MnUSA Scholarship Recipients
MnUSA 2018 Scholarship Winners
MnUSA Announces Recipients of Four Scholarships
Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 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 - In your opinion, what do snowmobile clubs and associations need to do in order to engage millennials and encourage them to become active participants in their activities?; academic achievement; leadership; participation in school, snowmobile and community activities; work experience; and two outside references.
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 MnUSA, and also a member of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations' 2013 Snowmobile Family of the Year.
The MnUSA scholarship program will be continued in 2019. Details will be announced in September with applications due by February 28, 2019.
Carson Borgstrom graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in Kasson, MN in June 2018 and plans to study Neuroscience at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She is an active member of the KM Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club helping with meeting preparation and trail work. She is on the school hockey and volleyball teams, receiving awards in hockey; a senior class officer, student council member and in Minnesota Honor Society, ranking first in her class for four years. Carson began selling homemade bracelets with her sister and friends at a young age to raise funds for cancer research and continues her fundraising and volunteer efforts for cancer research and other charities to this day. Carson is the daughter of Amy and Coy Borgstrom of Kasson. She is the recipient of the $1500 Jackie Johnson Memorial Scholarship.
Brady Swanson graduated from Waubun High School in Waubun, MN in May 2018 and plans to study to be an electrical line worker at M-State, Wadena. He is a member of the Hardwood Trailblazers Snowmobile Club and helps with trail clean-up and signing, the annual membership banquet and vintage snowmobile show and ride. Brady is involved in school fundraisers, the Waubun Wildlife Club, is on the honor roll and is an academic letter winner. He is the son of Glen and Sue Swanson of Waubun. Brady is the recipient of a $1000 scholarship.
Madisyn Heaney graduated from Caledonia High School in Caledonia, MN in June 2018 and plans to further her education at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. She is a member of the Caledonia Sno-Gophers Snowmobile Club and helps out with trail work and with the club's float in the annual city parade. Madisyn is a four year varsity starter and letter winner on her high school girls' volleyball team and was on the 2016 Class 1A State Volleyball All-Tournament Team. She is a three time Minnesota state champion for Olympic Weightlifting and qualified for Nationals in Olympic Weightlifting all four years of competing. In addition to working, she volunteers at school and a care center. She is the daughter of Jeff and Traci Heaney of Caledonia. Madisyn is the recipient of a $750 scholarship.
Tyler Heim graduated from Minnetonka High School in Minnetonka, MN in June 2018 and plans to study Computer Science at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. He and his family were members of the Eden Prairie Snowdrifters for many years, attending club meetings and club rides put on by this social club's members. Tyler has been involved in the Boy Scouts since 2014 and was the Project Leader in an Eagle Project in 2016. At school he is involved in the Robotics Team, Astronomy Club, Math Team, Anime Club and he also plays soccer. He is an AP Scholar with Honors, on the A Honor Roll, received Academic Letters four years and is a volunteer with Operation Christmas Child and Feed My Starving Children. Tyler is the son of Ken Heim of Minnetonka, MN. Tyler is the recipient of a $500 scholarship.