Community Stewardship

Eagan Foundation

Gopher Resource Funds STEM Scholarships Through Eagan Foundation

For over 25 years, Gopher Resource has sponsored scholarships to high school graduates who reside in or attend school in Eagan, MN, through the Eagan Foundation. Scholarships are sponsored by businesses, organizations, family foundations and nonprofits. Gopher Resource's scholarship focus is supporting students in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics or environmental disciplines who show strong community involvement.

The 2019 recipients of the Gopher Resource scholarships are AnneMarie Bittner (pictured) from Trinity School of River Ridge and Grace Hansen from Eagan High School. AnneMarie is planning to study Computer Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. Her talents and hobbies include photography, music, sports and outdoor activities. Her favorite class in high school was Humane Letters. Grace is planning to study Mechanical Engineering in college. Grace's talents and hobbies include programming, soccer, public speaking and reading. Her favorite class in high school was Mobile Application Development. Gopher Resource congratulates both AnneMarie and Grace and wishes them well as they begin their college educations.

Gopher Resource is also a sponsor of the Eagan Foundation and their annual fundraiser, A Taste of the Eagan Foundation. Proceeds are used to fund the Foundation’s initiatives through the year, including collaborative action to meet community needs. The Foundation has awarded over 1.7 million dollars to over 1,700 Eagan students through college scholarships and over $200,000 in local initiatives and community grants. In 2019, the Foundation reached a new annual record with over $163,000 in scholarships to 116 students from various financial, academic, cultural and athletic backgrounds. This is the seventh consecutive year of awarding over $100,000 in scholarships to area high school seniors.

Previous Gopher Resource Scholarship recipients include:

  • 2018 - Savannah Willard from Trinity School of River Ridge and Adam Harrold from Eagan High School. Savannah planned to study Wildlife Biology and Classics at Hillsdale College. Her talents and/or hobbies include writing and reciting poetry, taking walks in nature, rollerblading, running, swimming, and grabbing coffee with friends. Adam planned to study Physics and Computer Science at Northwestern University. Adam’s talents and/or hobbies include playing seven different instruments, singing, acting, playing ultimate frisbee, Boy Scouts, and leading various academic organizations.
  • 2017 - Mackenzie Thelen and Shayla Luck from Eagan High School. Mackenzie planned to study Environmental Studies and French at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her talents and/or hobbies include singing, dancing, acting, writing, public speaking, and sewing. Shayla planned to attend Montana State University. Shayla’s talents and/or hobbies include volunteering at the human society, eating healthy, running, and engaging in community work.
  • 2016 - Akin Campbell from Eagan High School. Akin planned to study Computer Science. His talents and/or hobbies include programming and a little-known fact is that he created his own app.
  • 2015 - Sydney Ward from Eagan High School. Sydney planned to attend the University of Minnesota to study Biology. One of her favorite high school memories was when the National Art Honor Society helped make buttons with special needs students in Wildcat connection.  
  • 2014 - Scott Fisk from Eagan High School. Scott planned to attend Iowa State University, studying computer engineering. Some of his hobbies include Web development/design, programming electronics, science and piano.

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