MINNEAPOLIS — Nicolle Ostrander, the daughter of Rick Ostrander and Donna Ostrander, is the recipient of a $500 General Mills Foundation Post-High School Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Ostrander is a first-year student at Ferris State University, where she is majoring in pre-optometry. She graduated from Reed City High School where she was involved in varsity track and field. She received a Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Merit and has been accepted into FSU’s Honors Program.

The General Mills Foundation awarded 93 scholarships through its Post-High School Scholarship Program for the children of employees across the U.S. The scholarships are based on criteria including academic record, demonstrated leadership participation in school and community activities, work experience, and a statement of goals and aspirations.

“These students are not only academic standouts, but they are also leaders in their schools and communities,” says Ellen Goldberg Luger, executive director of the General Mills Foundation and a General Mills vice president. “We are proud to continue a General Mills Foundation tradition of supporting the education of young people in the communities where we live and work.”

Scholarship America has the sole responsibility for selecting these recipients. Students receive awards of $500 - $3,000 per year for four years, based on financial need. Since the Foundation began scholarship programs for the children of General Mills employees in 1967, more than $9.5 million has been awarded to scholarship recipients.

The mission of the General Mills Foundation, celebrating 56 years of giving, is to nourish communities. In fiscal 2010, General Mills awarded more than $100 million to communities across the country. Of the total, the Foundation contributed $22 million in grants in the targeted areas of hunger and nutrition wellness, and K-12 education.

In addition, 82 percent of U.S. employees volunteer in the communities where they live and work.