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More about Lara Gerhardson

Lara Gerhardson is the new Students First initiative coordinator.

A Bemidji native, Gerhardson attended J.W. Smith Elementary, Bemidji Middle School and Bemidji High School. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Harvard University and her Master's Degree from Boston University.

For the past five years she has been working for the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as an outreach liaison with the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program.

"Now I'm with Students First, which is my dream because I've had the unique perspective of seeing juniors and seniors in high school and people who are thriving in college and seeing what has made them successful," she said in a past interview. "I would say 98 percent of them mention a mentor or coach was the driving force behind their post-secondary career."

Gerhardson can be reached at 333-8042.