CHS McPherson Refinery recently awarded $1,500 scholarships to McPherson College seniors Johanna Hoffman of Goessel, and Emily Warner of Valley Center. The annual award recognizes MC students who contribute to the campus and McPherson community through their leadership roles, studies, jobs, and volunteerism.

Amy Beckman, talent acquisition specialist at CHS, said it was important to their business to provide recognition and encouragement to these young local leaders.

“The CHS Refinery Leadership Award was created to recognize students that are demonstrating leadership in our community and the school,” Beckman said. “We try to encourage and foster that passion for service in order to develop leaders for our future.”

Hoffman, a communication major, has served in a number of leadership roles at McPherson College. She was a co-founder and leader of “Peacefully, Simply, Together” a campus group that focuses on building and maintaining relationships, as well as participating in service together. She served as a peer mentor for two years for first-time freshmen on campus. For the last three years, she has served as the assistant to the director of Spiritual Life and Service and was recently recognized with the Outstanding Achievement in Ministry Award on campus.

Hoffman is looking to pursue a career in marketing and communication while continuing to serve in the community.

“I am so thankful for CHS and this scholarship, as well as the leadership opportunities I have had at McPherson College. The experiences I've had while participating in service here have helped me learn how to be a more effective leader,” Hoffman said.

Warner, a finance, management, and marketing major, has served as the vice president of the McPherson College business club, as an urban youth mentor at Kids Across America and as varsity volleyball captain.

“I was the line of communication between coaches and players, and set expectations through leading by example,” said Warner. “I am honored to be recognized for leadership by CHS.”

Warner has already secured a position as a Credit Analyst at Koch Industries upon graduation.

Abbey Archer-Rierson, chief of staff at McPherson College is thankful for the recognition and continued commitment from CHS.

“These students truly embrace the ideals of the college’s mission of scholarship, participation and service. We are excited to see what the future holds for Johanna and Emily,” Archer-Rierson said.