Science scholarships awarded
Jamestown College has awarded the Melvin R. Arnold Scholarship to two high school seniors.
Taylor Bertsch, Fargo, and Leah Larson, Bemidji, Minn., were selected from high school seniors participating in an on-campus interview and examination process in November. The scholarship is valued at $10,000 over four years.
Bertsch is the daughter of Nolen and Terri Bertsch. She plans to major in biochemistry at Jamestown College and play soccer for the Jimmies. At Davies High School, she has been active in soccer, cross country, basketball, Key Club, Youth Summit, Spanish Club and Prom Committee. She was a Girls State delegate and has volunteered through church activities and the Park Board.
Larson, the daughter of Dewey and Julie Larson, plans to major in chemistry at Jamestown College. At Bemidji High School, she has been active in National Honor Society, Math Contest, Link Crew, Student Council, Bemidji Youth Advisory Commission, Knowledge Bowl, Voice of Democracy, music, cross country, softball and volleyball. She is a Regional and State Science Fair Participant and the recipient of the State Chemistry Award. She was a Girls State Delegate and has volunteered through church and organizations.
Recipients of the Melvin R. Arnold Scholarship must major in either biochemistry or chemistry at Jamestown College, or minor in chemistry along with a major in biology, mathematics or a pre-professional science area.
Melvin R. Arnold, a 1938 graduate of Jamestown College, spent his career as an international consultant in catalysis and synthetic fuels. He expressed pride in all Jamestown College students and was a significant donor to the College, establishing an annual chemistry scholarship in 1982. Through his estate, the Melvin R. Arnold Scholarship was established, with the first awards taking place during the 1997-98 academic year.