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  • Founders Scholarship Gala

  • Scholarship Recipients

  • Julie Eisenlohr Julie Eisenlohr, Mass Communications Emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations, Senior
    New York Mills, Minn.
    “Thank you so much to everyone who donated to the scholarship, because it has removed the burden of applying for more student loans.”

    Eileen Huggins Eileen Huggins, Social Work and Criminal Justice, Senior
    Los Angeles, California
    “The Founders Scholarship is for those of us who aren’t from the wealthiest backgrounds and that have good academic achievements. The scholarship has allowed me to continue attending school full-time. The contributions really help those who want to make college possible.”

    Martin Lindstrom Martin Lindstrom, Teaching English as a Second Language, Senior
    Cedar, Minn.
    “This summer I had car trouble and I had a huge car bill, then my summer tuition bills came in, on top of rent and groceries and insurance. In one month all my savings disappeared. It was nice to have the Founders Scholarship come in and take some of the burden off.”

    Julie Maahs Julie Maahs, Social Studies Education, Senior
    Birch Hills, Saskatchewan, Canada
    “The Founders Scholarship has given me more opportunities. If I didn’t have the scholarship, I’d have to spend more time working. Since I do have it, it means I can pursue an internship that’s unpaid. I have an internship with Habitat for Humanity next semester. I will be their family education intern."

    Jessica McCarlson Jessica McCarlson, English, Emphasis in Writing, Junior
    Webster, S.D.
    “Every penny I can save counts and every scholarship I can get counts. Putting the effort into applying is worth it. The Founders Scholarship is definitely a worthy cause, because students are the future. I’m grateful because it’s the difference between being able to go to college and not.”

    Jonathan Reich Jonathan Reich, BFA in Art, Emphasis in Illustration, Minor in Music, Senior
    Medina, N.D.
    “This scholarship combined with my excellence scholarship and the grants that I got is allowing me not to pay for this year of school. That’s a fourth of my college tuition that I won’t have to pay for, so I’ll get out of debt a quarter of the time faster.”

    Makayla Rinkenberger Makayla Rinkenberger, Studio Art Emphasis in Photography, Freshman
    Clearwater, Minn.
    “Having the Founders Scholarship has helped remove the financial distraction from my education. It helped ease the transition into my first semester of college. I was so happy and honored to receive this scholarship. It’s just so encouraging that people really believe in my education and are investing in it. It inspires me to study harder, pursue a good GPA and continue the work I’ve done throughout high school.” 

    Joseph Rowan Joseph Rowan, Film Production, Freshman
    South St. Paul, Minn.
    “It gave me a lot of confidence going into college when I received the Founders Scholarship, because it’s such a prestigious scholarship. It really inspired me to do my best.”

    Alison Smith Alison Smith, Photo Journalism and Documentary Journalism, Senior
    Edgeley, N.D.
    “Because of my situation being a single mother, I decided when I came back to school I need to put all my time and energy into it to be successful. I decided to look at all the scholarships available. Reading about the Founders Scholarship really hit home. It sounded exactly like what I was doing here and what I was looking for. This scholarship is great because it helps people who want to use their education to its greatest potential.”

    Courtney Ulferts Courtney Ulferts, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Sophomore
    Prinsburg, Minn.
    “I transferred to MSUM last fall semester from a previous college, and having to worry about how to afford college on top of adjusting to a new environment and classes was very stressful. The Founders Scholarship has allowed me to completely focus on my courses, my future career, and making lasting memories at MSUM without the stress of having to find additional work to help pay for my schooling. For that I am very grateful and say ‘Thank you!’”

    Alyssa Visby Alyssa Visby, Elementary Inclusive Education, Minor in Special Education, Junior
    Devils Lake, N.D>
    “With both of my parents being self-employed at the time of applying for school, we didn’t have the steady income like a lot of people do. I was on the MSUM website, and I needed to find a scholarship. I saw the Founders, read through it, and applied for it. I still remember when I got the letter telling me I received the scholarship. I was so excited.”


    Kelsey-Amundson Kelsey Amundson, Elementary Inclusive Education, Senior
    Morris, Minn.
    “I’m really appreciative and grateful to have received this scholarship. The money goes towards allowing students to pursue their passion and do what they want to do for the rest of their life. It takes some of the added stress off, so we’re able to focus more on what we want to do.”

    Tyler Anderson, Political Science, Sociology, Senior
    Fargo, N.D.
    “Scholarships mean I can commit a lot more time to academics and serving the campus. For me, knowing somebody is donating to help fund my education so I can do those things instills a deep sense of wanting to give back. I want to pay it forward, so I work really hard to serve the community that helped my education.”

    Taylor Esler, Art Education, Freshman
    Staples, Minn.
    “I remember when I found out I got the scholarship, I was the happiest person in the world that day. Before I came here I was really stressed about money and if I could go to school. That money helped so much. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their help.”

    Jordan-maahs Jordan Maahs, Communication Studies, Sophomore
    Moorhead, Minn.
    “The Founders Scholarship was more than just money to me. It helped me realize there are people in this community who care about my education, and that’s what makes Fargo-Moorhead so great.”

    Kate-McMahan Kate McMahan, Biology, Junior
    Belpre, Ohio
    “This scholarship has given me more time to focus on what’s important to me, which is academics. It made me really happy and proud to know people were willing to invest in me and my future, and that they believe in me.”

    Amie-Nowacki Amie Nowacki, Biology, Senior
    Alexandria, Minn.
    “Without the scholarship I couldn’t have gone as far. Having reached a senior point in my credits this year, there wasn’t Minnesota financial aid available for me. The Founders Scholarship allowed me to finish my senior year, be able to afford it, and hopefully, move on to become a doctor of veterinary medicine or attend graduate school.”

    Andrew Pederson, Criminal Justice, Senior
    Starbuck, Minn.
    “Thank you for choosing me to be the recipient of the Founders Scholarship. It’s taken the burden of money off my mind so I can focus more on schoolwork. It’s allowed me to be on campus more and interact with my residents more too.”

    aaron-rush Aaron Rush, Film Studies, Freshman
    Milwaukee, Wis.
    “The scholarship allowed me to take more classes. It helped move me forward academically and keep advancing.”

    • Robert Trefethren, Political Science, Senior
    • Morgan Holmgren, Elementary Inclusive, Senior