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

North Dakota United Foundation promotes educational excellence and quality public services 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 the winners of the 2016-17 North Dakota Foundation Awards:

Veronica Dvorak, of New England, N.D., has been awarded an NDU Education Scholarship. Dvorak will receive a cash award of $750 for her senior year of study at the University of Mary in Bismarck. NDU Education Scholarships are awarded to student members of NDU, or student members of the National Education Association (NEA) or American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in other states, who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in education. Dvorak is a double major in Social Studies Education and Social and Behavioral Science with a minor in Speech. She is also a member of the Emerging Leaders Academy. Dvorak was valedictorian of New England Public High School in 2013. She currently has over 60 credits, serves as a peer tutor, and carries a significantly strong GPA. Her current goals revolve around becoming a high school social studies teacher and speech coach.

 

 

Braeton Erhardt, of Hazen, N.D., has been awarded an NDU Education Scholarship. Erhardt will receive a cash award of $750 for her senior year of Secondary Mathematics study at Dickinson State University. NDU Education Scholarships are awarded to student members of NDU, or student NEA/AFT members in other states, who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in education. At Dickinson State University, Erhardt is active in the DSU Student Education Association as Secretary-Treasurer and is a student representative on the DSU Teacher Education Council. In her hometown of Hazen, Erhardt was in Honors Band, Student Council, Peer Youth and National Honors Society, and she competed in math and track meets, MathCounts, the Science Olympiad and golf. While being involved in leadership roles throughout those many activities, she still graduated as one of three valedictorians of the Hazen High School class of 2012.

 

 

Kate Fox, of Wing, N.D., has been awarded an NDU Member/Dependent Scholarship. Fox, the daughter of Jeanette F. Fox, of Wing, will receive a cash award of $750 for her senior year of study. NDU Member/Dependent Scholarships are awarded to NDU members, Student-NDU members or dependents of an NDU member, who are pursuing post-secondary education in any field of study, including vocational, associate or bachelor degree programs. Fox, a senior at Wing High School, is involved in numerous extracurricular activities and has received stellar awards, including N.D. Cross-Country State Champion. As a team captain, she helped lead her team to become District 10 champions in basketball. She is also Student Council President and a member of many organizations, including Honor Society, UND Honor Band and Choir, Acalympics, and Bison Best Robotics. Fox will be attending the University of Mary this fall with majors in Mathematics Education and Accounting. Her goal is to return to a rural community as a mathematics teacher.

 

 

Stacy Kabatay, of Bismarck, N.D., has been awarded the NDU Foundation Ethnic Minority Scholarship. Kabatay, the son of Glenda and Robert Potson, from Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada, will receive a cash award of $750 for his study at United Tribes Technical College. The NDU Foundation Ethnic Minority Scholarship is awarded annually to a minority student 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. Kabatay is in a quest for a teaching degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He is currently Vice President of the Student Professional Education Council and a student representative for the Diversity Committee. Kabatay, who did one tour in Afghanistan, is also involved in other school activities and programs at UTTC.

 

 

Laura Knudsen, of Bismarck, N.D., has been awarded an NDU Education Scholarship. Knudsen will receive a cash award of $750 for her senior year of study. NDU Education Scholarships are awarded to student members of NDU, or student NEA/AFT members in other states, who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in Education. Knudsen is majoring in Education and minoring in Writing at Dickinson State University. She was Student of the Year in both Journalism and Spanish while attending Bismarck State College (BSC) and was also winner of the Campus Read 2009 Essay Contest at BSC. Knudsen was on the President’s Honor Roll at both BSC and Dickinson State University. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and was co-director of Bismarck’s Urban Harvest.

 

 

Jayme Leintz, of Bismarck, N.D., has been awarded an NDU Education Scholarship. Leintz will receive a cash award of $500 for her senior year of study. NDU Education Scholarships are awarded to student members of NDU, or student NEA/AFT members in other states, who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in Education. Leintz is a junior at the University of North Dakota, where she is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. She is current President of the UND Student-North Dakota United chapter, where she is in charge of scheduling and planning meetings. During her time at UND, she has maintained a 3.8 cumulative GPA and has been on the Dean’s List for two semesters.

 

 

Mary McNally, of Minot, N.D., has been awarded the NDU Member Grant. McNally will receive a cash award of $1,088 to gain Level I Orff through NDSU this summer. The NDU Member Grant Program is designed to assist individual members or a group of members to improve their skills through continued education research or the development of materials, techniques or activities to improve public service or public education in North Dakota. McNally currently teaches at Edison Elementary School in Minot. Orff teachers help students become independent musicians by incorporating literature, poetry, speech, song, art, drama, movement, dance, culture, art and drumming in their classes. McNally is active in a community folk dance group both as a teacher and dancer. She also volunteers her time in the community directing and organizing DoReMi Choir, a children’s choir that meets before school twice a week.

 

 

Paige Meyer, of Fairmount, N.D., has been awarded the inaugural Cindy and Gary Rath Education Scholarship. Meyer will receive a cash award of $750 for her senior year of study. The Cindy and Gary Rath Education Scholarship is available to a student member of NDU, or a North Dakota resident who is a student NEA/AFT member in other states, who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in education. A preference was given to any student attending Dickinson State University or Valley City State University. At Fairmount Public Schools, Meyer was Valedictorian and Class President. When Meyer graduates from Valley City State University, she will have a major in Elementary Education and minors in Special Education, Coaching and Psychology. Meyer’s will also have endorsements in Kindergarten, Title I, and Strength and Conditioning. At VCSU she is involved in Student Senate, National Society Leadership & Success, Alpha Lambda Delta, North Dakota Special Olympics, Gearing Up for Kindergarten, and Living to Learn, and is a United Way volunteer. Meyer is also on the VCSU basketball team.

 

 

Mandi Nelson, of Beulah, N.D., has been awarded the Mary Cripps Special Education Scholarship. Nelson will receive a cash award of $750 for her senior year of 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. Nelson is majoring in Elementary and Special Education at the University of Mary in Bismarck, where she is on the Dean’s List. She served as an Assistant Site Coordinator as well as a Youth Leader at MREC Extended School Program at Dorothy Moses Elementary in 2015-16. Nelson is a member of SNDU at the University of Mary, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and the North Dakota Reading Association.

 

 

Gayle Nelson, of Jamestown, N.D., has been awarded the NDU Member Grant. Nelson will receive a cash award of $500 to update Jamestown Public Schools’ counseling materials. The NDU Member Grant Program is designed to assist an individual member or a group of members to improve their skills through continued education research or the development of materials, techniques or activities to improve public service or public education in North Dakota. Nelson, along with colleagues in the Jamestown Education Association, applied for the NDU Member Grant for the Counseling Departments at Jamestown Public Schools. The School District wants to become better prepared in case of a tragic event. The grant will update materials to use in group counseling settings when a crisis occurs and make Crisis Kits available when needed.

 

 

Erin Olson, of Mayville, ND, was awarded the Bill Oban Special Education Scholarship along with an NDU Education Scholarship. Olson, the daughter of Nanci and Michael Olson, of Grand Forks, will receive cash awards of $750 and $500 for her senior year of study at Mayville State University. The Bill Oban Special Education Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate student who is preparing for a career in special education. The NDU Education Scholarship is awarded to a student member of NDU, or a North Dakota resident who is a student NEA/AFT member in another state, who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in education. Olson was on the Honor Roll at Red River High School in Grand Forks for several semesters. At Mayville State University, she is pursuing a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. Olson is active in the Campus Crusade, Larson Leadership Core, Student Activities Council, Cometeers, and Awana/Youth Group. She is also President of the Mayville NDU Student Education Association. 

 

 

Marley Papenfuss, of Portland, N.D., has been awarded the Mary Cripps Special Education Scholarship. Papenfuss, the daughter of Laurie and Brad Papenfuss of Portland, will receive a cash award of $750 for her senior year of 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. Papenfuss is enrolled in an Early Childhood/Special Education Program at Mayville State University. Besides taking classes, she works with Easter Seals and volunteers for Early Childhood activities outside the classroom. Papenfuss is also involved in Mayville’s NDU Student Education Program, teaches swimming and Sunday school lessons, and is also a substitute teacher.

 

 

Bryanna Rasch, of New England, N.D., has been awarded an NDU Member/Dependent Scholarship. Rasch, the daughter of Jennifer and Kelly Rasch, of New England, will receive a cash award of $750 for her senior year of study. NDU Member/Dependent Scholarships are awarded to an NDU member, Student-NDU member or dependent of an NDU member, who is pursuing post-secondary education in any field of study, including vocational, associate or bachelor degree programs. Rasch is majoring in Pre-Dentistry and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of North Dakota. She was on the Honor Roll all four years of high school in New England. At UND, she was on the President’s Honor Roll. Rasch is President of the UND Lions Club, a member of UND Pre-Dental group, member of Global Friends Coalition, and a Physiology TA.

 

 

Jane Rodacker, of Grand Forks, N.D., has been awarded the Joseph A. Westby Leadership Award. The middle school teacher will receive a cash award of $665 to help with the cost of her and her colleagues, Bethany Bjerke, Samantha Logan and Kristie Mack attending the National SHAPE Conference in Minneapolis on April 5-9, 2016. The Joseph A. Westby Leadership Award was established in recognition of former NDEA Executive Director Joseph Westby. Westby recognized the need to encourage members and staff to pursue leadership training. Westby believed the continued success of the Association is dependent upon developing its future leaders at the local level and amongst the staff. The National SHAPE Conference is a great opportunity for Grand Forks health teachers to expand their knowledge and skills for the benefit of their students. The conference will provide participants with new ideas and collaborate with colleagues to enhance student engagement through innovative teaching strategies. Rodacker plays an active role in the Grand Forks Education Association (GFEA). She has helped increase GFEA membership and is a positive role model in her building.

 

 

Emily Schaefer, of Glenburn, N.D., has been awarded the Ron & Ann Anstrom Scholarship for English, Math or Science Instructors. Schaefer will receive a cash award of $2,000 to complete her Masters of Arts in Teaching Science degree. 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. Schaefer graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., with a BA in Chemistry, did her student teaching and began teaching Chemistry at Minot Public Schools. She has taught four years at Glenburn Public Schools. Schaefer teaches Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, 8th grade Earth Science, and High School Earth Science, as well as coaching the Envirothon and Science Olympiad teams.

 

 

Patsy Schlosser, of Edgeley, N.D., has been awarded the Ron & Ann Anstrom Scholarship for English, Math or Science Instructors. Schlosser will receive a cash award of $5,200 for her master’s degree in Mathematics 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. Schlosser, who currently teaches in Edgeley, is a National Board Certified Teacher and has been named Mathematics Teacher of the Year. She is enrolled at NDSU, seeking her master’s degree in Mathematics. Schlosser was also selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is active in NDU and has also been active at the local association level.

 

 

Mary Tezel, of Grand Forks, N.D., has been awarded the Ron & Ann Anstrom Scholarship for English, Math or Science Instructors. Tezel will receive a cash award of $300 for pursuing a Library Media Credential from Valley City State University and Mayville State University. 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. After receiving her master’s degree, Tezel originally began her Library Credential in 2001, but circumstances did not allow her to continue her goal. Her goal is to work on the credential each semester and in the summer. The scholarship will help Tezel to continue taking courses at Mayville State University and Valley City State University until she achieves her Library Credential.

 

 

Tiffany Towne, of Bismarck, N.D., has been awarded an NDU Education Scholarship. Towne will receive a cash award of $500 for her senior year of study. NDU Education Scholarships are awarded to student members of NDU, or a student NEA/AFT member in another state, who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in education. Towne is in her junior year at Dickinson State University, majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Reading. At Century High School, she was a member of the Honor Society and High School Valedictorian. At Dickinson State University, Towne is on the President’s Honor Roll and a member of Phi Theta Kappa.  

 

 

McKennon Vetter, of Bismarck, N.D., has been awarded an NDU Member/Dependent Scholarship. Vetter will receive a cash award of $500 for his freshman year of study. NDU Member/Dependent Scholarships are awarded to an NDU member, Student-NDU member or dependents of an NDU member, who are pursuing post-secondary education in any field of study, including vocational, associate or bachelor degree programs. Vetter has been employed at Dan’s Supermarket in Bismarck for over three years and maintained a 3.25 GPA in high school. He worked his way from cashier to assistant to the grocery manager at Dan’s. Vetter is enrolled at Bismarck State College in the Instrumentation and Control Technology Program for this fall. He is also certified in Carpentry from the State Board of Vocational Education and part of the Fasttrax BMX family in Bismarck. 

 

 

Kelsey Walz, of Burlington, N.D., has been awarded the Bill Oban Special Education Scholarship. Walz will receive a cash award of $750 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. A graduate of Des Lacs/Burlington High School and Valedictorian of her class, Walz is in her fifth year of college at Minot State University. She is pursuing a double major in Special Education and Elementary Education, along with a Middle School Concentration. Walz has also been involved in coaching Olympics Basketball/Volleyball and tutoring school-aged kids while visiting classrooms this semester. She has been on the Honor Roll at Minot State University from 2011 to 2016.

 

 

Eileen Zygarlicke, of Grand Forks, N.D., has been awarded the Joseph A. Westby Leadership Award. Zygarlicke will receive a cash award of $500 for attending the summer conference of the North Dakota Council of Teachers of English (NDCTE). The Joseph A. Westby Leadership Award was established in recognition of former NDEA Executive Director Joseph Westby. Westby recognized the need to encourage members and staff to pursue leadership training. Westby believed the continued success of the Association is dependent upon developing its future leaders at the local level and amongst the staff. Zygarlicke, an English teacher at Community High School in Grand Forks, is an organizer, leader and mentor to her peers. She is currently serving on the Executive Board of the Grand Forks Education Association, where she is the IPD-Co-Chair. Zygarlicke will return from the conference ready to share information with her colleagues in Grand Forks.