June 14, 1996
Superior Student Named UW-RF Scholar
Superior high school graduate Laura Jordan has been selected as the recipient of the UW-River Falls Chancellor's Scholarship for Excellence.
The scholarship covers full tuition, with an approximate value of $11,000, over the next four years. It is awarded based on the student's demonstrated academic excellence and leadership success in school and community activities, as well as future potential.
The selection process for the scholarship begins in the spring when the freshman applications are reviewed for ACT scores of 28 or higher, according to David Woodward, UW-RF scholarships coordinator.
Applications for the scholarship are then sent out to students inviting them to send letters of recommendation and examples of leadership abilities. A University scholarship committee reviews the applications and chooses the recipient.
Jordan, who ranked in the top 5 percent of her class, served as president of the National Honor Society, co-captained the women's varsity basketball team, was a member of the executive board for the Superior Basketball Association, and held the position of vice president with the Future Business Leaders of America Wisconsin Region I.
Thomas Locken, an SHS guidance counselor who nominated Jordan, also noted that she helped establish a tutoring service and organized a food shelf drive. "If something has to be done you can rely on Laura to do it. She will inspire others to contribute."
He concluded, "Her talent, determination and work ethics simply spell success."
Jordan will study elementary education in the College of Education & Professional Studies, which has been ranked by the National Education Association as one of the 11 best programs in the nation.
Jordan is the eighth recipient of the annual award.