Campus Scholarship Winners 2020-2021

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Annika Theurer

Bemidji State University

Annika is a sophomore attending Bemidji State University, originally from Cottage Grove, MN studying exercise science and mathematics. Passionate about athletics, Annika is a member of the Bemidji State women’s rugby team and volunteers as the student manager for the women’s basketball team. After college, she hopes to become a physical therapist or athletic trainer, to help people both avoid and overcome physical injuries and allow people to be physically active at whatever level they’re comfortable.

“To all the people who donate to the Affinity Plus Foundation and make this scholarship possible, thank you so much, you are helping me reach my future goals. Without you, it would not be possible. Thank you for helping me reach my dreams!”


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Julia Lee

Lake Superior College

Julia is a sophomore attending Lake Superior College in Duluth, originally from Shoreview, MN, studying business. She hopes to transfer to University of Minnesota – Duluth in fall of 2021. After college, Julia hopes to pair her education in business with the pharmaceutical industry. Through her current full-time job at Essentia Health, she has worked with underserved populations in Duluth by helping them enroll in pharmaceutical manufacturer programs to ensure they have access to life-saving medication they need.

“Thank you to everyone who contributed to this scholarship. It means a great deal to students like myself, to help have that financial freedom during school, and to have that extra support knowing that what we’re doing is making a difference!”


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Kamana K C

St. Cloud State University

Kamana is a senior attending St. Cloud State University and studying Information Systems. Originally from Nepal, Kamana is active as a volunteer and coordinator of a number of on-campus activities and clubs. She has also made the Dean’s list for five consecutive semesters! She is planning to go into the information technology and cybersecurity field after grad school and plans to encourage other young women to follow a similar path.

“I’m thankful because with this scholarship it will be helpful financially, but also it keeps me motivated to work towards my career goals.”


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Karli Knopf

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Karlie is a freshman attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Originally from Brainerd, MN, Karli is studying agricultural education and agricultural communication and marketing. Karli has been heavily involved in agricultural associations and initiatives, including Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the North Central Beekeepers Association.  She also enjoys giving back through volunteering. She has done this both by establishing a community service committee in her FFA chapter and also participating in volunteer activities with her college sorority.

“I’d like to express my utmost gratitude to the contributors of the Affinity Plus Foundation that made this scholarship possible for me!”


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Lleyton Monk

 Winona State University

Lleyton is a sophomore studying elementary education with a minor in music. Lleyton is passionate about music and excited to become a teacher so he can help kids better prepare for their futures. Lleyton is very involved with both the choir and theatre program at Winona State University along with a college ministry program all while holding down a part-time job.

“I would like to thank the Affinity Plus Foundation, you fund this scholarship and it’s amazing. You’re going to help so many people with their tuition and with their schooling.”


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Melanie Moss

Alexandria Community Technical College

Melanie is a senior studying nursing at Alexandria Community Technical College currently also working full-time as an LPN clinic nurse and aspires to become a registered nurse focused on geriatric nursing. Melanie is a non-traditional student who also has a daughter in kindergarten. She is active in her community through blood donation and community health outreach efforts, providing blood pressure screenings and blood sugar checks. In the past, she has also supported efforts to prevent substance abuse for youth and adults.

“I would like to say thank you – it’s truly appreciated and this opportunity is helping make my dreams come true!”


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Nora Griffin-Wiesner

University of Minnesota – Duluth

Nora is a Sophomore with a double major in international studies and sociology with a minor in Spanish at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. Active in sports and academics, Nora is currently enrolled in the UMD Honors Program and Dean’s List, while also active in varsity soccer, intramural volleyball and the Nordic Ski Club. Nora is still working to determine her post-collegiate path, but wants to focus on impactful work that betters her community.

“Thank you to the Affinity Plus Foundation, who funds this opportunity, you’re being more impactful than you probably know.”

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Sophie Nelson

Anoka Technical College

Sophie is a Freshman studying welding at Anoka Technical College. Sophie works multiple jobs to help pay her way through school. She is excited about becoming somebody who can create things that will help people with their everyday lives.

“I am so grateful for this and so happy that this will help me pay for my education and that’s all thanks to supporters of the Affinity Plus Foundation!”

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Tirtha Karki

 Minnesota State University – Mankato

Tirtha is pursuing an advanced degree in teaching English as a second language at Minnesota State University – Mankato. Originally from Nepal, Tirtha is passionate about language and education. Tirtha is active as both a Teaching Assistant and a Teaching Assistant Member. He spends much of his time advising other Teaching Assistants on ensuring their courses are linguistically and culturally responsive for international students. He also enjoys working with students to preserve their home language and culture while helping them become proficient in English.

“I’d like to ask all contributors to continue this scholarship, because this scholarship not only supports students to succeed academically in college, they can also give back to the community to deepen brotherhood, peace and prosperity in society. Thank you!

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Titilola Kolawole

Minnesota State University – Moorhead

Titilola is a junior studying nursing and public health at Minnesota State University – Moorhead. Originally from Nigeria, she is the President of the African Student Union at MSUM. Active in healthcare, she has worked with the Minnesota Department of Health to conduct COVID-19 testing along with volunteering time to administering flu vaccines. An honor roll student for the past 4 semesters, Titilola is committed to her academics and looks forward to using her nursing degree to help rural communities in Nigeria and the U.S. when she graduates.

“I feel very happy and fulfilled being a recipient of this scholarship. This is truly a step ahead for me into achieving my goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. I want to say a very big thank you to the contributors of the Affinity Plus Foundation.”



About the Affinity Plus Foundation

The Affinity Plus Foundation is a 501(c)(3) established in 2000 by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. The Foundation's mission is to engage, educate and empower individuals and communities.

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