Ashleigh Bruender, pictured holding plaque, is the recipient of the 2018 Cpl. David Sandmeyer USMC Memorial Scholarship. She is pictured with Sandmeyer’s sister, Lisa Sandmeyer-Farasyn, and her husband, Dusty Farasyn; mother, Joezette Bruender; and Don and Maureen Sandmeyer, parents of the Marine who died in May 2013 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident at Cherry Point, North Carolina. Photo courtesy Shelly Bartlett

Sandmeyer Scholarship

Ashleigh Bruender, a graduate of Mankato East High School and a recent graduate of South Central College, is the recipient of the 2018 Cpl. David Sandmeyer USMC Memorial Scholarship.

The education scholarship is $1,000.

Homes for Heroes

Will Brueske of Mankato was named True Real Estate’s November Homes for Heroes: Hero of the Month.

He is the first recipient of the honor, which will be awarded monthly.

Brueske is a former Army captain who works to increase awareness about the variety of needs veterans face by serving as a state ambassador for Mission 22 and participating in Team Red, White, and Blue activities.

University of Wisconsin-Stout

Samantha Bibbs of Mankato, a food-science major at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, spent her summer interning in Italy with a sustainably-focused food company.

The company in Florence, Funghi Espresso, grows mushrooms using coffee grounds. Several varieties of mushrooms then are sold to restaurants and at farmers markets.

Bibbs, while seeking an internship, found a partnering program with the organization Cultural Experiences Abroad and the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

While in Florence, she took two classes, one on the culture of business in Italy that coincided with her internship class. The experience included living in Florence with other students from around the United States.

Her role with Funghi Espresso was to experiment with growing mycelium, tubular filaments that develop into mushrooms.

Michigan Tech

Yana Burgess of St. Peter recently attended the Women in Engineering program at Michigan Technological University in Houghton.

Students accepted in the program receive a scholarship that covers tuition, room and board and supplies.

WIE is an intensive week-long look at engineering careers in areas such as mechanical, computer, environmental, electrical, biomedical, civil, geological and materials engineering. The girls explored engineering with group projects such as designing a building strong enough to withstand an earthquake, creating an artificial intelligence army and more.They received inside information from female role models working in engineering fields.

More than 120 young women from 12 states were accepted into this highly competitive scholarship program. In addition, young women from England, Colombia, Chile and Bahrain participated in the program which is part of Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs.

In addition, the young women experienced college life by staying in residence halls, eating in university cafeterias and exploring campus life among others with similar interests.

Lawrence University

Gretchen Niederriter of St. Peter was named to the dean’s list for the 2017-2018 academic year at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Students must maintain a minimum 3.4 grade point average for the entire academic year to qualify for dean’s list honors.

Ellsworth Community College

St. Peter residents were among the students at Ellsworth Community College at Iowa Falls, Iowa, who completed their degree work during the fall 2017 and spring/summer 2018 terms.

The area graduates are Aaron Bruihler, AAS-precision agriculture; and Jessica Schafer, bachelor of science, kinesiology and health.

UW-La Crosse

Students from Mankato completed degree requirements at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in August.

The Mankato graduates are: Madison Bentdahl, bachelor of science, therapeutic recreation; Jessi Vanblarcom, BS, international business.

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