ST. PAUL, MINN. (May 13, 2019) – Affinity Plus Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the Affinity Plus Foundation Annual Scholarship winners. The Annual Scholarship Program recognizes Affinity Plus members for their leadership, character, community building and pursuit of education. Those awarded were incoming freshmen, current students, graduated students and non-traditional students.
“There are thousands of students across the state of Minnesota who pursue higher education each year, at universities as well as community and technical colleges,” said Foundation Board Chair Kristina Wright, Affinity Plus Senior Vice President of Member Experience. “The Foundation’s scholarship programs are one of many ways that Affinity Plus invests in our members and our communities to truly make a difference in peoples’ lives.
“We are so impressed with this year’s group of scholarship recipients, and we’re proud to be able to provide financial support in this way as they pursue their educational goals,” Wright added.
GET TO KNOW THE WINNERS
- Claudia C – Centerville: Claudia is a high school senior who will be attending the College of St. Scholastica in the fall of 2019, pursuing a career in the medical field. She is a frequent volunteer in her community, spending time at her local farmer’s market food shelf, senior living facility, in the nursery at her church, and as a mentor for an elementary-age girl in her school district.
- Arian T – Harris: Arian is currently a sophomore at Anoka Ramsey Community College, pursuing a degree in particle physics with aspirations to be a physicist. As a first-generation college student, he is engaged in a variety of ways in his campus community, involved in the honor’s society, participating in the psychology and environmental clubs, and he is a student senator, student ambassador and LeadMN scholarship recipient. Outside of school, Arian has been involved with an organization that helps homeless teenagers, leveraging his own personal experiences and knowledge to help others.
- Hunter H – Mankato: Hunter is currently a sophomore at Minnesota State University Mankato pursuing a degree in biomedical sciences, with nonprofit leadership certificate. He participated in a medical campaign mission trip to Guatemala, where he had the opportunity to educate and empower people to be proactive about their own health. Hunter has also volunteered for several years at the Mayo Clinic, logging more than 200 hours of time engaging with patients – some at the most stressful times of their lives – to provide moments of joy and to impact them positively.
- Joseph A – Minneapolis: Joseph is a junior at Augsburg University, where he has studied addiction counseling, social justice and political science. He has participated in choir, campus ministry and was president of the Student Senate, and he regularly volunteers for his local neighborhood association. Upon joining Augsburg, Joe began volunteering at the campus volunteer student-run food pantry, and he forged relationships with community partners and local non-profits to revive the struggling entity that now helps approximately 30 students per week gain access to healthy meals. When he sees a problem, he moves to action, seeking solutions. He is a first-generation college student, on track to achieve a Bachelor’s degree.
- Alexis G – Cottage Grove: Alexis is a high school senior who will be attending college in the fall of 2019, with the goal of becoming a veterinarian to fulfill a lifelong love of animals. Throughout her high school career she has been active in sports, music, National Honors Society and a variety of committees. Athletics have given Alexis the opportunity to support younger girls, both through sports camps and through mentoring relationships. She has spent time volunteering at the local animal humane society, non-profit horse ranches and the Minnesota Herpetology Society.
- Kevin L - Moorhead: Kevin is a graduate student at Minnesota State University – Moorhead. With an undergraduate degree in accounting, he is working toward his Master’s degree in accounting and finance. He has been active in the housing and residential life area, in both his role as a resident advisor and now a supervisor. In this role he coordinated community service activities, which includes volunteering at campus sporting events, raking yards for area senior citizens and writing Christmas cards for nursing home residents. Kevin is also engaged in intramural soccer and collects items for food drives.
- Kyle S – Deer River: Kyle is a high school senior who will be attending college in the fall of 2019 with the ultimate goal of earning a Master’s Degree as a physician's assistant. He is a regular volunteer at his church, is active in his school’s youth group, and is a six-year member of The Movement, a group of students that promote and mentor other students to prevent drug and alcohol use. Through these engagements, he has gained valuable leadership skills, including two years of formal training courses. Throughout his high school career, Kyle has also played basketball and track, and participated in band and robotics.
- Rupesh B – St. Cloud: Rupesh is an international student from Nepal currently studying computer science at St. Cloud State University. He leads the Nepalese Student Association at SCSU, is a student ambassador, works in the school’s tech department, and is involved in several clubs, sports and organizations within the university. His role as a student ambassador has led to volunteer opportunities outside campus, with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
The Affinity Plus Foundation coordinates two scholarship programs each year:
- The Annual Scholarship Program awards eight $5,000 scholarship to Affinity Plus members. The application period opens in the fall, accepts applications through Jan. 31, and awards scholarships in March.
- The Campus Scholarship Program awards ten $3,000 scholarships to members who attend one of the six universities where we have a presence on or near campus (along with community & technical colleges). Applications are typically accepted August through October, with awards announced before year-end.
The Affinity Plus Foundation is a 501(c)(3) serving Minnesota communities. Established in 2000 by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, the Foundation’s mission is to engage, educate and empower individuals and communities. Additional information is available at www.affinityplusfoundation.org.