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.


2017 Campus Scholarship Winners


Ann Z., Itasca Community College

On returning to school – “Higher education has costs and benefits that must be weighed…and when we do come to the decision that the benefits of getting that degree greatly outweigh the drawbacks, we do all that we can to make our dream come true.”

Eric E., Rochester Community & Technical College (RCTC)

On Affinity Plus – “Because of them giving me an opportunity to build my credit and to have safe, reliable transportation, I’m not only able to take my children to appointments and run errands, I can attend RCTC in the first place.”

Gabrielle J., St. Paul College

On financial stress of students – “As a student, you hear about how you will have to start taking on many responsibilities and the stress that comes with those responsibilities, but most of the stress comes from poor planning and the lack of financial literacy.”

Hannah B., Dunwoody College of Technology

On building a campus program – “By helping to create an architecture education environment that welcomes and invites new members, we encourage mutual growth and personal development. I endeavor to welcome newcomers knowing that it will strengthen both society and the architectural industry.”

Michaela M., Bemidji State University

On mentoring – “I want to share my enthusiasm for college life, and model the skills and the motivation necessary to obtain a college degree.”

Lauren H., Minnesota State University - Mankato

On volunteering - “I thoroughly enjoy being a positive influence in the lives of others while also feeling productive.”

Aishat O., Minnesota State University - Moorhead

On establishing a campus outreach initiative – “I realized that programming is a skill that everybody needs to have…and by harnessing people of different backgrounds with such salutary skill, we can be assured steady innovations from every industry.”

Theophine L., St. Cloud State University

On working with fellow students – “Mentoring students, especially when they are not sure on what to do, or even giving hope to people, is my joy.”

Hope F., University of MN - Twin Cities

On campus involvement – “Participating in various professional and community service events throughout the year has helped me and my fellow brothers to build the reputation of the University in both the surrounding philanthropic groups and the local community.”

Mikaela S., Winona State University

On coaching – “I love being able to give back to the youth and help them learn to be the best they can be, to never give up, and that hard work really does pay off.”