Ruth Miller Challenge Scholarship Winners Announced

August 31, 2016

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Distance Learning Center is pleased to announce two students have been awarded the 2016 Ruth Miller Challenge Scholarship. Andrea Anderegg and Allison Yonda will each receive $750 for the fall 2016 semester.

The scholarship was founded by alumna Ruth Miller in 2015 to honor the role education played in her life. Miller was a single working parent when she completed her Business Administration degree in 1982 and went on to a successful career in the energy field. Through her scholarship, she hopes to help fellow business students balance their education with other aspects of life such as financial obligations, careers, and other challenges.

As part of the application process, students submitted an essay addressing the challenges they face in obtaining a degree. Tara Krueger, chair of the scholarship committee, said it was the essays that made Anderegg and Yonda stand out among the applicants.

“Andrea and Allison both submitted excellent essays that really captured their dedication to education,” Krueger said. “Overcoming the odds is what this scholarship is all about and we are honored to provide some financial assistance as they work towards their degrees.”

This is the first year the Ruth Miller Challenge Scholarship has been offered, and as an annual scholarship a winner will be selected each fall. Those interested in applying can find the scholarship application and criteria here.

About the Winners:

Andrea Anderegg lives in Guttenberg, Iowa and has worked in healthcare for over 15 years. She decided to return to school to obtain a degree that would help her take the next step in her career and provide more financial stability for her and her daughter. While balancing work, school, and family, Anderegg has maintained a 3.5 GPA and plans to graduate in 2017. She said it has not always been easy, but she is proud of her work and hopes it inspires others.

“My challenges do not define me,” Anderegg said. “Overcoming my challenges one by one will show that I am able to grow and able to learn. I can inspire someone that has similar challenges and show myself and others that it is worth it to take on school.”

When her father suffered a heart attack in 2014, Allison Yonda decided she needed a more flexible option for pursuing her degree, one that would allow her to work full-time and spend time with her family in East Dubuque, Illinois. Her employer has been supportive of her educational efforts by providing tuition reimbursement, however Yonda said the scholarship funds will also be a great help, and she is grateful for the emotional and financial support she has received.

“Without my family, I would not have had the courage or bravery to start taking courses again. Without UW-Platteville and Distance Education, I would not have this great opportunity to take my classes at an inexpensive rate from the convenience of home. Although there were challenges and ups and downs in my educational career, I would not trade it for anything.” Yonda said.

About UW-Platteville Distance Education
UW-Platteville offers five master’s degrees entirely online in criminal justice, organizational change leadership, project management, engineering, and integrated supply chain management, along with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and criminal justice at a distance. Visit our online degrees, call 800.362.5460 or email DistanceEd@uwplatt.edu to learn more about online opportunities.

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