MSTC students honored with statewide scholarships

MSTC students honored with statewide scholarships

January 28, 2013

The Wisconsin Employment and Training Association (WETA) offers two statewide scholarships and both have been awarded to Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) students.  Kristine Ahles and Matt Nievinski, both of Wisconsin Rapids, have each received a scholarship in the amount of $750.  Ahles is pursuing Business Management and Administrative Professional associate degrees.  Nievinski is seeking an associate degree in Information Technology-Network Specialist.

The scholarship application considers economic need, personal characteristics, school and community involvement, personal expression of training and career goals, academic achievement, Wisconsin residency, and two letters of recommendation.  MSTC Financial Aid Supervisor and WETA member Mary Jo Green recommended both students for WETA scholarships.

“I am confident these two individuals will continue to achieve in the classroom and community,” said Green.  “They are a reflection of the quality of students we have here at MSTC.”

Ahles originally enrolled at MSTC through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Dislocated Workers Program, and says she enjoys MSTC’s personable “hometown friendly atmosphere.”

“I look forward to coming to school and learning,” she said.

Nievinski chose MSTC because he had seen firsthand how much faculty and staff care about their students and foster student success.

“I like the fact that at MSTC you are not treated like a number,” Nievinski said.  “Faculty and staff are friendly and want to help you succeed when you put forth the effort.”

WETA established scholarships like the Harmon Memorial Scholarship and the Brasch Memorial Scholarship to help students achieve their educational and career goals.  Dennis Harmon was a dedicated professional who spent most of his work life serving the needs of the poor and unemployed through the development, operation, and management of education, employment, and training programs in Wisconsin.  John Brasch was one of the founders of WETA and remained an active member until his death.  In his role as a technical college counselor, Brasch was deeply committed to working with disadvantaged students.