2017 Penny Golf Scramble Speakers

We are excited to announce the 2017 Speakers for our Penny Golf Scramble Program. We are proud of all of our scholarship and fellowship recipients, and we cannot wait for you to hear their stories at the 24th Annual Penny Golf Scramble. This year we have Priyanka Lamichhane, Alison Bettin, and Nelsie Yang speaking at the event.

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Priyanka Lamichhane


Priyanka is a 2016 Fall Penny Scholarship recipient, and a junior at St. Cloud State University majoring in Computer Science. She aspires to be a software developer and a paragon for all women pursuing their major in the Computer Science field. She is currently working as a Software Developer Intern, and would like to one-day work for a company like Facebook that connects the world to share and express what matters. This scholarship has lightened her financial burden while motivating her to focus more on her school and her community.

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Alison Bettin


Alison is a 2017 Spring Penny Community Service Scholarship recipient, and a non-traditional student who will be graduating in May of 2018 from Winona State with a dual degree in Bachelors of Science in Ecology and Public Administration and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Sustainability. Her dream career is to start a non-profit in the Winona community of a sustainable food center working to change how food is grown, prepared, and access for everyone in the community regardless of background. This scholarship has allowed her to engage directly in her community, focus on her degree, and prepare herself for a bright future while being present for her family.

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Nelsie Yang


Nelsie is a 2016 Fall Penny Fellowship recipient and attended Minnesota State University, Mankato. She graduated this past May with Magna Cum Laude honors and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is a community organizer at home in Saint Paul, and hopes to run for a political seat at the city or state level as well as become an attorney and increase representation of Hmong people in that profession. This fellowship has allowed her the capacity to dedicate more time to community work without worrying about affording her education. It has also allowed her to complete an internship at the Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office, which confirmed and inspired her to pursue her law degree and become an attorney.

We cannot wait to see you at the Penny Golf Scramble on June 22 at the Mississippi National Golf Links for a great day of golf and to hear our amazing speakers share their story. The registration deadline is this Thursday so do not delay, and we will see you there! Sign up for the Golf Scramble here

Marissa Ampe