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Two School of Education students win Sips scholarships

November 18, 2013

The School of Education at UW-Stout recently awarded one undergraduate and one graduate scholarship during the Sips for Scholarships reception on campus.

Jody ShongSips for Scholarships began in 2009 to help students finance their education as costs increased and other means of support diminished. "It is our hope that these scholarships will help reduce barriers that prevent some from achieving their dream," said Brian McAlister, director of the School of Education.

Jody Shong, of Strum, received the undergraduate award. She is a senior majoring in early childhood education and a first-generation college student.

Shong is passionate about working with young children and has more than 20 years of experience in the field. She has worked as a preschool teacher and administrator.

After completing her degree, Shong hopes to teach in the primary grades and "impact students to learn in a new and creative way," she said.

Cynthia BourgetCynthia Bourget received the graduate award. She lives in Elk Mound and is the first in her family to pursue higher education. She has a bachelor's degree in English from UW-River Falls and is a first-year graduate student in school counseling at UW-Stout.

Bourget has been employed for two years as a 4-H program assistant for the Dunn County UW-Extension office.

"I work with the 4-H youth of Dunn County, teaching life skills, leadership and citizenship," she said.

After she completes her degree, she wouldn't mind staying with UW-Extension or moving on to another position. "We will see where life takes me. I would love to stay working with rural communities," she said.

Bourget chose the program at UW-Stout after hearing only good things from two co-workers who are alumni. "I am extremely happy with my decision," she said.

Scholarship winners are chosen based on academic performance, professional activities, extracurricular activities, community involvement and other factors. Typically one undergraduate and one graduate student are recipients.

The School of Education, part of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, offers 10 undergraduate degrees, six graduate programs and numerous certification programs.

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