Published on May 23, 2016

Altru Presents Scholarships to Local High School Graduates

Grand Forks, N.D.– Altru Health System recently presented scholarships to 22 local high school graduates pursuing careers in healthcare or related sciences. The $200 scholarships were presented in communities where Altru offers local services and a provider presence. Award criteria include academic achievement, citizenship, personality, interview and recommendations, determined by a local committee consisting of a science instructor, school counselor and principal. 

“The Altru family is delighted to recognize and support the efforts of students in our region in their pursuit of higher education,” shares Karen Mellum, manager of Altru’s Learning & Organizational Development. “They inspire us with their openness to learn and their desire to make a difference by helping others. Along with their families, teachers and local communities, we are honored to encourage their dreams and interests in healthcare.” 

Altru is dedicated to supporting students in our region with opportunities to pursue their interest in healthcare. In addition to scholarships, Altru provides shadowing experiences to students from across the region. In 2015, over 1,700 shadowing experiences were coordinated, more than any other health system in the region. These experiences are critical to shaping the direction that students decide to go.  

Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients: 

Student Name

High School

Field of Interest

Karter Rowekamp

Red River High School (Grand Forks)

Medical & Lab Scientist

Brooklyn Hanson

Red River High School (Grand Forks)


Audrey Sand

Central High School (Grand Forks)


Fatema Suleiman

Central High School (Grand Forks)


Kaitlyn Walsh

Community High School (Grand Forks)

Biomedical Science

Kimberly Fenton

East Grand Forks Senior High School


Hannah Reimer

Sacred Heart High School (East Grand Forks)

Physical Therapy

Molly Ney

Lake of the Woods

Dietetics and Elderly Care

Ellie King

Warroad School District


Bailey Bjerk

Roseau School District

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Sierra Swenson

Tri-County School District (Karlstad)


Stephanie Youngs

Northwood School District

Nursing/NP Pediatrics

Brooke Danielson

Crookston High School

X-ray Tech

Mariah Derosier

Lafayette High School (Red Lake Falls)


Julie Duncan

Cavalier School District


Erin Nelson

Devils Lake High School

Fitness Trainer Technician

Johanna Jacobson

Greenbush/Middle River High School


Jessica Kasprzak

Win-E-Mac Public School (Erskine)

Exercise Science, Athletic Training

Grace Rongen

Fertile-Beltrami High School (Fertile)

Prenatal Nursing

Taylor Johnsen

Drayton Public School


Peyton Manecke

Fosston Public School


Meleah Biermaier

Lincoln High School (Thief River Falls)

Physical Therapy

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $524 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.