Students from Champlin and Lakeville Earn Society Scholarships

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July 10, 2013
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Students from Champlin and Lakeville Earn Society Scholarships

Two students, Jacquline Geerdes from Lakeville Senior High School and Alexander McDonald from Champlin Park High School, have earned scholarships from the Minnesota Historical Society in recognition of their work for the Society as volunteers.

Scholarship winners 2013

The Student Volunteer Scholarship program, now in its twelfth year, recognizes student education and the importance of volunteering, while encouraging young people to become involved in history. Society Director and CEO Steve Elliott, presented the students with an award of $1,000 each at the June 20 Executive Council meeting.

The students complete an application and submit an essay and letters of recommendation. A selection committee comprised of a staff person and both Society and non-Society volunteers makes the final decisions.

Jacqui Geerdes graduated this spring from Lakeville Senior High School. She became a Society volunteer in November 2010, contributing more than 185 hours of volunteer service. Jacqui served on the Teen Advisory Council and volunteered at the History Center by helping with ticketing and coat check. She also volunteered as a host at the Alexander Ramsey House during the holiday program.

In her essay Jacqui wrote, "After volunteering the first winter in coat check, I was asked to become a volunteer at the front desk in the ticketing area. I was incredibly excited to have that increased interaction with MNHS visitors, and I learned quite a bit about customer service. One unexpected skill I learned recently was how to use an addressograph machine. It forced me to quickly adjust and learn an entirely new process with several customers waiting in line. At the same time I still had to make sure to keep smiling and making small talk with the visitors."

Jacqui will attend Duke University majoring in International Comparative Studies and possibly American History for an undergraduate degree and then apply to law school.

Alex McDonald graduated this spring from Champlin Park High School. He became a Society volunteer in March 2011 and contributed more than 114 hours of volunteer service. He volunteered at the History Center by helping with ticketing and coat check, working many volunteer shifts with his dad.

Alex said, "I learned many great things about history while volunteering for the Society. One thing in particular that stood out to me was the amazing amount of detail that goes into creating the Greatest Generation exhibit. It surprised me because it provided new perspectives from the home front as well as the battlefield and gave a new outlook on the people who lived during that era."

Alex plans to attend the University of Minnesota, Morris to pursue a political science and pre-law education.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.