River Valley High School Fund

The most recent recipients of the River Valley High School Fund Scholarship are Alyssa Whitaker and Kira McGrigg. Read comments from Alyssa and Kira below.

alyssa whitaker

What are you most excited about starting or experiencing at UW-Platteville?

I think the most exciting thing is just the experience in itself. From what I hear, college is vastly different from high school. There's more freedom, and in turn, more responsibility. While I'm sure it will be a bit daunting at first, I am eager for this change.

What interests and/or hobbies do you have?

One of my major interests is visual art. For as long as I can remember, I have been doodling, drawing, painting, and sculpting; I've tried to explore every avenue of art that I can. With each passing year, I've found that its importance to me has increased, to the point where I feel confident that I will be seeking a degree in an art related field. I also have a great interest in music. I've participated in band since I was in fifth grade, and I joined choir during my junior year of high school. Making and listening to music has become such an immense part of my life, I can hardly imagine living without it.

Alyssa's Thank You Note

I would like to extend a huge thank you to the donors who made this scholarship possible. Your contributions have helped to lighten my future financial burden, and that means so much to me. I hope to make the most of this generous investment, and I plan to pursue a degree with determination and proficiency. With less financial burden to worry about, I can focus more on the learning experiences college will bring. Perhaps one day I will get the chance to give back to the community and help students in need, just as you have helped me. Once again, I cannot thank you enough for your support.

kira mcgrigg

What are you most excited about starting or experiencing at UW-Platteville?

I've had friends at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, so I'm somewhat familiar with the campus. I'm so excited to spend time in the music department. I'm a band and choir geek and when I saw the halls upon halls of practice rooms, I was amazed. As far as academics go, I'm extremely excited to be in a place where the next classroom isn't just down the hall. I'm going to love all the different buildings, and living with a friend.

What interests and/or hobbies do you have?

I'm really into makeup! I have a beauty blog that I'll hopefully be able to keep up with in college. I love collecting makeup and nail polish, and I love trying new things and looks out with it. It's probably my biggest hobby! Besides makeup, I also absolutely love getting outside, at least when it's warm out. I do different types of skateboarding like long boarding and penny boarding. I also really love stargazing and just being outside in general.

Kira's Thank You Note

Thank you so much for your generosity! I'm so thankful to have received this scholarship, and it's definitely going to be a big help to me next year. My family is pretty poor so it was such a big relief when I got this scholarship, I can't even begin to describe it. I really can't thank you enough! You're helping me get through one of the most important steps of my life, and I'm so grateful for that.

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