July 24, 2008
The Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation
has announced its 2008 scholarship recipients. The foundation awarded
scholarships in 33 different funds to more than 250 students in
the region, totaling more than $800,000.
The following scholarships were awarded to Denfeld
. The Robert B. & Sophia Whiteside Scholarships
is awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Denfeld recipients
are Rachel Johnson and Steve VanOvermeiren.
. The Lawrence E. and Mabel Jackson Rudberg Scholarship
Fund provides scholarships to students from Duluth or Two Harbors.
Ashlie Suomala of Denfeld was a recipient.
. The Anderson-Niskanen Scholarship is given to
graduating seniors of Duluth Public Schools who will attend UMD
or UM-Twin Cities. Chad Smith of Denfeld was a recipient.
. The Minnesota Power Community Involvement Scholarship
recognizes contributions that high school students make in their
communities. Denfeld recipients are Rachel Johnson and Faith Sisto.
. The Gernander Scholarships honor Denfeld graduates
who have demonstrated both athletic and academic excellence. The
2008 winners are Adam Caskey and Katherine Kero.
. Scholarships in memory of Greg Irons honor the
former teacher who devoted his life to helping others. Faith Sisto
is the Denfeld recipient.
. The Greg Irons Award is presented to a Duluth
Public Schools teacher or staff member who illustrates the work
of Greg Irons. The recipient is Claire Chopp, an orchestra teacher
at Denfeld High School.
. The Patricia S. Gustafson ’56 Scholarship,
established in 2007 to honor the memory of Denfeld graduate and
Duluth resident Patricia S. Gustafson, was awarded to Samantha Avery.
. The Nessell Scholarship, honoring the memory
of Amelia and Emanuel Nessell, was awarded to Alice Scheer.
. The Marie V. Saltwick Scholarship provides scholarships
to Denfeld graduates who display academic promise and high levels
of character. This year 17 awards were made to the following students:
Allegra Birdseye, Allison Kucera, Amanda Saari, Anna Lonke, Ashly
Kimball, Bobbie DeFrang, Cassi Hammerstrom, Conor Flood, Emily Kienitz,
Jacques Beaulier, Jamie Merila, Jonathan Helander, Kham Moua Moua,
Michael Ekberg, Reece Zimm, Renee Walczynski and Tamika Gilbert.
The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
is a permanent community endowment, built by gifts from hundreds
of individuals and organizations. It currently has total assets
of more than $50 million. Guided by a 13-member board of volunteer
civic leaders, the Community Foundation makes grants to nonprofit
organizations and to individuals for scholarships and provides leadership
on important community initiatives in the area.