• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Apple Valley, MN

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

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    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

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    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Scholarship Etiquette

The process for searching, applying, and accepting scholarships can sometimes be a long and arduous one. Scholarships can be difficult to come upon at times, and completing the necessary paperwork and writing essays that will please the award panels can be stressful. When I began applying for scholarships during my senior year of high school, I had very little guidance. I had to do my homework and read many how-tos to get a clear idea of what I should include in my applications, where I could search for relevant scholarships, and how I should handle acceptance if I was granted the awards. To help guide you through the process, here is a little cheat-sheet to follow:

-Use school resources for finding scholarships. Scholastica has an financial aid page on the school website that can help you find local scholarships that pertain to your academic year, degree choice, and background.
– Use other search engines to search for state and national scholarships that fit you, such as Fastweb or Scholarships.com. Just make sure that when using these searches, you A) don’t disclose personal information to private parties you are unfamiliar with and B) avoid extra spam and advertisements by screening your profile.

– Include all of the elements required by the sponsor. If even one part of your application is missing, you can automatically be disqualified from the running.
– Don’t include extra elements unless given permission to do so. This can also be an automatic disqualification.
– Be thorough and honest. Fully cover your experience in school, the community, and work, but make sure you don’t stretch the truth. Represent yourself in the best way possible.
– Write your essays carefully. Be grammatically accurate, use spell check, and ensure that your essay is “college” quality. If you would turn it in to a professor for a serious grade, you know it’s well-written.

-Always send a thank-you to the scholarship sponsor. Express your gratitude for their kindness and selection.
-Be prompt when accepting and provide proper documentation of your enrollment at the institution you are attending if required.
-Celebrate! Applying for scholarships is hard work, and you obviously have worked hard to be a recipient. Enjoy your victory 🙂

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