Access, Opportunity & Success Scholars

  • The Access, Opportunity and Success Scholars Program offers an award to student recipients each semester, which may be renewed upon successful completion of scholar requirements. Student scholars complete the Dragon Success Plan each semester to receive holistic advising from their assigned advisor/mentor, connect with their peers and faculty and get involved in the campus community. The graduation rate for students in the AOS Scholars Program is 83 percent.

    Interested in applying for our Scholars Program? Check out the program application.

    Linda Vue - MSUM Scholars
    Linda Vue

    Gerontology, Coon Rapids, Minnesota

    Linda is actively involved with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), is past president of the Asian Multicultural Organization and is currently a resident assistant. After graduation, she plans to attend optometry school.

    “The Access, Opportunity and Success (AOS) scholarship has given me the opportunity to further my dreams without worrying about the affordability of my education. It has also helped me keep track of my academic progress while developing relationships with professors and faculties on campus. The AOS scholarship has definitely been a springboard for success.”

    Avery Knight - MSUM Scholars
    Avery Knight

    Computer Science (minors in Spanish and Computer Information Systems), Willmar, Minnesota

    Avery is only the second person in his family to get a degree beyond a high school diploma. He has participated in a variety of events and discussions hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. He plans to attend graduate school for artificial intelligence after he graduates.

    “I came from a family that was unable to help me pay for college. I was able to achieve higher grades and worry less about college because I received the Access, Opportunity and Success (AOS) scholarship. The ODI office, along with the AOS scholarship, has supported me and given me strong role models. That has helped boost my confidence, which helped me land a full-time software engineering position before I graduated college.”

    Brianna Bradley - MSUM Scholars
    Brianna Bradley

    Music Industry, Fort Yates, North Dakota

    The oldest of six, Brianna is getting hands-on experience in her field as executive director of the Dragon Entertainment Group and by participating and holding officer positions in American Indian Student Association, Music Entertainment Industries Student Association and Campus Feminist Organization, among others. Post-graduation plans include working at a venue or promotion company in the Twin Cities.

    “Most of my barriers have involved being able to pay for college. Thankfully, I completed over 40 scholarship applications…and have been awarded six scholarships, including a foundation scholarship for American Indians. This scholarship has helped take away some of the stress that comes along with being a college student, financially and socially. Not only has it helped me with combating the cost of attending school but it has helped me also get to know my professors and have them know me. Receiving the Helen Roberti scholarship has helped make MSUM feel even more like home than I would’ve been able to accomplish on my own.”

    Bianca Milz - MSUM Scholars
    Bianca Milz

    Psychology, Carrizo Springs, Texas

    Life’s hardships got in the way of Bianca’s first attempt at college. But grit and persistence helped her find stability and she returned to MSUM nearly four years later. She is a peer advisor and is on the Student Advisory Board for the College of Science, Health, and the Environment. She’s actively involved in research and will present at the Student Academic Conference. She recently got accepted into MSUM’s graduate program in Counseling and Student Affairs.

    “The scholarship I receive from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) has provided me financial assistance in allowing me to be active on campus and earn valuable experiences. If it was not for this scholarship, I don’t think I would be financially stable enough to achieve my degree while fully supporting myself. I don’t know anyone close to me who is academically successful so the ODI really helped me by providing mentorship and allowing me to find guidance in struggles that I encounter as a student.”