Northwestern High School senior Journey Amundson has been named the recipient of the 2019 Community Partnership Scholarship, presented by the Ashland Chapter EL of the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO).
Amundson will attend Macalester College in the fall to pursue a degree in chemistry and plans to move on to medical school. Her career goal stems from growing up with five brothers.
"Caring for my siblings has helped me apply a positive perspective to any situation; organize and balance many responsibilities, and lead, accept and show compassion for others," she wrote in her essay. "Moreover, it has instilled a passion for children that drives me to want to become a pediatrician."
Amundson is both a scholar and a leader, according to Northwestern High School counselor Breena Kroll. Amundson mentors incoming freshmen through the Link Crew Program, mentors an elementary student once a week, is president of her senior class, a state qualifier in FBLA, captain of both the track and cross-country team, a student council member and is active in band and color guard.
She's also active in her community, teaching line dance at the VFW or working with her pastor to lead worship on Sundays.
"You will not find a harder worker, who is more organized, and mature," Kroll said.
PEO Ashland will sponsor a Books 'N' Brunch from 10 a.m. to noon April 27 at the United Presbyterian Congregational Church in Ashland.
Amundson will be recognized along with finalists Rylee Nicoletti and Morgan Rock of South Shore High School; Tory Anderson of Northwestern High School; Elena Brinker and Bailey Nuutinen of Ashland High School; and Linnea Gregoria and Syerah Mulhern-Allred of Ashland.
The event will include books, brunch, giveaways, music, local artists' merchandise and more. Hope McLeod, journalist author of "Have I Got a Story for You," will be the featured speaker. Tickets are available at Salmagundi in Ashland or by calling 715-292-9237.
PEO exists to be a source of encouragement and support for women to realize their potential in whatever worthwhile endeavor they choose. It has grown from a membership of seven to nearly a quarter of a million members in chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada.