SCSU pro-life group to award scholarships to young parents

Categories: Around the Diocese

By Dianne Towalski
The Visitor

A pro-life student group St. Cloud State University has created a new scholarship for students who are parents.

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Elizabeth Schreder, left, Brody Hagemeier and Derek Hagemeier, members of SCSU for Life, put the finishing touches on the organization’s table in Centennial Hall before the Valentine’s Day cupcake giveaway event Feb. 13. The cupcakes on the table are arranged in the number 189, which represents the number of abortions in Minnesota each week, according to Brody Hagemeier.

Members of SCSU for Life announced the initiative in conjunction with the group’s Valentine’s Day cupcake giveaway Feb. 13. They handed out the sweet treats with the group’s contact information to students passing through the University’s Centennial Hall over lunchtime and in the early afternoon.

The group will award two $250 scholarships to current students under age 26 who are parents or expecting a child.

“Usually when students become parents, they’re not students anymore — they choose one or the other,” said Brody Hagemeier, one of the group’s leaders and a member of Christ Church Newman Center on campus. “For them to choose life, that’s already a huge victory. That’s a tough decision to make for any young parent. So to reinforce that decision, and to help them through school, we decided to offer this.”

Applications, which consist of some basic questions and a short essay, for the need-based scholarships are being accepted until March 27. After that, a review committee comprised of a combination of community members, members of the SCSU for Life group, and faculty or staff from the university will decide on the winners. The scholarships will be funded by donations from pro-life members of the St. Cloud community.

“Hopefully we can really make a solid difference in people’s lives,” Hagemeier said. “[The] $250 isn’t going to pay for everything, but it’s definitely going to make a dent in their education expenses, which is what we’re aiming for.”