Upper Peninsula Student Awarded Impact Scholarship

The brick facade of MTU's College of Business with lettering that says Academic Office Building and glass entry doors.
The brick facade of MTU's College of Business with lettering that says Academic Office Building and glass entry doors.
The competitive Impact Scholarship for Michigan Tech College of Business majors brings outstanding students to campus. The selection process includes participating in leadership activities.

Kalle Keranen, a senior at Westwood High School in Ishpeming, has been named the recipient of Michigan Technological University's full-tuition 2022 Impact Scholarship.

The competitive award is given out annually to prospective students pursuing majors within the College of Business at Michigan Tech. Finalists from Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin were invited to participate in leadership activities on campus and received renewable awards ranging from $1,000 to full in-state tuition.

A young woman leans against a tree smiling with a green background in her senior picture. She is Michigan Tech's 2022 Impact Scholar.
Impact Scholarship winner Kalle Keranen is a third-generation Husky. (Image credit: The Keranen family)

Keranen plans to study general business at Tech starting in fall 2022. Aside from her studies, she aims to join the Pavlis Honors College, the Applied Portfolio Management Program and the American Marketing Association on campus. 

“Being an Impact Scholar will allow me to focus on academics without the stress of paying for tuition. It will also help me get more involved, and motivate me to work hard and earn good grades,” she said. 

The five-sport varsity athlete is also eager to stay active through golf and snowboarding, and try broomball, Tech’s beloved wintertime sport. 

The daughter of Kate and Jason Keranen, Kalle is a third-generation Husky. Her interest in Michigan Tech began as a child, but really evolved during a campus summer tour. “I was initially thinking about engineering, but after self-reflection and meeting business professors who were so welcoming and passionate, I knew I wanted to pursue business at Michigan Tech,” she said.

Keranen can already envision her goals after college. “My dream career is to be a marketing executive in the sports industry. I would love to be in charge of social media or digital marketing for an NHL team,” she said.

About the College of Business

The Michigan Tech College of Business offers undergraduate majors in accounting, construction management, economics, engineering management, finance, management, management information systems and marketing, as well as a general business option. Graduate degrees include the Tech MBA®, a Master of Engineering Management, a Master of Science in Accounting, and a Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.