Janesy completed her first year at Augsburg College and will be transferring to St. Cloud State University for her sophomore year where she will pursue a Political Science and Communications double major. As an immigrant from Belize, Janesy aspires to use the skills she gains from these majors to fight for the rights of the many voiceless members in our society.
Naajee, a psychology major at Concordia University St. Paul, is also a member of our first class, and we are so proud to say that she will be finish her degree this summer and graduating college a full year early. We couldn’t be more proud to have her be our first scholar to earn a bachelor’s degree!
Elizabeth managed to keep a 3.99 weighted GPA during her time at Central, while also volunteering at the local YMCA and helping look after her younger siblings while her mother worked to support the family. As she put in her application, “I plan to take the opportunity presented to me in this country to show my little brother and baby half-sister that we can make it far too, that we have the ability to succeed in life just like any other.” This dedication was obvious during her first two years at Augsburg, where Elizabeth continued to excel in her studies and became heavily involved in the Art Club, as well as the Latin American and Asian Student associations on campus.
An embodiment of DSSF’s commitment to supporting students with a creative vision, Ger struggled to decide whether his application should highlight his drawing, photography, film directing or music composing skills. As a compromise, he submitted all of them! In addition to these creative passions, Ger also spent his senior year getting up at 5 AM every day to go to work, returning to Central at 10:30 AM to begin his academic day. Ger has excelled in his first year at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, taking courses in drawing, graphic design, and filmmaking. He dreams of someday working for a major animation company and is currently writing, directing, and editing a feature length film.
Jamarques inspired us with his application in which he used his acting skills to explore difficult, personal topics. As he put it “With acting, I have gained the power to do or say anything I want through the expression of theater.” We are so excited to see what Jamarques will accomplish!
Maddie was in our first class of scholars, and blew us away with her submission of an original song about losing a friend to addiction. She is entering her final year at Lawrence University where she is majoring in History. She continues to write music and perform with the Lawrence Theater Department. She has study abroad in the U.K. and hopes to pursue a post degree there after next year.
An incredible vocalist, Anthony is pursuing a major in commercial music at Milliken University. In addition to his coursework, Anthony has participated in an early music group known as the Tudors, helped found and run an a capella group, been a member of the Collegiate Choral, and served as Vice President of the Men’s Choir. In an effort to alleviate the financial burdens of college, Anthony successfully became a Resident Advisor for his sophomore and junior year, earning himself free room and board. This continues a persistent trend in Anthony’s life, in which he creatively overcomes the many obstacles put in his way.
Angela has a "fascination with people, truth, and connection." She recognizes the importance of culture, race and politics in modern society and wants to combine her love for critical analysis and writing in a career in journalism. Angela will attend the University of Minnesota, as the first member of her family to attend a four year college.
Hlee just finished up her first year at the University of Minnesota, where she was heavily involved in a Hmong learning living community. She won our hearts with her submission of a play on an ancient Japanese legend which promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the Gods. Hlee took this to the next level by creating 999 paper cranes and then putting them all together to create the 1,000 crane.
Quinessa is entering her junior year at the University of Minnesota where she is majoring in apparel design. She hopes to use her creativity and designs to influence the world around her. This past year she designed a dress made from film strips to bring attention to the lack of diversity among the Academy Award Nominees.