Scholarships Made A Difference In My Life

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Editor:

My name is Lori Mott, formally Lori Kirschbaum. I am a 1990 graduate of Payson High School. Many of you may remember one or all of us Kirschbaums — Lisa, Lori, Jenny and John and my mother, Linda. You may or may not have met my older siblings, Doug, Kathy, Chris and Karen — for a grand total of eight!

My brother, John, is the only one who remains in Payson — he and his wife, Brenda, own the El Rancho Restaurant.

Needless to say, we had to find our own ways to pay for college. Scholarships were a must!

Recently, I began a scholarship program in my community for upcoming health care students graduating from Tomahawk High School in memory of my dad, John Kirschbaum. I then began to think about all of the scholarships I received nearly 22 years ago from the great city of Payson. I could not shake the feeling that I wanted to contact each and every individual that shook my hand that night of graduation back in 1990 and handed me a check.

Well, it is now 22 years later ... I am a very prominent physical therapist and proud business owner of a private physical therapy clinic in northern Wisconsin. I am happily married with a wonderful 9-year-old daughter and two grown stepdaughters, who have given us two energetic grandsons and one more on the way.

So, to all those who remember that valedictorian of 1990, Lori Kirschbaum, I would like to personally thank each and every one of you. I would not be in the position I am today without the financial help you have given me and my family. Thank you.

Lori Kirschbaum Mott

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