Cody Heppner was a 2013 graduate of Warroad High School and enjoyed spending time hanging out with friends, socializing during school, dressing sharp, and participating in hockey. Cody had a way with young kids and enjoyed volunteering with the kindergarten and ECFE classes and connecting with his “hockey buddy”. He also loved his family and enjoyed many activities with them including traveling, hunting, and fishing. He loved life and lived life at a fast pace, always on the go. Cody also suffered with his mental health and could not overcome the stigma that surrounds the illness to search out the help that he needed. The few times that he was ready to get help, there were not always professionals available to help in his time of need.
Cody’s family has established the Cody Heppner Mental Health Memorial Scholarship to help Warroad High School students seeking a career as a mental health professional, addiction counselor, social worker, or family counselor. Consideration would also be made for those going into early childhood development, because of Cody’s love for small children and the influence they have on those children’s development.
Thank you for seeking to make a difference in the lives of others and for your part in ending the stigma surrounding mental health.
Submissions are closed. Check back in 2024!
*This scholarship is currently for Warroad, MN and Roseau, MN High School Seniors, but we do hope to expand our scholarship in the future.*
Last night, Warroad High School held their annual Scholarship & Award Night where over two million dollars were awarded to graduates in the Class of 2022. It was an honor to be among the donors of this year's scholarships.
The Heppner family handpicked this year's scholarship recipients from a pool of five Warroad High School seniors who applied and are going into mental health related fields. It was extremely difficult to choose just one, and so this year we are extending two scholarships.
April Ellis-Torkelson plans to attend the University of Northwestern to major in Psychology and minor in art.
Avianna Heppner plans to attend Oak Hills Christian College to study Philosophy and Psychology.
We are confident that both recipients will go on to do great things in the field of mental health, and they are already helping to break the stigma around mental health conversations by bravely stepping into their chosen college careers. We wish them the best of luck, along with all of the applicants of this year's Cody Heppner Mental Health Memorial Scholarship and the entire Warroad High School Class of 2022.
You can watch the scholarship presentations to the graduates of Warroad High School's Class of 2022 on YouTube.
In 2022, Jeff Heppner was asked to speak at Warroad High School's Scholarship Award Night. This is the first time the Cody Heppner Memorial Mental Health Scholarship was awarded. You can watch Jeff's speech here.