CFANS Scholarship Recipients

Andrew Carlson

Class of ’12, Fisheries and Wildlife
CFANS Alumni Society Natural Resources Scholarship, 2010-12

Why scholarships make a difference

“Scholarships have not only benefited my experience at the University of Minnesota, they have made it possible. They have enabled me to focus on academics, campus engagement, and networking with my peers and professors. I am indebted to donors as they have opened doors in my life that I could not have opened myself.”

Where are they now

I will be attending graduate school in the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. I'll be studying how severe flooding in the Missouri River in spring 2011 affected aquatic ecosystems in four mainstem reservoirs in South Dakota.

Erin Daninger

Class of '14, Agricultural Education
New Student/Golf Scramble Scholarship, 2010-11

Why scholarships make a difference

"Growing up on a dairy farm, we learned the value of hard work and being fiscally responsible. Unfortunately, there were not enough resources to send my three siblings and me to college without major debt and working throughout my education. Instead, I am able to focus on my studies and gaining valuable networking and volunteering experiences."

Where are they now 
With a degree in Agricultural Education, I plan to become employed as an agriculture teacher in a high school. My own agricultural education instructors have made a difference in me, and I hope to do the same for students in the future!

Sarah (Tesmer) Dornink

Classes of ’06 and ’10, B.S., M.Ed.—Agricultural Education 
CFANS Alumni Society Agriculture Scholarship, 2004-05

Why scholarships make a difference

"Now that I am paying off my student loans, I appreciate every scholarship I received even more! Scholarships are an important aspect of a student’s education. I would advise students to apply for as many scholarships as possible; it will make a difference in the end. Thank you to those who help make scholarships possible at the University!”

Where are they now 
I am employed as the Executive Director for the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council. MAELC is a 16-member legislative council dedicated to improving and expanding Agricultural Education in Minnesota at all levels. MAELC was founded in 1997, and members include agri-business leaders, teachers, legislators, and other stakeholders interested in Agricultural Education. Previously, I was the Center Program Manager in the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.  On campus, I advise the Agricultural Education Club and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, as well as co-chair the CFANS Mentor Program. Off campus, I served on the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation Board and as past president of Minnesota Agri-Women.

Arielle Courtney

Class of ‘11, Environmental Science, Policy and Management 
CFANS Alumni Society Natural Resources Scholarship, 2010-11

Why scholarships make a difference

Scholarships have allowed me to pursue my interests, including music and Spanish, without having to worry about financial difficulties. They have also helped me in my exploration of different career fields by allowing me the freedom to take a variety of different environmental classes, from forestry to environmental interpretation.”

Where are they now

I am the Member Services Coordinator for Reuse Alliance, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the social, environmental, and economic benefits of reuse. My duties include organizing the Minnesota state chapter of Reuse Alliance, developing a statewide reuse sector data standard with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and facilitating the international reuse conference/expo “Reuse Conex” with the Executive Director. Working at Reuse Alliance has been a great opportunity to learn about nonprofit management, building professional relationships, and stepping outside of my comfort zone. This fall I will be back at the University of MN working on a master’s degree in conservation biology.