USD student wins $25,000 scholarship Lynn Von Koch, a political science and international studies major at The University of South Dakota, has been awarded a $25,000 scholarship from MTV.
Von Koch is the daughter of Russell and Mary von Koch, of Moab, UT. She is the president of the Political Science League and is working toward earning minors in civic leadership and French. Upon graduation Von Koch plans to earn her master of public administration degree and then attend law school.
She will spend the summer in New York City interning at NBC for University of South Dakota graduate Tom Brokaw.
Von Koch said, "I was extremely excited and flattered when I found out that I had won. This award is great reassurance that my ideas for excess stormwater control will be well received on a national level. Plus, it is super cool to say that Nas Jones is paying my way through school!"
In celebration of higher education and the pursuit for a cleaner environment, MTV and mtvU teamed up to empower lucky students with the means to make a difference with the ultimate "free ride." The "Free Ride Contest" grand prize winner won not only a $50,000 college scholarship for their ride through higher education, but also an all new hybrid car designed to get them around town and make for a cleaner and safer environment.
MTV and mtvU also selected two first-prize winners who each received a $25,000 college scholarship. Von Koch was one of these recipients.
MTV and mtvU's "Free Ride Contest" application hopefuls were asked to complete essay questions about their goals for a cleaner environment, to discuss how music has impacted their lives, to describe their extra-curricular activities and more.
MTV, the Natural Resources Defense Council and rap superstar Nas made up the panel of judges who decided the winners of the MTV and mtvU "Free Ride Contest." Nas's inspirational video "I Can" which has been featured in promotional spots for the contest has impacted countless fans striving to fulfill their own life goals and dreams.
The MTV and mtvU "Free Ride Contest" was sponsored by Finish Line, T-Mobile and JC Penney.