Press Release

Ten Local High School Graduates Named 2013 Medtronic Scholars

Medtronic, Inc.

Medtronic has committed more than $1.6 million in local scholarships to 100 students.

MINNEAPOLIS - May 1, 2013 - Medtronic today announced that 10 students have been selected as 2013 Medtronic Scholars. Each will receive a four-year scholarship totaling $16,000, as well as support services to assist them in their collegiate studies. Students represent nine Twin Cities' north suburban high schools, and one Minneapolis high school. The class of 2013 Medtronic Scholars will be honored at a May 6, 2013 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
Nicolai Kessler Blaine Minnesota - Twin Cities
Mai Vue   Brooklyn Center Minnesota - Twin Cities
Karla Onofre Columbia Heights St. Catherine University
Jack Glennen Coon Rapids Minnesota - Twin Cities
Elizabeth Juarez Diaz Fridley St. Catherine University
Kunj Patel Irondale Minnesota - Twin Cities
Barite Gutama Minneapolis Roosevelt St. Olaf College
Nicole Balzer Mounds View Bethel University
Katrina Le Park Center Minnesota - Twin Cities
Brandon Anderson Spring Lake Park Minnesota - Twin Cities

This is the sixth year of the Medtronic Scholars program, with Medtronic continuing to add scholars each year. To date, more than $1.6 million has been committed to 100 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 1992, the Wallin Education Partners program has awarded more than 3,200 scholarships and more than $35 million dollars to support high-potential students with financial need from Minneapolis, Anoka-Hennepin, St. Paul and North Metro district high schools.

About Medtronic Philanthropy
Medtronic Philanthropy focuses on expanding access to quality chronic disease care among underserved populations worldwide, in addition to supporting health initiatives in communities where Medtronic employees live and give.

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.



Rich Fischer
Medtronic Philanthropy