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UW-Eau Claire Students Awarded Scholarship from Friendship Ventures

RELEASED: Nov. 28, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire juniors, Jennifer Morvak, Manitowoc, and Kristina Hesse, Cologne/Chaska, Minn., dedicated their summers to working with children and adults with disabilities and received scholarships for their commitment from Friendship Ventures, a non-profit agency that provides recreational and leisure activities for children and adults with disabilities.

Morvak, a music therapy major, was hired as a counselor for Camp Friendship, one of two camps operated by Friendship Ventures. Hesse, a communication disorders major, worked at Camp Eden Wood, the other Friendship Ventures camp. Their main responsibilities included providing direct care to camp participants while creating a fun environment for all campers.

Staff members may apply for a scholarship while working at Friendship Ventures. Scholarships are awarded based on several positive attributes that staff members should demonstrate. According to Shannon McGuire, program manager for Friendship Ventures, both Morvak and Hesse had a positive influence on their fellow staff members and also had an impact on the lives of camping participants.

"Friendship Ventures is a great organization to work for if you are in a major in which you will be working with people with any sort of disability," said Morvak. "The people that attended this camp and the other employees taught me a lot about communication, teamwork, problem solving and putting others' needs before your own."

Hesse agreed that the camp was a great place to work and also said she learned a lot from both campers and co-workers.

"Working for Friendship Ventures was an eye-opening experience and I look forward to working at the camp again," added Hesse.

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