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Wisconsin Mathematics Education Foundation (WMEF)
Presents its

2017 WMEF Scholarship Recipients

The Wisconsin Mathematics Education Foundation proudly presented the 2017 scholarship recipients their certificates and checks at the “Celebrate WMC” event held in conjunction with the 49th Annual Conference in Green Lake. The following excerpts are from the recipients’ applications and letters of recommendation.

Arne Engebretsen Memorial Scholarship
Haley Toetz, Greendale High School, Greendale

This year’s Arne Engebretsen Memorial Scholarship recipient, Haley Toetz is completing her last year at Greendale High School in Greendale, with plans to attend Marquette University and major in Elementary Education and Mathematics.

Described by her teacher as, “...a mature individual with a cooperative spirit and a compassion for others,” Haley is currently a teacher’s aide in both a freshman/sophomore geometry and honors geometry class as well as a kindergarten class.  She also volunteers with small children at a local dance studio and has been a member of the Greendale Chapter of the National Honor Society during her junior and senior years.

She looks forward to elementary education and states, “With the right care and guidance, every child has the potential to do amazing things.”  Congratulations, Haley!

Sister Mary Petronia Van Straten Scholarship Recipient
Rachel Lee, UW-River Falls, River Falls

An Elementary Education major with a minor in Math & Science, Rachel Lee is a student at UW-River Falls and is this year’s Sister Mary Petronia Van Straten Scholarship recipient. 

Professors describe Rachel as a serious student, with one instructor commenting that “Rachel’s work was consistently among the best in the class...”

Rachel has participated in numerous activities and received honors demonstrating an interest in mathematics and education that include being a Camp Badger Counselor, tutoring at College Nannies and Tutors, and making the Dean’s List for Academic Distinction during seven semesters.  She credits a lesson by her third grade teacher as the spark that ignited her interest in teaching elementary or middle school math.  Congratulations, Rachel! 

Ethel A. Niejahr Scholarship
Josiah Owen, Marquette University, Milwaukee

Josiah Owen is a Secondary Education and Mathematics major completing his degree at Marquette University and recipient of the 2017 Ethel A. Niejahr Scholarship. 

Josiah’s credentials include: a senior mathematics assistant teacher internship, Association for Women in Mathematics student mentor, an Upward Bound Mathematics tutor, and many more.

Letters of recommendations from Josiah’s professors comment on his initiative and his passion for education, and when asked about his commitment to continuing professional development through the WMC and other similar organizations, Josiah states, “I am committed to growing with my students, as it is my biggest goal as a teacher to inspire lifelong learners who actively engage with their communities and the world around them.” Congratulations, Josiah! 




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