Generous donors Kevin and Greta Warren have presented another round of major scholarships to students in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 who are likely to be the first in their families to attend college.
The recipients will receive $5,000 each year for four years to cover tuition and other costs to earn an undergraduate degree at a college or university.
Recipients this year are Patrick Asamoah, Nivian Moraa, Sengdalivanh Novaha, Sucaado Omar and Falak Tawakalna.
This is the second year of the Kevin & Greta Warren No Doors Closed Scholar Awards.
Kevin Warren, who is an attorney and the chief operating officer of the Minnesota Vikings, and Greta Warren, who is a first generation college graduate, said, “We have been blessed in our careers and we both have a passion for education, so we view it as our fiduciary responsibility to pay it forward to students within our community.”
“We are very grateful for our continued partnership with the Warrens and their commitment to support One91 students,” said Dr. Stacie Stanley, the district’s director of Systems Improvement & Student Achievement. “The 2017 scholars are already giving back to the One91 community, as they actively participated in the selection of this year’s scholars.”
Students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and College Possible college readiness programs were eligible to apply by filling out applications that included essays about obstacles they’d overcome, their goals for community involvement and their plans for the future.
In addition to their essays, students were evaluated on leadership, community participation, volunteer service and participation in sports or the arts. They had to meet a certain grade point average, be members of underserved or underrepresented groups on college campuses, and show desire and determination to succeed.
The Warrens plan to continue awarding scholarships annually until a total of 16 students are in the program on a rolling basis.
In addition to financial backing, Warren has also linked students with possible networking and mentoring
opportunities to further launch them into careers and opportunities.
“This wide level of support works to ensure students not only go to college, but also graduate with a degree,” said Stanley. “We couldn’t be more fortunate.”