Scholarships

Scholarships for Students in Mathematics, Statistics, Math Education and Data Science.

Erwin F. Bachler Memorial Scholarship

Recipient: Zachary Zangl

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Oshkosh, WI
Activities: I play football for the WSU Football Team and I am a member of the WSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Future Plans: Be a high school math teacher and football coach.
What do you like best about your major: The work can be challenging, but it is also very rewarding.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: The people at WSU are wonderful and kind.
Interesting Fact: I can do the splits.

Zachary Zangl

Benchmark Electronics Scholarship

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. is a global leader in Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS). Benchmark Winona began operations as EMD Associates, Inc. in 1974, an electrical and mechanical design engineering firm. The Winona division grew into a full-service Electronics Manufacturing Services Industry (EMSI) provider that develops and produces electronic products in partnership with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and became a part of Benchmark in 1996. The Winona division also houses design services which support all Benchmark sites. Winona currently focuses on long-term partnerships with industry leaders in telecommunications, enterprise computer and peripherals, and medical device markets.

The Benchmark Electronics Scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman pursuing a Statistics Major with a minimum ACT of 26 and high school class rank in the top 15%.

Recipient: Samuel Williams

Major: Statistics and Finance 
Hometown: Winona, MN
Activities: Latch Island Leadership Academy, investing in the stock market, working at Fastenal, I will begin working as Math/Stat tutor in the Fall of 2018 for Tutoring Services.
Future Plans: After I receive my undergraduate degree, I would like to work in a finance department where I work as an advisor helping companies make good financial decisions. At some point in my career, I hope to attend graduate school to achieve an MBA and later become a CFO in order to become a leader in the business industry and within the community.
What do you like best about your major: Working with Deppa and the other stat faculty. I like hanging out in the Stat area on the first floor.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: Throughout my life, I have visited many places, traveled to different countries, and met different people, but throughout all those experiences, I have noticed one fact: the places never quite felt like home as Winona and the people were never as genuine.
Interesting Fact: When I was 14, I asked my parents if I could withdraw all of my money from savings and invest in the stock market. They said yes and I have been investing since then. I have doubled my money in the stock market. The funniest thing is that Dr. Andy Fersyl asked me if I bought Fleet Farm. He said there was a rumor going around that I owned it.

Math and Stats Department Alumni Scholarship

Recipient: Austin Ellingworth

Major: Statistics and Mathematics
Hometown: Mankato, MN
Activities: My interests include biking, exercising, and Minnesota sports.
Future Plans: Graduate School for statistics or enter the workforce.
What do you like best about your major: I love my major because it allows me to apply math and numbers to solve my problems with many different contexts.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: The close-knit community that WSU fosters is very welcoming.
Interesting Fact: I have two middle names: James and Ernest.


Ormsin Gardiner Sornmoonpin Scholarship

Ormsin was born in Potaram, Thailand.  She received her Teacher Education Diploma from Suansunandha Teacher Training College, Bangkok, Thailand in 1952, her Advanced Certification in Teaching Secondary Education, Ministry of Education, Bangkok in 1957, B.Sc. (Honours) in Physics from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 1957, and M. Sc. In Engineering, Theory and Practice in Automatice Control, University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, England, 1966.

Ormsin married Harry Gardiner in 1968 in Thailand. Her extensive teaching career started with being an educator in Thailand, continued at the College of Saint Teresa and Saint Mary’s University, Winona, MN and culminated with her retirement as Professor Emeritus from Winona State University in 2000.

Ormsin established this scholarship to encourage and motivate students in Physics, Math and Math Education Departments desiring to help students excel in the understanding and application of mathematical principles in the career of their choice. Throughout her teaching career, Ormsin has given generously of her time and students often speak of her kindness, patience and commitment to helping them succeed.

Recipient(s): Katelin Catton

Major: Double Major in Mathematics and Statistics 
Hometown: Mound, MN
Activities: My favorite thing to do is lay in the sun, I enjoy playing volleyball, and hanging out with all my friends of course!
Future Plans: I plan to be an actuary. Hopefully somewhere warm.
What do you like best about your major: I love the campus and all the people I've met here!
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I will be traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands over the summer for a travel study!

Katelin Catton

Valerie Henry

Major: Mathematics: Secondary Teaching
Hometown: Fairbault, MN
Activities: During my time at WSU, I have been active with EMSP as both a member and mentor. I have also been very involved with Housing & Residence Life, where I have upheld five different leadership positions and represented WSU at two regional conferences.
Future Plans: After I graduate, I plan to teach in a low-income school and get involved with coaching or advising extracurricular activities. Someday I would like to further my education to earn a master's in leadership!
What do you like best about your major: What I like best about being a Math Education major is that it allows me to carry out my passion for both the subject of math and providing students with the best educational experience possible.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I absolutely love how close the students and faculty are within the Math Education community. This has made my learning experience so much more valuable and has truly made WSU feel like a second home.
Interesting Fact: I love camping, hunting, and playing euchre with my family!

Valerie Henry

Lorena Jacobson Scholarship

Lorena was born and raised in Rochester, MN. She received her BS in Education from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She taught mathematics for 35 years in Milwaukee Public Schools.  Lorena spent her first five summer vacations at Winona State University to get her Master’s in Education. She stayed on campus one summer and enjoyed commuting from Rochester the other four: taking morning classes, swimming in Lake Winona in the afternoon, and studying in the evening. Lorena traveled to many regions of the U.S. and other countries.

Recipient: Kaitlyn Hennen

Major: Mathematics Secondary Education
Hometown: Cold Spring, MN
Activities: I love to go rollerblading!
Future Plans: I plan to find somewhere to teach math here in Minnesota!
What do you like best about your major: The professors in the math and education department are by far the best part of the major.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I love the sense of community we build on campus.
Interesting Fact: I am a die-hard Minnesota Wild fan.
Kaitlyn Hennen

Spencer & Judy Munkel Scholarship

Spencer and Judy (Malmin) Munkel met by chance at Winona State in 1963 while both were students. Their relationship and their connection to Winona State has thrived over the years. Spencer grew up in Spring Grove and came to WSU because his older brother graduated from WSU. Spencer was comfortable with the small campus feel and the friendly atmosphere where many long-lasting friendships first started. Judy grew up in Savage and came to WSU because she had relatives who lived in Winona, and her parents suggested a small campus not too far from home.

In spring 1965, Spencer graduated with a bachelor's degree in math and a minor in physics and began teaching junior high math in Madison, WI. Judy graduated two years later with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. In 1969, Spencer earned an M.S. degree in education, with an emphasis on Math, from Mankato State University. The couple married as Spencer started his career at IBM in Rochester and Judy began teaching in the Rochester Public Schools. Judy pursued graduate courses at Winona State and the University of Minnesota and completed her master's equivalency in 1987.

Throughout their careers, Spencer and Judy maintained many of the friendships established while at Winona State and kept ties to the institution that helped them find each other.  "We both felt that the WSU experience totally prepared us to be successful in whatever career choices we made after graduating from Winona State."

In the early 1990s, the Munkels decided to formally recognize and honor their connection to Winona State University by establishing the Judy and Spencer Munkel Scholarship Fund through the WSU Foundation.  "While at Winona State, I received a scholarship that helped me," Spencer said. "Judy and I decided we were at a point in our lives where we could do something to help others."  Through additional gifts of their own and the benefit of the IBM employees matching gifts program, the Munkels' scholarship funds have grown significantly and have helped many WSU students achieve their educational goals.

"By making gifts to support WSU students, we know we are doing something for those who will come after us," Spencer and Judy said. "We are pleased to leave a legacy to support causes we value. Our hope is that many of the students who receive scholarships at Winona State University will eventually establish their own scholarship awards to help future students."

Recipient: Conager Mrozek

Major: Mathematics and Mathematics Education
Hometown: Rushford, MN
Activities: Gym, fishing
Future Plans: Graduate School or teaching
What do you like best about your major: The faculty and students involved.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I like the area for the most part and the people.
Interesting Fact: Avid musky fisherman.


Connor M

Floretta May Murray Scholarship

Floretta Murray graduated from Winona State Teachers College in 1932 and immediately began teaching art at the Phelps Campus School. In 1941, Floretta transferred to the Winona State Teachers College where she became the department head. She is also responsible for developing the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master’s degree programs at Winona State.  Floretta also worked hard to create opportunities for her students outside of campus by establishing internships at the Minneapolis Art Institute, the Minnesota Museum of Art, and at the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife. During her career, Floretta also taught at the University of Minnesota, Bemidji State University, Saint Mary’s College, and the College of St. Teresa. Upon her retirement from teaching in 1976 she was honored as Professor emeritus and was awarded the Winona State University Distinguished Alumni Award in 1987. She also served as a WSU Foundation Trustee from 1985-1996.

Floretta was also a life-long member of Kappa Delta Pi (the international honor society in education), from which she received the national merit award for distinguished service to education in 1962. Floretta was a charter member of the Women Artists of America, served as an evaluator for the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and was a member of the American Association of University Professors. She was also a member of several Winona community and civic organizations.

Floretta’s artwork has been exhibited in all the major galleries and museums in Minnesota, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and the Hampton gallery in London.  Her work is in a number of private collections in Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Michigan, California, Washington, and Kansas as well as the prestigious Benjamin and Abby Grey Foundation, the Charles B. Sweatt Collection, and a mural in the United Building Center’s administrative offices in downtown Winona. 

Recipient: Aaron Augustine

Major: Mathematics and Statistics
Hometown: Plainview, MN
Activities: I enjoy playing basketball, watching sports and hanging out with friends.
Future Plans: Potentially go to grad school for statistics.
What do you like best about your major: I love working with numbers, and the professors are great.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I love the campus, the town, and all the great people here at Winona.
Interesting Fact: I've lived in four different states. Minnesota, Indiana, Florida, and Kansas.
 

Recipients: Kaitlyn Hennen

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Cold Spring, MN
Activities: I am an ambassador here on campus and I also really enjoy rollerblading.
Future Plans: I want to teach, probably at a high school, and more than likely somewhere in Minnesota.
What do you like best about your major: People's reaction when I tell them I actually enjoy math enough to want to teach it someday.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: Being so close to the bluffs and the lakes.
Interesting Fact: I can say the alphabet backward really quick. And I can list all the states alphabetically.
Kaitlyn Hennen

Valerie Henry

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Warsaw, MN
Activities: I am currently a Resident Assistant in Haake Hall and will be returning as an RA in Prentiss-Lucas next year!
Future Plans: After I graduate, I plan to become a teacher and start working toward a Master's degree.
What do you like best about your major: What I like best about being a Math Education major is that it allows me to carry out my passion for both the subject of math and provide students with the best educational experience possible.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: What I like best about being a WSU student is that I have been able to give back for all of my amazing experiences by serving as an RA and striving to provide incoming students with as great of an experience as I have had.
Interesting Fact: I love to spend time outdoors, especially camping and hunting! 

Valerie Henry  

Michael Holmblad

Major: Computer Science and Mathematics
Hometown: Faribault, MN
Activities: Math/Stat Club, Computer Science Club, running, and travel.
Future Plans: Some type of agency, grad school, game designer, or something cool.
What do you like best about your major: The professors and the opportunities they give us.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: It's small, but there is a large variety of people that I can meet and get to know.
Interesting Fact: I'm making a game that is a weird combination of the original final fantasy games and Pokémon.


Kimberly Lee

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Brooklyn Center, MN
Activities: I am the president of the Hmong American Student Association. I am also part of  K.E.A.P. Council and the Asian American Club
Future Plans: I plan to have more self-discovery through my hobbies or traveling. Also, to start my teaching career which will help me achieve those plans.
What do you like best about your major: I love how the faculty is willing to be supportive and helpful. Being a Math Ed major definitely sets me apart from my peers.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: The best thing about being a WSU student is how convenient all the building distances are to each other.
Interesting Fact: I like to write poetry and my own music. 

Stacey Miertschin

Major: Statistics and Mathematics
Hometown: Rushford, MN
Activities: Chi Alpha Campus Ministry, Math/Stat club, WICS, and WISE
Future Plans: I will probably attend graduate school.
What do you like best about your major: The many opportunities to interact and learn with other nerds.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: Working within this amazing community of learners.
Interesting Fact: I can type the names of all the countries in the world in less than 15 minutes.

Fred & Sandy Olson Scholarship

Recipient: Emily Duden

Major: Physics and Mathematics
Hometown: Red Wing, WI
Activities: Physics Club, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
Future Plans: I plan on attending graduate school for physics and hopefully doing high-level research.
What do you like best about your major: The department has been very welcoming of me and has always encouraged questions and comprehensive thinking. I like being a part of that environment.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: The professors care about you as an individual.
Interesting Fact: My favorite phrase is "fight me." I have yet to be in a fight.

Daniel & Christine Rand Scholarship

Daniel Rand went to Purdue in 1971 to major in Statistics, a degree which wasn’t known or desirable in the 1970s.  But he received a scholarship and work-study money from Purdue, and that allowed him to obtain a Bachelor’s degree and then a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics.  He worked at IBM for 17 years and was able to eventually get a position as an internal statistical consultant, a job that didn’t exist when he started at IBM.  Daniel left in a downsizing and returned to school at the University of Minnesota to get a PhD in Industrial Engineering.  His wife Christine continued to work at IBM and support his return to school.  Upon completion, Daniel landed a job at Winona State University to teach statistics. In recent years, his colleagues had the foresight to develop a new program in Data Science.  This seemed to foresee a future need, much like going into statistics in the ‘70s.  Upon retirement from his second career at Winona State after 16 years, Daniel wanted to help young people fund their education in these more expensive times.  “I want to encourage those young people to explore their interest in statistical methods, analytics, and data science.”

Recipient: Nina Horabik 

Major: Data Science
Hometown: Genoa City, WI
Activities: International Club, Ballroom Dance Club, Japan Club
Future Plans: I want to become a data analyst in an international company, and work in other countries.
What do you like best about your major: I love how applicable it is to this data-run world. It allows me options to work in multiple fields.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I love the international culture I can become a part of. I also love the DSCI department with how understanding and helpful they are.
Interesting Fact: I am fluent in Polish.
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The Duane & Edwina Wolfe Math Education Scholarship

Duane spent the first eighteen years of his life on the family farm near Fountain City, WI. When Duane was a junior in high school he decided that he wanted to be a teacher. He always enjoyed mathematics so without reservation that was the subject he wanted to pursue. He graduated from Fountain City High School in 1956, married Edwina between his junior and senior years in college and received a degree in Mathematics from Winona State, graduating in 1960. In 1964 he completed a Master's Degree in Mathematics which was the result of a fully funded National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for three summers at Central Michigan University. That fall he began teaching at Winona State College. In 1968- 69 he was awarded a NSF grant to attend Indiana University to study graduate mathematics and statistics. He also did graduate work in mathematics at the University of Minnesota. He was awarded two summer NSF grants to continue his studies of graduate level mathematics at Rutgers University and Auburn University. After 30 years of teaching courses at all levels in the Mathematics and Statistics Department, he retired as Professor Emeritus in 1994. 

Edwina was born in South Dakota and moved with her family to the Fountain City area while she was in high school. She graduated from Fountain City High School in 1957 and attended Winona State College for one year. She returned to Winona State College in 1964 (with a 4-year-old at home) and graduated with Special Honors in 1968 with a degree in Elementary Education (and had 2 babies). She completed her Master's Degree in Elementary Education in 1971 at Winona State. Most of her teaching career was spent teaching first grade in the Winona Catholic School system. She also taught kindergarten, junior and senior high school mathematics and computer literacy and also ran the Learning Center at Cotter High School before she retired in 1995. She was an adjunct teacher at Winona State where she often taught Mathematics for Elementary Teachers. 

They now enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren and spending winters in Arizona. Duane was happy doing what he liked best, namely teaching mathematics and statistics for his entire career. Edwina also spent her professional career teaching so when Duane retired they decided to do something to promote quality teaching. It is their hope that this scholarship will help Mathematics Education students to achieve their goals.

Recipient: Dominic Fallico

Major: Secondary Mathematics Education
Hometown: Bloomingdale, IL
Activities: Baseball, Bowling, Music, Card Games
Future Plans: Teach High School Mathematics near my hometown, as well as, pursue a position in coaching.
What do you like best about your major: I really enjoy how close I have gotten with other Math and MathEd majors at WSU. Taking several classes with these people allow me to build relationships with really caring and intelligent people that have similar interests in educating young minds.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I really enjoy the teachers and advisors in the Math and MathEd program at WSU that never fail go the extra mile for their students. Being part of this program and this school makes me feel a part of a very accepting group that is always willing to include anyone wanting to pursue learning.
Interesting Fact: Something interesting and somewhat humorous about myself would be that I was not very good at math until my sophomore year of high school.
Dominic Fallico

Erwin F. Bachler Memorial Scholarship

Recipient: Grant Gill

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Cameron, WI
Activities: I love playing football, baseball, and going golfing.  I also love exploring around the Winona area going hiking and finding hidden gems around the area!
Future Plans: I plan on teaching overseas for a couple of years and then coming back to the states to teach and coach! After a couple years of teaching I plan on getting my Master's Degree in Administration.
What do you like best about your major: I love all of my professors and friends that I met due to being a Math Ed major.  If I wasn't in this field, I wouldn't have some of my closest friends.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I love all the people and everything Winona and WSU has to offer!
Interesting Fact: I actually enjoy doing math.

Grant Gill

Benchmark Electronics Scholarship

Recipient: Aaron Augustine

Major: Mathematics and Statistics
Hometown: Plainview, MN
Interesting Fact: In my 18 years, I've lived in 4 different states: Indiana, Florida, Kansas and Minnesota.
Aaron Augustine

Math and Stats Department Alumni Scholarship

Recipient: Le Tang 

Major: Mathematics and Statistics
Hometown: Shaanxi, China
Activities: I enjoy playing table tennis, swimming, skateboarding in my leisure time. I'm also co-president/treasurer of The Chinese Society at WSU.
Future Plans: I am planning to go to the graduate school in math.
What do you like best about your major: Problem solving! Being a math major is equivalent to challenging oneself. I commit myself to never give up on any questions I have ever met.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I cannot tell you how nice and friendly the WSU community is! I feel very strongly that I am involved. Students and faculty members here are extremely supportive and encouraging!
Interesting Fact: I was a French major 3 years ago.

Le Tang 

Ormsin Gardiner Sornmoonpin Scholarship

Recipient(s): Stacy Miertschin

Major: Statistics
Hometown: Rushford, MN
Activities: I am involved with the campus ministry Chi Alpha. In my free time, I enjoy reading and hiking.
Future Plans: Possibly attend graduate school for statistics.
What do you like best about your major: I like interacting with other nerdy-math people.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I like being surrounded by endless opportunities and inspiring people.
Interesting Fact: I participated in the Jamaica Travel Study over spring break.

Stacy Miertschin 

Amanda Preisinger

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Burnsville, MN
Activities: UPAC and EMSP
Future Plans: My future plans include teaching and coaching softball at a high school level.
What do you like best about your major: Helping my future students become better problem solvers.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: My favorite part about being a WSU is being in such an inviting and caring community.
Interesting Fact: I have broken 5 softball bats.

Amanda Preisinger 

Lorena Jacobson Scholarship

Recipient: Emily Robinson

Major: Math Education and Statistics
Hometown: Luverne, MN
Activities: I enjoy rollerblading, playing tennis, and crocheting. I tutor and attend Cru Christian fellowship on campus.
Future Plans: Potentially graduate school in Statistics.
What do you like best about your major: The professors are supportive and understanding, and the class sizes are small, making it easy to get to know other students in your classes.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: The area is beautiful and offers a variety of outdoor activities.
Interesting Fact: I am belay-certified for rock climbing.
Emily Robinson 

Spencer & Judy Munkel Scholarship

Recipient: Joseph Zemmels

Major: Math Education and Education
Hometown: New Brighton, MN
Activities: I am a University Tutor. I enjoy spending time with friends and going hiking.
Future Plans: I plan on pursuing a graduate degree in applied or pure mathematics
What do you like best about your major: I love being able to interact with professors and fellow classmates.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: The town and its surrounding area are beautiful and fun to explore.
Interesting Fact: I know pi to 30 digits!

Joseph Zemmels 

Floretta May Murray Scholarship

Recipients: Ashley Brotherton

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Burnsville, MN
Activities: UPAC, KDP, EMSP, Theatre and Dance
Future Plans: To teach mathematics in a high school.
What do you like best about your major: How I know that one day I can help students enjoy math like I do.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: How beautiful the campus is, and how helpful the professors are
Interesting Fact: I always seem to have fun facts.
Ashley Brotherton 

Abraham Folkerts

Major: Math and Composite Materials Engineering
Hometown: Aplington, IA
Activities: I play football here at Winona State and I love riding my motorcycle.
Future Plans: Get a job in the sporting goods industry such as baseball or golf.
What do you like best about your major: I love the challenge of complex math problems.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: The environment on campus.
Interesting Fact: I just have a 6-week-old Australian Shepherd puppy.

Abraham Folkerts 

Anna Gadach

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Elk River, MN
 

Kaitlyn Hennen

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Cold Spring, MN
Activities: I like to play any and every sport and I love country music. I also really enjoy going rollerblading!
Future Plans: I want to find a job at a high school near my hometown.
What do you like best about your major: The crazy looks everyone gives me when I tell them that I'm a math major.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: My favorite thing about being a WSU student is probably living so close to the bluffs/lakes.
Interesting Fact: I'm obsessed with Harry Potter and even dressed up as Hagrid for a birthday surprise for a friend of mine who also likes the books/movies.

 

James Hickey

Major: Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science
Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
Activities: Lots of other homework. Computer programming. Research projects.
Future Plans: Hopefully attend graduate school.
What do you like best about your major: The interconnectedness of topics across subjects/fields.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: Having close relationships with professors.
Interesting Fact: My favorite word is waddle.
James Hickey 

Trevor Loew

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Cary, IL
Activities: Reigning Flag Football Champions and Chicago sports
Future Plans: Graduate School
What do you like best about your major: Course content
What do you like best about being a WSU student: My peers, the faculty, and the cost of attendance are my three favorite things.
Interesting Fact: I am a TA in the Mass Comm. Dept. and I plan on attending as many Cubs games as possible this summer.
Trevor Loew 

Fred & Sandy Olson Scholarship

Recipient: Zachary Zangl

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Oshkosh, WI
Activities: I play football here at Winona State and serve on Student Senate.
Future Plans: Teach high school math and coach football or go to grad school.
What do you like best about your major: I feel smarter than almost all of my friends. Haha.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: The people around campus are amazing and I feel at home.
Interesting Fact: I can do the splits.
 

Daniel & Christine Rand Scholarship

Recipient: Shahrukh Khan

Major: Data Science and Economics
Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Activities: Cooking, learning and video games!
Future Plans: Work my way to become a 'Data Scientist.'
What do you like best about your major: I love the department! They encourage you to do your best and really inspire you to learn.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: We really have a great international community, which is great. I've always felt close to home.
Interesting Fact: I learned how to tie my shoelaces after coming to WSU. Knots always seemed to confuse me.
Shahrukh Khan 

The Duane & Edwina Wolfe Math Education Scholarship

Recipient: Megan Roth

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Stevens Point, WI
Activities: I love snowmobiling.
Future Plans: I would ideally move back to Wisconsin and hopefully get a job at a high school near my hometown to teach math.
What do you like best about your major: I love the people. It almost feels like a family.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: It feels like my second home here and the people I have met are like a second family.
Interesting Fact: I personally know "Sheldon" from The Big Bang Theory.
Megan Roth 

Scholarships for Students in Mathematics, Statistics, Math Education, and Data Science.

Erwin F. Bachler Memorial Scholarship

Recipient: Zachary Zangl

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Oshkosh, WI
Activities: I play football for the WSU Football Team and I am a member of the WSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Future Plans: Be a high school math teacher and football coach.
What do you like best about your major: The work can be challenging, but it is also very rewarding.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: The people at WSU are wonderful and kind.
Interesting Fact: I can do the splits.

Zachary Zangl

Benchmark Electronics Scholarship

Recipient: Aaron Augustine

Major: Mathematics and Statistics
Hometown: Plainview, MN
Activities: I enjoy playing basketball and hanging out with friends.
Future Plans: Still unsure at this point.
What do you like best about your major: The professors are great and I enjoy the classes.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I really like the campus and all the great people here.
Interesting Fact: I've lived in four different states.
Aaron Augustine

Math and Stats Department Alumni Scholarship

Recipient: Samantha Meyer

Major: Statistics and Mathematics
Hometown: Lakeville, MN
Activities: Women's Lacrosse Club
Future Plans: Graduate School
What do you like best about your major: I like knowing I'll be able to transfer my math/stat skills to help a business, company, etc.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I enjoy the connections I have made with others in my department.
Interesting Fact: I like to go muskie fishing with my dad.

Samantha Meyer

Ormsin Gardiner Sornmoonpin Scholarship

Recipient(s): Jimmy Hickey

Major: Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science
Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
Activities: Physics Club, Tutoring, Software Development
Future Plans: Graduate School (hopefully!)
What do you like best about your major: The professors
What do you like best about being a WSU student: Small class sizes
Interesting Fact: My least favorite word is "obviously."

Jimmy Hickey

Conager Mrozek

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Rushford, MN
Activities: I enjoy Muskie fishing, deer hunting, and friends.
Future Plans: To educate young individuals and buy lakeside property on Lake Vermilion.
What do you like best about your major: The Math/Stats department; it is full of incredibly intelligent people.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: The fact that almost every person I see on campus I know or have had a class with.
Interesting Fact: I would say my Native American heritage is my mostinteresting aspect of my life.

Conager Mrozek

Lorena Jacobson Scholarship

Recipient: Jon Renken

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Eyota, MN
Activities: I enjoy playing the piano, solving Rubik's cubes, and running.
Future Plans: I would like to teach at least a couple of years, but eventually I want to pursue a graduate program.
What do you like best about your major: We have a very close community of Math Majors at Winona State, and it has been great getting to know everyone.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: The campus is great, and it is close to home.
Interesting Fact: When I was born, I was in the 95 percentile for head circumference.
Jon Renken

Floretta May Murray Scholarship

Recipients: Kaitlyn Hennen

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Cold Spring, MN
Activities: I am an ambassador here on campus and I also really enjoy rollerblading.
Future Plans: I want to teach, probably at a high school, and more than likely somewhere in Minnesota.
What do you like best about your major:People's reaction when I tell them I actually enjoy math enough to want to teach it someday.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: Being so close to the bluffs and the lakes.
Interesting Fact: I can say the alphabet backwards really quick. And I can list all the states alphabetically.
Kaitlyn Hennen

Michael Holmblad

Major: Computer Science and Mathematics
Hometown: Faribault, MN
Activities: Math/Stat Club, Computer Science Club, Video Game Club, programming projects
Future Plans: Hopefully Graduate School in Computer Science or Math
What do you like best about your major: There are many opportunities to research, and I can research just about anything.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: Being able to communicate with professors very freely.
Interesting Fact: I play competitive Pokémon VGC, and I travel to events to play the game.

Michael Holmblad

Kimberly Lee

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Brooklyn Center, MN
Activities: Hmong American Student Association, K.E.A.P. Council, Asian American Club
Future Plans: Get a teaching job in or near the Twin Cities.
What do you like best about your major: Many of my professors are or have been willing to help me out whenever I ask for help. It is nice to know that I can get that kind of support in this department!
What do you like best about being a WSU student: The size of the campus and the sunsets.
Interesting Fact: I told myself in high school that I would never want to become a teacher, especially a math teacher.
Kimberly Lee

Valerie Henry

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Warsaw, MN
Activities: I am currently a Resident Assistant in Haake Hall and will be returning as an RA in Prentiss-Lucas next year!
Future Plans: After I graduate, I plan to become a teacher and start working toward a Master's degree.
What do you like best about your major: What I like best about being a Math Education major is that it allows me to carry out my passion for both the subject of math and provide students with the best educational experience possible.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: What I like best about being a WSU student is that I have been able to give back for all of my amazing experiences by serving as an RA and striving to provide incoming students with as great of an experience as I have had.
Interesting Fact: I love to spend time outdoors, especially camping and hunting!

Valerie Henry 

Stacey Miertschin

Major: Statistics and Mathematics
Hometown: Rushford, MN
Activities: Chi Alpha Campus Ministry and traveling
Future Plans: I will probably attend graduate school.
What do you like best about your major: I like the opportunities to apply my knowledge to various fields. I also like the nerdy jokes. :)
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I like the people at Winona State. We are truly a community of learners.
Interesting Fact: I am studying abroad during Spring 2017 at the University of Cape Coast in Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa and I am enjoying every second of this amazing experience!
Stacey Miertschin

Minne Analytics Scholarship

Recipient: Kapil Khanal

Major: Data Science and Mathematics
Hometown: I am originally from Lumbini, Nepal, but I did my high school in Kathmandu.
Activities: I play soccer. I like brainstorming about weird ideas.
Future Plans: I want to work for myself and on my own projects. My blood type is "data." I will work on data-related projects.
What do you like best about your major: The weird expressions you get to see on people's faces when you say you're a math major. I like not being able to solve problems on the first try.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I like being around like-minded people and WSU's super active departments. Professors here do their best to motivate us to follow our passion.
Interesting Fact: Caffeine and deadlines are my best friends.
Kapil Khanal 

Fred & Sandy Olson Scholarship

Recipient: Megan Roth

Major: Math Education
Hometown: Stevens Point, WI
Activities: Running, spending time outside, going to concerts, snowmobiling, hanging out with dogs
Future Plans: Hopefully get a job in central Wisconsin as a high school math teacher
What do you like best about your major: The people. It's like a community where everyone knows everyone. The professors are awesome too.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: The lifelong friends that I have made.
Interesting Fact: I went skydiving last summer.
Megan Roth 

Daniel & Christine Rand Scholarship

Recipient: Linh Nguyen

Major: Data Science and Computer Science
Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam
Activities: Finance Club and International Club
Future Plans: My future plan is to help businesses with utilizing data for growth and help create solutions.
What do you like best about your major: I like that I can help improve decision-making accuracy and reduce uncertainty with the help of data, especially in businesses.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: Being in a smaller university allowed me to develop closer relationships with my professors and peers.
Interesting Fact: Good graphs bring me joy. :)

Linh Nguyen 

The Duane & Edwina Wolfe Math Education Scholarship

Recipient: Anna Ramsey

Major: Mathematics, Math Education
Hometown: Lonsdale, MN
Activities: I am a music minor and have been involved in violin and clarinet lessons. I also have been in orchestra and clarinet trio.
Future Plans: I am hoping to teach in an underfunded area to high school students.
What do you like best about your major: That it is not just the math that you like and are good at. You also get the challenging math that takes more brain power.
What do you like best about being a WSU student: I love the campus, the faculty, and the students.
Interesting Fact: I have been playing violin since I was three-and-a-half years old.
Anna Ramsey