Jiake Chen, a native of Shanghai, was among the 200 Wallin Scholarship Program scholars honored at the University of Minnesota Oct. 3.
Winston Wallin, former CEO of Medtronic and graduate of South High School in Minneapolis, and his wife, Maxine Houghton Wallin, instituted the Wallin Scholarship Program at South High in 1992. The scholarship program was extended to all Minneapolis public high schools in 2000. In May 2007 the program included Anoka-Hennepin Public School students and in 2008 it expanded to St. Paul Public Schools as well as to seven high schools in the northern suburbs. That means that the program now serves students from the state's three largest school districts.
One of the goals of the scholarship program is to invite additional scholarship support from the community for academically deserving students who demonstrate financial need, said Wallin Scholarship Program Executive Director Rebecca Wallin.
Since its inception, the Wallin Program continues to evolve with the addition ofother scholarship partners. In addition to the Wallin Scholarships, Holman, Cornwell, Eric, Medtronic, McCary, Sampson, M&I Bank, Finch, Ronald, Hays, Mulrooney, Alpha Kappa Psi, Pierce, Johnson and Junior League of Minnesota Scholarships have been established to assist students with financial needs andacademic ability.
Chen,who is majoring in finance and management information system at the U of M, has received a Holman Scholarship.
"I think that this scholarship has eased the burden on me when attending college,since I don't have to think about the financial burden that I would have face had it been without the scholarship," said Chen. "I have been extremely fortunate in receiving this scholarship and I feel that scholarships better enable students to pursue school, and work hard."