AFT-Wisconsin is a very diverse union, however, we highly value and honor education. As such, we offer scholarships for members' children and grandchildren of current or retired AFT-W members who will be attending technical colleges or universities. This year two $500 technical college scholarships and three $1,000 university scholarships were awarded.
The first technical college scholarship was awarded to Kayla Mowrer, who graduated from Hortonville High School and is enrolled in the veterinarian technician program at the Madison Area Technical College. In high school she was a member of the National Honor Society, link crew, and show choir. Kayla currently works at Woodman's Grocery Store. Her mother is a member of Local 6259, the Hortonville Federation of Teachers.
The second technical college winner is Stacy Stagliano, a graduate of Memorial High School in Eau Claire. She attends the Chippewa Valley Technical College pursuing a degree in radiology and plans a career as a radiologic technologist following graduation. She works at K-Mart and at summer day camps for her church. She also participates in a work study group at the Chippewa Valley Technical College working with students with disabilities as well as doing computer information processing. Her mother is a member of Local 4018 at Eau Claire Memorial High School.
Our first university scholarship recipient was Katherine Cable from North High School in Eau Claire. Katherine was valedictorian of her class with a 4.0 average, member of the National Honor Society, and an Excellence in Education Award Winner. She was active in tennis, track and field, and band as well as a member of the link crew and math team. She volunteers as a tutor in math and reading at a local elementary school and works at the Chippewa Valley Museum and public library. Katherine plans to obtain a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and become an actuary upon graduation. Both her parents are members of Local 1907, the Chippewa Falls Federation of Teachers.
Our second university scholarship recipient was Nikki Niewold who graduated from West High School in Madison with a 4.0 average. She plans to study biology and go on to medical school to become a pediatric endocrinologist. She also is interested in global public health. Nikki was a member of the National Honor Society, a national merit semifinalist, student council secretary and an active member of the cross country and track teams. She spent a semester as a foreign exchange student to Rancagua, Chili. Nikki volunteers at the Madison Creative Arts Program and has worked at Wingra Boats. Both parents are union members. Her mother is a state employee and her father a member of Local 243, Madison Area Technical College.
George Pulvermacher received our third university scholarship. He attended Benton High School where he graduated as valedictorian with a 4.0 average. George was a member of the National Honor Society, student council, math team, pep club and FFA. He also was active in football, basketball and track. He plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to obtain a degree in biology. His further education plans are to attend graduate school to become a physical therapist and return to Southwest Wisconsin to work in a local hospital. George works as a lifeguard at Cole Acres Pool, serves as a crossing guard and has worked as a floor sander. George's mother is a member of Local 3670, the Professional Staff Association.
AFT-Wisconsin scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, community and extracurricular involvement, family union involvement, and a written essay. Scholarship applications are available on our website around January 1, and the application deadline is March 15. The AFT-Wisconsin scholarship program is made possible by the voluntary contributions of its members. If you are interested in contributing to the scholarship fund, please contact AFT-Wisconsin Secretary Deb Ausman at firstname.lastname@example.org.