The National Merit Scholarship program has awarded a Cargill scholarship to local student, Austin Stepp, a 2012 graduate of St. Michael-Albertville High School. Stepp will attend the University of Minnesota this fall where he has been accepted into the College of Science and Engineering’s honors program. Scholarship recipients are selected based on test scores as well as leadership, academic standing and extracurricular activities.
Stepp was recently named a National Merit Finalist and is one of 9,700 high school seniors selected from more than 1.5 million applicants to receive a scholarship in 2012. The Cargill scholarship is good for $4,000, or $1,000 each year for up to four years of undergraduate study.
“Congratulations to Austin and our best wishes to all our local graduates,” said Brenda Knapp-Polzin, technology manager at Cargill Kitchen Solutions in Monticello. “Cargill supports education programs in our communities, because today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders.”
This year Cargill sponsored 50 scholarships for children of its U.S. employees (Austin’s mother, Brenda Stepp, is employed at the Monticello plant), including 10 through the National Merit Scholarship program.