League of Women Voters South Tonka awards annual scholarship

League of Women Voters South Tonka members Kellie Pantekoek, left, Amy Wenner, right, and scholarship winner Alia Arellanes. (Submitted photo)

The League of Women Voters South Tonka has awarded its annual scholarship to Minnetonka High School senior Alia Arellanes.

The $1,000 award was presented at the May 10 scholarship recognition ceremony. The scholarship is funded through donations from members, friends and community donations.

The “Educate, Advocate, Reform Scholarship” is granted each spring to the high school senior woman who best exemplifies these three key values. Applicants submitted a one-page essay and letter of reference to be considered. Arellanes’ essay demonstrated her dedication to the community, a deep understanding of both voting rights and women’s rights and her desire to educate others, according to the league.

“As an election judge, Alia learned about the voting process first hand,” said Peg DuBord, president of the League of Women Voters South Tonka. “As editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, she educated others by writing and publishing an editorial on the importance of voting. Through her work at a women’s shelter, Alia has come to understand the struggles of people who are disenfranchised. Alia truly embodies the essence of the League of Women Voters!”

The league is a nonpartisan political organization, that actively encourages active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences the reform of public policy through education and advocacy.

For more information, visit lwvsouthtonka.org.