Surprise scholarship

Cheering on the Gophers in the TCF Bank Stadium student section is something U of M alumni never forget: the crisp fall air, the Pride of Minnesota marching band, the camaraderie of fellow maroon-and-gold-clad classmates, and Goldy’s head-spinning antics.

This year, students have one more thing to love about Gopher home football games: the potential to win a $1,000 Row the Boat Scholarship, a gift from an anonymous U of M donor. At the October 6 homecoming game, two students were randomly selected for the scholarship.

Meet Malyssa Mavetz from Hugo, Minnesota, one of the winners.

Academic path: Sophomore in the College of Design, studying graphic design

Why the U of M? “I've always wanted to go to the U. I didn't even really tour. I love how big it is; there are so many opportunities and things to do in the city.”

Favorite class this semester: Photography, where she’s learning more about how to use her camera and edit pictures

Outside of classes: Member of APX, a co-ed design fraternity on campus; gymnastics coach over breaks

Reaction to winning the Row the Boat Scholarship: “I was so excited. I called my mom because my parents would always yell at me if I left the game before they gave out the scholarship. So I made sure to stay, and I won! Lesson learned: always listen to your parents.”

How the scholarship helps: Being a design major, she has to purchase expensive graphic design software, along with other art supplies and printing. “Having some extra money makes it a little less stressful having to worry about all the expenses of college.”

Message to donors: “Thank you to whoever made the generous donation. It's much appreciated and I'm very lucky to have received it! Go Gophs!”

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