2018 CAMPUS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

ALYSSA S., NORTHWEST TECHNICAL COLLEGE

On managing budgets – “We need to successfully manage money and understand our expenses. A budget will help you to determine how much you pay a month, how often you work and more. You need to begin saving money as soon as possible because this money can be a financial net that can help you if you are struggling.”

 

BERNERDETTE Z., ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY

On contributing to her campus community – “When possible, taking up volunteering opportunities on campus and in my local community contribute to my personal wellbeing.”

 

CRYSTAL H., BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSIT

On being a good role model, leader and student – “Between classes, while my children are in school, I stay on campus and set up study groups for the classes that I am enrolled in. All are welcome to attend. I feel that if we as students can help each other outside of class, we have a better chance of succeeding in the classroom.”

 

EMMANUEL O., INVER HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

On building credit with the help of Affinity Plus – “Upon seeing an advisor at Affinity Plus, they were able to give me insight on how to build my credit, as well as different ways of trying as much as possible to stay out of debt.”

 

GRACE T., WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY

On volunteering – “There’s nothing more fulfilling than when you realize how much of an impact you can make to a community by volunteering.”

 

JAMES R., MINNESOTA STATE COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE

On retirement planning – “Raising the awareness of preparing for the future is something I believe everyone my age will benefit from.”

 

KIMBERLY Q., ST. CLOUD COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE

On student loan debt – “Student debt is at its highest of $1.5 trillion. This has become an ongoing issue and it is continuing to increase. I feel that students were not educated enough about financial issues.”

 

KYLE L., MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY – MANKATO

On investing for the future – “If my generation and I are taught more about the topics underlining investments, I believe more millennials will invest early and have a more financially stable future.”

 

MOLLY P., UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA – TWIN CITIES

On loans – “The current generation of students pursuing higher education are taking on more debt than ever before. Until the institution of higher education faces a complete restructuring, we must learn how to safely and smartly manage our finances.”

 

PRIYANKA A., MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY – MOORHEAD

On understanding finances – “A bright future is something that every college student aspires for. With classes, assignments, social life, and work, students usually forget the most important thing: Finances.”

2018 - 2019 Annual Scholarship Winners

The Affinity Plus Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of its $5,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year!

Michael B. – Baxter

Michael is a high school senior who is active in volunteering in many organizations, including leadership positions on hospital boards and related internships. He has taught a course for 8th grade students aimed at reducing teen pregnancy, he has participated in sports, and traveled for two mission trips with his church. Michael has learned that volunteering enriches his live as much as those who he serves.

Noah I. - Bemidji

Noah is a busy high school senior who plays the alto saxophone, is active in jazz and marching bands, serves his fellow students as a link volunteer, and regularly teaches children at his church through Sunday School. His life’s ambition is to change his community – and the world – through his faith, and he has participated in mission trips around the country and the world.

Maria K. - Plymouth

Maria is a high school senior in the West Metro who is passionate about literacy. She has created a non-profit literacy organization that is driven to make the world a better place – one book at a time. Maria has collected and distributed more than 2.2 million books to kids in need.

Sarah W. - River Falls, WI

Sarah is a graduate student at the University Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in speech-language pathology. Through her studies and her work in the on-campus speech-language and hearing clinic, Sarah has developed a passion for this field and an even greater desire to provide exceptional therapy to the clients that she serves. She is especially passionate about working with children, and she is grateful to be pursuing a profession that challenges her, interests her, and allows for meaningful interactions with others.

Justin H. - St. Paul Park

Justin is a junior at Haverford College in Pennsylvania where he is pursuing a double major in math and Russian. He makes an effort to go “above and beyond” through community volunteerism, currently working to build a fun, educational, student-oriented website for a local college. Justin also tries to brighten the world through everyday actions, kindness and courtesy.

Klarissa W. - Battle Lake

Klarissa attends North Dakota State University studying agricultural economics and international studies. She serves in the National Guard, currently training to become a United States Army Officer. She hopes to become an adaptive leader in the Army, making a positive impact on communities, her state, her country, and the world.

Lauren H. - Lake Crystal

Lauren is a college senior who attends Minnesota State University – Mankato studying biomedical science and minoring in chemistry. Lauren is an avid volunteer who strives to give her best to her community, supporting a variety of organizations by giving of her time and talents to establish long-term plans for success.

Michael N. - Elko

Michael works full-time and is a student at Dakota County Technical College where he is studying network administration and software development. He regularly volunteers at his church, Feed My Starving Children, and through other local charities, food shelves and clothing drives. Michael has three children who he is focused on mentoring them into adulthood to be successful, contributing members of the community.