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Kelly McBride Awarded
Karl Andresen Scholarship

 MAILED:  April 22, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior Kelly McBride, Saint Louis Park, Minn., was awarded a $5,000 Karl Andresen Scholarship for the 2003-2004 academic year at the April 20 Honors Banquet at UW-Eau Claire.

Named for a retired political science faculty member and established by his former students through alumni and friends donations to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, the award recognizes a graduating senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and the promise of future academic achievements. Faculty members from the department of political science, who choose the recipient, agreed that McBride has exhibited those qualities with distinction.

Dr. Peter Myers, who had McBride in his class “Classical Political Thought,” said he was impressed with her.

“Kelly McBride is an uncommonly bright, mature, industrious and conscientious student,” Myers said. “She is a thoroughly deserving Andresen Award winner, and in fact, I regard her as the best UW-Eau Claire political science student I have seen in several years.”

McBride said she was thrilled to receive the award and proud to be included in the great company of previous winners.

“My initial reaction is truly one of thanks to everyone in the department who has helped me along the way,” said McBride. “I started out being somewhat interested in politics and through the encouragement and enthusiasm of the faculty turned that interest into a minor and eventually a major. I couldn’t have done it without them”

McBride, who has a double major in journalism and political science, plans to attend St. Paul’s Hamline University this fall and pursue a degree in nonprofit management while freelancing or working part-time for an area newspaper. She said she will either use the degree to enhance her journalistic skills or pursue nonprofit management as a career.

McBride has held several positions with The Spectator, UW-Eau Claire’s student newspaper, and last semester was its editor-in-chief. She also has worked for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Last May she won the prestigious Ann Devroy Fellowship, presented to a UW-Eau Claire journalism student who shows exceptional promise and ability. The Fellowship included a three-week residency at The Washington Post, a $1,400 scholarship to defray the costs of the residency, and an internship at a Wisconsin newspaper in the summer of 2004.

“The Andresen Scholarship money will doubtlessly help me in my future endeavors, and I am extremely grateful for it,” McBride said.

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Updated: April 22, 2004