Scholarship helping student pursue communication master’s

March 12, 2014

Carolyn Scott works for an insurance broker. She knows how challenging it can be for people to understand the health insurance industry, especially since the federal Affordable Care Act became law.

"The industry is going to be changing so immensely," Scott said.

She would like to help. "I'm really interested in making health insurance products more understandable to clients. There's a way the products can be communicated clearly," she said.

That goal is a big reason why she is pursuing a Master of Science degree in technical and professional communication at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Scott enrolled in the Graduate School program in summer 2013.

When the fall semester began, she was pleasantly surprised to learn she had been chosen to receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Carolyn ScottScott is one of nine students awarded the Graduate School Scholarship during the 2013-14 academic year.

As a part-time worker and full-time student, Scott appreciates the financial help. "I was astounded and grateful for it. I'm investing in my future. It's nice when the school can help me, as well, invest in my future," she said.

Scott, who grew up in Clear Lake, lives in Hudson and works at a brokerage firm in Woodbury, Minn.

"I'm really enjoying the learning process. My job dovetails nicely with my education. I can find practical applications," said Scott, who hopes to have her master's degree in 2015.

She has an undergraduate degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations from Union College in Lincoln, Neb.

Although her master's program is online, she occasionally stops at UW-Stout to meet with her professors.

"The entire program is about how to communicate, so (the online aspect) is a good fit. We're not only learning different aspects to technical communication, but we're practicing it. When we have to interview someone, we do it by Skype or Google Hangouts," she said.

Scott is taking two classes this semester, including Rhetorical Theory taught by Assistant Professor Joleen Hanson. "Rhetorical Theory is a foundation for rhetoric and how you can incorporate it into technical communication," Scott said.

The program director for technical and professional communication is Associate Dean Julie Watts. For more information, click here.

Others who received the $2,000 Graduate School Scholarship last fall and their programs are:

  • Samantha Lane, of St. Paul, vocational rehabilitation
  • Stephen Machesky, of Menomonie, operations and supply management
  • Abdias Guerrero Torres, of Maracaibo, Venezuela, risk control
  • Terry Mundt, of Crystal, Minn., training and human resource development
  • Qing Ren, of Suzhou, China, industrial and applied mathematics
  • Jesse Tucker, of Little Canada, Minn., information and communication technologies

Two Graduate School students received spring 2014 scholarships for $1,000. They are:

  • Luke Heidke, of Chippewa Falls, school counseling
  • Jeni Luzinski, of Thorp, school counseling

For more information on UW-Stout's Graduate School programs, go to the website.