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Bemidji High School's Abigail Johnson receives NMRC scholarship

Bemidji High School RoboJacks member Abigail Johnson was recently named the inaugural general scholarship recipient for the Northern Minnesota Robotics Conference Scholarship Program.

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BEMIDJI – Bemidji High School RoboJacks member Abigail Johnson was recently named the inaugural general scholarship recipient for the Northern Minnesota Robotics Conference Scholarship Program.

With plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering and business management, Johnson will receive a $500 general scholarship, which is available to any student participating in robotics from the NMRC’s service area.

Students can pursue any career or area of interest they have during post-secondary education whether it’s a four-year or two-year institution or an industry-standard trade program, a release said.

Johnson wrote about her FIRST Robotics experiences in the essay portion of her scholarship application.

“One of the greatest outcomes of being a part of the robotics team was the impact I could make on people on the team and in our community,” Johnson wrote. “This experience has helped me find who I am and motivated me to help those around me find their passions. I hope I pass on my knowledge and love for robotics to those who come after me.”

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Former RoboJacks head coach Chris Conway wrote a letter of recommendation for Johnson, stating, “based on her diverse and well-rounded background and unparalleled work ethic, I know with any adversity that may arise in her life, she holds all the skills that will allow her to not only succeed but excel at whatever she chooses.”

A second $500 scholarship that addresses the needs of underrepresented groups was awarded to Warroad High School F.R.E.D. Robotics member Lukas Hruby.

“It is our goal to do all we can to assist students as they work toward obtaining a career that will allow them to be contributors to our vibrant communities,” a release said. “We want robotics to have a lasting and positive impact that students find life-changing.”

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