Student Scholarship Recipients


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Kirsi Kuutti

"Kirsi Kuutti is an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science double major at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Kirsi alternates semesters studying at UMD and Co-oping as a Civil Servant at NASA's Johnson Space Center in their Pathways Intern program . Kirsi hopes to apply skills learned at UMD to become a full time employee with NASA and work as a flight controller in Mission Control after graduation. Projects she has worked on at NASA include a solar array regulator for a deep space habitat, International Space Station crew training, Lunar/ Mars humidity sensor, and a space cargo operations tool. During her semesters at UMD, Kirsi works in Career Internship Services helping students transform their passion into a profession. Kirsi shares her NASA experience with Minnesota youth by conducting STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) outreach at Northland schools. She has challenged students to design planetary explorers, taught 65 elementary students programming basics, and conducted a lake water quality test with a team of second graders and her underwater robot."

Andrew Vrieze

"My name is Andrew Vrieze and I will be a senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth this fall. I am majoring in Organizational Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I have had an amazing experience at UMD and look forward to another great year. I have had many great opportunities to be involved and engaged on the UMD campus during my three years as a student. These opportunities have included my role as a resident advisor for the past two years supporting and helping new residents with their transition into college life. Other opportunities have included working to support others through my campus ministry, leading campus tours, being a member of UMD Student Alumni Board, and my involvement in various clubs and community organizations. I am honored to have received the UMD Alumni Association Scholarship Award and I thank all who have contributed to create the opportunities that have greatly shaped me during my time at UMD."

Abigail Pederson

"Hello, my name is Abigail Pederson. I am a Computer Science Bachelor of Science Major at UMD, graduating in Spring 2019. My Dad was the one to started me on my path at UMD because he suggested my major to me and he is an alumni at UMD. Currently I am involved in a couple clubs such as ACM and Encouraging Women in Computing. I am also working with ITSS and would like to try a UROP before I graduate. For the future, I am less certain what I want to do with my degree, but I know I will always be learning."




Meaghan O'Connor

"Meaghan O'Connor is a junior majoring in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program in CESHP. She is a member of the University Honors Program. Meaghan has been involved in AISES-American Indian Science Engineering Society as treasurer, and the Newman Catholic Center. She is a student worker in the Dean's office within the College of Education and Human Service Professions. She is a mentor for the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering Math), a summer program which gives students a jump start with Math classes before they begin UMD in the fall.  Meaghan also works as a Summer Ambassador for the Office of Admissions which offers daily tours of the campus as well as calling perspective students to provide information about UMD."

Lillian Meierhoff


 "My name is Lillian Meierhoff and I am a Cell and Molecular Biology major and a Hispanic Studies minor going into my 3rd year at UMD. I am currently actively involved on campus through various organizations such as my sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, the Student Alumni Board, and University Honors. In addition, I am a Resident Advisor for UMD Housing and Residence Life. This summer I am studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain and am having the time of my life! After graduation I hope to attend medical school."