Lt. Col. Kevin R. Schooler, U.S. Army Reserve, graduated July 24 from the United States Army War College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania with a master's degree in Strategic Studies.

A native of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Lt. Col. Schooler graduated from Saint John’s University in 1993. His next assignment is at Fort Gillem, Ga., as Political Team Chief.

The U.S. Army War College’s two-year distance education curriculum educates and develops senior military officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, as well as senior foreign military officers and civilian officials from a variety of federal agencies, to serve in strategic level command and staff positions worldwide.

SJE awards scholarships to 8 area students

Detroit Lakes-based SJE, Inc., recently awarded eight $1,000 scholarships to area students to assist with their education.

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The winners are:

  • Morgan Klein, Detroit Lakes;
  • Lucy Steinke, Detroit Lakes;

  • Makayla Zimmerman, Detroit Lakes;

  • Elizabeth Bush, Champlin, Minn.;
  • Mary Bush, Champlin;
  • Adaline Holslin, Plymouth, Minn.;
  • Erin Michels, Plymouth;
  • Jenna Terrio, Blaine, Minn.

The S.J. Electro Systems Foundation Scholarship Program was established in 1993 to help fund post high school education for the children, grandchildren and spouses of employees and retirees. Since then, the program has distributed $126,000 to 163 people, helping generations of people advance their educations.

Area students awarded Workforce Development Scholarships

More than 40 students at Minnesota State Community and Technical College have been awarded Workforce Development Scholarships in the first round of awards for the 2020-21 academic year.

Scholarship winners from the lakes area include:

  • Ezekiel Olson, Detroit Lakes;
  • Austin Grewe, Menahga;
  • Ethan Trout, Menahga;
  • Christopher Podlak, Waubun.

The $2,500 scholarships are funded by the Minnesota Legislature to help ease the shortage of skilled workers in high-demand career fields. The scholarships target students enrolled in the program areas of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, early childhood education, health care services, information technology and transportation.

A total of $265,000 is available for Workforce Development Scholarships at M State for the upcoming academic year, and students in more than 40 M State programs and on all four M State campuses are eligible for the awards. M State anticipate awarding an additional 60 scholarships for the upcoming fall semester.

Scholarship recipients must be Minnesota residents, enroll in a minimum of nine credits per semester and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. For qualifying students, the scholarship can be renewed for a second year, bringing the total award to $5,000.

Detroit Lakes' Nordmark gets STEM scholarship from Doosan Bobcat, NDSU

Doosan Bobcat North America and North Dakota State University (NDSU) have announced the recipients of 2020 scholarships from an endowment largely funded by the company.

Among this year's recipients of a $2,000 scholarship award was Benjamin Nordmark, Detroit Lakes.

The scholarship program expands on the company’s commitment to support NDSU students who are looking to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions.

In 2015, Doosan Bobcat committed $3 million and the state of North Dakota matched the donation, adding $1.5 million – making the combined gift of $4.5 million the single largest gift to establish a scholarship endowment in NDSU history. When fully funded, the endowment will distribute approximately $180,000 in scholarships per year in perpetuity, benefiting countless students and their families.

“Supporting the NDSU STEM scholarship program and other STEM-related programs continues to be a priority for Doosan Bobcat,” said Mike Ballweber, president of Doosan Bobcat North America. “These students will be our next generation of innovators, and we want to do everything we can to support them. These educational and research areas have the potential to build stronger communities and businesses, and a sustainable long-term workforce.”

Lake Park's Dagen gets arts mentorship scholarship from LRAC

Veronika Dagen, Lake Park, was among 14 students selected to receive 2020 Arts Mentorship Program scholarships, worth over $600 each, from the Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC). She will be mentored by professional artist Jim Park in the creation of a visual art project.

The goal of this program is to enhance each student's artistic creativity, skill, and personal growth. Due to Covid-19, this year's mentorship is postponed until next summer, and students will study their chosen art discipline one-on-one with a practicing, professional artist/mentor between June 1-Sept. 15, 2021. Each mentor is a college level faculty member and/or an expert in their chosen arts field. This program is funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts & Cultural Heritage (Legacy) Fund.

Applications for this year's program were received from all six LRAC region counties. Professional artists and educators reviewed and/or auditioned students on Saturday, March 2 at Underwood High School.

Detroit Lakes native earns STAR award from University of California-San Diego

Robin Westlake, the daughter of Joan Westlake, Detroit Lakes, and the late Dr. Robert Westlake, was recently honored by the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) for her work with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego.

Robin, who is a 1978 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Minnesota as well as a masters degree in saltwater marine biology from UCSD. She received a STAR Award, along with a generous stipend, for her research work at Scripps.