Marian University students receive Rath Foundation Scholarships
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University students Nicole Weinert, a senior from Slinger, and Brittany Schregardus, a senior from Waupun, have been awarded the Rath Foundation scholarship.
Nicole Weinert, an accounting major, has made a significant impact in the Marian community, as she is active in many organizations and enjoys helping others. "Helping others has always been a priority of mine, which is exemplified in my work as a Marian University Student Mentor and in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program."
Nicole is very passionate about her major. She currently works at Hometown Bank and has served as an intern in the Marian University Office of Financial Aid. Her goals after graduation include taking the Certified Public Accountant exam, and working in a public accounting firm in order to fulfill the requirements to achieve CPA status. "Working in the Office of Financial Aid at Marian for the past two and a half years has reinforced my desire to work with people, especially in an accounting field. I will be able to take these skills with me when I transition into a public or private accounting career and be able to face any challenged that I encounter."
Brittany Schregardus, an early childhood-elementary education major, has focused her college career around academics and helping others, especially children. She is currently involved in the Marian Student Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. Through these organizations, Brittany has had the opportunity to participate in professional development, learn how to implement different teaching strategies and methods into the classroom, as well as work directly with students. She also enjoys volunteering through these organizations in the local area elementary and middle schools.
Brittany's experiences at Marian reflect her dedication toward learning and making an impact as a future teacher. She is expected to graduate in December of 2011. "My classes and clinical experiences have given me first-hand experience and the ability to deal with situations, create lesson plans, and learn more about classroom management in different grade levels. I strive to be the best teacher I can be, and I know that Marian's School of Education curriculum and professors will help me every step of the way."
Both Nicole and Brittany will be receiving $10,000 scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year. They are two of seventeen Marian students that have received the Rath scholarship throughout the past fifteen years.
The Rath Foundation scholarship, managed by the Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges, Inc., is made possible through an endowment gift that was pioneered by Duane Rath, a Wisconsin businessman who led the way in giving higher education benefits to employees. The Rath Foundation scholarship program recognizes students for academic achievement, community involvement and civic leadership.