Lakeland University has selected four students to make up the 2018 class of Sheboygan County Scholars.
The latest recipients of this full-tuition scholarship will join 11 current LU Sheboygan County Scholars, bringing the total number in the program to 15.
Emerging this year from a field of 16 finalists to earn the full-tuition scholarships were: Michael Becker (Oostburg), John Boeckers (homeschool/Lakeshore Technical College), Maddeline Ivy (Sheboygan North) and Taylar Miller (Random Lake).
The Sheboygan County Scholars program is a Lakeland University initiative, with support from the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce and leading businesses and philanthropists. The goal of the program is to keep the area's most promising young people at home and prepare them to assume leadership positions within the community and region.
Up to four Sheboygan County Scholars are chosen each year. These recipients meet rigorous academic standards, complete an application process and interview with an LU committee.
Upon acceptance into the program, scholars will be expected to excel academically, be engaged in campus life and the Sheboygan community through volunteer opportunities and maintain the highest ethical standards.
The four newcomers will join juniors Zachery Mock (Howards Grove); Matthew Seider (Sheboygan Christian); and Emma Schad (Sheboygan Falls); sophomores Lauren Bruggink (Oostburg); Brandon Herrin (Plymouth); Shyanne Koski (Random Lake); and Dante Williams (Sheboygan North); and freshmen Dominque Lee (Sheb. North); Alyson Piper (Sheb. South); Tegan Schneider (Plymouth); and Eeshi Vue (Sheb. North).
Here’s a closer look at this year’s class of Sheboygan County Scholars:
- Michael Becker, Oostburg – Plans to major in elementary education and eventually get a master’s degree and become a school librarian … member of Oostburg wrestling team and participated in school musical and play … heavily involved with his church, including volunteering for annual spring cleaning, participating in L.E.A.P. Youth Group and assisting with the church’s video bulletin … youth leader in archery and air rifle programs … 4-H member who regularly volunteers at 4-H food stand at Sheboygan County Fair.
- John Boeckers – Graduating with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in IT networking from Lakeshore Technical College … plans to major in management information systems, get a master’s degree and work in IT administration … served internship at Sargento Foods as IT youth apprentice in end user support group, troubleshooting and resolving hardware and software issues … served as tutor for several subjects at LTC … plays piano for weddings, church events and in nursing homes … member of Royal Rangers in Plymouth and Children’s Church Crew.
- Maddeline Ivy, Sheboygan North – Hopes to become a therapist working with children, teens and adults who have mental health issues … volunteer childcare worker in the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s preschool and toddler program … member of National Honor Society and North’s soccer, cross country and track teams … participant and volunteer in North’s Expo talent show … multi-year participant in youth mission trips with First Congregational Church … multi-year cast member with Theatre for Young Audiences … participated in North yearbook and Christmas fund drive.
- Taylar Miller, Random Lake – Thinking about a career in public relations, and is motivated to do something that involves helping people and working with others … sports enthusiast who played volleyball, basketball and softball for the Rams … member of National Honor Society and Model United Nations … four-time scholar athlete award winner … led homecoming activities committee and organized the Pink Heals of Sheboygan County football fundraiser … volunteer for numerous non-profits and other causes, including a softball clinic in the Dominican Republic and at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin … academic tutor.
Click to learn more about the Sheboygan County Scholars program.