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Junior Joseph Phillips receives Mogensen Education Scholarship

April 4, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire choral music education and general music major is the recipient of the $500 Martin Mogensen Education Scholarship.

Joseph Phillips, a junior from Fond du Lac, received the award, which was given in memory of Martin Mogensen, a 1952 UW-Eau Claire alumnus and longtime teacher and school administrator.

The scholarship was established by Marti Mogensen and Margaret Nelson Brinkhouse in memory of their father, who became one of the first victims of school shootings in this country when, at 46, he was killed by a student in the Tomah school where he served as principal.

"My parents have always stressed the importance of education and hard work," said Phillips. "This scholarship confirms my hard work. I'm extremely grateful to the Mogensen family for assisting me in paying for college. It allows me to focus my concentration on the things that are important at school: studying, practicing and developing social connections with peers and faculty."

The scholarship is given to an undergraduate education major who has attained a high level of scholarship and who shows promise for becoming a successful career teacher. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must be from Wisconsin, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be a full-time student. Students who are parents are given special consideration.

As a pianist at UW-Eau Claire, Phillips has performed in a number of piano competitions and has been awarded a variety of awards and scholarships. He received first place in the UW-Eau Claire Piano Concerto Competition, was a piano soloist at the Viennese Ball and was a recipient of fall 2010 and spring 2011 UW-Eau Claire keyboard scholarships.

Phillips said he is proud of the musical growth he has seen in himself and is thankful that he has been able to continue to learn under the direction of the professors at UW-Eau Claire.

"I'm three times the musician I was in high school, and it's great to be studying under professors who push you to be better than you thought you could be," Phillips said.

After graduation, Phillips hopes to teach choir and general music classes at the middle or high school level and eventually attend graduate school.

Additionally, Phillips has been involved in a number of musical ensembles at UW-Eau Claire, including Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and The Singing Statesmen. He is a member of the Student Wisconsin Education Association, the American Choral Director Association, the National Association for Music Education, Soundscape Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Phillips also is an assistant scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America, providing supervision at meetings during summer and school breaks.

Phillips will be awarded the Mogensen scholarship during the College of Education and Human Sciences' scholarship award celebration and reception April 18.

For more information about this scholarship, contact Dr. Rose Battalio at 715-836-5352 or battalrl@uwec.edu.

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