Pizza Ranch announces From the Heart Scholarship recipients

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Adrie Groeneweg had one that started in Hull, Iowa, in 1981 when he was just 19 years old. It was simple. Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza? With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed around the kitchen table, Pizza Ranch was born. The residents of Hull flocked to the young restaurant for made-from-scratch sauce and dough and other fresh ingredients. As word spread, Pizza Ranch grew. The dream that began in the heart of a young man now extends to fifteen states. It’s been quite a trail ride.

Muscatine Living

ORANGE CITY, Iowa–Pizza Ranch, in partnership with Coca-Cola, is pleased to announce they have awarded 10 – $2,000 Service From the Heart Scholarships to team members who are currently attending or plan to attend a post-secondary educational institution. Each year, the annual scholarship program awards team members who exemplify service from the heart in their restaurants and communities as they live out the Pizza Ranch mission, to give every guest a legendary experience.

This year’s 10 students were chosen from across Pizza Ranch’s 211 locations as this year’s scholarship winners. Each recipient is active in their community, excels in the classroom, and strives to live out the Pizza Ranch mission and vision every day.

Meet the scholarship winners:

  • Aidan See (Muscatine, IA)
  • Alexis Knadel (Waite Park, MN)
  • Anna Christopherson (Ankeny, IA)
  • Bella Lenning (Sun Prairie, WI)
  • Bennett Calsbeek (Orange City, IA)
  • Donald Worrell (Lisbon, ND)
  • Katarina Polzine (Luverne, MN)
  • Lauren Duffy (Spirit Lake, IA)
  • Macagen Moser (Vermillion, SD)
  • Ruby Semenchuk (Marshfield, WI)

As part of the annual scholarship program, qualifying candidates submit a written essay that details how they exemplify genuine care and legendary service in the restaurant and in their communities. To date, Pizza Ranch Corporate has awarded more than $180,000 in grants to over 100 employees through the Pizza Ranch Coca-Cola Scholarships program.

“Our core values are built on supporting and improving the local communities we serve to help make the world a better place,” said Adrie Groeneweg, founder and president of Pizza Ranch. “This scholarship program is one of the many ways that we strive to give back to our hard-working employees. We’re excited to fund a talented group of students that serve Pizza Ranch’s restaurants and communities, while continuing to achieve their educational dreams.”

For more information on franchise opportunities with Pizza Ranch, please visit or call 800-321-3401.

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