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What do bacon-wrapped turkey legs and the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship have in common?

Sadly, not much! But that doesn't mean there isn't time for both in August.

It’s summer. Your summer session classes just wrapped up. Your fall classes are still about a month away. You could take a 132-hour nap. You could plot a complicated map of food options at the Minnesota State Fair that blends old standbys and newcomers. Or you could start work on your fall application for the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship! The deadline is November 1.

Filling out a scholarship application may sound like the last thing you want to do on a warm August day. But it's easy and the return on your time investment can be large-the last round of scholarship recipients received $1,000. Take a couple of hours and get your application started. Contact those potential references. There will still be plenty of time to catch up on your sleep and debate the merits of the bacon-wrapped turkey leg versus a scotch egg (Pro-tip: go with the bacon-wrapped turkey leg). Start your MSCSA Leadership Scholarship application today!

The 2014-15 MSCSA cabinet is settling into their new roles after transitioning into leadership on July 1. This cabinet is a great blend of new and old blood with former Vice President Kayley Schoonmaker taking over as President and Treasurer Matt Rubel being elected for another term. Kerrie Maleski is the new Vice President and Will Tully is our new Public Relations Coordinator. Each of them took the time to answer several questions so you could get to know them better and see some of the things they are excited about tackling during their terms.

Check out their Q&As below:

Kayley Schoonmaker What college do you go to and what is your major? I am currently attending Century College and I plan to transfer to the University of Minnesota to achieve a bachelor’s degree in English. I will pursue a master’s in English as well, with a goal of studying in England. To whom do you f...


Kerrie Maleski What college do you go to and what is your major? I go to Anoka Technical College and will be starting the Supervisory Management Program this fall that has three certificates (human resource development, quality supervision and supervisory leadership) that make up the program. To whom do you fee...


Matt Rubel What college do you go to and what is your major? I am currently enrolled at Saint Paul College pursuing an Associate's of Science in Business Management. I am also enrolled at Metropolitan State University where I am seeking a Bachelor's of Arts in Social Science. To whom do you feel you...


Will Tully What college do you go to and what is your major? Next semester I will be going to three different colleges, two of them within the MnSCU system. I chose to do this because I wanted to take classes with instructors who have a proven history of helping students succeed. Last semester I had not hee...


The 2014-15 MSCSA cabinet is moving forward!

Announcing the Fall 2014 MSCSA Leadership Scholarship recipients

MSCSA’s Leadership Scholarship program has grown from the ground up. Over six years ago, MSCSA hosted Penny Wars raising a couple thousand dollars for student scholarships and now we host a Leadership Scholarship Dinner that raises $15,000 in one evening. We have come so far because of our generous supporters throughout the years. The fund has grown into a true endowment of over $150,000 today! 

One of MSCSA’s core missions is college affordability and thanks to the generous support of our donors, our dedicated scholarship board and some very deserving student leaders, we are excited to announce that this semester’s scholarship recipients will be awarded $1,000 scholarships.  

The recipients are Oksana Carlier from Winona State University, Olabisi Isaac Ewumni from Anoka Ramsey Community College - Coon Rapids, Adam Fairbanks from Metro State University, Patrick Henderson from Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie, Colleen Hutchison from Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Rene Wegner from Southwest Minnesota State University. Congratulations to our recipients! Their leadership spreads to every corner of Minnesota, touching the lives of students today and for many years to come. 

Thank you to the 2013-14 MSCSA Cabinet

One of the best parts about MSCSA is the constant influx of passionate and dedicated student leaders. But the other side of that is the continual departure of student leaders when they graduate and leave office. June 30 marks the end of the term for the 2013-14 MSCSA Cabinet. 

We thank each cabinet member for the hard work they put in at our Student Leadership Conferences, at the MSCSA office, on MnSCU committees and at the Minnesota Capitol.

We appreciate Treasurer Matt Rubel's willingness to take on any task, no matter how unglamorous; Public Relations Coordinator Brayden Mann's easygoing demeanor that fit in with every group (for proof of this, look no further than his green hair in the photo above that he dyed for the "I Gave" annual giving campaign); Vice President Kayley Schoonmaker's humble inquisitiveness that was the glue that kept this cabinet focused; and finally President Kelly Charpentier-Berg's dogged tenaciousness that drove our work with MnSCU and at the Capitol this year.

Each of the cabinet members is saying their farewell and giving advice to his or her successor on the MSCSA Facebook Page. Click here to view their good byes and share your thanks for their work.

Hali Kolkind is MSCSA's new Director of Policy

MSCSA is pleased to welcome Hali Kolkind as our new Director of Policy. Hali just started on June 13, but she has already immersed herself in preliminary Minnesota State Colleges and Universites (MnSCU) Charting the Future meetings and other policy-related research. Below is a brief Q&A with her. Join us in welcoming Hali to MSCSA!

Tell us about your work experience and educational background.

I have my bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder where I attended for two years after completing my Associate of Arts degree from Anoka Ramsey Community College. Throughout college I worked with two internships. My first internship was with Mental Health America of Colorado where I worked on grassroots efforts, public policy and advocacy in the 2012 legislative session at the Colorado State Capitol. This is where I fell in love with the work that nonprofits do. My second internship was with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota as a Summer Research Intern, where I drafted policy briefs and proposals on legislation passed in the 2013 legislative session. After graduation I had a paid internship where I was the Legislative Intern for the Minnesota Fire Chief’s Association. In this position I assisted their lobbyist on controversial issues at the Minnesota State Capitol throughout the 2014 legislative session.

What interested you in working for MSCSA?
Throughout my past work experience I have come to have a great appreciation and respect for the great work that nonprofits provide for the members of the communities they work to serve. MSCSA fits that description. I was very excited to be a part of an organization that works on behalf of the students, keeping their concerns and best interests in mind.

What are some of the first projects that you are taking on as the Director of Policy?
My first priority as Director of Policy is to work with the student leadership on MnSCU’s Charting the Future issues and committees. I plan to work hard to guide and help student leadership shape a better future for themselves and the students that they represent. I will focus on important topics within the Charting the Future program such as program alignment and transfer legislation implementation. I look forward to representing and advocating on behalf of MSCSA.

What interests do you have outside of work?
In my time outside of work I love coaching gymnastics. I have been a Junior Olympic USA Gymnastics coach for over five years and really enjoy my time spent coaching a sport that has meant so much to me in my life.  


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