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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


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UW-Eau Claire Student Awarded
Phi Eta Sigma Scholarship 

MAILED: Oct. 29, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE  Phi Eta Sigma, a national academic honor society, has awarded a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student $1,000 for the 2001-02 school year.
         Junior Shelley Ann Berg, a communication major from Eau Claire, is the recipient of the Founders Fund scholarship.
         According to Elaine Powell, executive assistant for the Phi Eta Sigma national office in Kentucky, the Phi Eta Sigma Founders Fund was established early in the society's history in honor of the founders of the society.
         "I was ecstatic," Berg said, referring to how she felt when she was notified of the award. "Simply saying I was thrilled would be an understatement.
         Along with maintaining a 3.8 grade-point average, Berg has been a Phi Eta Sigma student adviser, president of the Society of Participating Honor Students, a communication and journalism adviser and a member of Campus Ambassadors and the student-run international business organization AIESEC. She also works two part-time jobs, one of them for UW-Eau Claire's BITS program (Bringing Instruction in Technology to Students), which provides free training in computing skills for students.
         "I pay for all of my school and living expenses myself, so one of the most stressful elements in my life is always how I'm going to cover the following semester," Berg said.
         This year, Phi Eta Sigma awarded five $2,000 graduate scholarships, 29 undergraduate scholarships of $2,000 and 82 undergraduate scholarships of $1,000. Each year over 200 students apply for scholarships, Powell said.
         Berg said she feels her involvement on campus and in the community as well as holding multiple leadership positions in the honor society helped her receive this award.
         Phi Eta Sigma, the oldest and largest freshman honor society, was founded at the University of Illinois in 1923. Its goal is to encourage and reward academic excellence in higher education. There are more than 300 chapters throughout the United States and more than 700,000 members.

UW-Eau Claire Home Administrative Offices | News Bureau
Judy Berthiaume
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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(715) 836-4741

Updated: Oct. 29, 2001