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Story last updated at 12:45 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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Andrea Van Dinther

The Alaska Writers Guild announces that Homer University of Alaska Anchorage student Andrea Van Dinther is the winner of the first Lin Halterman Memorial Scholarship. Van Dinther is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she majored in biology, geology and photography. She has worked as a naturalist in Canada, Mexico and Ecuador, as well as in Alaska. She has been living in Homer for the past eight years and working seasonally as a polar bear expedition guide in Canada.

Van Dinther is a full-time UAA student in the master of fine arts creative-writing low-residency program. The UAA low-residency program allows students who do not live in Anchorage to complete a graduate degree without having to attend classes on a daily basis. It will take Van Dinther three years to complete her degree.

In the meantime she is writing columns, short stories, news items and working on her masters thesis. She won the Alaska Press Club Suzanne Nightingale Award, third place, best columnist, for some of her Homer News columns.

I am honored and grateful to be the first recipient of the Lin Halterman Memorial Scholarship. This award is one more affirmation that I am on the right path. I am following my dream and working hard to achieve my goals. I greatly appreciate the support of The Alaska Writers Guild, Van Dinther said.