Each scholarship, worth $2,000, will go toward tuition costs at a college or university for students who will be attending classes in the fall semester of the 2010-11 school year. The winners were recognized in an on-court ceremony during the Timberwolves game against the Golden State Warriors last Wednesday, April 7.
All applicants for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx Scholarships were required to have a minimum 850 SAT or 19 ACT score and a 3.0 GPA. All applicants also participated in extra-curricular activities and completed over 45 hours of community service (outside of school) during the course of the school year. A panel for the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation reviewed all applications and selected the winners.
"All of our scholarship winners have demonstrated a phenomenal amount of dedication to academics and community service throughout their high school careers," Timberwolves President Chris Wright said. "The FastBreak Foundation is proud to help these amazing young students continue to pursue their academic dreams."
Karly Kostich is a senior at Mt. Iron-Buhl High School in Mt. Iron, MN. She is president of her senior class and secretary of her school's National Honor Society. She is a volunteer with the Mt. Iron-Buhl Community Education program as an elementary girls basketball coach and is active in her church. Kostich was also a two-year starter for the Mt. Iron-Buhl girls basketball team.
Derek Krautkremer is a senior at Highland Park High School in St. Paul. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was instrumental in forming the boys hockey team at Highland Park. He also is involved with Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, and has been a counselor at Camp Needlepoint, a summer camp for kids with diabetes.
Dokyung "Dolan" Lee is a senior at Edina High School. Lee is a National Merit Commended Student and is active in his school's symphony and chamber orchestras. He is co-founder and treasurer of End Slavery Now, Minnesota's first youth-led anti-human trafficking organization. Lee is also co-chair of his school's Amnesty International organization and was appointed as student commissioner to the City of Edina Community Health Committee.
Amanda Nelson is a senior at Clark High School in Clark, SD. Nelson is a National Honor Society member who has held leadership positions in the Future Farmers of America and 4-H, and has participated in band and the dance team. She is active in her church and works part-time at a nursing home and helps out on the family farm.
Kayla Yang is a senior at Humboldt High School in St. Paul. She is a National Honor Society member who has participated in Student Senate, French Club, Friendship Club and the Math Team. She has participated in numerous community activities and is currently employed at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in the Information Technology department.