November 28, 2017

Three St. Kate's students lead community projects and win $1,000 scholarships

From left to right, Kapono Asuncion '19, Dharma Lemoine-Tennant '20 and Erin Nelsen '20 will each receive a $1,000 scholarship for their community-engaged projects.

Out of 25 recipients from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, three St. Kate's students have been selected for Principle Community Scholars 2018 scholarship program. The Principal Community Scholars Program offers each student a $1,000 scholarship as well as the opportunity to collaborate with peers and faculty to lead a community-engaged project and participate in a virtual network retreat.

The Principal Community Scholars Program aims to help students develop confidence, efficacy and civic leadership skills.

Kapono (Pono) Asuncion '19 is a Women and International Development major and Nonprofit Management minor. Asuncion will be organizing a clothing drive to meet the needs of transgender students in the St. Paul area.

"As a trans person myself, I recognize the need for trans people to have access to gender affirming clothes," says Asuncion. "I’m hoping to garner donations both from the St. Kate’s community and from surrounding schools to foster a safe, affirming space for trans people to come and find clothing they feel matches their identity."

Dharma Lemoine-Tennant '20 will focus on food insecurity and healthy initiatives on campus at an affordable price.

Erin Nelsen '20 is an International Relations and Women and International Development double major and and French minor. To combat the lack of diversity and inclusion in the political field, Erin's project, leading toget[her], will provide a database of helpful resources to create more accessible opportunities for young women.

"We are all stronger together," says Nelsen. "leading toget[her] is an inclusive, nonpartisan community of women interested in helping other women in their political endeavors." Her goal is to alter the landscape of politics to be more inclusive and supportive of diverse voices, like those of women, people of color and those of low socio-economic status. To get involved or learn more about leading toget[her], you can email Nelsen at

by Amy Mullowney '19