The Austin Area Foundation has announced names of the two scholarship recipients.
The Carl and Stella Ruzek Scholarship was awarded to Samantha Krueger. Krueger is a 2022 AHS graduate and a University of Minnesota entrepreneurial management and marketing major.
“One of my favorite things while volunteering is learning about other cultures than my own,” Krueger said. “I look forward to being able to explore new ways of volunteering now going to school in Minneapolis and new opportunities that may bring.”
Brothers Michael, David, and Daniel Ruzek founded the Carl and Stella Ruzek scholarship in 2005 to honor and celebrate their parents’ belief in the value of education. In 2022, the Austin Area Foundation took over administration of this program.
Daniella Hernandez Espindola was awarded the Austin Area Foundation Scholarship for Education. Hernandez Espindola is a Spanish Education major at Winona State University and a 2019 AHS graduate.
“I enjoy working with students of all ages,” she said. “Everyone has unique talents and challenges. I want to help students learn to use their tools and talents.”
The Education scholarship was created in 2021 to encourage and support students interested in a career in education. This prize recognizes former Superintendent David Krenz, as well as educators Don Fox and Dick Lees, for their careers and dedication to Austin Public Schools.
Austin High School graduates who are currently enrolled in a four-year college or institution are eligible for consideration. Any AHS graduate, regardless of graduation year, is eligible to apply for these awards. There are additional requirements for these scholarships. Each year, one $1,000 scholarship will be given to a different student.
The next scholarship application cycle starts March 1, 2024. To apply, go to the Austin Area Foundation website and click the scholarship application link at the top of the page.
For more information about Austin Area Foundation, please contact AAF Executive Director Steve Barrett at 507-434-7494 or via email at email@example.com.