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Eighteen North Suburban High School Graduates Named 2012 Medtronic Scholars

Medtronic Foundation has committed nearly $1.5 million in local scholarships.

MINNEAPOLIS – The Medtronic Foundation today announced that 18 students have been selected as 2012 Medtronic Scholars. Each will receive a four-year scholarship totaling $16,000, as well as support services to assist them in their collegiate studies. Comprised of students representing nine Twin Cities’ north suburban high schools, the class of 2012 Medtronic Scholars will be honored at a May 7, 2012 celebration at Medtronic World Headquarters in Fridley.

Medtronic Scholars are chosen for their academic records, demonstrated leadership, community service and participation in extra-curricular activities. Recipients include:

Student High School College Attending
Jean Diaz Blaine Iowa State University
Amanda Weitgenant Blaine North Dakota State University
Alyssa Rodriguez Brooklyn Center Undecided
Gina Xiong Brooklyn Center University of MN - TC
Rebecca Bluhm Columbia Heights University of MN - TC
Angelica Toledo Columbia Heights Undecided
Andrea Deerberg Coon Rapids University of MN - TC
Hawi Tilahune Coon Rapids Macalester College
Damaris Santiago Ojeda Fridley Augsburg College
Meian Yu Fridley University of MN - TC
Jordan Anderson Irondale University of MN - TC
Matthew Johnson Irondale St. Olaf College
Holly Israelson Mounds View University of MN - TC
Matthew Wildes Mounds View Hamline University
Michael LeRoy Park Center Augsburg College
Jake Schultz Park Center St. Johns University
Erich Erdmann Spring Lake Park University of MN - TC
Vivian Nguyen Spring Lake Park University of MN - TC

This is the fifth year of the Medtronic Scholars program, with the Medtronic Foundation continuing to add 18 scholars each year. To date, the Medtronic Foundation has committed $1,440,000 to local scholars through this program.

The Medtronic Scholars program was created in partnership with Wallin Education Partners, which will administer the scholarships and provide comprehensive advising services to award winners to help ensure college graduation. Since 1991, the Wallin Education Partners program has awarded more than 3,200 scholarships and more than $30 million dollars to support high-potential students with financial need from Minneapolis, Anoka-Hennepin, St. Paul and North Metro district high schools.

About the Medtronic Foundation
The Medtronic Foundation is committed to improving the lives of people around the world living with chronic disease. Its grant making is focused in three areas: health, education and community.

About Medtronic
Medtronic, Inc. (, headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology – alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people worldwide.


Medtronic Media Contacts:
Rich Fischer, Public Relations, 763-505-2975