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Royal Neighbors of America Awards $175,000 in Scholarships

Jun 13, 2022

Rock Island, Ill. (June 13, 2022) – Royal Neighbors of America, a fraternal benefit society located in Rock Island, Ill., has awarded $175,000 in scholarships to 41 Beneficial Members to assist with the costs of continuing education. The scholarships are awarded annually to help Members pursue post-secondary education at an accredited institution to obtain a trade or vocational degree, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree.

“We are grateful to offer our Members this opportunity each year and especially during this unique period of economic hardship as inflation impacts every household,” said Darcy Smith, Royal Neighbors Senior Member Engagement Specialist.

Berose Prosper is a student studying medical sciences at the University of South Florida and a recipient of a 2022 Royal Neighbors Scholarship. “This scholarship will assist in subsidizing the cost of my tuition by alleviating some of the financial challenges associated with earning my master’s degree,” stated Ms. Prosper. “Receiving this support also serves as a source of motivation for me to keep striving forward knowing that there are others out there willing to support me in realizing my dream of becoming a physician so that I can serve medically underserved communities in the future.”

“Our recipients continue to be leaders in their communities dedicated to giving back to those in need,” added Ms. Smith. “Wherever they go, I know they will make an impactful difference.”

Congratulations to the following scholarship recipients for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Chloe Ashley - Ionia, IowaCollin Devane - Manhattan, Kansas
Heidi O’Brien - Burnsville, Minnesota
Cayla Beasley - Monroeville, New JerseyJenine Dong - Millbrae, CaliforniaMyra Olivas - Belen, New Mexico
Trinity Belle - Washington, D.C.Daryn Engstrom - Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Ashley Peltier - Taylor Falls, Minnesota
Katrina Billeter - Salt Lake City, UtahJordan Filicette - Libertyville, Illinois
Emma Powers - Bloomington, Minnesota
Ryder Boles - Dexter, Missouri Caden Fox - Missoula, MontanaBerose Prosper - Pompano Beach, Florida
Delaney Bollinger - Dunlap, Illinois Emily Hall - Montrose, Illinois
Annie Rafferty – Rock Island, Illinois
Lauren Bollinger - Dunlap, Illinois
Kaia Kempf - Swisher, Iowa
Caroline Raglin - Clemson, South Carolina
Kiyah Bonds - Davis, California
Madelyn Kinane - Houston, Texas
Dylan Sione - Fredericksburg, Texas
Emma Brunson - Bryan, TexasAlexis Lawson - Galloway, New JerseyAbigale Siska - Wheaton, Texas
Ty Callahan - Bettendorf, IowaCarly Lawson - Galloway, New JerseyCaleb Staten - Westerville, Ohio
Laura Cannon - Jacksonville, IllinoisCarrigan Minch - Sherrard, IllinoisKacie Swanson - Sherrard, Illinois
Sarah Carter - Woodway, TexasAubree Mosher - Salina, KansasKara Swanson - Sherrard, Illinois
Jenna Cashman - Westerville, OhioJosie Noland - Woodward, Iowa
Jaxon Wietfeld - North Bend, Nebraska
Esther Consuegra - Lake Worth, Florida Nicholas Nondorf - Machesney Park, Illinois 

Since its inception in 1961, the Royal Neighbors Scholarship Program has provided more than $5 million in funding to qualifying Beneficial Member students who are selected based on their academic merit, community volunteer efforts, and leadership skills. Scholarship funds will be used to help fund student tuition, room and board, and books. To learn more about the program, visit

About Royal Neighbors of America

Royal Neighbors of America is a unique provider of life insurance and annuities whose mission is to protect women financially and empower them to improve their lives, families, and communities. Royal Neighbors was founded in 1895 as a membership organization by nine pioneering women who recognized the need to insure the lives of women and children. In 2020, Royal Neighbors was upgraded to “A Excellent” (3rd highest out of 13) by the AM Best Company for overall financial strength and ability to meet ongoing obligations to certificate holders. The rating was affirmed as of November 30, 2021. Royal Neighbors is a five-time Great Place to Work-Certified™ organization. For more information about life at Royal Neighbors of America, go to


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