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Student Awarded State Reading Association Scholarship

By Laurel Kolkind
UWRF University Communications

DEC. 13, 2007--Rachel Wilber, a senior elementary education major from Trempealeau, Wis., received a Wisconsin State Reading Association conference scholarship to attend the Young Readers Conference is held in Milwaukee extending over three days, beginning Feb 7.

The WSRA offers five Wisconsin undergraduate students scholarships to the WSRA convention held in February. The scholarship provides full registration fees, lodging and recognition at the reception during the conference weekend.

Wilber looks forward to attending the conference and thanks those who helped her reach this achievement . " I am honored to have received the scholarship from the Wisconsin State Reading Association to attend the Young Readers Conference," she says. "[I] have so many people supporting me throughout the process."

The Wisconsin State Reading Association's primary mission is to promote excellence in reading. Some of its specific goals include providing leadership in addressing issues and trends in reading and language arts to inform educators, families and communities. It also develops and strengthens an active and diverse membership and strives to create partnerships that foster literacy in the home, school, community and workplace. The WSRA encourages professional growth opportunities for families, educators, administrators, and community members. They also promote and disseminate research findings that will strengthen and support the best practices for instruction in the communication arts.

Eligibility criteria for students include being an undergraduate education student who expresses need for the scholarship and who demonstrates an interest in reading and involvement in promoting reading. The student must also secure a statement of nomination from a local council member, zone coordinator or university reading/language arts instructor that documents involvement or commitment to reading education.

Faye Perkins, interim dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, says the award portrays Wilber's hard work and commitment. "Winning this award is an example of academic excellence--one of the UWRF core values," says Perkins. "Attending the conference is a step for Rachel to becoming a committed life-long learner and engaged professional."


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