NTC Students Awarded $37,500 in Scholarships to Pursue Their Education

Dr. Faith C. Hensrud, president, Northwest Technical College & Bemidji State University

The Northwest Technical College Foundation awarded $37,500 in scholarships to students at a Sept. 10 virtual Scholarship Recognition & Award Ceremony. Scholarships help students with education expenses as they fulfill their educational goals.

Ashley Johnson, executive director of the NTC foundation, opened the event by introducing the foundation’s board of directors dedicated to providing scholarship opportunities for NTC students.

President Faith C. Hensrud expressed her gratitude for the board, supporting businesses, organizations and individual donors that support NTC students. She also discussed NTC’s six core values: excellence, integrity, student success, inclusion, innovation and community engagement.

“Our mission states that NTC engages, supports and prepares students for rewarding careers through innovative programs and hands-on learning,” she said. “We are very pleased to be able to continue this tradition of hands-on learning while managing the current health crisis. I want to express my gratitude for all that our faculty, staff, and students are doing to help keep NTC safe.”

Darrin Strosahl, vice president of academic affairs, spoke of NTC’s commitment to investing in students’ futures and emphasized important partners in the Bemidji community. Strosahl proceeded to recognize Kelly Hagan, vice president of nursing and clinical services for Sanford Health, as a strong advocate for technical education.

“I want to congratulate the scholarship recipients today. What an honor to be chosen and awarded with this recognition,” Hagan said. “A scholarship certainly has financial significance, additionally it reflects the attributes of the recipient. It speaks to their character, their potential and their ability to be true to their goals and see those goals through.”

Scholarship Recipients

NTC Foundation General Scholarship, $1000

  • Kaitlyn Scharrer, a sophomore studying nursing from Aitkin.

Fred Breen Scholarship, $2000

  • Na Zhao, a student studying nursing and health sciences from Bemidji.
  • Lorrie Prickett, a student studying nursing and health sciences from Bemidji.
  • Alyx Johnson, a sophomore studying nursing and health sciences from Bemidji.

Paul Bunyan Communications Scholarship, $500

  • Alexander Mattson, a sophomore studying commercial refrigeration from Bemidji.

Otter Tail Power Company scholarship, $1500

  • Brittney Rohloff, a student studying electrical construction from Bemidji.
  • Nicholas Staska, a sophomore studying electrical construction from Bemidji.

Mississippi Headwaters Blood Bank Scholarship

  • Phoebe Francis, a sophomore studying nursing and health sciences from Grafton, North Dakota.
  • Happiness Leister, a sophomore studying nursing and health sciences from Bemidji.
  • Alyx Johnson, a sophomore studying nursing and health sciences from Bemidji.

Paul Bunyan Vintage Auto Club Scholarship, $1000

  • Faith Nass, a sophomore studying automotive service and performance from Williams, Minnesota

George W. Neilson Foundation Scholarship, $1000

  • Angelo Smith, a freshman studying plumbing and HVAC from Cass Lake.
  • Benjamin Jourdan, a freshman studying electrical construction from Northome.
  • Mayson Skogman, a freshman studying electrical construction from Warroad.
  • Daltin Ackerman, a freshman studying electrical construction from Pequot Lakes.
  • Gage Wilmer, a freshman studying electrical construction from Warroad.
  • Jalayna Kelley, a freshman studying dental assisting from Red Lake Falls.
  • Illeana Brown, a freshman studying health science broad field from Bena.
  • Kelsey Carlin, a freshman studying nursing from Gully.
  • Nicole Boll, a student studying nursing from Northome.
  • Tanya Fisher, a student studying health science broad field from Bemidji.
  • Samuel Decko, a freshman studying electrical construction from Remer.
  • Kelani Valencia, a freshman studying health science broad field from Huachuca City, Arizona.
  • Alexandra Bonsack, a sophomore studying nursing and health science from Fosston.
  • Danica Swanson, a student studying dental assisting from Bemidji.
  • Jacqueline Manecke, a freshman studying practical nursing and health science from Fosston.
  • Saphyre Johnson, a freshman studying practical nursing from Minneapolis.
  • Andrew Tarnowski, a freshman studying electrical construction from St. Paul.
  • Kiah Wolf, a sophomore studying nursing from Bemidji.
  • Heather Mattingly, a freshman studying nursing from Webster.
  • Kayla Loehrer, a freshman studying practical nursing and health science from Sauk Rapids.

All towns listed above are in Minnesota unless otherwise noted.

In February 2017, the foundation’s board of directors voted to enlist the Bemidji-based Northwest Minnesota Foundation to provide administrative support as it seeks donor support to help more students prepare for careers in high-demand areas of the region’s workforce.

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is one of six Minnesota Initiative Foundations established in 1986 through The McKnight Foundation’s leadership and a visionary experiment in rural philanthropy. Each of the six initiative foundations are managed locally and are sharply focused on improving the quality of life in their respective regions. The Northwest Minnesota Foundation has provided assistance and delivered services resulting in millions of dollars in local philanthropy being funneled back to local organizations to help achieve its mission to make the region a better place to live and work.

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MN State logoNorthwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit ntcmn.edu.