2021 Academic Scholarship Recipients
Northland Capital scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in higher education who attain excellence in scholastic achievement, leadership, and community involvement. Congratulations on our 2021 recipient’s achievements and dedication as they grow academically and as a worth more person overall.
Multi-sport athlete, honors student, mentor, church secretary, artist, pianist and singer are a few of the many titles that describe Olivia Peterson. On top of her many extracurricular activities, she also works to save up for her future education.
Olivia is an Upsala Area Schools graduate who has her sights set on pursuing a double major in Interior Design and Art at North Dakota State University. Her hardworking, determined nature has prepared her to achieve this goal.
“After college I hope to own my own interior design business or to work for a firm designing homes and interior spaces. Being in the design profession every day excites me, and I love all the opportunities that go along with it.”
As an honor roll student of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School, Neva Diers is not afraid to get her hands dirty and is quick to help anyone in need. In the tight knit community where she lives, Neva is greatly admired for being involved with multiple volunteering organizations, planning many events and activities, and being a leader for her local church.
Neva excelled in educational studies and is expanding her talents at the Hussman School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to pursue a degree in Journalism and Communications.
“I’m making the choice to be educated every day. My passion for learning and drive for success are what will allow me to be able to thrive.”
Adeline (Addy) Pfannenstein
Finishing in the top 10 of her graduating class and accepted into the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society, Addy Pfannenstein was a well-rounded student attending Cathedral High School. She thrives on motivation being a three sport athlete and captain in basketball, volleyball, and softball leading the teams and earning multiple awards.
“I have worked non stop to grow as a person, to be a leader in and outside the classroom and am fortunate and blessed to fulfill my dream of working in the medical field.”
Addy is continuing her education at the University of St. Thomas pursuing a degree in biochemistry and psychology.
Elizabeth (Libby) Pfannenstein
The youngest of five siblings, Libby Pfannenstein is familiar with the importance of communication and immersed her studies at Cathedral High School in Spanish with achievements in the Spanish National Honor Society and National Honor Society. In addition, she participated in basketball, cross country, and softball and was a member of the International Student Ambassadors and Optimist Club.
Known for their outstanding social work and psychology programs, Libby is attending the University of St. Thomas to pursue a career in social work, counseling, or therapy.
“My career intention is to work in a community where I can help children and young adults work through their struggles and help them face their adversities.”
With a dedicated spirit, Grace Rieland is an academic letter earner, an all conference and state cross country athlete, and a We the People state champion for Albany High School. An injury ended her final cross country season early. She continued to lead the team and provide coaching assistance, understanding the importance initiative in overcoming obstacles for the benefit of others. Which is also reflected in her many volunteer services with the community church.
“One can not sit back and wait for things to happen. Be innovative and learn to pivot constantly to continue to make things happen.”
Attending the University of Minnesota – Duluth in the field of Integrated Elementary and Special Education, Grace’s goal is to work with young children to help them get the required education they need to be successful.
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