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Published January 01, 2012, 04:04 PM

Student Wins Vikings Scholarship to Attend UND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The end of University of North Dakota alumnus Jim Kleinsasser's football career might also mark the beginning of Jacob Greenmyer's career in medicine.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The end of University of North Dakota alumnus Jim Kleinsasser's football career might also mark the beginning of Jacob Greenmyer's career in medicine.

Sunday was the final game of Kleinsasser's career in professional football after 13 years of playing tight end for the Vikings.

The former UND star and his wife, Christa, started the $10,000 scholarship that was presented to Greenmyer during pre-game activities at the Viking game. UND officials say the scholarship, intended for an incoming freshman in 2012, attracted more than 250 applicants.

The 17-year-old Greenmyer is a high school senior from Stirum, N.D., who attends North Sargent High School in Gwinner. In his essay, the cancer survivor said his medical battles since age 9 led him to consider pursuing a career in medicine at UND.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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