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May 9, 2021

4/30/2021 4:01:00 PM
PSEO helped set stage for Wildcat alum's career clarity

People will advise you upon high school graduation to do what you love, or at least pursue a field that’s in-demand. In the  best of both worlds you find a career that you enjoy and that also has opportunities.
One Chisago Lakes 2015 grad lucked out when those two things came together.  And, even better— she was awarded a scholarship that lifted a weight off her shoulders.
There is a huge demand for  medical laboratory sciences professionals (MLS) and   Alyssa Olson, of Lindstrom, was well into her studies for a career in a medical laboratory, a field she’s been drawn to since she was a teen.  She was looking forward to  clinical rotations this fall and finding a general hospital lab position to start her journey but education expenses were gathering like a dark storm cloud.   Olson’s outlook was much-improved when she won a prestigious MLS Pathways scholarship and she is sharing her story to get the word out about help that’s available.  She now has time to devote to studies;  not having to stress over earning enough to pay for books, tuition and housing costs.

The Medical Lab Sciences program at the University offers masters and undergraduate scholarships.   Alyssa was fortunate to win an award from the U.S.  Health Resources Services Administration.  The agency’s general goals include supporting improvements in healthcare delivery.

A senior,  Alyssa was recently the subject for a U of M on-line publication highlighting the Center for Allied Health Programs.  Students stories are told whose pathways to success include special programs, stipends and scholarships that may be news to students.

In Alyssa’s case, along with the wonderful surprise of being selected for the MLS scholarship,  she also credits Chisago Lakes High School for making post secondary educational opportunities available. (PSEO)  

Her science teachers growing up were all  great and classes kept her interest, so there was not one single teacher she  can point to   But, she said “PSEO in high school was definitely helpful...being made aware of it saved a ton of time and money” she explained.

She mentioned in the U of M blog that her curiosity about lab work came from when she had medical procedures removing cysts as a youngster.  She would ask to see the tissue,  but it had already been sent to the lab.   That’s when I decided that’s what I wanted to do, she remarked.

FYI...scholarship programs are being explained in an on-line forum  May 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. for all interested University of MN medical sciences students.  

The school asks that you register on-line for this and the zoom link information will be forwarded.  Go to the University of Minnesota website and search Pathways Scholarships medical lab sciences.

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