Mn GLBT Educational Fund Awards - 2000 Winners

Presented on June 1st, 2000

Kristina Garber -- The Bonham Award ($500)

The Bonham Award ($500) in support of an outstanding GLBT student was awarded to Kristina Garber - a college student who is studying Ecology & Natural Resources at St. Cloud State University.

Michael Pham -- Dain Rauscher Award ($1,000)

Dain Rauscher Award ($1,000) in support of an outstanding GLBT student was awarded to Michael Pham - a high school student from Brooklyn Park who is planning to study Drama at New York University's Tisch School of Arts.

Michael Liddell -- The Lakes, Inc. Award ($500)

The Lakes, Inc. Award ($500) in support of a GLBT student interested in technology and web design. Additionally, the student will have the opportunity to participate in an internship at Lakes, Inc., Mr. Theissen's internet company. This was awarded to Michael Liddell - a high school student from Hastings who is planning to study PC/LAN at Brown Institute. Mr. Liddell also is a participant in Minneapolis Youth Diversions' Host Home Program.

Jacob Reitan -- Law Student Award ($500)

Law Student Award ($500) in support of a GLBT student studying law or pre-law was awarded to Jacob Reitan - a high school student from North Mankato who is planning on studying Political Science and Pre-law at Northwestern University or George Washington University.

Allison Wee -- The Lutheran Student Award ($750)

The Lutheran Student Award ($750) in support ofa Lutheran GLBT student or a GLBT student attending a Lutheran College was awarded to Allison Wee - a student currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Angela Lea Christensen -- The Manahan/Bohan Award ($1,000)

The Manahan/Bohan Award ($1,000) in support of a Madelia High School GLBT student, or a high school GLBT student from Greater Minnesota or a Minneapolis Community and Technical College GLBT student was awarded to Angela Lea Christensen - a college student from Brooklyn Center currently studying Human Services at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Michelle Cain -- Philanthrofund Board of Director's Award ($1,200)

Philanthrofund Board of Director's Scholarship ($1,200) in support of an outstanding GLBT student was awarded to Michelle Cain - a college student from Saint Paul currently studying Criminal Justice and Community Violence Prevention at Metropolitan State University.

Crista Marie Mason -- The Southeast Minnesota Award ($500)

The Southeast Minnesota Award ($500) in support of a GLBT student from or studying in Greater Minnesota was awarded to Crista Marie Mason - a college student currently studying Cellular and Molecular Biology at Winona State University.

Micaela Ferman -- University of Minnesota Students Award ($500)

University of Minnesota Students Award ($500) in support of a GLBT student attending the University of Minnesota was awarded to Micaela Ferman - a student from Minneapolis who is planning to study social work, psychology and art at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Margot Canaday -- University of Minnesota Students Award ($500)

University of Minnesota Students Award ($500) in support of a GLBT student attending the University of Minnesota was awarded to Margot Canaday - a student working towards her Ph.D. in History at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Ian Michael Millington -- The Wellness Award ($600)

The Wellness Award ($600) in support of a GLBT student with an interest in studying chemical dependency counseling was awarded to Ian Michael Millington - a high school student from Woodbury pursuing General Studies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Jessica Lauer -- The Clark/Dibble/Maier/Zita Award ($500)

The Clark/Dibble/Maier/Zita Award ($500) in support of a female GLBT student, preferably for a student in Women's Studies was awarded to Jessica Lauer - a high school student from St. Paul who is planning to study Social Work and Women's Studies at MacalesterCollege or Hamline University.

Laura Jensen -- The Pat McCart Memorial Award ($1,000)

The Pat McCart Memorial Award ($1,000) is given in support of a student in the field of Education or Educational Administration.

Pat McCart began her career as an educator at Summit School, where she was a history teacher and later, dean of students. She then became the first program coordinator of the St Paul Open School. She returned to the combined Saint Paul Academy and Summit School as upper school principal. After leaving St. Paul Academy, she taught in the education department at Macalester College.

Pat had an uncanny sense for the needs of young people and the appropriate roles of adults in thtir lives. She enjoyed and appreciated the gifts of her students and had the ability to help students recognize the importance of integrity and personal responsibility in their lives.

Her philosophy of education and her love of teaching are reflected in letter she wrote when she retired from Saint Paul Academy. "I am grateful to have had the opportunity to participate so fully in a calling that adds to the quality and value of life...to be a witness to the magic of adolescents becoming themselves. That has not only kept me humble and a bit of a adolescent myself, it has taught me patience, forgiveness and hope."

Pat was committed to her community and was an early supporter of the Minnesota Women's Political Caucus and a board member of the Gay and Lesbian Community Action Council.

Pat died of cancer in 1994 at the age of 59.

Throughout her life, Pat collected quotations, all written in longhand on 3x5 cards. These few randomly selected reflect parts of Pat's philosophy:
Nobody gets there alone (from a 3M ad-about the Olympics)
The Better Choice is always a Doing Behavior (William Glasser)
What it's about is Big People helping little people become Big People themselves (MJB coffee commercial)

This award was given to Laura Jensen - a college student currently studying Secondary Education at Augsburg College. Ms. Jensen volunteers with Together for Youth, a GLBT youth group in the Twin Ports region and serves on the board of Aurora: A Northland Lesbian Center. In ten years Ms. Jensen sees herself working in a public school setting as a high school English teacher.

Derek Blechinger -- The Howard Liebhaber Human Rights Award ($1,000)

The Howard Liebhaber Human Rights Award ($ 1,000) is given in support of a student who demonstrates a commitment to alleviation of oppression, works for social change, and demonstrates financial need.

Howard Leibhaber was friend, sports enthusiast, environmentalist and human rights activist. Howard gave of himself materially and spiritually to people of all walks of life, and the well from which Howard found his strength, passion and commitment was Judaism.

Howard loved sports. He coached several teams in the gay softball and basketball leagues. Bridging his enthusiasm for sports and his concern for the environment, Howard cycled. At the time of his tragic death, he was editor and founder of Outspoken, a cycling advocacy newsletter. He cycled year-round, never owning a car.

Howard was an activist. Howard lived his activism with passion and deep conviction. He could be found protesting racist cross burnings on the East side of St. Paul or chiding a gay club owner for showing sex videos depicting unsafe sex. Howard saw the link between the many oppressions, especially racism, sexism, heterosexism and classism. He advocated in an affirming way that moved beyond liberal pandering.

Howard loved the arts and the intellectual life. Whether it was the Guthrie, the Southern, or Penumbra Theaters, Howard attended arts events. He absorbed them. He discussed them with an intense curiosity and intelligence. Howard would spend hours in lectures by noted scholars. He attended purely out of interest, desire to know, to understand and to integrate it into his life.

Howard was murdered on October 25, 1992.

It is with pride and affection that this scholarship fund hopes to leave a lasting impression on future GLBT youth to live with the kind of passion and commitment that Howard Liebhaber demonstrated.

This award was given to Derek Blechinger - a high school student from Elbow Lake, Minnesota who is planning on studying music and psychology at Yale University or The University of Chicago. Mr. Blechinger has volunteered at homeless shelters, Rural Aids Action Network, and has helped to organize an unofiicial network of GLBT youth in his surrounding communities to provide support to one another.


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