Joshua Sznaider Memorial Scholarship

Thank you to all the generous supporters of the Joshua Sznaider Memorial Scholarship, which has enabled scholarship recipients to advance their educational and career goals in ways that would otherwise have not been possible. Since 2020, there have been 20 exceptional Sznaider Scholars, nine of whom have successfully completed their programs, are now gainfully employed, and are shaping brighter futures.

Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities offers a robust and comprehensive Adult Education and Training Program to all its residents. As you might be aware, every Sznaider Scholarship recipient has received educational support in this program, and many, before moving into higher education, completed this core program.

As the scholarship program is now fully funded, Joshua’s parents, Ron and Michele, would like you to know that if you want to honor Josh’s memory beyond this scholarship fund, you may elect to invest in the Adult Education and Training Program for men and women. Gifts in his memory can be made here or by sending a check or appreciated securities to 376 Western Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55103. Please indicate that the funds are in Josh’s memory for Adult Education and Training.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Schneidermann, Development Advisor, at: 651-444-5802 (direct).


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Meet our 2023 Scholars

ANDREW FLEMMING Andrew earned his Class A Truck/Trailer Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) at Interstate Driving School in 2023. Now employed as an over-the-road truck driver for Windy Hills Foliage Inc. out of Marshfield, WI, Andrew is “living the dream” and has a goal of someday owning his own semitruck.

BRANDON DYBDAHL After successfully completing the UGMTC’s in-house Chemical Dependency Technician Program, Brandon decided he would like to pursue further training in that field. He is currently enrolled at Metro State University and working towards becoming a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).

ERIK BREVIG A new Sznaider scholar in 2023, Erik recently enrolled in his first semester in the Addiction Counseling Program at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. A graduate of the UGMTC’s Christ Recovery Center, Erik lives with his wife in Minneapolis and is currently employed by Northstar Behavioral Health as a Peer Recovery Specialist.

GABRIEL JOHNSON Gabe is in his third semester of graduate school for Counseling and Psychological Services at St. Mary’s University, maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. He anticipates completing his degree by fall of 2024. He is currently employed at St. Catherine University, supervising resident assistants.

GIANNA BROWN Gianna was a new scholarship recipient in 2023 and is in her first semester at Purdue Global University online working towards a degree in Aviation Management. A graduate of the Naomi Family Program at UGMTC, Gianna now lives in the community and works part-time for Hyatt Place Hotels.

LEE SELVOG Lee is a former nurse who wanted to stay in the medical field but transitioned to a more administrative role. The Sznaider Scholarship enabled him to enroll in the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) online Certified Professional Coder (CPC) program in 2023. Lee has completed that training and will be taking his certification test this winter.

STEPHANIE LAPLANTE Stephanie recently started her fifth semester in the Addiction Counseling Program at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and continues to have a cumulative GPA of 4.0. Her estimated completion date is the fall of 2024. Stephanie then plans to study at Metro State University with a goal of becoming a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).

STEVEN SLADE-KETTER Stephen started the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Toolmaking Program at St. Paul College in 2022 and earned his degree in December of 2023! Another huge opportunity that the Sznaider Scholarship afforded Stephen was behind-the-wheel driver’s training. He is now the proud owner of a college degree and a MN Driver’s License.

TONY YANG Tony is enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at St. Paul College and has successfully completed four semesters with a cumulative GPA of 3.59. He is a diligent student and anticipates earning his associate degree by the fall of 2024.