Bemidji State University senior Alison Cordes has received the CenturyLink Named Scholarship for STEM Education, a $2,500 award to support her education from the Minnesota High Tech Association Foundation. The scholarships support Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.
The scholarship was one of 19 awarded by the foundation at Minnesota’s annual TEKNE Awards, held Nov. 16 in Minneapolis.
“I was really surprised and excited when I found out I had received the scholarship,” Cordes said. “I was not expecting to actually win because they are so many great candidates around the state who apply for a scholarship from the Minnesota High Tech Association. I am very honored to represent Bemidji State University with this scholarship, as BSU has provided me with so many opportunities and support throughout my years here.”
The Roseville, Minn., native will graduate in May with a double major in mathematics and mathematics education. She has tutored students at Bemidji High School and is a two-time Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Academic team honoree as a member of the BSU women’s basketball program. She also is a four-year member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a four-year member and treasurer of Bemidji State’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
BSU’s Department of Mathematics also named Cordes its Outstanding Student.
In its announcement of the scholarship, the Minnesota High Tech Association Foundation said, “Allison has a passion for teaching students both in the classroom and in athletics. She wants to share her enthusiasm for mathematics and inspire students to enter the STEM field.”
About the Minnesota High Tech Association Foundation
The Minnesota High Tech Association Foundation promotes the development of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competency in students that will enable them to thrive in and support the global competitiveness of Minnesota’s technology-based economy. The foundation provides financial support to students, teachers and schools. The foundation’s board, made up of representatives of Minnesota companies and higher education institutions committed to developing a well-educated, technologically literate workforce, reviews scholarship applications. Over the last 10 years, the foundation has awarded 135 STEM scholarships valued at more than $541,000.
- Dr. Todd Frauenholtz, professor of mathematics; (218) 755-2817, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Minnesota High Tech Association: https://www.mhta.org/
- MHTA STEM Scholarships: https://www.mhta.org/educate/stem-scholarships/
Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. A member of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. Bemidji State has an enrollment of more than 5,100 students and a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.