With the first semester of his freshman year at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN under his belt, Andrew is happy to be home in Minneapolis. “It’s fun to come back and hang out with my family and old friends, but I have to say, I kind of miss my independence!” During his nine months as a Cookie Cart employee, Andrew was promoted to Cart Captain, a leadership role within the youth employees, and completed more than 288 hours of hands-on employment training and classroom learning.
Andrew’s hard work and dedication to his job at Cookie Cart earned him the Sister Jean Memorial Scholarship for 2016. The scholarship recognizes a current or former youth employee who exemplifies the ambition and commitment that Cookie Cart wishes to inspire in all of its youth employees, set by the vision of our founder, Sister Jean Thuerauf. The scholarship was established in 2014 in partnership with Shaun Irwin, a longtime friend and supporter of Cookie Cart. The Sister Jean Memorial Scholarship is meant to reward and encourage remarkable behavior from Cookie Cart youth employees as they exit the program and continue along their career path.
The selection committee chose Andrew because of his “can-do” attitude during his time at Cookie Cart. Stacy Schleeter, Senior Programs Manager, says, “Andrew took on every task and wasn’t afraid to ask questions. He took on the leadership role with no hesitation, bringing up everyone on his team because he recognized that doing great on your own is fine, but doing great as a team is better.”
At Concordia College, Andrew is double majoring in Biology and Education, with a minor in Chinese. He is a member of the Kantorei Choir, and enjoys being active on campus. Andrew credits his job at Cookie Cart for bringing out his innate leadership skills saying, “I learned a great deal of responsibility at Cookie Cart, and how to better understand and inspire those you work with.” He is humbled to have received the Sister Jean Memorial Scholarship, and plans to return to Cookie Cart to volunteer in the future.
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