Lakeland University will welcome its fifth Sheboygan County Scholars class to campus this fall.
This program aims to retain the area's most promising young people and prepare them to assume future leadership positions within the region.
The Class of 2023 includes Zach Gallipeau, a graduate of George D. Warriner High School in Sheboygan, Bennett Josephs a graduate of Plymouth High School and Charlie Ruege and Jake Sagal, both graduates of Random Lake High School.
Scholars are selected as part of a competitive process and receive a full-tuition scholarship to attend Lakeland. The program fosters the intellectual development, professional networking and leadership skills of the next generation of Sheboygan County's corporate, professional and civic leaders.
Gallipeau has worked with a graphic design company as a cooperative education student in high school and hopes to continue down that path to a post-graduation career. He also works as an operations technician at Simply Earth, has taken classes at Lakeshore Technical College and has experience in video and photo editing and hopes to learn additional software to learn computer generated imagery and other design skills. He volunteers at his church and at Campus Life in Sheboygan.
Josephs plans to study computer science and music performance and take advantage of co-op program. He has an extensive background in the arts, having been involved for several years with a variety of music ensembles, including Show Choir, German Band and musicals and plays. He assisted in teaching freshman boys choir, won awards at state solo and ensemble contests, was a teacher’s aide assisting with summer school musical theater and drama classes and an usher/understudy with Pankratz Arts Exchange at Victorian Village.
Ruege is a history enthusiast who hopes to eventually teach history at the collegiate level. He’s played football and wrestled for most of his life, and was part of those sports, plus track and field, at Random Lake. He plans to continue his playing career at Lakeland. A fixture on the honor roll, he won a President’s Education Award, multiple school scholar-athlete awards, is Everfi Certified in financial literacy, was noted for excellence in the classroom for AP U.S. history and AP Euro history and was named Cross Face Magazine Academic All-State Honorable Mention (2016-17) in wrestling.
Sagal plans to major in criminal justice with a minor in psychology and is planning for a career in law enforcement. High school involvement included National Honor Society membership, football, wrestling and baseball (he plans to continue as athlete at Lakeland), Model UN, Student Senate and forensics. He was an honor roll student who was All-Big East Conference as a senior football player. He also served a number of community service roles, works at Mill’s Fleet Farm and is a volunteer EMT with the local fire department.
Each year, up to four students are selected as Sheboygan County Scholars. 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 scholars will have bi-annual gatherings with Lakeland President David Black, have access to external/non-Lakeland leadership development and training and networking opportunities and communication strategy and comprehension put into practice at a high and low ropes course.