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December 15, 2020

Giving Tuesday brings in over $30K for student scholarships

Finlandia alumni and friends donated over $30,000 for FinnU’s Giving Tuesday efforts on Dec. 1, 2020. In total, 61 donors raised $30,087 for student scholarships. This total includes the $10,000 anonymous match that kicked off the event.

“Once again, Finlandia’s friends and alumni stepped up to support student scholarships,” said President Philip Johnson. “A special thank you to the generous heart behind the anonymous $10,000 Giving Tuesday match.”

Throughout the day, donors heard from numerous students and staff [...]

December 11, 2020

The best time to visit campus during a pandemic? Right now.

Enrollment officers, Jason Dart and Lauren Huested are ready to show off campus

Enrollment officers, Lauren Huested and Jason Dart, joined Olivia Myers on Finlandia Fridays this week to discuss why now is the best time to schedule a campus visit. In addition, to the $1,000 Visiting Scholarship students can receive for completing an in-person or virtual visit, Dart and Huested highlighted that there’s never been a safer time during the COVID-19 pandemic to [...]

December 1, 2020

Scholarship Spotlight: Shane Voldarski, Criminal Justice Major

Shane Voldarski is a criminal justice major at from Ontonagon, Mich. and recipient of the UP Commitment and Finlandia Merit Scholarships. Below is an interview between Voldarski and Amanda Staege about how scholarships have impacted their experience. 

Tell me a little about yourself and your family. Where did you grow up- what was that experience like? 

I am a first generation college student, and grew up in Ontonagon, about 45 minutes away from Finlandia. My childhood wasn’t the easiest, I [...]

December 1, 2020

Scholarship Spotlight: Jari Juntti, Nursing Major

Jari Juntti is a freshman Nursing major at from Hancock, Mich. Below is a piece written by him about how much Finlandia scholarships have helped him pursue his degree. 

My name is Jari Juntti. I was born in New York and have lived in Florida, Michigan, and Tennessee. Our family moved to Hancock, Mich., the summer before my first grade year. My dad was born and raised in Marquette, and he wanted to come back to the U.P. I attended [...]

Gina Gelichi
November 25, 2020

Giving Tuesday: Staff reflect on how scholarships help students succeed

Perhaps no one sees how important scholarships are for students more than university staff members. For Giving Tuesday, several Finlandia University staff members shared some of their favorite experiences and success stories regarding student scholarships.

Gina Geliche (’19, Fiber & Fashion Design) – Enrollment Officer

Geliche during her time as a student at FinnU.

I work with various types of students, but transfer students are some of my favorites because I was a transfer student myself. The Finnish [...]

November 25, 2020

Scholarship Spotlight: River Shumate, Accounting Major

River Shumate, far right, at the 2020 BPA Day in February.

River Shumate is a junior at Finlandia studying Accounting from Ishpeming, Mich. Shumate is a member of the Business Professionals of America group, TRIO and men’s basketball team. He is a recipient of the Finlandia Merit Scholarship and the UP Commitment Scholarship. Below is a piece written by him about his experience at FinnU and how the scholarships have helped him and his family [...]

November 24, 2020

Support Student Scholarships and Double Your Donation this Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1

Finlandia University will be raising money for student scholarships on Giving Tuesday which takes place on December 1. Finlandia donors can double their gifts this Giving Tuesday, as an anonymous donor has pledged to match the first $10,000 raised.

Last year, Finlandia’s Giving Tuesday campaign raised over $60,000 in 24 hours. All donations received last year went toward FinnU’s annual scholarship programs to help keep FinnU affordable for current and future students.

“Scholarships make a life-changing difference for our [...]

embrace your sisu
November 16, 2020

Embrace Your Sisu: A new kind of competition designed for 2020

Finlandia University is excited to announce a new kind of scholarship competition designed to help students and the community find a moment of calm among the chaos of 2020. The Embrace Your Sisu Competition embraces the idea of art therapy to channel one of the three key tenets of sisu: calm. 

The competition, open to any age, consists of a lion poster that participants can download or request a hard copy of and color it in using any medium [...]

embrace your sisu
November 13, 2020

Introducing the Embrace Your Sisu Competition

Enrollment officer Gini Gesler joined Olivia Myers on Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about Finlandia’s new scholarship competition designed to help people take a break from the challenges of today. The competition, named Embrace Your Sisu, embraces the idea of art therapy to channel one of the three key tenets of sisu: calm.

A sample submission of the Embrace Your Sisu poster.

The competition consists of a poster participants can color using any medium of [...]

October 2, 2020

Filing Your FAFSA with Marie Bonenfant

The FAFSA is officially open!

This week, Finlandia Fridays host Olivia Myers talks with Financial Aid Counselor Marie Bonenfant about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which opened on Oct. 1. The pair talked about why it’s important for all students to complete and how submitting it allows FinnU’s financial aid office to see what scholarships, grants and federal loans a student is eligible for.

“It’s one of the most important [...]

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