Four Michigan Tech Students Win Portage Health Foundation Scholarships
The Portage Health Foundation has awarded four scholarships to local area Michigan Tech students who are interested in pursuing health-related careers. Recipients are Kelly Larson, Katie Schjoth, Braden Peterson and Dylan Turpeinen.
The scholarships are part of a Michigan Tech-Portage Health Foundation partnership established to support health-related research and education, jobs and community health.
“The intention of the scholarship program is to ease the financial burden associated with earning an education, so that talented students can focus on being successful in their studies,” said Hilary Anderson, grants management coordinator at the Portage Health Foundation.
Larson is a third-year sports and fitness management major from L’Anse. Schjoth is in her third year of medical laboratory science. She’s from Baraga. Peterson is also a third-year medical laboratory science major from Hancock and Turpeinen is a fourth-year chemical engineering major from Houghton.
Schjoth plans to become a physician assistant. “It is my hope to return one day and find myself in the U.P. with a job I love,” she said.
Turpeinen hopes to put chemical engineering to work to help fight malaria with biosensor devices. “This scholarship will allow me to start my graduate research this spring, and I couldn’t be more excited to get in the lab,” he said.
Tech faculty nominated students for the scholarships, and a faculty committee reviewed the nominations, evaluating grade point average, financial need, diversity by county, health field of study and gender.