Scholarship recipients

Pictured, from left, Jason Donkers, Ashley Ortiz, Jacqueline Zamarron, Annabelle Wellnitz, and Madison Flynn. Not pictured: Brooklyn Aarsvold, Journey Anderst, Shayna Pender, and Jewel Stewart (Photo courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota)

The Federated Challenge Scholarship Program, established in 2014, assists “Littles” and High School Bigs who participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program with an opportunity to attend a two-year program, technical, vocational, or trade school.

The funding for this scholarship is made possible by Federated Insurance as well as over 50 corporate sponsors who support youth mentoring through their donation to the annual Federated Challenge supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Nine local students, who were former Littles and High School Bigs, received scholarships totaling almost $30,000. We are pleased to announce the 2019 Federated Challenge Scholarship recipients:

Brooklyn Aarsvold: Early Childhood Education at Rochester Community & Technical College

Journey Anderst: Communications at Riverland Community College

Jason Donkers: Agribusiness Production at South Central College

Madison Flynn: Business at South Central College

Ashley Ortiz: Nursing at Riverland Community College

Shayna Pender: Paramedic at Century College

Jewel Stewart: Business at Riverland Community College

Annabelle Wellnitz: Radiography at Rochester Community & Technical College

Jacqueline Zamarron: Nursing at South Central College

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For over 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota has served children and youth in Steele, Rice, Waseca, and Dodge counties.

Reach Regional Managing Editor Suzanne Rook at 507-333-3134. Follow her on Twitter @rooksuzy

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