MnUSA 2016 Scholarship Winners
MnUSA Announces Recipients of Four Scholarships
Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 scholarships. The MnUSA Scholarship Program was established to assist members and children of members in pursuing post-secondary education in college and vocational programs.
Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee on the basis of their essay “Parents with children active in school activities are finding it hard to enjoy snowmobiling and rejoining clubs. What would you do to try and bring them back to your club and MnUSA?”,academic achievement, leadership, participation in school, snowmobile and community activities, work experience, and two outside appraisals. Funds for the scholarship program are provided through donations and by the Fund Raising Committee. The $1500 Jackie Johnson Memorial Scholarship is a donation from Nicollet County Trails Association in memory of their member Jackie Johnson, a very active member of the club and also a member of the MnUSA and American Council of Snowmobile Associations’ 2013 Snowmobile Family of the Year.
MnUSA is also proud to announce that the scholarship program will be continued in 2017. Details of the 2017 program will be announced after the first of the year with applications due by March 31, 2017.
Tyler Jorgenson graduated from Kennedy Secondary School in Fergus Falls, MN in May 2016, and plans to study electrical engineering at South Dakota State University, Brookings. He is an active member of the Otter Country Trail Association, serving as their youth ambassador and webpage administrator, serves on the landowner banquet committee and as a crew member for trail maintenance. He also volunteers for the Pine Ridge Drifters Snowmobile Club. Tyler is also involved in many school activities including band, Junior Engineering Technical Society, robotics, National Honor Society and Young Life. He was recognized as MnUSA’s Young Snowmobiler of the Year in 2013. Tyler is the son of Mark and Michelle Jorgenson of Fergus Falls, MN. Tyler is recipient of the $1500 Jackie Johnson Memorial Scholarship.
Franki Paul graduated as Salutatorian from Waubun High School in Waubun, MN in May 2016, and plans to study accounting and finance at Minnesota State University Moorhead. As a member of the Waubun Hardwood Trailblazers, Naytahwaush Nightriders and Mahnomen SnoDrifters she is very active in the clubs with trail work, assisting with snowmobile safety classes, clubs’ Facebook page and website, fundraising and event planning. She is also very active in her school activities including dance team, cheerleading, band, choir, Student Council, Knowledge Bowl and Future Leaders of America. Her leadership activities include gun safety and snowmobile safety instructor, teaching Sunday school and other youth and church activities. Franki is the daughter of Steve and Judy Paul of Waubun, MN. Franki is the recipient of a $1000 scholarship.
Wyatt Tennyson graduated from Bemidji High School in Bemidji, MN in May 2016, and is attending Northwest Technical College in Bemidji, studying Mechatonics. Wyatt has been a member of and a volunteer for the North Country Snowmobile Club nearly all of his life. He does trail work and helps out with events. He was involved in 4H, Gymnastics Club, raced with Grace Lake Ice Racers, and received awards from National Junior Honor Society, United States Achievement Academy. He was recognized as a MnUSA Young Snowmobiler of the Year in 2016. Wyatt is the son of Leroy and Pamela Tennyson and is the recipient of a $750 scholarship.
Dalton Schreier graduated from Brainerd High School in Brainerd, MN in May 2016. He plans to attend North Dakota State School of Science to study General Diesel Mechanic. Dalton and his father joined Gull Lake Drifters three years ago and jumped right in to the club activities. They attend many meetings and Dalton is usually the youngest member taking part. He participates in trail clean up, snowmobile safety training, fundraising, works booths and has assisted in a local parade where the club won first place. Dalton is involved in 4H, Adaptive Floor Hockey, FFA, and his local church and was recognized as a MnUSA Young Snowmobiler of the Year in 2016. Dalton is the son of Tom and Amy Schreier and is the recipient of a $500 scholarship.