Today, Matthew Kipper is an exception. His exception used to be the norm.
The recent Bloomington Jefferson High School graduate was a three-sport standout during a time when many student-athletes specialize in one sport.
He excelled in football, basketball and track and field while graduating with a 3.5 G.P.A., receiving numerous scholarship offers, and being named the Jefferson High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
After considering the University of St. Thomas, St. John’s (Collegeville), Carlton College, Macalester College and St. Olaf College, Kipper chose to attend Minnesota State University-Mankato on a football scholarship. He plans to major in statistics.
“I picked MSU-Mankato for education,” the scholar athlete said. “It felt like home.”
In addition to the football scholarship, Kipper also earned the Leo Lewis Foundation football scholarship, Jefferson High School Pride scholarship, an MSU-Mankato academic scholarship, and and MSU-Mankato leadership/diversity scholarship.
The pictures and captions tell the rest of his story.
Three-sport scholar athlete Matthew Kipper will attend MSU-Mankato to play football and major in statistics.
Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.