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January 19. 2005
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations (218) 726-8830,
Maryann Soleim, Associate Director, UMD University Relations & Development (218) 726-8993,

UMD Announces Recipients of FinnFest USA '92 Scholarships for 2004-2005

Eight UMD Students Named

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) has announced the recipients of the 2004-2005 FinnFest USA '92 Scholarships. A total of eight students were named.

Recipients are:

  • Jolene Alto Aurora, MN 55705
  • Adam Dosch Chisholm, MN 55719
  • Cara Koski Fridley, MN 55432
  • Eden Leone Duluth, MN 55802
  • Lynda Olson Biwabik, MN 55708
  • Marsha Pernat Chisholm, MN 55719
  • Philip Tomsich Soudan, MN 55782
  • Adam Wennersten Ironwood, MI 49938

The FinnFest USA '92 Scholarship was established from the nearly $50,000 raised at FinnFest USA in July 1992. Since then, this organization has awarded 85 scholarships to outstanding UMD students.

New scholarship applicants are currently being sought.
To request information contact Maryann Soleim, University of Minnesota Duluth, 320 Darland Administration Building, 1049 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812, phone number (218) 726 8993, and email address The deadline for submission of completed applications is Monday, April 18, 2005.

FinnFest Scholarships are awarded to junior, senior, or graduate level students. Candidates must be enrolled full time at UMD (as of fall 2005) and must be able to demonstrate financial need, i.e., have FAFSA papers on file. GPA will also be considered. Transfer students may also apply. Preference will be given to students of Finnish heritage and those from NE Minnesota or NW Wisconsin. An "unofficial" transcript must accompany all applications.

Gifts to the FinnFest Scholarship Fund may be sent to the UMD Development Office, 315 Darland Administration Building, 1049 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812. Questions about applications or contributions should be directed to Maryann Soleim at (218) 726-8993.

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