MARSHALL - Marshall High School is known for graduating quality students, many of whom achieved academic excellence during their high school career. Two of those students - Drew Tykwinski and Troy Timmerman - recently set the bar even higher and were awarded outstanding scholarships for their efforts.
Tykwinski received a four-year Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship worth $180,000. Capt. Nick Korent and Sgt. David Packer awarded Tykwinski the scholarship on behalf of the Marine Corp this past week at the MHS Honor Assembly.
"Drew stood out as a must-select candidate," Korent said. "A total of 20 people were selected from the 120 who applied from across the country. The scholarship is based on a whole-person approach, including physical, academic and moral aspects. And Drew was a perfect candidate."
After receiving a standing ovation from teachers, peers and community members, Tykwinski addressed the crowd of approximately 900 people.
"I just want to say that if you work hard enough, you can do this, too," he said. "I'm not the only one."
Timmerman is one of nine "bright and promising students" from across the country to receive a $20,000 Samsung scholarship through the American Legion Boys State program, Minnesota Boys State Director Mike Bredeck said this past week at MHS.
"Approximately 380 young men attended Boys State in Marshall last year and only one is selected to go to nationals," Bredeck said. "Troy was our selection. Then, from 20,000 applicants, nine young leaders were selected to receive the Samsung scholarship."
Local American Legion representatives Jeff Gay, Hal Meyer and Steve Glaeser were also in attendance to help present the prestigious award along with Timmerman's parents, Lori and Curt Timmerman.
"A scholarship winner doesn't do it alone," Bredeck said.
Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant, endowed $5 million to the American Legion in 1995 because of the organization's dedication to educating children and its active membership. The endowment allows the South Korean people to expresss their gratitude to American service personnel who fought to maintain the freedom of South Korea during the Korean War.
"I just want to thank everyone for this award," Timmerman said at the Honor Assembly.
The $20,000 college scholarship is to be used for undergraduate studies. Though they often come from diverse backgrounds, recipients typically share some common threads: all are excellent students, all are active in their school and community and all have worked to make their school and community better.