Scholarship Recipient Profiles
Scholarships Awarded: University Scholar, James Massey Honors Scholarship, Centennial Scholarship
Areas of Study: Meteorology major, Applied Mathematics minor
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2012
Hometown: Geneva, IL
Activities: NIU Chapter of the American Meteorological Society member; NIU Co-Weather Director; NIU Cooperative Weather Station observer; observer for Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snowfall Network [at home--I'm a commuter student]; University Honors Program participant; NIU College Democrats member
What is the best thing about being a scholarship recipient?
The best thing about being a scholarship recipient is being able to take a certain energy from knowing that you're among NIU's best, and transferring that energy to the scholarship and service in which you partake. Another positive point is having more financial liberty to pursue education for it's intrinsic value without having to worry so much about money.
What are your personal and professional goals?
I hope eventually to attend graduate school in preparation for research into regional climate change resulting from land-use modification. Climate change stands to be among the greatest scientific and societal quandaries of my generation, and being one who seeks truth and solutions from the ether of uncertainty empowers me.
What are your suggestions for students looking for scholarships?
I urge scholarship seekers to strive to be as good as possible at whatever it is they do. A genuine stake in that area of interest is important. Also, I suggest that they be dogged in their search. Even if the odds of winning the scholarship seem slim, it is still worth it to apply because everyone else believes the odds impossible.
What is the best thing about being an NIU Huskie?
The best thing about being a Huskie is knowing that you're getting a good value for your education.