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COMPASS Scholar's Program Provides Opportunity for Student
By Kari Johnson
UW-RF News Bureau
DEC. 10, 2004--A unique opportunity to learn and gain experience exists
for students of color through the College of Business and Economics (CBE)
at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. In a program begun by CBE
and the First National Bank of River Falls, the Compass Scholars Annual
Scholarship is more than just a scholarship; it is a dream come true for
this year's recipient DiAnna Steines.
Steines was encouraged to apply for the scholarship, never thinking she
would be selected. "When I received the call that I was chosen, I
was very excited," remembered Steines. For Steines, like many students,
paying for college was going to be a challenge.
That's where the Compass Scholars Annual Scholarship can help students
"It's particularly gratifying for UW-RF to witness this excellent
new opportunity First National Bank of River Falls is offering students
with the Compass Scholars Annual Scholarship," said Dean Barbara
Nemecek of the UW-RF College of Business and Economics.
The Compass Scholars Annual Scholarship is for incoming, first-year students
interested in majoring in some area within CBE. The recipient must be
from Wisconsin and be a minority student.
Whether the student qualifies for the scholarship is dependent upon the
student's ability to obtain federal funding. The First National Bank of
River Falls makes up the difference between the cost of school and the
money the student is not able to acquire through federal funding. In this
way, the student is fully funded for all expenses through their first
year at the University.
The bank also offers the student a paid internship at the bank for the
academic year and during the summer. Work schedules made flexible to accommodate
a student's hectic schedule.
"The internship with the First National Bank of River Falls allows
the student to utilize knowledge and skills from the classroom in a corporate
environment," says Nemecek.
The scholarship is applicable for one full year of academic study and
may be renewed each year for a maximum of four years to Wisconsin students
Steines is impressed with the scholarship and feels honored to be part
of this opportunity. "This scholarship is helping me through school
by taking a load off my shoulders," said Steines, who adds, "I
love working at the bank."
This unique scholarship that partners CBE with the First National Bank
of River Falls offers benefits for the University, the students and the
corporate partners. "This is a tremendous program and contribution
by First National Bank of River Falls," says Nemecek. "We hope
additional businesses will participate in this type of program supporting
and mentoring our future business leaders."
Tuesday, 22-Jun-2010 16:21:18 Central Daylight Time