Published on May 24, 2017

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 $500 scholarships were presented in communities where Altru offers local services. Award criteria include academic achievement, citizenship and recommendations, determined by a local committee consisting of a science instructor, school counselor and principal. 

"Students from the Grand Forks area and our region are a key component to future healthcare needs in North Dakota and Minnesota,” shares Sara Dvorak, Manager of Altru’s Learning and Organizational Development. “By supporting local students, we are helping to educate our own to improve the health of our communities." 

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 2016, over 1,600 shadowing experiences were coordinated, more than any other health system in the region. These experiences allow students the opportunity to observe work in a health care career of their choice and 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

Kylie Dvorak

Red River High School (Grand Forks)


Heather Onstad

Red River High School (Grand Forks)


Lexi Grinolds

Central High School (Grand Forks)

Biology,   Orthopedics

Megan Schumacher

Central High School (Grand Forks)


Jordan Jones

Community High School (Grand Forks)


Madison Estad

East Grand Forks Senior High School


Valerie Doze

Sacred Heart High School (East Grand Forks)


Emma Stimpfl

Lake of the Woods School District


Beau Wilmer

Warroad School District

Physical Therapy

Mackenzie Bergstrom

Roseau School District


Jaelyn Spilde

Tri-County School District (Karlstad)


Brittany Klevberg

Northwood School District

Physical Therapy

Madison Hulst

Crookston High School


Gabrielle Baird

Lafayette High School (Red Lake Falls)


Caitlyn Cox

Cavalier School District


Jenna Windjue

Devils Lake High School


Emily Wicklund

Greenbush/Middle River High School

Radiology   Tech

Alayna Espeseth

Win-E-Mac Public School (Erskine)

Medical   Anthropology

Megan Sirjord

Fertile-Beltrami High School (Fertile)


Christopher Onstad

Drayton Public School

Physical Therapy

Teri Mikalojczyk

Fosston Public School

Medical Lab Science

Jennicca Leier

Lincoln High School (Thief River Falls)


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 $549 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.