anna Flores ’19 were the first two recipients of the scholarship. The other recipients include Yesenia Ramos ’20 and Barbara Ortiz ’20, Michael Coffey ’21 and Nicholas Martozie ’21, and Eric Castaneda ’22 and Aztryd Lima ’22.
Krantz scholars receive $5,000 annually towards tuition, totaling $20,000 over their college career. Michael Krantz and his wife Geralyn both passed away in 2001, but wanted to establish a scholarship to students who will carry on Doane traditions of excellence inside and outside the classroom.
About 13 percent of Doane’s undergraduate student population in Crete are first generation college students, and for these Krantz scholars in particular, the financial assistance has played a large role in their success at Doane.
“Receiving the Krantz scholarship has made it possible for me to pursue my dreams in becoming a music teacher someday,” Coffey said. “Because of the generosity of the Krantz family, I have been able to stay involved at Doane instead of working multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet.”
Anna Flores, a Doane senior who would like to pursue a job in communications and public relations after graduation in May, said she is extremely thankful for the generosity of the Krantz family to help her financially.
“Receiving the Krantz scholarship was a huge blessing in my life,” she said. “It’s because of the Krantz scholarship and additional scholarships I’ve received that I will be a college graduate in May. That means more than words can express.”
Lima is an English Education major who already has her eyes on the Fulbright scholarship program, hoping to teach English in Peru during a semester of her time at Doane.
“I plan to help the people as fortunate as me continue in their education,” Lima said. “Being a Krantz scholar has made me realize how important it is to represent my hometown and school.”
Luis Sotelo, chief diversity officer at Doane, has gotten to know the Krantz scholars and says this scholarship has had a tremendous impact on each and every one of the students.
“Knowing many of them firsthand, Doane wouldn't be the same place without them,” Sotelo said. “They are hard-working, creative, and eager to give back to the community. The Krantz scholars each have a uniquely captivating story, from all walks of life, to share with the Doane community that enriches our campus and Crete community.”
Doane plans to award the Krantz scholarship to Crete High School seniors again this year. The amount of the scholarship awarded in future years is undetermined at this time.