Brianna Bredeson, a recent graduate of Willmar Senior High School, is the first-place recipient of the 2015 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Essay Scholarship. Bredeson’s essay was selected from more than 100 submissions to the contest, which is open to all high school seniors in Minnesota. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship for her winning essay.
“Biodiesel is a much more efficient, healthy and renewable option to become less dependent on foreign oil as a fuel source,” she wrote in her winning essay. “It also creates more jobs and keeps the American economy growing.” Read her entire essay here.
Bredeson will apply her scholarship money at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn. The scholarship is sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and administered by the American Lung Association in Minnesota.
Sydney Benson of Burnsville, Minn., is the second-place recipient. A recent graduate of Apple Valley High School, Benson will use her $500 scholarship to attend the University of St. Thomas in St Paul.
Benson wrote “One of biodiesel’s most important intended consequences is its impact on the environment. The fuel is ecofriendly simply because of what it is made out of. …” Read her entire essay here.