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BSU student wins scholarship from MSUSA

BEMIDJI, Minn. (May 17, 2010) – Cheree Johnson, a sophomore in marketing communication at Bemidji State University, has been chosen as the first recipient of the Minnesota State University Association’s Jared P. Stene Student Leadership Scholarship.

In Nov. 2007, the Minnesota State University Student Association lost a highly valued student leader. Jared Paul Stene led his peers in advocacy for public higher education and was able to make a real and lasting impact during his all-too-short life.

In an effort to recognize his leadership and commitment, the association’s Board of Directors created the Jared P. Stene Student Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship honors Stene’s accomplishments and helps advance his belief in opportunity for all who wished to pursue higher education. The scholarship is awarded to students who share his leadership and passion for student advocacy.

The scholarship is open to applicants from the seven four-year universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Established in 1967, the Minnesota State University Student Association is an independent, non-profit organization funded and operated by students. The association serves nearly 70,000 students attending Minnesota’s seven state universities: Bemidji State University, Minnesota State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, St. Cloud State University, Southwest Minnesota State University and Winona State University.

The association has been a strong voice for state university students on the campus, system, state and federal levels for over 40 years. It is recognized by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees as the sole representative of state university students in Minnesota and works on a variety of issues at several levels.

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For more information, contact Jered Weber, director of communication for the Minnesota State University Student Association, at (651) 224-1518; cell (701) 388-7283 or at

EAU CLAIRE (54701) | Cheree Johnson
, So., marketing communication.

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.