Global Experience sets scholarship winner apart

Mary Lindahl hiking in Guam
Mary Lindal taking pilot lessons


While her classmates are fast asleep, Mary Lindahl is busy studying. Her husband’s work with the U.S. Navy has taken them from Wisconsin to bases throughout the U.S. and now to Guam, where a 16-hour time difference means she operates on a very different schedule from most of the students and faculty in the Master of Science in Engineering program. This has presented challenges at times, but Lindahl said that the help she has received from people in the program has made all the difference.

“Right away, I knew that I wanted to go to UW-Platteville. I talked with the faculty before I applied and they were extremely helpful and knowledgeable on what I wanted to do,” Lindahl said. “The advising I have received is on a personal level that makes me feel like I am not forgotten while living overseas.”

By carefully tracking deadlines and staying in frequent contact with her classmates and instructors, Lindahl has excelled in her courses and maintained a 4.0 GPA. This experience, along with a well-written essay, earned her the 2018 John Deere Women in Engineering Scholarship. For Lindahl, winning the $2,000 award proves that all the late nights and careful planning has been worth it.

“Winning the John Deere Women in Engineering Scholarship means that hard work does pay off. It means that all the time and effort I put into each class has not gone unnoticed, and I am extremely grateful that they awarded me this scholarship. I’m honored that they thought I was worthy enough and it gives me motivation to continue working hard to pursue my dreams,” Lindahl said.

Although Lindahl is not currently working in the engineering field, she has found ways to apply lessons from courses like ENGRG 7070 - Optimization in Engineering Applications in her work as a volunteer for the Navy & Marine Corps Relief Society. And as she plans for a future career in structural and geotechnical engineering and her family’s next move to London, England in May 2018, she knows that her education will help her keep moving forward.

“I never want to stop learning, and I think it is imperative to keep up with the newest technologies in the engineering field of my choice,” Lindahl said. “Receiving my master’s degree from UW-Platteville will allow me to apply for positions that were once out of my reach. I’m excited to see where the degree will take me,” Lindahl said.

Written by: Megan Hinderman, writer and editor, Distance Learning Center,

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