The Minnesota Historical Society's volunteer and intern programs welcome people from all communities to engage in mission-related projects. Over 2,660 volunteers and interns contribute 53,400 hours hours annually. This diverse volunteer corps helps to achieve the MNHS mission — Using the Power of History to Transform Lives.
2018 MNHS Student Scholarship Winners
This is the sixteenth year of the Minnesota Historical Society’s Student Scholarship program. The program recognizes the contributions that high school students make to MNHS by awarding graduating seniors a $1,000 scholarship. Nathan, Antonio, and Jonathan are all graduating high school seniors who have made tremendous contributions to MNHS by sharing their time, energy, and talents.
This year, the application process included a rigorous process as we looked at the student total years and hours of service, an essay, and letters of recommendation from a teacher and their MNHS staff supervisor. A selection committee made up of MNHS staff, volunteers, and interns interviewed these students and awarded Nathan Alemu, Antonio Dominguez, and Jonathan Rosario each a $1,000 scholarship.
Nathan graduated from Tartan High School in June 2018. He became a volunteer at MNHS in October 2016, and has contributed more than 55 hours of service. Nathan has volunteered as a visitor services greeter and a coat check volunteer. He says the biggest thing he has learned while volunteering at MNHS is the necessary skills for his ambitions as a future lawyer and community leader. He learned about the complexities and the diversity of Minnesota communities that he hopes to serve one day, and is able to better understand his own community in order to be an advocate for them. Nathan plans to attend the University of Minnesota in the fall and will be studying Economics and French Studies.
Antonio graduated from Highland Park High School in June 2018. He became involved with MNHS in the summer of 2015 as a part of the Summer History Immersion Program (SHIP), and has contributed more than 235 hours of service. Antonio has also been involved in History Day and as a Kurtzman intern at MNHS. He says the biggest thing he has learned while being involved with MNHS is having the experience of a real working environment. With the help of his mentors, he strengthened his public speaking skills and learned how to best collaborate with others to find the most successful way of completing tasks. Antonio plans to attend St. Paul College in the fall to receive his general education, and then will attend Metropolitan State to receive a degree in Nursing.
Jonathan graduated from Eastview High School in June 2018. He became a high school intern at MNHS in June 2016, and has contributed more than 100 hours of service. Jonathan has also volunteered as a Museum Assistant for the Gridiron Glory exhibit. He says the biggest thing he has learned while being involved with MNHS is keeping busy and staying aware of your goals. He also learned to be a friend to everyone, always have a smile on your face, and be courteous to everyone. He also learned that history is a necessity and you can learn it wherever you go. Jonathan plans to attend the University of St. Thomas in the fall and will be studying Pre-Law and minoring in Psychology.
Pictured from left to right: Jonathan Rosario, Senior Director Melanie Adams, and Antonio Dominguez. Not pictured: Nathan Alemu