Aimee Thrune, a Lakeland College senior from Prairie du Sac, Wis., is one of 46 winners nationally of a $5,000 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) STEM Teachers for America’s Future Scholarship. Thrune is majoring in math, Spanish and education at Lakeland.
The AFCEA Educational Foundation offers scholarships of $5,000 to students actively pursuing a degree for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) subjects at a U.S. middle or secondary school.
“Aimee is an excellent student and a very bright mathematician,” said Heather Molle, Lakeland College assistant professor of mathematics. “She is quick to answer questions I pose to the class, and can also explain her answer to other students. I believe she will be an amazing math teacher. She has a passion for both mathematics and learning.”
Thrune is a standout performer in the classroom, and an active leader and participant in a number of campus activities.
As a junior, Thrune was named the college’s Mathematics Student of the Year and received Who's Who of American Colleges honors. This past June, she studied abroad in Columbia, and taught basketball to a group of Columbian students in their gym class. She also tutors area high school students.
She is a three-year letterwinner on the Lakeland women’s basketball team, and this year is serving as a team captain. She is also on the golf team. She is president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, president of Math Club, treasurer of the Spanish Club and a member of the Lakeland College-Community Activities Board and Student Association.
She works as a resident assistant for Morland House and as a campus ambassador for the college’s admissions department, giving tours to prospective students and parents.
In addition to this scholarship, Thrune also receives the Kuehn Achievement Scholarship.