MICHAELA OLSON MEMORIAL SPONSORSHIPS

On July 1, 2012, Michaela Olson lost her life after being misdiagnosed with asthma and later vocal chord dysfunction. She had come in contact with a common fungus called Histoplasmosis. Michaela's parents put together two fundraisers to help raise awareness on this sometimes deadly fungus. The proceeds raised are helping them sponsor underprivileged youth to attend mission trips that they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. Applications are opened year round.

• Applicants MUST be between the ages of thirteen (13) and eighteen (18), currently enrolled in 7 th through 12 th grade (home schooled students included), actively involved in his or her church/youth group, and live in Minnesota. Financial need will be a factor in determining award amounts/recipients.

• Applicants MUST write a 500-word essay that explains their monetary need, what they hope to accomplish from the upcoming mission trip, and how they feel it will impact them in the rest of their life.

• All requests MUST include a letter of recommendation by their pastor/youth pastor, on their church's letterhead, acknowledging the youth's need and benefit. The pastor's/youth pastor's letter MUST state when the funds are needed, dates of the mission trip, where they are going for the mission trip, and how much sponsorship money is needed. Payment will be made directly to the church. Proof of attendance to the mission trip is required.

Application MUST be signed by the applicant, by one of their parents/guardians, and by their pastor/youth pastor. Failure to have ALL signatures and ALL attachments included will result in your application being disqualified.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Please print the 2-page application form and fill it out. Be sure to include your 500-word essay and your pastor's/youth pastor's letter of recommendation. Mail it to: Michaela Olson Memorial, 10100 43rd CT NE, St. Michael, MN 55376

QUESTIONS: Please use the Contact page on this website or email at: info@welovemichaela.com.

Failure to enclose ALL attachments will result in your application being disqualified.

DISCLAIMER: While we will try to accommodate as many requests as possible, we simply cannot fulfill every one. In order for you to be considered for a sponsorship from Michaela Olson Memorial, you must follow the guidelines. There are no exceptions to the guidelines and all decisions made are final. Keep in mind that the amount of sponsorship awarded may not cover the entire amount needed for your mission trip.

MOM Application

Amanda

The first recipient of the Michaela Olson Memorial sponsorship program was Amanda Teachout of St. Michael, MN. Amanda graduated in May 2013 from St. Michael-Albertville High School. This was her last opportunity to attend a youth mission trip with her church's youth group from Alleluia Lutheran Church in St. Michael, MN.

On August 12, 2013 Amanda joined her youth group on a mission trip to Haiti. The organization she traveled with was called Healing Haiti. The activities consisted of delivering water to slum areas, caring for the children in orphanages, visiting the home for sick and dying babies, and providing care and food for the elderly living in tent cities. Amanda couldn't wait to, “Care for them and show them how loved they are." She was excited to go to Haiti to serve and see what God had planned for her.

Amanda raised over half the money she needed to attend the mission trip through fundraising opportunities she was given. The Michaela Olson Memorial board of directors were proud to cover the rest of her expenses. Amanda took lots of pictures and shared her experience with us during our 2nd Annual Michaela Olson Memorial Ride & Dine fundraiser.

The second recipient of the Michaela Olson Memorial sponsorship program was Alex Monseth of St. Michael, MN. Alex graduated in May 2014 from St. Michael-Albertville High School. This was his last opportunity to attend a youth mission trip with his church's youth group from Living Hope Church in St. Michael, MN.

On July 15, 2014 Alex joined his youth group on a mission trip to Brazil. The organization he traveled with was called Association Free Lutherans Churches Youth Missions. "We'll have the opportunity to touch lives by going to local churches and allowing God to minister to the people through us. I know God will use me in the best way He sees fit." Alex loves serving Christ through music and helping out in Children's Ministry.

Alex raised more than half the money he needed to attend the mission trip through fundraising opportunities he was given. The Michaela Olson Memorial board of directors were proud to cover the rest of his expenses.