Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Among the 24 recipients of this year’s Bush Fellowship awards are two Rochester residents - state lawmaker Kim Norton and Yuko Taniguchi, a senior teaching specialist at UMR.

The Bush Foundation says the awards “allow Fellows to articulate what they need to become better leaders and providing them with the support to make it happen.”

Recipients receive up to $100,000 over a 1 - 2 year period that allows them to pursue learning experiences that help them develop leadership skills and attributes.

The foundation says they were selected “ for their records of achievement and their extraordinary potential to make significant contributions “ to the areas where they live.  

Here is more information from the Foundation:

State Representative Kim Norton introduced legislation and rallied support for the Destination Medical Center (DMC), an economic development project aimed at positioning Rochester as a premier location for health care. Kim wants to help lead Rochester through the dramatic changes ahead, making sure that DMC works for the entire community. Her Bush Fellowship will allow her to complete a master’s degree at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and grow her transformational leadership skills through the Women in Power executive education program at Harvard Kennedy School.

Yuko Taniguchi was inspired by how fisherwomen in her native Japan used art to heal from the devastating grief and trauma of a tsunami. That inspiration fuels her work with the Arts at the Bedside Program at the Mayo Clinic, where she helps patients tap into their creativity to express fear, anxiety and grief. Through her Bush Fellowship, Yuko will explore the connections between art and resiliency both at the individual and community level. She will study with national experts who use the arts to connect mind, body and people.

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