Current Scholarship Recipients

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Thanks to our generous donors, these College of Allied Health and Nursing students have received financial support for the 2021-2022 academic year. We are so grateful to those who help make education more affordable for so many of our dedicated students!

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Congratulations to our current scholarship recipients: 

College-Wide Scholarships

College of Allied Health and Nursing Foundation Scholarship

Amanda Biastock, Prajwalika Dahal, Haley Patrin, Kamilya Seid, Alison Tokkesdal, Montanajean Tolzman

Don and Martha Huron Hope Scholarship

Karmen Hazen, Torey Richards


Dental Hygiene Scholarships

Alice K. Weed Dental Hygiene Scholarship

Bre Austin, Corina Layton, Emily Schimnich, Whitney Schmitz

Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni Foundation Scholarship

Karmen Hazen, Tiffany Taylor

Dr. Deborah O’Keefe Strand Endowment

Peyton Lorentz

Dr. Robert Fonda Dental Hygiene Scholarship

Krista Kovar, Ashley Nelson


Family Consumer Science Scholarships

Family Consumer Science (FCS) Education Scholarship

The FCS Education Scholarship was created to recognize one FCS Education student at Minnesota State University, Mankato who demonstrates high levels of responsibility, leadership, motivation, communication skills, ability to work with others, potential for professional growth, and excellence in many facets of student life including academics and extracurricular activities relative to the field of FACS Education. This scholarship is funded by the annual proceeds of the “FACS to the Max” Conference held in the Department of Family Consumer Science at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Supporters of this conference are FCS professionals, alumni, students and faculty.

Susan Simonis

Family Consumer Science Department Endowed Scholarship

Amber Khan, Amanda Montplaisir

Fern Snure Williams and Howard Williams Endowment

Trevor Beuning

Lydia Gens Keitzer Endowment

Kathryn Kueppers

Grace Keir Family Consumer Science Scholarship

Jordyn Bey, Amy Olson

Mary Jean Metag Scholarship Endowment

Megan Bauer, Mikaela Whiteford

Robert and Marcy Irby Scholarship

Marcy lrby is a 1970 graduate of Mankato State College. After a year at Bemidji State College, she went on to complete a degree in Home Economics Education with a speech minor. Seeking to further her education, she attended Kansas State University to earn a M. S. in Home Economics in 1976. Ten years later, Marcy returned to Mankato State College to earn an Elementary Education degree. After 36 years in education, ranging from preschool to high school, Marcy retired from teaching in 2010. Marcy and her husband Robert met at Mankato State College and were married in Mankato on July 17, 1971. It is her pleasure to provide a scholarship for an FCS student interested in teaching.

Lisbeth Magdaleno-Garcia

Family Consumer Science Department Scholarship

Celina Nelson, Taylor Nixt, Julia Prouty, Cassidy Schafer


Health Science Scholarships

Eta Sigma Gamma Endowment

Kayla Rinderknecht

John & Delores Pfau Alcohold And Drug Studies Program Endowed Scholarship

Kylie Hoese

Johanna M. Weblemoe Scholarship

Alexandra Menne  


Human Performance Scholarships

Clem W. Thompson Physical Education Endowment

Keerthana Srikrishnan

Colonel Emma E. Vogel Endowment

Torey Richards

Dennis Erie Sport Management Scholarship

Hunter Yang

The Dr. Mardy Buck Developmental Adaptive Physical Education (DAPE) Endowment

Erika Anderson, David Holm, Tanner Roske

G.L. “Gordy” Graham Athletic Training Endowment

Melinda Froehle

Roy Moore Physical Education Leadership Endowment

David Holm

Vi Holbrook Endowment PE Graduate Scholarship

Abigail Kain

Human Performance Scholarship

Britin Thomsen


Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services Scholarships

Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

Yuepheng Thao

RPLS Legacy Scholarship

Sarah Longtin

Dr. Joanne Ardolf Decker Scholarship

Staci Nohl, Ashley Weber

RPLS Emerging Leader Scholarship

Courtney Davis


Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services Scholarships

Dr. C. Esco Obermann Rehabilitation Counseling Endowment

Recipients: Kelly Perkins, Anna Jinkerson

JW Chiou Memorial Scholarship

The JW Chiou Memorial Scholarship was established by his family to support students who are admitted to Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Graduate Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The scholarship is offered to a new graduate student in recognition of the student's academic and clinical excellence and community service. All new graduate students who are admitted to the CSD program are eligible to apply for this scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to honor Dr. JW Chiou who was a university scholar and expert in the field of Education for more than 40 years in Taiwan.

Samantha Florentino

Mabel Hazel Swanson Scholarship

Montana Nelson

Pennington Communication Sciences and Disorders Scholarship

Alexis Fronk


School of Nursing Scholarships

Brett Anderson Nursing Leadership Scholarship

Brett Anderson is a 2011 graduate of the School of Nursing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Brett now leads Ecumen-wide health care services as the Vice President of Nursing Services for Ecumen.   He also served as adjunct faculty at Minnesota State University and an Instructor at Saint Paul College.  He has a Master's of Science degree in Nursing Leadership and Management from Metro State University.  As a Registered Nurse, certified Public Health Nurse, and board-certified Nurse Executive, Brett wanted to give back to students who show an interest in senior care and health care leadership.

Acy Adamzak, Nyeba Manston-Dunbar

Clarice Joan Amundson Nursing Endowment

Samya Gelal, Brooke Iott, Mary More

David Schober Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Titan Zuehlke

Dr. Walter & Lorna E. Zettler Memorial Endowed Scholarship Endowment

Angela Pha

Elsa Johansen Natvig Endowment

Madison Mueller

Florence Nightingale Scholarship of the Mankato Area Foundation

The Florence Nightingale Scholarship of the Mankato Area Foundation is to support a non-traditional student for a two-year, post-secondary scholarship who has been accepted into the nursing program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Grace Haugh, Alysha VanFleet

Gertrude Jane Timmerman O’Neill School of Nursing Endowment

Nicole Baumgard, Josie Fredericksen

Golden Jubilee Scholarship Endowment

Mallory Steinmetz

Helen C. & Helmer J. Nilson Memorial Endowment

Karissa Stika, Alexandra Stock

Jean Marie Berquist Scholarship

Lynsey Rohlfing

Kenneth W. Case Nursing Scholarship

Kenneth W. Case was a working man who had an innate ability to build and fix almost anything, using this skill to help anyone in need. Kenneth had a gentle heart, believed in kindness, loved a good football game, and is known for his love of history and world events. When unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV liver cancer, Kenneth and his family turned to hospice caregivers to find comfort and support on Kenneth’s final journey. To extend Kenneth’s legacy of kindness to others, his daughter, Dr. Marilyn Swan, and the Case family, established the Kenneth W. Case Nursing Scholarship to support pre-licensure nursing students with a practice interest in end-of-life care through a hospice or long-term care. 

Hailey Johnson

Lillian Crawford Endowment

Ashley Haugerud

LuVern and Bess Penn Endowment

Rachel Kiner, Yazmin Zamora

Lynn Wetherbee and William C. Weese MD Nursing Scholarship Fund

Mackenzie Garrels, Jordan Reinhart, Lindsey Schobert

May and John Gilles Nursing Scholarship Endowment

May and John Gilles valued higher education, and each of them led lives of service to others. May was trained as an R.N. at St. Alexius School of Nursing in Bismark, N.D., through the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, a program created to address the shortage of nurses in World War II. May practiced nursing for 20 years, serving hospitals in Detroit and Minneapolis. Following the family’s move to Mankato, May volunteered for the American Red Cross and worked as a private nurse. In addition, May was a dedicated volunteer in the Mankato community. John served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and afterward spent his career with the U.S. Postal Service, serving as leader in his local postal workers union and a volunteer in his church and community. In retirement, John served as president of the Mankato chapter of National Association of Retired Federal Employees, treasurer of the South Central Senior Federation, and as a tax preparer at Summit Senior Center. He and May delivered Meals on Wheels for 22 years. May and Johns’ daughter, Jane Gilles, a Minnesota State University, Mankato alum, established this endowment to honor her parents’ memory and to extend their legacy of service to others.

Khyla Bonine

Nicholas Allen Memorial School of Nursing Scholarship

Samantha Davis, Megan Feltmann

Melba Leichsenring Nursing Endowment

Makenna Hogan

Nancy Schaffler Henry Endowed Scholarship

Kristi Fett

Patrick Willette Memorial Nursing Scholarship Endowment

Elizabeth Holm

Robert, Jean, Linus & Michael Schramski Endowment

Samantha Edwards, Sean Hartigan

Wanda-Mae Wyndle Nursing Endowment

Olivia Grassel, Anita Khatri, Dikshya Thapa, Jenna Rasmussen

Becky Taylor Fellowships

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students can apply for Becky Taylor Fellowships through the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society. This fellowship supports education, practice, and translational research focused on improving family and societal health. Funding can be used for tuition, fees, DNP clinical practice projects, and/or cost of living expenses. Fellowships will be awarded based on available resources and application materials. 

Nkeiru Adoga, Tiffany Gordon, Nyeba Manston-Dunbar,Sarah Ogilvie, Cy Schweiss 

School of Nursing General Scholarship

Lilian Barr, Alexa Lacher, James Kwabena Abotsi, Kaitlyn Oberg, Ilhan Omar, Andreas Vatsveen

Dr. Carol S. Brown Nursing Endowment

Abigail MaKarrall

Hope Nursing Research Scholarship

Nkeiru Adoga, Sarah Ogilvie

Patricia Earle Art Caring Award

Landon Brown, Natasha Nett

Social Work Scholarships

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Bill Anderson New Social Work Student Scholarship

Kelsy Marks, Mary Speer

Bill Anderson Leadership Scholarship

Travis Bowen, Brian Swancutt

Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA)  - Region IX Scholarship

Brianna Jonason, Rileigh Kronmiller, Stephanie Nelson, Haley Patrin

Social Work (MSW) Social Justice Award

Jessica Bernier

Wayne and Carol Sandee Social Work Scholarship

Estefany Sotelo Garcia

Social Work Alumni & Faculty Scholarship

Karen Hernandez, Bla Yang, Lindsey Morris, Kate Martig