This summer a dozen African-American men who are starting their junior year at Augsburg University and the University of St. Thomas were named Ciresi Walburn Scholars. The new scholarship and leadership program involves career experiences, financial support and mentoring that will help the selected young men graduate ready to launch their post-baccalaureate careers.
Each Phillips Scholar commits to creating a self-directed, leadership-oriented projected that is implemented during the summer before the student’s senior year. Student projects exemplify new thinking about community needs and are selected based on their innovation and potential for creating long-term solutions to community problems.
“On behalf of students at Minnesota’s private nonprofit colleges, I applaud and thank Governor Dayton and legislators in the House and Senate for producing a higher education budget bill that wisely invests in the Minnesota State Grant program. They have expanded direct tuition relief for students who face the greatest financial barriers to college success, whether students attend public or private institutions. By investing in the State Grant program, our state leaders are helping low- and middle-income families pay for college.”
Three men enrolled at private nonprofit colleges have been named recipients of the new Eddie Phillips Scholarship Program for African-American Men, which is designed to provide scholarship funds, advising and mentoring over their final two years of college. The goal is to support them as they earn their baccalaureate degrees and develop leadership skills.
Governor Dayton has proposed an important increase in the state’s investment in college students — and Minnesota’s economic future. The administration’s proposed budget would increase funding for need-based financial aid through the State Grant program by $25 million. We applaud the Governor’s continued commitment to helping more students earn a college degree by increasing support for need-based financial aid in his budget.
Phoebe Chastain’s goal is pretty simple: get parents and teens talking about sexuality. Chastain, a Carleton College senior and Phillips Scholarship recipient, is creating a peer-led pregnancy prevention training program in Northfield, Minn. in summer 2013
Mitchell Hinnenkamp hopes to empower youth this summer with his bully prevention project. A University of St. Thomas senior and Phillips Scholarship recipient, Hinnenkamp will work in conjunction with the St. Cloud YMCA to provide his Youth Empowerment Project in summer 2013.
For Jiccarra Hollman success means a sincere thank you or maybe a recipe exchange and a mean game of cards. The St. Catherine University senior and Phillips Scholarship recipient is igniting the spark in elderly residents by creating activities and shared experiences at two Ebenezer facilities in Minneapolis in summer 2013.
After a professional career that spanned 10 years and three states, Kristy Olson returned to academics at The College of St. Scholastica to pursue her interests in health care. The 34-year-old Minneapolis native and Phillips scholarship recipient is implementing a nutrition education program for young mothers in summer 2013.
For Sandy Xiong, self-expression was her solace during her teen years. The Gustavus Adolphus College senior and Phillips Scholarship recipient will share that passion this summer by creating an online magazine for Hmong teens as part of the Phillips Scholar Program in summer 2013.
Estefania Zapata owes it all to her brother and a personal finance game called CashFlow 101. The Augsburg College finance and accounting major will share that finance knowledge through her Phillips Scholar project in summer 2013.
Ted Grindal and Michael Lovett added to the boards
Dan Bruss, Ph.D., president of Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, will chair the Minnesota Private College Council as well as the Minnesota Private College Fund as of July 1, 2013. Two community members also join the board.