April 17, 2017

Nutrition student Kristina Swanson was named a recipient of the Nelson Scholarship, announced at the 2017 Minnesota Association of Meat Processors (MAMP) Annual Convention in St. Cloud.

Kristina, who anticipates graduating in the fall, hopes to continue her Nutrition studies with a Dietetic Internship in the future. She was a student-athlete on the rowing team for the first two years of school at the University of Minnesota, and also took a job as a nutrition services aide at St. Joseph's Hospital. Currently, she works as a nutrition intern for the Gopher football team, where she enjoys educating players on food and how they can use it to fuel their bodies. Dedicated to her work and studies, Kristina pushes herself to work 30 hours per week on top of a full course load while maintaining a 3.3 GPA.

The Nelson Scholarship is named in honor of Pete Nelson, who served the University of Minnesota as the Supervisor of Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science from 2007 to 2013. In honor of Pete Nelson, the Minnesota Association of Meat Processors offers two scholarships to students currently enrolled as either an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Animal Science or the Department of Food Science and Nutrition.