On Thursday, MMA Board and staff attended the 28th annual Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship dinner. MMA has been a supporter of this scholarship program and was happy to continue that support this year.
Nellie Stone Johnson was the first black woman to be elected to a citywide position in Minneapolis. She was also a long-time member of the Minnesota State University Board, a tireless union supporter and a DFL activist.
This year 29 scholarships were awarded to students attending colleges and universities around the state. Several of the award recipients were present to accept their award, including Zina Fizer a student from Metropolitan State University who spoke about her experiences and the importance of earning a degree and this scholarship opportunity. Fizer is graduating this spring and plans to continue on to get her Master’s Degree.
The keynote was given by Hubert “Buck” Humphrey, who shared his stories of meeting Nellie Stone Johnson and the influence she had on his life. Chancellor Rosenstone greeted the attendees and discussed the importance of these scholarships as well as Nellie Stone’s work. Mitch Franklin, Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship Program Board and Shar Knutson, President of MN AFL-CIO also greeted guests. Next year’s scholarship dinner will be held on March 24, 2016.
Applications are still being accepted for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship is available to minority students from union families attending or planning to attend one of MnSCU’s 31 technical colleges, community colleges or state universities. If you are interested in applying call 651-738-1404 or 866-738-5238 or visit the Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship website.