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St. Kate’s student wins $16,400 Phillips Scholarship

St. Catherine University student Jodi Stumpner ’13 has been named a 2011–2013 Phillips Scholar. She is one of six Minnesota private college students selected for the $16,400 award.

The Phillips Scholars Program is funded by the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation, in partnership with 16 private colleges and universities in the state. The program encourages students from a variety of disciplines to design and implement community service projects that make life better for those with unmet needs. Each year, six awards are presented.

At St. Kate’s, the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women facilitates the process to select a current Katie to compete for the award. St. Kate’s has had six Phillips Scholars in recent years: Sheng Xiong (2009–11), Jewelly Lee (2008–10), Amanda Ortega (2006–08), Palma Cady (2002–04), Lucille Eady (2001–03) and Willie Pearl Evans (2000–02).

Stumpner, an education major, submitted “Eco Education for Underprivileged Youth” as her winning proposal. Her project aims to provide equitable opportunities for underserved youth in eco education with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Stumpner will start planning her project this summer, with the goal of implementing it in collaboration with a Hmong high school during the summer of 2012.

Stumpner will receive a $6,000 scholarship in her junior year, and in her senior year, she will get another $6,000 plus a $4,000 stipend and $400 in resource funding to support her service project.

For more information about the Phillips Scholars Program, call Sia Vang at the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women, 651-690-6783.

March 22, 2011 by Pauline Oo

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