Six students receive Steven Mark Anderson Scholarships

May 13, 2010

Six Luther College students have each received a $1,000 Steven Mark Anderson Scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year.

Recipients of the scholarship were announced in April during the 2010 Student Support Services Celebration Banquet at Luther; they are Courtney Borowicz, Kelsey Kittleson, Adam Kruse, Samantha Murry, Madeline Pojar, and Jenna Pollock.

The Anderson Scholarship benefits Luther College students involved in Student Support Services, a federally-funded TRIO program supporting student success. The scholarship was established in 2001 by Lloyd and Kathy Anderson of Ames, Iowa, in memory of their son, Pastor Steven Mark Anderson, who graduated from Luther College in 1985.  

Courtney Borowicz of Bloomington, Minn., is pursuing a degree in elementary education. She also does volunteer work for the college’s Christmas Cheer program, teaches Sunday School at Decorah Covenant Church, and works and volunteers at Nisse Preschool in Decorah. She will graduate from Luther in 2012. 

Kelsey Kittleson of St. Ansgar, Iowa, is a sophomore at Luther, majoring in biology. She plans to attend medical school after graduation from Luther. She is a member of the Luther softball team, a manager for the wrestling team and is involved with Luther Athletes Serving Others. Last fall, she job shadowed a physician through Luther’s Alumni Externship Program, and this summer she will gain medical experience in Nicaragua.  

Adam Kruse of Decorah, Iowa, is a Luther junior majoring in anthropology. He is involved with Backyard Wilderness Pursuits and has organized cancer benefit events and regional running events, volunteered as a translator for the local police department and food pantry, worked in refugee integration, and is in the process of developing a nongovernmental organization in Argentina. He is earning his pilot’s license and plans to participate in the National Outdoor Leadership School in India next fall.

Samantha Murry of Mosinee, Wis., spent the past semester studying in Valencia, Spain, and wants to be a high school Spanish teacher. Murry, a Luther junior, has worked as a tutor in the Luther College Student Support Services Program and has served as a resident assistant in a first-year residence hall. She participates in choir and the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity at Luther, and teaches CCD at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Decorah.            

Madeline “Maddie” Pojar of St. Paul, Minn., is a Luther junior. She is a talented artist and plans to become an art teacher. She has taken on several leadership roles, including resident assistant in an upper-class residence hall, student manager in dining services and executive board member of the Luther Student Education Association. She is involved with the Asian Student Association and Allies, serves as a mentor through the Believing and Achieving Program and as a “big sister” in the Luther PALS Program.  

Jenna Pollock of Volga, Iowa, is majoring in psychology with a minor in social welfare at Luther. Pollock, a sophomore, stays active on campus through intramural sports and Catholic Student Community; she is also a resident assistant. She teaches bible school, is involved with Valley Community Coalition’s youth group and helps coach speech at her former high school. 

Photo caption: Luther College students (back row, left to right): Jenna Pollock, Courtney Borowicz, Adam Kruse, and Maddie Pojar celebrate with members of the Anderson family, who established the Steven Mark Anderson Scholarship at Luther College. Pictured in front row are ( left to right ) Scott Anderson; Scott’s wife, Elizabeth Anderson; and Scott's brother, Stuart Anderson. Unavailable for the photo were recipients Kelsey Kittleson and Samantha Murry.