MnACC BIPOC Student Scholarship

MnACC is excited to provide scholarships for BIPOC students who are in pursuit of higher education at one of our member institutions. Each year, we generally award between 10-15 one-time scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500.

The 2022-23 application will be available on November 1.

2021-22 Scholarship Recipients

$2,500 Presidential Scholarship

HERMELA SOLOMON

Rosemount Senior High School

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

I am an Ethiopian American hoping to make a positive change in the world. With an intended major in elementary education and a minor in Spanish and TEFL at the University of Minnesota, I hope to teach abroad in the future. As an active volunteer with children since the 7th grade, I grew a desire to guide them towards success. As an aspiring educator and culture enthusiast, I hope to create an enriching and educational environment where all students feel represented, empowered, and most importantly, feel like they belong. Thank you MnACC for awarding me the Presidential Award so I can leave a lasting impact!

$1,000 BIPOC Student Scholarship

ALEJANDRO ANDERSON

North Community High School

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

My goal is to earn a degree in Political Science in college. This major will teach me to better understand the systemic barriers in our country, how I can make a change, and open opportunities I couldn't get without a degree. I want to be a part of creating a system that truly allows for liberty and justice for all. With a degree in Political Science, I will have more knowledge about how policies impact us, and how I can contribute to creating equitable policies, which will help to improve the overall conditions of my family and community. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a recipient of this scholarship which will allow me to reach my goals.

GEBERELWA ANIMUT

Humboldt High School

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

After putting in long hours of work I won a few scholarships including MnACC, which were able to cover my tuition! I am excited to enroll at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2021, where I plan to study Biology or Genetics, Cell Biology and Development through the College of Biological Sciences, and later go to medical school with the end goal of specializing in Gastroenterology or family medicine. I hope to later give back by serving my community, and that my story can serve as a source of inspiration for other young immigrants determined to go to college despite the obstacles—financial and otherwise—that this often entails.

KA LIA KHANG

Champlin Park High School

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

I will be attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as a Youth Studies major at the College of Education and Human Development. Inspired by the many great educators in my life, I am an aspiring school guidance counselor and hope to one day be a support system for all students. At the UMN, I look forward to self-growth and anticipate learning from the diverse student body around me. I also can't wait to continue my cultural and community involvement and expand my knowledge and worldview. As a first-generation student, I want to give a big thank you to MnACC for awarding me this scholarship to pursue higher education.

$800 BIPOC Student Scholarship

SIERRA CHARWOOD

Cass Lake-Bena Secondary

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

I am very grateful and honored to be able to accept this scholarship! I plan on going to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as a BA/MD JAS. BA/MD JAS (Joint admission scholar) allows me to pursue a BA in biology in the first three years. After that I have joint admission at the University of Minnesota medical school. I hope to obtain a BA in Biology while also studying indigenous and African studies. Once I begin medical school, I hope to study emergency medicine and come back to my community. It is important to get more people of color in the medical field to build trust, have more representation and add diversity in ideas and lived experiences to the table. Chi Miigwech for this amazing scholarship.

LINNEA FRENCH

Crookston High School

Concordia College

I graduated from Crookston High-School and was in the top 10% of my class. I plan to go into Biochemistry, eventually going into research for Pharmaceuticals. My goal for the future is to create more affordable medications that are more accessible for the larger population. I hope that my future work will help people afford their medications by giving the market more variety.

$700 BIPOC Student Scholarship

ISSAC ARLI

Duluth East High School

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

I will be studying psychology as my major. My future goals are to become a psychiatrist.





VANESSA VEGA

Fulda High School

Mankato State University

I will be majoring in business and plan on pursuing a career in that field!





$500 BIPOC Student Scholarship

SARAH ALI

South High School

Macalester College

I plan on majoring in computer science and hope to work in a field related to STEM in the future. I am originally from Eritrea, but I have lived in Minnesota my whole life.




KAUTHAR AL-KHIQANY

Coon Rapids High School - Center for Biomedical Sciences and Engineering

University of Minnesota–Rochester

I plan to graduate in June of 2021 and enroll at the University of Minnesota Rochester starting fall of 2021 as a health sciences student. I aspire to practice medicine in the near future and will be focusing on gaining sufficient experience and education at the University of Minnesota Rochester. I am also prepared to utilize opportunities with the Mayo Clinic to the benefit of my knowledge and college career.



LUQMAAN DUALE

Irondale Senior High School

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

I will be studying psychology as my major. My future goals are to become a psychiatrist.





YASMINE ISAOLA

Lakeville South High School

College of St. Scholastica

I will be majoring in business and plan on pursuing a career in that field!





ELLI KIM

Makato West High School

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

I will be attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as a Biology major in the Honors program! I will pursue the pre med track and eventually become a dermatologist.




ABDULLAH NASER

St. Anthony Village High School

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

I plan on majoring in Human Physiology and later pursuing my dream by applying for medical school! Throughout my time as an undergraduate student, I am planning on being engaged in medical research, clinical volunteering, and staying involved and making a difference in my community!




NATASHA OGBEIFUN

Central High School

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

I’m a 17 year old, first generation, Nigerian-American student currently attending Central High School. I’ve decided to pursue economics for the time being, but I also have a strong interest in computer science and graphic design. After college, I plan to pursue a career in Ux/Ui design. I’ve committed to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and I’m excited to attend in the fall!




MIKE J. OMALANGA

St. Louis Park High School

University of St. Thomas

I plan on going to the University of St. Thomas to study Biology.




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