Current Interfaith Scholars


Shugri Aden

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
Class Year: 2014
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Biology

“Augsburg is such a close-knit community and I was given the opportunity to become close with the professors in my department. I love that Augsburg has allowed me to develop myself in a comforting and welcoming setting. When I’m not in class, I volunteer weekly with children in my neighborhood in an educational after-school program, and I also volunteer at the local Masjid I attend. Augsburg has truly prepared me for life after graduation.”


Natalya Brown

Hometown: Saint Paul, Minn.
Class Year: 2014
Major: Cross-Cultural Studies/International Relations
Minor: Spanish/Religion/Peace & Global Studies

“My favorite thing about Augsburg is the student diversity and the size of campus. Augsburg has guided me to discover my vocational path and introduced me to incredible life changing experiences.”


Laura Grobner

Hometown: Ellendale, Minn.
Class Year: 2014
Major: Sociology
Minor: History

“My two favorite things about Augsburg are the passion of my professors and the many partnerships Augsburg has with the community. Outside of class, I am a leader in Students for Racial Justice and I volunteer with Campus Kitchen at Ebenezer, an apartment for senior citizens. Campus Kitchen serves a meal there every Friday night.”


Daniel Heu

Hometown: Goleta, Calif.
Class Year: 2014
Major: Business Management, Marketing
Minor: Management Information Systems

“My favorite thing about Augsburg is the connections you make! Currently I am an HR Intern for Education Minnesota. I am also in the Augsburg Asian Student Association; Loaves and Fishes, which provides nutritious meals to the hungry; and Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit striving to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world.”


Yemi Melka

Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Class Year: 2015
Major: Chemistry/International Relations

“My favorite thing about Augsburg is the inspiring and supportive community of people. I am always thankful and happy about the number of resources and opportunities that are available for students. Augsburg has shaped me into a more confident and enlightened student and individual. I have learned useful skills from inspiring professors and advisors and through that I have been able to cultivate and grow my potential.”


Clara Ranaivoson

Hometown: Antananarivo, Madagascar; Nairobi, Kenya
Class Year: 2014
Major: Biology

“Augsburg has taught me about community. When I’m not in class, I cheerlead, fundraise for the Augsburg Fund, and coordinate facilities for the Department of Residence Life.”

Sonia Romero-Rodriguez

Hometown: Saint Paul, Minn.
Class Year: 2014
Major: Religion

“Augsburg has given me the opportunity to experience a true community.”


Asha Saleh

Hometown: Kenya
Class Year: 2014
Major: Biology

“My favorite things about Augsburg are that the class sizes are small and the people are friendly. Augsburg had enabled me to view the world from a wider scope and comprehend my surrounding in a way that encompasses diversity all around me. Currently, I volunteer at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Minnesota Children’s Museum. After graduation, I plan to do something worthy and beneficial for my community.”


Osvaldo Valverde

Hometown: Chihuahua, Mexico
Class Year: 2014
Major: History

“My favorite thing about Augsburg is the diversity on campus—I’ve established meaningful connections with groups and individuals. My proudest accomplishment here is always making the dean’s list. When I’m not in class, I play music, write poetry, and volunteer as a food server at Centro Guadalupano.”