Name: Contessa Boorman, ’19
Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota
Academics: Marketing major at Carlson School of Management with minors in international business and French
Why she attended the Super Bowl: U.S. Bank chose Boorman as one of three Future Leaders representing the state of Minnesota. As part of the inaugural program, she networked with national business leaders and participated in social media promotions and TV ads. Best of all, she got to attend the big game with a guest (her dad, who she says is a huge football fan).
Other highlights at the U: Studying in Montpellier, France, for a semester; participating in improv comedy; backpacking from Seattle to San Diego to do research (and create an online photo essay) on the culture of food trucks
Leadership: As a President’s Emerging Scholar (PES), Boorman cofounded the PES Student Board, which provides professional development opportunities to PES students. With 2,165 current participants, PES is a merit-based scholarship program for students who have overcome barriers in their lives.
Other scholarships: University of Minnesota Women's Club Scholarship, Robert and Karin Moe Study Abroad Scholarship, Merrill J. and Donna Anderson Scholarship in Management, Olive Klimenhagen Endowed Scholarship, Dr. Alexander A. Granovsky Scholarship
Why scholarship support matters: When Boorman was in high school, her mom was diagnosed with cancer and her dad lost his job. That meant finances were tight for her family. “If it weren’t for scholarships, I would not be in college right now. I’d be working and saving up money to be able to go. Scholarship support means a lot not just because it gives me the opportunity to go to college, but also because somebody believes in me and my potential.”
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