Brainerd college students to attend national leadership conference


Two Brainerd lakes area college students were awarded scholarships to attend to this year’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders May 27-30 at the University of Maryland.

The conference is for women serious about creating meaningful impacts on their campus, mobilizing their communities and preparing for personal and professional success after graduation.

Nicole Mason, Brainerd, is a junior at the College of St Scholastica. She has completed a 570-hour social work internship at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge in Brainerd and works part time as a visitation supervisor at the Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center in Brainerd. She has been a volunteer with Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Jaycees Fishing Extravaganza, Jamaican Link Ministries and the Salvation Army.



Shayla Makowski Budrow is a sophomore at Central Lakes College. After receiving her associates degree this spring, she will transfer to the University of Minnesota Duluth to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She works part time in the CLC Student Life Center and as a recreation coach for Brainerd Parks and Recreation. She has served on the CLC Rosenmeier, Master Plan, and Budget and Tuition Committees as well as the Native Advisory Committee. Budrow plays in the college wind symphony and sings in the choir. She is the CLC Student Senate President.


The Women’s Leadership Fund, American Association of Women-MN and American Association of Women Brainerd Lakes Area Branch co- sponsor the $1,000 scholarship for each student. The scholarship covers travel, lodging and conference attendance.

The American Association of Women’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The Women’s Leadership Fund, Little Falls, seeks to accelerate the number, effectiveness and impact of women in organizational leadership roles in central Minnesota.

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