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Mortar Board Fellowship Awarded
to UW-Eau Claire Alumna for Undergraduate Achievements

RELEASED: Aug. 23, 2007

Lori Scardino

EAU CLAIRE — A national Mortar Board fellowship has been awarded to a May 2007 alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for her achievements as a member of the UW-Eau Claire Gold Caps Mortar Board chapter.

Lori Scardino, who received numerous academic awards and scholarships as a chemistry and biology student at UW-Eau Claire, recently received the GEICO Fellowship, a $5,000 award.

Scardino, an accomplished undergraduate researcher and a single mother of two, was one of 13 Mortar Board members to receive a national Mortar Board fellowship this year. Fellowship recipients are chosen based on academic excellence, recommendation, promise, financial need and Mortar Board involvement.

Scardino, who was initiated into Mortar Board in 2006, was vice president of the UW-Eau Claire chapter and was in charge of planning literacy-based service projects for the group. She organized after-school enrichment classes at a local elementary school and classroom volunteer opportunities for members, and she involved the chapter in the Eau Claire Public Library's Give-A-Kid-A-Book program, collecting 500 new children's books for distribution through local charities.

"I was very proud to see our members pull together and work hard to make a difference in the lives of local children," Scardino said. "Through my Mortar Board involvement I was able to meet and make lasting friendships with some amazing people."

Since the establishment of the Mortar Board fellowship program in 1941, more than $500,000 has been awarded to assist members in pursuing further study in graduate or professional school. Scardino will attend UW-Madison this fall to obtain her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular pathology.

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship leadership and service. While a student at UW-Eau Claire Scardino was one of 20 college students nationwide to be named to the 2007 All-USA College Academic First Team. She also was awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, was named Regional Student Leader by the Golden Key Honor Society and was a Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Scholar, among many other achievements.

The Gold Caps Mortar Board chapter at UW-Eau Claire was founded in 1976.

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