New England Student Wins Prestigous Award

Dakotah Mansfield, a senior from New England Public School, is one of 556 students from across the nation to be awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Horatio Alger State and Specialized Scholarship Association.

This pic is taken by Alecia Turner (CMYK)
Dakotah Mansfield. (Photo by Alecia Turner)

By Rachel Bock | The Herald Reporter

Dakotah Mansfield, a senior from New England Public School, is one of 556 students from across the nation to be awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Horatio Alger State and Specialized Scholarship Association.

Since 1984 the Horatio Alger Association has awarded more than $125 million in need based scholarships to encourage youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. These young men and women are recognized for their admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities, despite facing significant adversity.

Collectively the 2016 Horatio Alger State and Specialized Scholarship recipients have maintained an average GPA of 3.6 and an ACT score of 24 (above the national average), while coming from households with an average annual income. Each recipient is awarded $7,000 to apply toward the tuition of their selected college or university.

As part of the scholarship process, Mansfield had to write about an experience that has affected him personally. Before he moved to North Dakota, while in his sophomore year at his old high school in Grayling, Mich., there was an automobile accident involving six student athletes from the school’s high school golf team. The accident took the life of the golf coach, along with one student. The other five students in the vehicle suffered serious injuries, leaving one student paralyzed from the waist down, and one young man suffering from severe brain damage. Mansfield was good friends with Louis Menard, the senior student athlete who died in the automobile accident. Despite the horrific memory of losing a dear friend, and seeing his other peers injured, Mansfield took the experience and came to understand some important things about life. He eventually used this life changing event that happened in his life, as the theme of the written portion for his Horatio Alger Scholarship application.

“What I wrote about is when I was a sophomore, I didn’t realize how quickly things could end. What effect it would have and how people came together to help the families out,” Mansfield said.

Dakotah Mansfield is still looking at different colleges to attend next fall, but he plans to major in Political Science, and wants to pursue a law degree.

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