Aron M. Blankenburg Memorial Scholarship
Aron M. Blankenburg (CLA '94) was a passionate student of Italian language and culture. Aron’s experience attending CLA at the University of Minnesota transformed his life. One important aspect was his growth in confidence meeting so many young people who shared his visions about life. Within days of completing his degree, he was off to New York City with visions of fame and fortune. He began experiencing some success in acting, modeling, and music, but he sought more in life, and he knew where to find it: Milan, Italy. It was a city he fell in love with during a learning abroad experience in Italy during his junior year. Aron and Milan quickly became the perfect fit. He signed a contract with Sony, writing and singing some hit songs; interviewed celebrities for MTV Europe; modeled clothing; and signed a contract with Leo Burnet Europe. He also traveled extensively, trying to satisfy his curiosity about the world and its people.
When he died at age 43, his parents, Brian and Kathy Blankenburg, established the Aron M. Blankenburg Memorial Scholarship in his honor to provide the same possibilities for personal growth and a greater love of life for other University of Minnesota students of Italian.
About the Award
The Aron M. Blankenburg Memorial Scholarship supports students studying Italian language and culture, studying abroad in Italy. The scholarship is to be awarded to a talented student who demonstrates a passion for Italian studies as well as financial need.
How to Apply
The application deadline is in the spring and will be announced here and on our undergraduate listserv.