Every spring, Augsburg University invites the best and brightest prospective Auggies to Scholarship Weekend. In addition to an opportunity to meet with their future classmates and professors, finalists for the Fine Arts and Honors Scholarships are offered complimentary admission to attend our keynote speaker as a part of the weekend.
2017 – Steve Wozniak – Keynote Speaker
Apple, Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak joined the Augsburg University community for a conversation on the importance of innovation, creativity, and education in an increasingly connected world. Today a dedicated educator and philanthropist, Wozniak launched Apple with Steve Jobs in 1976, transforming the personal computer industry with pioneering design and introducing a new age of entrepreneurship and experimentation in Silicon Valley.
Finalists for the Fine Arts and Honors Scholarships, along with their parents, were offered complimentary admission to attend Steve Wozniak’s talk as part of Scholarship Weekend 2017!
2016 – LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton—an educator, director, and actor best known for his roles in Reading Rainbow, Roots, and Star Trek—shared with the Augsburg community the importance of turning STEM into STE(A)M—integrating science, technology, engineering, and math with the arts and design.
Finalists, along with their parents, were offered complimentary admission to attend LeVar Burton’s talk as part of Scholarship Weekend 2016!
2015 – Bill Nye “The Science Guy”
In 2015, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” shared his love for science when he spoke February 14, 2015, at Augsburg University’s Scholarship Weekend. Nye, who talked about “How Science Can Save the World,” spoke with academic depth and humor about planetary science, climate change, evolution, environmental awareness, and more.
Finalists, along with their parents, were offered complimentary admission to attend Nye’s talk as part of Scholarship Weekend. In addition, finalists had the exclusive opportunity to attend a VIP event and had their picture taken with Bill Nye himself!
2014 – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In 2014, finalists and their parents were invited to hear His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama speak at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum which took place over Scholarship Weekend.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama blessed Augsburg student Tenzin Yeshi Paichang ’16 during his keynote address. When he was two years old, Paichang was cast as the Dalai Lama in Martin Scorsese’s movie, Kundun. At the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Paichang added a new role to his résumé—that of the Dalai Lama’s student attaché.
The Really Big Show
On Friday evening of Scholarship Weekend, students are treated to The Really Big Show—a talk and variety extravaganza where they witness Augsburg faculty and students showcasing their less serious side.
The show’s host is history professor Phil Adamo, appearing as “the most interesting honors director in the world.” Guests include Augsburg’s one and only President Paul C. Pribbenow, as well as many talented and fascinating current students.
This special event is for Scholarship Weekend participants only. The only way to see it is to apply and attend Scholarship Weekend!