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Detroit Lakes Area College Foundation Recognizes Scholarship Recipients

The Detroit Lakes Area College Foundation recognizes 10 Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Detroit Lakes Campus students who will receive scholarships totaling $10,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year.

DLACF scholarships have been awarded to: Dana Austin, Detroit Lakes (Administrative Management Technology); Linda Buchite, Barrett (Radiologic Technology); Christine Erickson, Audubon (Nursing - RN); Ryan Hendrickson, Mahnomen (Architecture Technology); Katrina Hokenson, Detroit Lakes (Civil Engineering Technology); Jocelyn Kraemer, Detroit Lakes (Nursing); Tyler Kuhl, Frazee (Auto Body Collision Technology); Marie Lemelin, Ogema (Paralegal); Kaitlin Olson, Park Rapids (Early Childhood and Paraprofessional); and Aaron Weatherhead, Perham (Auto Body Collision Technology).

Scholarships are granted to outstanding applicants who demonstrate excellence in community activities, work, volunteer experience, academic achievement and financial need. Recipients are a mixture of full-time, part-time, first-year and second-year students. DLACF has worked to develop scholarships and programs for the Detroit Lakes campus since 1981.

DLACF's mission is to make a difference in the lives of the M State students it serves and the Detroit Lakes community by building relationships, advocacy, alumni development and fundraising. The foundation has awarded $244,000 in scholarships to 548 students in the past 32 years. Scholarship awards are made possible through generous donations to DLACF and International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) - Detroit Lakes Chapter.


Jerome Kotalik Endowment established throught DLACF

The Jerome Kotalik Endowment has been created to fund scholarships for displaced workers or veterans enrolled in the Marine Engine Technology program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes.

Jerry was a displaced worker who was laid off from an airline maintenance facility. His interest in hunting, fishing and the outdoors inspired him to find a new career that would allow him to live in a rural area. His love for Detroit Lakes brought him to the lakes area, where he enrolled in the Marine Engine Technology program at M State. After receiving his degree, he owned and managed Jerry's Recreational in Pelican Rapids. On Dec. 25, 2012, he was killed in a snowmobile accident.

Jerry's motto was "your satisfaction is my success."

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