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Two TRIO Students at UW-Eau Claire Received Scholarships

RELEASED: May 6, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire affiliated students received two of the four scholarships awarded by the Wisconsin Association of Education Opportunity Program Personnel at its spring conference last week.

Natalie Nicholas Mai Neng Vang
Natalie Nicholas
Mai Neng Vang

Sophomore nursing major Natalie Nicholas, Waupun, participates in UW-Eau Claire's Student Support Services program, and Mai Neng Vang attends Eau Claire North High School but receives services through UW-Eau Claire's Upward Bound program to help prepare her for post-secondary education.

WAEOPP is made up of staff members throughout the state who work with federal TRIO programs, including Upward Bound and Student Support Services, to serve low-income and first-generation college students. The organization awards a limited number of scholarships each year to students who participate in these programs. Students are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, co-curricular involvement and financial need.

This is the fifth consecutive year that a participant in UW-Eau Claire's Student Support Services program has been awarded a scholarship from WAEOPP.

"Natalie Nicholas is extremely deserving of this scholarship," said Bruce Ouderkirk, director of Student Support Services. "She not only has an exceptional academic record, but she has done a significant amount of volunteer work in the Eau Claire community."

Kimamo Wahome, director of Upward Bound, nominated Mai Neng Vang, who will attend UW-Eau Claire beginning in the fall to major in psychology, for the scholarship. Wahome described Vang as an outstanding young woman with an impressive record of achievement in academic, co-curricular, leadership and volunteer service.

"She will be a valedictorian for the North High School Class of 2009, the 2009-10 student president for the UW-Eau Claire Upward Bound program, and she is the recipient of a $20,000 scholarship by virtue of being selected as a 2009 Dell Scholar," said Wahome. "Mai Neng is as hard working as she is intelligent. With these two traits, she will need to invest in a nice pair of sunglasses as her future is as bright as bright can be."

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