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Biology major from Eau Claire receives scholarship

April 27, 2012
 Ong Xiong
Ong Xiong
EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student Ong Xiong, Eau Claire, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Wisconsin Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel.

Xiong, a senior majoring in biology, participates in UW-Eau Claire's TRIO Student Support Services program. She was nominated for the scholarship by Dr. Bruce Ouderkirk, Student Support Services director.

"Ong is very deserving of the scholarship," Ouderkirk said. "She is an exceptionally dedicated student who has been active in faculty-student research and plans to enroll in graduate school. She has excellent writing skills and crafted a superb application essay. All the staff members with Student Support Services have been impressed by her talents and potential."

In addition to her low-income background, her engagement in research and her involvement in student organizations have added financial stress to her family, Xiong said. The scholarship will help offset the costs associated with those meaningful outside-the-classroom activities, she said.

"This scholarship means much more to me than money," said Xiong. "I will be pursuing a Ph.D. in the future. I hope that this scholarship, which recognizes my progress and achievement, will demonstrate to graduate schools that I am a worthwhile investment."

WAEOPP is composed of staff members throughout the state who work with federal TRIO programs to provide services for first-generation and income-eligible students. The organization awards a limited number of scholarships each year to students who participate in these programs. Scholarship applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, co-curricular involvement and financial need.

Xiong was selected for the scholarship from applicants from several TRIO programs across the state, Ouderkirk said.

For more information about the scholarship, visit the WAEOPP website.

For more information about the conference or TRIO programs, contact Dr. Bruce Ouderkirk at 715-836-4542 or ouderkbj@uwec.edu.

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