Five Luther College students have each received a $1,000 Steven Mark Anderson Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year.
Recipients of the scholarship were announced during the 12th annual Luther College Student Support Services Celebration Banquet held March 20. Recipients include Michael Berndt, Aimee Lenth, Kendra Moser, Katelynn Richman and Rebecca Rudquist.
The Steven Mark Anderson Scholarship benefits Luther students involved in Student Support Services, a Federal TRIO program sponsored by Luther for more than 40 years. The student success program provides services ranging from tutoring and advising to leadership development and graduate school preparation for 170 students annually.
The Steven Mark Anderson 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 in 1985. The endowed scholarship has benefitted 65 students since then.
Michael Berndt of Amery, Wis., is involved in a number of activities that promote Luther's values and mission. He volunteers in Decorah with Habitat for Humanity and the Blue Zones community initiative. He tutors music and French for Student Support Services and sings in the Collegiate Choir, one of Luther's auditioned choral ensembles. He also works as the full-time organist for a local church and plays guitar in a church worship band.
This summer, Berndt and another Luther student are performing their second benefit concert to raise money for a local food shelf.
Berndt will graduate from Luther in 2014 with a double major in music and philosophy and plans to attend graduate school.
Aimee Lenth of Luana, Iowa, is a political science and international studies major and an economics minor. She is a member of the co-educational service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and has represented Luther during Mock Trial competitions. She also plays the flute in the Luther College Concert Band.
During the 2012-13 academic year, Lenth studied in the United Kingdom and traveled throughout Europe as part of Luther's Nottingham program. She will return to the Luther campus this fall to complete her senior year.
Kendra Moser of Colesburg, Iowa, has volunteered extensively on and off campus for various service projects and fundraisers, including blood drives, Spring Fling, the Adventure Race and Empty Bowls. She is the president of Luther's Alpha Phi Omega chapter that has more than 100 active members, as well as vice president of the Student Support Services Leadership Council. A double major in biology and management, she is a former Iowa Dairy Princess. Moser will graduate from Luther in 2014.
Katelynn Richman of Minneapolis, Minn., is a sophomore biology major who plans to enter the medical field. She is a member of the Luther's ballroom/swing competitive dance team, the Student Activities Council diversity committee, the annual phonathon campaign and the Health Sciences club. She also assists the biology department with prescribed prairie burns.
Richman traveled to the Amazon rainforest, Andean cloud forest and Galapagos Islands in January during the "Ecology of Ecuador" course led by Luther's biology department.
Rebecca Rudquist of Deer River, Minn., is a member of the Luther Congregational Council, serving as a deacon of worship and church usher. She also sings in the Luther College Gospel Choir.
Last year, she earned all-conference and academic all-conference honors on the women's golf team. She has been a member of Luther Athletes Serving Others and played on intramural teams for volleyball, pickleball, basketball and quidditch.
She works as an admissions ambassador and tour guide and as a Student Support Services mentor. She plans to continue impacting the lives of others as a secondary English teacher upon graduation from Luther next year.