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School of Education recognizes Sips for Scholarships winners

October 11, 2012

Two University of Wisconsin-Stout students have received scholarships from the School of Education.

Brittany Johnson, Brian McAlisterThe scholarships, each worth $1,000, were awarded at the third annual Sips for Scholarships reception Oct. 5 on campus. Sips for Scholarships, a fundraiser, is held by the School of Education. Proceeds are used to fund one undergraduate and one graduate scholarship each year for students pursuing education degrees.

Brittany Johnson, of Menomonie, a senior majoring in science education, received the undergraduate scholarship. Johnson has worked as a senior research student and tutor in the chemistry department; she also worked as an instructor and coordinator in science education with the 2012 TEACH Precollege Program.

Her goal is to teach chemistry or biology. She has a passion for explaining science concepts and increasing science literacy, she said.

GaoNhia Vang, Brian McAlisterGaoNhia Vang, of Menomonie, a graduate student in school counseling, was awarded the graduate student scholarship. Vang is an alumna of UW-Stout with a B.S. in human development and family studies and a minor in business administration. She works as a graduate assistant in the university’s Office of International Education.

Vang hopes to give to the community by serving as a teacher, role model and counselor to young students and “help them overcome adversity to find their own success and happiness in life,” she said.

The selection committee grants scholarships based on financial need, diversity and first-generation status, disability, academic performance, professional and extracurricular activities as well as community involvement.

For more information about scholarships at UW-Stout, refer to Stout University Foundation or call 715-232-1151. For more information about the School of Education refer here or call 715-232-1088.

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