The Mankato Clinic Foundation awarded three local students a $2,000 J. Scott Sanders M.D. Memorial Scholarship. Normally only one scholarship is awarded annually, but this year each student is receiving a $2,000 scholarship toward their college tuition.

The winners are:

  • J. Colin Barnes of Janesville Waldorf Pemberton High School who will be attending Minnesota State University, Mankato;
  • Katelin Tauer of Mankato East High School who will be attending Winona State University;
  • Kayley Ronnkvist of St. Peter High School who will be attending Grinnell College, Iowa.

Barb Sanders, widow of J. Scott Sanders, MD, will be presenting the scholarship to J. Colin Barnes and Katelin Tauer at 3 p.m., May 10 at the J. Scott Sanders Center for Sleep Medicine, 120 North Augusta Court, Mankato. Kayley Ronnkvist received her scholarship on May 7.

The scholarship honors J. Scott Sanders, Mankato Clinic’s beloved physician, pulmonologist and critical care specialist, who died in May 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mankato Clinic Foundation has developed the J. Scott Sanders M.D. Memorial Scholarship for high school seniors. Dr. Sanders’ character was renowned in all aspects of his life which resulted in an unforgettable and lifelong impact on others.

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must write about how character has been important in achieving their accomplishments to date, how it will be a key cornerstone of their future and how they recognize character in others.

“This year’s winners have overcome challenges which have strengthened their characters. Reading these essays from our young people is always inspiring,” Barb Sanders said.

To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must be a high school senior and reside within the Mankato Clinic service area, which includes Mankato, North Mankato, St. Peter, Lake Crystal, Mapleton and nearby communities. In addition, the applicant must plan to obtain a postsecondary education following high school graduation. Past winners are: Lauren Kurtz (2008), Mitchell Thune (2009), Callie Jones (2010), Jamie Schlarbaum (2011), Charisse Miller (2012), Medora Dungan (2013), Madelyn Hertaus (2014), Benjamin Broze (2015), Madalyn Ottmar (2016), Benjamin Abbott (2017), Allison Vander Plas (2018).