The 2012 recipient of the Always Dreaming Scholarship inspired by Frank Kara is Amber Hammerschmidt, senior gymnast on the Golden Gopher Women's Gymnastics team. She came to the university from Rosemont High School. Amber competed on the Twin City Twister club team. She is a kinesiology major.
At the 2012 Big Ten Championships, Amber earned All-Championship Team honors for her third-place finish on beam. She tallied a career-best score on the apparatus by earning a 9.850. Minnesota's third-place finish is the team's best at the Big Ten Championships since 2006 when they won the title. Minnesota was selected to finish seventh in the preseason.