Valspar Foundation Awards $64,000 in Student Scholarships

MINNEAPOLIS, June 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Valspar Foundation announced $64,000 in scholarship awards to 32 exceptional students pursuing postsecondary education. The Valspar Scholarship program recognizes scholastic and community achievement by the daughters and sons of Valspar employees, awarding $2,000 on a competitive basis.

“Valspar is pleased to support these exemplary students who have demonstrated high achievement in the classroom and noted service in their communities,” said Gary E. Hendrickson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Valspar.

The $64,000 in scholarships will be awarded in August for the 2015-2016 academic year. The awards are based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community activities, work experience, career and educational goals and objectives, and an outside appraisal.

The students awarded Valspar Scholarships are:

Brandon Anderson, of Davis Junction, Illinois, son of Chad Anderson, studying Nursing at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Brandon Bartley, of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, son of George Bartley, studying Forensics at Robert Morris University in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.

Benjamin Behnen, of Bloomington, Minnesota, son of Timothy Behnen, studying Psychology at University of Northwestern – St. Paul, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Hanna Beightley, of Rochester, Pennsylvania, daughter of Michael Kurtz, studying Biology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Adam Berkowitz, of Plymouth, Minnesota, son of Roger Berkowitz, studying Math at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Hanna Blaser, of Orion, Illinois, daughter of James Blaser, studying Communications/Writing at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Pennsylvania.

Katelyn Conlon, of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, daughter of Robert Conlon, studying Speech Pathology at University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mackenzie Couper, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, daughter of Greg Couper, studying Math Education and Applied Math at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

Madison Haberlack, of Burnsville, Minnesota, daughter of Melissa Haberlack, studying Marketing/Communications at University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Sedona Hilt, of Fuguay-Varina, North Carolina, daughter of Kevin Hilt, studying Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Anna James, of Thomasville, North Carolina, daughter of Nancy James, studying Biochemistry at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dillon Kurila, of Apple Valley, Minnesota, son of John Kurila, studying Biology at Loyola University Chicago – Water Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

Alyssa Lillehaugen, of Arden Hills, Minnesota, daughter of Debra Lillehaugen, studying Computer Info Tech at Minnesota State University Mankato in Mankato, Minnesota.

Matthew Loflin, of Jamestown, North Carolina, son of Eric Loflin, studying Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Madicyn Mansueti, of Rochester, Pennsylvania, daughter of Richard Mansueti, studying Business at University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

Carolyn O’Neill, of Naperville, Illinois, daughter of Lorena O’Neill, studying Health Science/ Pre-Med at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Megan Perkins, of Davidson, North Carolina, daughter of Mike Perkins, studying Political Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Taylor Phillips, of Allen, Texas, son of Thomas Phillips, studying Radio/TV/Film at University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

David Salmi, of Chicago, Illinois, son of Reino Salmi, studying Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.

Andrew Scheiller, of New Hope, Minnesota, son of Pamela Scheiller, studying Network Administration/Analysis at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Megan Smith, of Archdale, North Carolina, daughter of Stephen Smith, studying Biology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Adam Snowden, of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, son of David Snowden, studying Music Education at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania.

Payton Spear, of Oakland, Kentucky, daughter of Roy Spear, studying Marketing at University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Amy Tao, of Woodbridge, Illinois, daughter of William Tao, studying Business at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Abigail Taylor, of Elkhart, Indiana, daughter of Scott Taylor, studying Exercise Science at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Jenna Taylor, of Elkhart, Indiana, daughter of Scott Taylor, studying Speech Pathology at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Laney Vela, of Edmond, Oklahoma, daughter of Christopher Vela, studying Industrial Design at The New School in New York, New York.

Garrett Vosberg, of Fort Worth, Texas, son of Cindy Vosberg, studying Logistics Management at University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

Stephanie Wonders, of Lake Zurich, Illinois, daughter of Dale Wonders, studying Family and Individual Development & Psychology at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Abigail Yates, of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, daughter of Ian Yates, studying Science at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.

Emily Yount, of Garland, Texas, daughter of Nancy Peden, studying Psychology at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Chelsey Zahler, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, daughter of Tamera Zahler, studying Osteopathic Medicine at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado.

Scholarship America, the nation’s largest private sector scholarship and educational support organization, administers all aspects of the Valspar Scholarship Program, including the selection process.

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