Jaycees honor M State’s Jensen as Outstanding Young MinnesotanPublished 6:02am Monday, September 30, 2013
Dave Jensen, who biked cross-country in May to raise money for his Dream Big Scholarship for students on the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, has been chosen as one of the Jaycees’ 10 Outstanding Young Minnesotans.
Jensen, the student life director on the Fergus Falls campus, was nominated for the award by the Jaycees chapter in Fergus Falls. He and the nine other honorees will be recognized at an awards banquet on Dec. 7 in Bloomington.
The 10 Outstanding Young Minnesotans program is Minnesota’s only statewide recognition program for outstanding young leaders. The program acknowledges the efforts of young leaders who have contributed to the state through their service, thought and influence, community involvement or entrepreneurship.
Jensen, who graduated from M State in 2002, biked 2,500 miles from Huntington Beach, Calif., to Jekyll Island, Ga., in 19 days this spring. His Dream Big bike ride has raised nearly $23,000 for the scholarship, which will be awarded annually by the Fergus Area College Foundation.
Jaycees is a leadership training and civic organization for people between the ages of 18 and 41. Past TOYM honorees have included Walter Mondale, Marlene Johnson, Dave Winfield, Tim Penny, Paul Douglas, Matt Blair, Wheelock Whitney and Martin Sabo.