Online Awards $6k in Community Service Scholarships for Winter Quarter

Posted by on December 18, 2013

The end of one quarter can only mean one thing—the beginning of the next. But three Minnesota School of Business-Online students will have a little easier time financing their educational costs next quarter, thanks to the $2,000 scholarships they each received last week.

Each quarter the Minnesota School of Business chooses two recipients for the community service scholarship, but this quarter, there was an exception to the rule. After all of the scholarship applications had been received and reviewed by our scholarship committee, it was determined that there were three outstanding individuals who had applied, and each deserved a scholarship. So, we made it happen.

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Scholarship recipient, Ann Oeltjen, spends time volunteering at her local food shelf.

The first of the three recipients is business administration student, Ann Oeltjen. Ann is a very active volunteer and community partner in her southeastern Minnesota town. Although she spends the majority of her volunteer hours helping out at the Spring Valley Food Shelf, she is also active in other clubs affiliated with her church, local school and athletic boosters.

When asked about her passion for volunteering, here’s what Ann had to say, “All of these groups help me to understand and help my community. They provide me with a wide variety of opportunities to make this small town a great place to live; not only for me but for everyone.”

The second recipient, Nicole Aarsvold is also a business administration student who worked with her local food shelf. Nicole spent time volunteering as a food packager at the Wycoff Area Food Shelf in Wycoff, Minn. Nicole generally arrives early on Saturday mornings to ensure the food has been packaged appropriately, and once the doors open, she is helping upwards of 90 people make sure they get a warm and filling meal for the next few weeks.

Nicole states that volunteering has been a blessing to her. She says, “I feel as if I’m helping to keep food on the tables of a few more people. Without the help of volunteers, this food shelf would not be able to function and would cease to exist. The others who help out are amazing people who share a passion to give back to their community and to help those in need.”

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Elizabeth Dehn volunteers as a Master Gardener for Hennepin County.

And finally, the third of the three recipients is Elizabeth Dehn. Elizabeth is yet another one of our esteemed business administration students who spends her volunteer hours working as a Hennepin County Master Gardener. Master gardeners are volunteers that are committed to providing the quality, research-based horticultural information and educational activities that enhance the community’s environment and quality of life.

More specifically, Elizabeth worked at the state fair on behalf of the Hennepin County gardeners to answer horticultural questions, and present “Plot Style Community Gardening” to fairgoers interested in starting a community garden.

We would like to congratulate each of our scholarship winners and encourage all of our students to become active participants in their communities. If you’d like more information regarding this scholarship opportunity, please email Serena at

Thank you for your Interest in Minnesota School of Business.