New Diversity Scholarship Awarded to Seven Students
Multiple scholarships, ranging from $2,000 to $18,000, are awarded to first-time freshmen students who have demonstrated involvement in promoting diversity in high school, church, or community programs and who will perpetuate the mission of Trinity.
This year’s scholarship winners:
- Danny Bremmer-Bennett (not pictured), Rehoboth, NM; High school: Rehoboth Christian School; Intended major: Pre-Medicine
- Bianka Curvey, Houston, TX; High school: Westside High; Intended major: Business
- Karyn Jones, Florissant, MO; High school: Hazelwood West Senior High; Intended major: Math Education
- Marc Oda, Naperville, IL; Green Leaf Academy(Homeschool); Intended major: Elementary Education
- Elizabeth Queen, Chicago, IL; High school: Steinmetz High; Intended major: Graphic Design
- Alexandra Robertson, Brownsville, TX; High school: Idea Frontier College Prep; Intended major: Pre-Medicine
- Nicholas Van Ess, Menomonee, WI; High school: Milwaukee Lutheran; Intended major: Math
Danny (Wendemagen) Bremmer-Bennett (not pictured) has been involved in soccer, choir, and praise band during high school. Originally from Ethiopia, Bremmer-Bennett was adopted by a family in New Mexico and writes that his life there has, and in Ethiopia, has taught him respect for a variety of cultures. At Trinity, he hopes to play a part in building the community that “represents diverse faces of Christianity.”
Bianka Curvey has participated in volleyball, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and the Black Student Union. She writes that Romans 12:2 is the basis for how she lives her life and that her talent and passion for volleyball extends into her daily life. At Trinity, she hopes to introduce the FCA on campus because of its life-changing influence on her.
Karyn Jones has been involved in the Diversity Club, National Honor Society, Future Educators Association, and the student newspaper. Trinity’s commitment to diversity drew her to enroll. She writes that in discussions about diversity, she chooses, above all, to represent herself as “an ambassador of Christ. She feels the best way to promote diversity is to listen to others.
Marc Oda has participated in martial arts, Project Community through the Japanese American Citizens League, and the worship band, and has served as a Sunday school teacher and assistant. He writes that the blending of his parents’ cultures “fosters an appreciation for both Western and Eastern traditions.” At Trinity, he hopes to raise awareness of the spiritual needs of the people in Japan and promote cultural diversity through his music.
Elizabeth Queen has participated in the Christian Club, cross country, and track and field. She has served as captain of her track team and a leader of her youth group and in those roles she writes that she has strived to show love and respect to everyone. As an athlete, she has learned that teamwork and respect is essential and that without them no unity exists, a concept she sees applying to life.
Alexandra Robertson has been involved in track and field, student government, the National Honor Society, and Junior State of America. She describes her town of Brownville, Texas, located on the border of the U.S. and Mexico, as unique in the way its people communicate and accept each other. She writes that the values and mindset she has acquired during her upbringing in that environment are qualities she would use to further Trinity’s Commitment to Diversity.
Nicholas Van Ess has participated in choir, drama, swimming, and leadership opportunities during high school. He writes that he likes to use Paul’s illustration of the church as one body with many parts to describe diversity. He has a deep love for the arts and for service. He serves as treasurer of the National Honor Society Executive Board and has volunteered at church and in the community, including Milwaukee’s Rescue Mission.