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.
Scott is one of nine
students awarded the Graduate School Scholarship during the 2013-14 academic
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
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
"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
For more information
on UW-Stout's Graduate School programs, go to the website.