NDU FOUNDATION AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

The Association’s goal is to aid educators, public servants and students

 

North Dakota United Foundation promotes educational excellence and quality public service in North Dakota. The Foundation’s goal is to aid educators, public servants and students in achieving greater educational success. The Foundation accomplishes this by providing to individual educators, public servants and college student various grants and scholarships designed to enhance their skills. The following are thewinners of the 2015-16 North Dakota Foundation Awards:

 

Ross Allmaras, of Carrington, has been awarded an NDU Education Scholarship. Allmaras, the son of Conni Allmars, Carrington, will receive a cash award of $1,000 to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. NDU Education Scholarships are awarded to a student member of NDU, including student NEA/AFT members in other states, who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in education. Allmaras is a senior at Carrington High School and will be attending North Dakota State University in Fargo this fall. At Carrington High School he’s been a Science Olympiad participant and won 11 medals at regional and state level in engineering/building events. He’s been involved in the Boy Scouts of America and has earned his Eagle Scout award. Since the summer of 2014, Allmaras has been working at the NDSU Research Center in Carrington.  Read the press release here.

 

Madison Brown, of Bismarck, has been awarded the Mary Cripps Special Education Scholarship. Brown, the daughter of Tamara Brown Volk, Bismarck, will receive a cash award of $750 for her sophomore year of Speech Language Pathology study. The Mary Cripps Special Education Scholarship is awarded annually to either an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing initial or advanced training in special education. Brown is majoring in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Mary. In addition to her studies, she is a University of Mary Marauders cheerleader and a member of the Emerging Leadership Academy. She works as a lifeguard, teaches swimming lessons at the BSC Aquatic Center, is an assistant cheer coach at Century High School and is a Patient Service Coordinator at Sanford Walk-In Clinic.  Read the press release here.

 

Marcy Buchholz, of Minot, has been awarded an NDU Education Scholarship. Buchholz will receive a cash award of $1,000 for her senior year of Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education study. NDU Education Scholarships are awarded to a student member of NDU, including student NEA/AFT members in other states, who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in education. Buchholz is attending the University of North Dakota and will graduate in December 2015 with a double major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. While in high school and college, she has had extensive experience teaching children in both Minot and Grand Forks.  Read the press release here.

 

Alyssa DeMars, of Cavalier, has been awarded an NDU Education Scholarship. DeMars, the daughter of Janette and Kevin DeMars, Cavalier, will receive a cash award of $1,000 for her junior year of Elementary Education study. NDU Education Scholarships are awarded to a student member of NDU, including student NEA/AFT members in other states, who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in education. DeMars is a student at Mayville State University with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Needs and Early Childhood Development. In addition to being on the dean’s list, she is a leader on campus and is involved in many organizations. These include the student chapter of North Dakota United, Alpha Phi Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society, Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Mayville “Cometeers” Campus Volunteer organization, and she has also participated in mission work.  Read the press release here.

 

Morgan Effertz, of Velva, has been awarded an NDU Member/Dependent Scholarship. Effertz, the daughter of Monica and Alan Effertz, Velva, will receive a cash award of $1,000 for her freshman year of Animal Health Management study. NDU Member/Dependent Scholarships are awarded to a member, including student members or dependents of an NDU member, who is pursuing post-secondary education in any field of study, including vocational, associate or bachelor degree programs. Effertz will be attending North Dakota State University in the fall and will be pursuing a degree in Animal Science. She has been on the honor roll for all semesters at Velva High School, participated in her church’s youth organization and choir, and Velva Saddle Club. She currently works at Velva Drug and is a hired hand on her family’s farm.  Read the press release here.

 

Jonathan Labrensz, of Moorhead, Minn., has been awarded the Ron & Ann Anstrom Scholarship for English, Math or Science Instructors. Labrensz will receive a cash award of $2,000 for his master’s degree in Math Education. The Ron & Ann Anstrom Scholarship Program is intended to assist individual English, math or science instructors to improve their qualifications by attending summer school or engaging in graduate level courses during the regular academic year, online courses or extension courses that are part of a graduate program. Labrensz is in his second year of teaching at Davies High School in Fargo, and is completing his master’s degree in Mathematics Education. He currently teaches Algebra 2, Math in Action, and has taught pre-calculus, geometry and AP calculus.  Read the press release here.

 

Robert Lukens of Wishek, has been awarded the Ron & Ann Anstrom Scholarship for English, Math or Science Instructors. In addition to that he received the Joseph A. Westby Leadership Award. Lukens will receive a cash award of $3,000 for his master’s degree of Science Education. The Ron & Ann Anstrom Scholarship Program is intended to assist individual English, math or science instructors to improve their qualifications by attending summer school or engaging in graduate level courses during the regular academic year, online courses or extension courses that are part of a graduate program. The Joseph A. Westby award was established by the former Executive Director of NDEA and recognizes the need for staff and members to pursue leadership training opportunities. Lukens is currently a fourth-grade teacher in Wishek, and an active member of North Dakota United. He’s studying for a Master’s degree in Science Education at Montana State University. His goal is to be able to affect students at all levels by becoming certified in science.  Read the press release here.

 

Austin Mack, of Dickinson, has been awarded a NDU Member/Dependent Scholarship. Mack, the son of Cherie Mack, Dickinson, will receive a cash award of $1,000 for his sophomore year of study. NDU Member/Dependent Scholarships are awarded to a member, including student members or dependents of an NDU member, who is pursuing post-secondary education in any field of study, including vocational, associate or bachelor degree programs. Mack is pursuing a degree in Communications with a concentration on Human Resources and Marketing from the University of Jamestown. He’s currently on the dean’s list and a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman’s List Academic Student. Austin is also a member of the university’s track and soccer teams, the Student Senate and the Code of Conduct review Board.  Read the press release here.

 

Jaci Norbury, of Velva, has been awarded the Bill Oban Special Education Scholarship. Norbury, the daughter of Maria and Ron Norbury, Velva, will receive a cash award of $250 for her senior year of Special and Elementary Education study. The Bill Oban Special Education Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate student who is preparing for a career in special education. NDU Education Scholarships are awarded to a student member of NDU, including student NEA/AFT members in other states, who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in education. Norbury is attending Minot State University, and in December 2015, she will be earning a double degree in both Elementary Education and Special Education. Norbury has been on the president’s and dean’s list and is an active member of the Student North Dakota United chapter, coordinating the Read Across America Event. She participates in intramural basketball and currently works as an Operations Assistant at Capital Financial Services.  Read the press release here.

 

Morgan Pandolfo, of Bowbells, has been awarded the Bill Oban Special Education Scholarship. Pandolfo will receive a cash award of $1,250 for her senior year of study. The Bill Oban Special Education Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate student who is preparing for a career in special education. NDU Education Scholarships are awarded to a student member of NDU, including student NEA/AFT members in other states, who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in education. Pandolfo is studying for a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education at the University of Mary. She is the chapter president of the Student North Dakota United chapter at University of Mary. Since the fall of 2012 to the present, she has been on the University of Mary dean’s list. At Bowbells High School, she was the 2012 Salutatorian and Senior Athlete of the Year.  Read the press release here.

 

Marley Papenfuss, of Portland, has been awarded an NDU Member/ Dependent Scholarship. Papenfuss, the daughter of Laurie and Brad Papenfuss, Portland, will receive a cash award of $1,000 for her sophomore year of Early Childhood and Special Education study. NDU Member/Dependent Scholarships are awarded to a member, including student members or dependents of an NDU member, who is pursuing post-secondary education in any field of study, including vocational, associate or bachelor degree programs. Papenfuss is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education study at Mayville State University. She has been on the dean’s list each semester since she began college. She currently substitute teaches for paraprofessionals, does work for Easter Seals, babysits, teaches swimming lessons and works at Gearing Up for Kindergarten, providing childcare.  Read the press release here.

 

Theresa Quist, of Bismarck, has been awarded the Ron & Ann Anstrom Scholarship for English, Math or Science Instructors. Quist will receive a cash award of $3,000 for her master’s degree in Reading Instruction. The Ron & Ann Anstrom Scholarship Program is intended to assist individual English, math or science instructors to improve their qualifications by attending summer school or engaging in graduate-level courses during the regular academic year, online or extension courses that are part of a graduate program. Quist received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from the University of Mary, graduating summa cum laude. She is a secondgrade teacher at Sunrise Elementary in Bismarck and is completing her Master of Education degree in Reading Instruction at the University of Mary.  Read the press release here.

 

Marianne Tan of Waukegan, Ill., has been awarded the NDU Foundation Ethnic Minority Scholarship. Tan will receive a cash award of $1,000 for her senior year of Elementary Education study. The NDU Foundation Ethnic Minority Scholarship is awarded annually to a minority preparing to teach. Special consideration is given to a student attending a tribal college. Funding for this scholarship comes from a special grant from North Dakota United. Tan is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Mary. She was a 2011-12 Illinois State Scholar and a 2013-14 Outstanding Campus Ministry Volunteer at the University of Mary. She will be student teaching this fall semester and graduating in December 2015.  Read the press release here.

 

Luci Terry, of Fargo, has been awarded the NDU Member Grant. Terry, will receive a cash award of $1,000 for purchasing additional iPad’s for her classroom. These additional devices will enable her special needs students to be actively engaged. Terry is a special education teacher at Freedom Elementary School in West Fargo. She is an active member of NDU’s West Fargo Education Association and is working towards a Master’s Degree in Special Education.  Read the press release here.

 

 

 

Kristi Tonnessen, of Towner, has been awarded a NDU Member/Dependent Scholarship. Tonnessen, the daughter of Pamela and Terry Tonnessen, Towner, will receive a cash award of $ 1,000 for her senior year of Agriculture Education study. NDU Member/Dependent Scholarships are awarded to a member, including student members or dependents of an NDU member, who is pursuing post-secondary education in any field of study, including vocational, associate or bachelor degree programs. Tonnessen is pursuing a degree in Agriculture Education from North Dakota State University. Her goal is to become an Agriculture Teacher and an FFA Advisor. She has been on the dean’s list for six semesters. She is a North Dakota FFA State Officer and an active volunteer on the national level, Saddle and Sirloin Club Member, NDSU Dairy judging team, 89th Little International Queen and the Bison Dairy Club.  Read the press release here.