Claire Breitenstein, a senior at Decorah High School, has received a full-ride scholarship.
The daughter of Joe and Shannon Breitenstein and Liz and Tony Fox, Breitenstein was named recipient of the Ross Wagner Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Gemini Incorporated to provide full scholarships to deserving students seeking degrees at the country's top engineering schools.
Breitenstein will graduate in May as a valedictorian from Decorah High School with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). During her high school career, Breitenstein has been involved in band, choir, Community Club, tennis, National Honor Society, student council, mock trial, math league, speech and drama and Envirothon. She will be attending the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to study biomedical engineering.
"I am very, very grateful and beyond excited for the years to come," Breitenstein said after being named this year's scholarship recipient.
Dedicated to the memory of Ross Wagner (1924-1992), the second chairman of the Board of Directors at Gemini, the Ross Wagner Scholarship provides full-ride scholarships for students majoring in civil, aeronautical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, biomedical and chemical engineering as well as chemistry and physics.
It is open to students in the United States and Canada attending the local high school in cities where Gemini has plants; Decorah; Cannon Falls, Minn.; Farmville, Va.; Taylor, Texas; Fallon, Nev.; and Hanover, Ontario. It is also available to students attending the local high school in the hometowns of Gemini's founders; Howard, S.D. and Randolph, Minn.
Funds from the $2 million fund plus earnings will be dispersed to as many students as qualified until the fund is exhausted.
Recipients must be enrolled in one of the top 30 engineering schools in the U.S. and Canada as rated by U.S. News and World Report (those that include doctorate programs). McGill University, the University of Waterloo and Simon Fraser University at Vancouver, British Columbia also are eligible schools. The student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0, work in the school's engineering lab, and work in the field of endeavor during summer break.
Gemini Incorporated is a world leader in the development and production of dimensional letters, logos and plaques for the sign industry. For an application and information abut the Ross Wagner Scholarship, visit www.rosswagnerfoundation.org or contact Nancy Vandergon at 507-263-3957.