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High School Senior Awarded Volunteerism Scholarship (2 of 4)

High School Senior Awarded Volunteerism Scholarship (2 of 4)

Each year the United Way of West Central Minnesota offers scholarships to students who volunteer. There’s a natural gap between what government and business do to contribute to the community. Volunteers and non-profits fill that gap. 33 students in our area applied this year, and four were selected to receive to scholarship sent directly to their college of choice. Our second awardee highlight is:

Erin Vruwink
Willmar Senior High

Next fall, I plan to attend the Concordia College Offutt School of Business in Moorhead, MN, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor emphasis in Chinese.  I chose this area of study because I have a strong interest in mathematics, and I have always been fascinated with Chinese culture and language.  While at Concordia, I plan to join the International Business Club or Women in Business Club to gain experience, make connections, and build relationships.  I also plan to be involved in Concordia’s music program, singing with the Concordia Choir, Kantorei, or Chapel Choir.  I believe this is a career I can excel in because I have excellent organizational and time management skills and enjoy continual learning.  It is also one that is in high demand and is versatile – where I can work from any location and within any area.  As part of the graduation requirements, students must complete two PEAK (Pivotal Experience in Applied Knowledge) experiences.  These are activities that take what is learned in the classroom and apply it to real-life volunteer opportunities in the community.  After earning a Bachelor of Science degree, I will have enough credits and experience to take the Minnesota Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination.  I know that wherever I go, I will continue to be involved in my community because that is who I am.

Why do you feel it is important to volunteer?

My work experience, volunteer opportunities, and extracurriculars taught me organization and time management, the importance of building relationships, teamwork, and being involved in community building. Growing up, volunteering at church and in the surrounding communities is just something my family and friends have always done. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet some really neat people, make connections, and gain a strong sense of community because of my involvement. Plus, I had a fun time working with others! Often, my involvement led to future opportunities where I could serve and take on leadership positions. These are the skills that have prepared me for my future career plan as an accountant.

Join us in congratulating and wishing Erin and all high school seniors all the best in their next chapters.

This year’s outstanding seniors:

33 applications, 4 winners being awarded at school presentations.
Scholarships will be awarded at $500 each and sent directly to the recipient’s college of attendance upon verification of enrollment.
If you’d like to find areas of need that you could contribute to click here to find a list of current needs.