I’m Izabella Seija Usitalo. I’m fourteen and starting ninth grade at Nova Classical Academy in Saint Paul. I was born in Montreal, Canada. My parents are Steven Usitalo (should be Uusitalo, he also goes by that) and Margarita Aroutiunian-Usitalo. My father was born in Helsinki but emigrated at a young age to Detroit, Michigan. Both of his parents are Finnish: his mother was born in Lahti and his father not far from Haparanda in Sweden. My mother is from Armenia. Her parents and all of her close relatives still live in Armenia.
After leaving Montreal, we lived for a while in Detroit before moving to South Dakota and then Saint Paul. My father teaches Russian history at a university (Northern State University) and my mother works for Wells Fargo in Minneapolis.
I lived in Armenia for a year when I was a bit younger and attended a mainly Russian-language school there. I’ve been to Finland once, although I hope to return regularly in the future. I’ve even thought about attending university there.
Last summer was my first village experience at Salolampi. I hope to go every summer until I graduate. It was a wonderful experience. It wasn’t just learning Finnish that I enjoyed, I also loved learning song, about food, and being with others who were also interested in Finnish culture.
At Nova Classical Academy I’ll be on the track & field team and the fencing team. I also love to swim and in the past swam for Saint Paul Star Swim Team. My favorite subjects at Nova are Biology, Rhetoric, and Ancient Literature.
Role and Responsibilities
The Salolampi Internship Program is designed to provide a High School student the opportunity to work with a Foundation and develop a variety of skill sets. Examples of basic internship responsibilities are listed below. Further projects will be developed in collaboration with the intern.
• Assist with general Foundation operations
• Attend board meetings in person or virtually
• Collaborate with board members on areas of interest or as assigned by the Foundation
• Develop skills needed for fundraising, marketing, outreach and working with small business or foundations
• Assist with outreach events in person and/or virtually
Awarded applicants will attend a Salolampi program with the Foundation providing a scholarship of value of a 2-week program (dependent on program attended) for attendance in either a 2-week or 4-week program at Salolampi for summer of 2019. The awarded applicant will attend the session following the Internship program August 2018- September 2019. Attendance of a summer program is mandatory to completion of the internship program.
Seeking volunteers for the Salolampi Work Weekend October 6-8, 2017.
Help keep Salolampi Looking great! Tasks small and large, indoor and outdoor, high and low. All skill levels welcome.
Learn more about work weekends and what to bring here.
RSVP by clicking HERE. Please RSVP by September 22nd to ensure the kitchen staff can accommodate our volunteers.
In addition to the OHE Stipends listed below, check out the Salolampi Foundation Scholarships listed here.
$1,000 OHE Stipends for Minnesota Students
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) stipends are available on a first-come, first-served basis. These $1,000 stipends completely cover the cost of a one-week session at the Language Villages, or can be applied toward a longer session.
Who is eligible?
- Students must be a Minnesota resident, and
- Eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, and
- Currently in grades 3-11, and
- If students are in grades 7-11, they must have an overall “C” average.
Please encourage students to visit our website for more information and how to apply: ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org/OHE
Passport Fund Scholarships
Additional need-based scholarships are available for 2016 summer youth residential immersion programs, including one-week, two-week and four-week programs. The application deadline is February 26, 2016. Visit our website for information on how to apply: ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org/scholarships
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