Please join us in congratulating the 2019 Ralph Burnet Scholarship winners! Every year, a $2,000 scholarship and two $1,000 scholarships are awarded to high-achieving local high school seniors who are the son or daughter of a Coldwell Banker Burnet Home Services independent sales associate or full-time employee. The scholarships also consider a student’s extracurricular activities that emphasize leadership and volunteerism. This year’s winners are:

Hannah Burns

Congratulations to Hannah Burns, daughter of Jim Burns, an affiliated agent in the Woodbury office, on being awarded the $2,000 Ralph Burnet Scholarship.

Hannah recently graduated from Hudson High School as a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. An accomplished athlete in cross-country and track, Hannah has performed in musical theater there for four years and is a Swing Choir member.

Hannah has received numerous awards for athletics, arts, leadership and community outreach. She is also American Red Cross lifeguard and swim instructor and a mentor to younger girls through Girl Scouts, athletics and camping. In her desire to serve others, Hannah oversaw the fundraising  and installation of a wellness park in Hudson’s downtown river front to serve as an exercise and fitness resource for community residents.

Hannah’s strong academic performance, positive outlook, drive and compassion will make her a great asset this fall at the University of St. Thomas. We wish her all the best in her future studies!

Nate Persson

We’d also like to congratulate Nate Persson, son of Cami Persson, closing coordinator for Burnet Title in Buffalo, on winning a $1,000 Ralph Burnet Scholarship.

Nate is a graduate of Buffalo High School where he was a four-year honor roll student, a National Honor Society member and the recipient of the 2019 Presidential Academic Award. He is also an accomplished athlete, winning awards for his skills, commitment and competitive drive in both varsity hockey and golf.

Nate has been an enthusiastic volunteer with the Minnesota Veterans Home, community youth hockey, Crossroads Animal Shelter and in community outreach efforts through his church and Love, Inc. He plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the fall, seeking a degree in aerospace engineering and a future career as a United State Air Force pilot.

Lily Brielmaier

Kudos to Lily Brielmaier, daughter of Tami “TJ” Pierret, sales associate in the Crocus Hill office, for winning a $1,000 scholarship award.

Lily is a graduate of Cretin Durham Hall in St. Paul where she was a member of the National Honor Society, completed many advanced and honors level courses and learned Mandarin Chinese, while still maintaining a year-round schedule of work and community service! Her teachers described her as hard working, tenacious, kind, inclusive and mature beyond her years.

She loves basketball, playing on a local team and coaching a team for kids ages 5-13 and for grades 11 and 12. Lily has volunteered as a math and reading tutor, and with a continuing interest in social justice, has volunteered with the American Civil Liberties Union of St. Paul. Congratulations to Lily and we wish her great success in her studies at Loyola University in Chicago in the fall.

Liam Benson

Congratulations to Liam Benson, son of Brian Benson, sales associate in the Wayzata office, on winning a $1,000 scholarship.

Liam is a graduate of Wayzata High School where he was enrolled in the COMPASS Business Management and Economics program and completed advanced placement courses in micro- and macroeconomics and calculus.  He was member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and the Boy’s Swim and Dive team. His teachers describe Liam as an intelligent leader, engaging, inquisitive and a great critical thinker.

While still finding time for volunteer activities, Liam has run his own part-time aerial photography and videography business for the last two years, serving real estate agents, internet and energy companies. With his keen interest and knowledge of economics, we look forward to Liam’s success at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University as he pursues a finance degree.