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  • Student Impact: Scholarship Stories

    Alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends make an impact on students with every dollar they choose to give to MSUM. Gifts fund scholarships for hundreds of students in a variety of programs on campus. They also can enhance the student experience and ensure our academic programs provide a robust curriculum. Here we would like to share some of the stories behind our scholarship recipients.


  • Amy Bellefeuille Amy Bellefeuille, Criminal Justice, Junior
    Twin Lakes, Minn.
    After 10 years in the workforce, Amy decided to return to college and pursue her dream of working in social services. She commutes 80 miles to campus each day for class, but says the commute is well worth the quality education she is receiving from MSUM.
    “I graduated with my associate’s degree 10 years ago, but I wanted to come back to school so that I could go on further in my education and pursue a degree that would let me help people. The financial assistance from the Founder’s Scholarship helped make that possible.”
    Halle Christianson Halle Christianson, Elementary Inclusive Education, Junior
    Glenwood, Minn.
    Halle is very passionate about children and volunteer work and donates much of her time to various charitable organizations, including Charism, America Reads, and FM Churches United for the Homeless. She has always wanted to be a teacher because she wants to have a lasting impact on students’ lives.
    “The Founders Scholarship has helped me continue my education journey at MSUM. I have been able to continue taking the classes that I need to graduate, and it has allowed me time to do well in them while gaining job and volunteer experience”

    Drew Davis-Johnson Drew Davis- Johnson, Music Industry, Freshman
    St. Paul, Minn.
    Drew is an enthusiastic musician with his sights set on a bright future in audio production. Family is very important to him, and he is especially grateful to his mother for being so supportive throughout his education.
    “Besides easing the financial burden on me and my mom, it is cool to say I received this honorable scholarship along with other amazing students.”
    Rebecca Garvey Rebecca Garvey, Music Industry, Freshman
    Balsam Lake, Wis
    Rebecca has been an active member of 4-H for many years. Through her involvement, she has gained experience in everything from cake decorating and horseback riding to photography. Her true passion is music, which is why she is involved in three ensembles on campus.
    “I applied for the Founders Scholarship knowing that I would need help paying for my education. I have done a lot of service projects and I want to be successful, which is the background for this scholarship and is something I want to continue. This scholarship has allowed me to really immerse myself in the college experience. It has allowed me to pursue my dream without having to worry so much about money.”
    Katherine Granstra Katherine Granstra, Health Services Administration, Senior
    Harron Lake, Minn.
    Katherine has always been active in her community and is excited to be a part of a career field dedicated to helping those in need of assistance. She is currently working at the Touchmark retirement community in Fargo.
    “I applied for the Founders Scholarship because I felt really connected to the description of being a hard worker coming from modest means. This scholarship has allowed me to seek out opportunities that I otherwise wouldn’t have, like my unpaid internship with Touchmark.”
    Naomi Jones Naomi Jones, English Education, Senior
    Rochester, Minn.
    Naomi is a teacher by nature and spends much of her time reading, writing, and finding creative classroom ideas. She is currently completing her practicum at Horizon Middle School and is very active in the English education department. She would like to teach 7th or 8th grade English classes in the future, and eventually begin an after school program for young children.
    “I applied for the Founders Scholarship because when I read the description of it, I found out that it was brought about by the founders who tried to make ends meet for the university, which is exactly what I do with college. I could definitely relate.”

    Andrew Larson Andrew Larson, Physics, Senior
    Thief River Falls, Minn.
    Andrew spends most of his time in the science building on campus. He works in the Physics Department in both the main office and as a teaching assistant, and is also active in his department’s student organization. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in biomedical engineering to prepare for a position in a medical devices company.
    “I applied to the Founders Scholarship so I would be able to focus on my studies. This scholarship has allowed me to be less stressed and more focused on my studies.”
    Luke Marchand Luke Marchand, Music Industry, Freshman
    Moorhead, Minn.
    Luke is an incoming freshman with junior status. Luke has traveled as a missionary with his parents all across the country but now proudly calls MSUM home. His faith is the foundation of his life, which is why he is an active member of Chi Alpha. Luke would like to work on a studio production team or travel as a musician or inspirational speaker in the future.
    “This scholarship has allowed me to pursue excellence. It gives students the opportunity to do something bigger than our circumstances.”

    Elizabeth Nelson Elizabeth Nelson, Graphic Communications, Sophomore
    Portland, N.D.
    Elizabeth is a graphic artist with a talent for photography. She currently works as a photographer for the MSUM Athletics Department, as well as an assistant for the MSUM Box Office. Her dream is to work as a photographer for the Minnesota Wild hockey team.
    “I applied for the Founders Scholarship because as college students, we need as much financial support as we can get. This scholarship has allowed me to focus more on what’s most important, like my academics, rather than worrying as much about my finances.”
    Courtney Newland Courtney Newland, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Senior
    Breezy Point, Minn.
    Courtney is a strong campus leader, serving as president of NRHH, National Residence Hall Honorary,a student orientation counselor, and leader of a first-year experience class. She also shows her Dragon Pride as an enthusiastic member of Nemzek Noise in support of Dragon Athletics. Courtney plans to attend graduate school in the Midwest after graduation.
    “Academics are very important to me. They come first, and I really want to use my education to further my life and my career options. I feel like the Founders Scholarship definitely allows me to do that.”
    Caleb Stumpfl Caleb Stumpfl, Film Production, Senior
    Hanover, Minn.
    Caleb has his sights set on a bright future in the film industry. He is currently working as a video intern on the GO team for Dragon Athletics. He also won the MSUM 125th Anniversary contest with his film “Life of a Dragon.” His dream is to travel and spend his life making films.
    “The Founders Scholarship has taken off the financial stress, so it has allowed me to focus on school and my classes. It has helped me advance my education and get the classes I need to excel after college.”
    Michaela Worms Michaela Worms, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Junior
    Melrose, Minn.
    Michaela transferred to MSUM to become a part of the close-knit campus family and be a part of a program dedicated to helping people. She is excited to attend graduate school before beginning a career helping young children in a school or clinic. Michaela is a member of NSSLHA, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, and works in the Disability Resource Center.
    “I applied for this scholarship because I believe in continuing my education - and because I am paying for college on my own, I wanted to be able to do that without a ton of student loans. The Founders Scholarship allows me to do that.”