2018 Clean Air Choice® Biodiesel Scholarship
Minnesota teens win scholarship cash for essays and videos on biodiesel
Four recent graduates from Minnesota high schools have been named as recipients of the 2018 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Scholarship. The scholarship is administered by the American Lung Association in Minnesota on behalf of the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. Biodiesel is significantly cleaner-burning than traditional petroleum diesel, and its use can reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The annual scholarship is open to all high school seniors in public or private schools in Minnesota.
Cayla Bitzan , the daughter of Dennis and Tara Bitzan of Farwell, is the author the first place essay, “Biodiesel’s Benefits to Minnesota.” The recent graduate of Alexandria High School received a $1,000 scholarship for her essay.
The second place essay was submitted by Leonardo Clarke, a 2018 graduate of Minnetonka High School. His essay, “Biodiesel’s benefits to Minnesota,” earned Clarke a $500 scholarship. He plans to study astrophysics at the University of Minnesota.
Tess Steiner , a 2018 graduate of Hancock High School, is the first-place finisher in the video division. Steiner received a $1,000 scholarship for her video, “The Fuel of the Future.” Tess was a multi-sport athlete in high school, is an avid water skier and enjoys spending time in the outdoors. She plans to study Landscape Design at Southeast Technical Institute.
Hannah Kobienia , a 2018 graduate of Willmar High School, is the second place finisher in the video division. Kobienia received a $500 scholarship for her video, “I (Heart) Biodiesel.” Kobienia plans to major in Biology and minor in Spanish while playing hockey at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minn.
Congratulations to Cayla, Leonardo, Tess and Hannah on their winning essays and videos. The American Lung Association in Minnesota and the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council wish them the best as they continue their studies.