Chancellor Scholars recognized

November 21, 2013

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Chancellor Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship program with a limited number of entering freshman recipients annually. Program benefits include scholarship funds up to the full cost of tuition and fees, leadership opportunities and gatherings with the chancellor and other leaders in the UW-Platteville community. The scholarship is renewable and based upon student performance. 

Students are selected based upon demonstrated leadership in their school and community. Academic excellence and standardized test scores are factors in the selection process. Financial need is another area of consideration.

Samantha Borkgren of Geneseo, Ill., is majoring in business administration with minors in psychology and media studies. With a diverse degree, Borkgren hopes to have many career opportunities available upon graduation in the areas of human resources, public relations or marketing. She is a member of the Equestrian Club, Swing Club, Habitat for Humanity and intramural volleyball. “When I came to visit UW-Platteville, I fell in love with the beautiful campus and the welcoming faculty,” said Borkgren. “I knew that UW-Platteville was the one for me.”

James Brabant of Peshtigo, Wis., is obtaining a degree in business administration with a minor in renewable energy that will allow him to pursue a career as a business consultant on a global scale. On campus, he has become involved with Intervarsity as well as intramural softball and football. “I chose UW-Platteville because of its reputation for academic excellence,” said Brabant.

Erin Litterst of Milan, Ill., is attending UW-Platteville to major in biology. Litterst chose to pursue this major because of her strong interest in this field of study. She hopes to use her degree to become a physical therapist. On campus, Litterst is involved in the Equestrian Club and Biology Club. “When I visited UW-Platteville, I knew that I wanted to go here,” said Litterst. “Being part of the Chancellor Scholars has changed my life. It has allowed me to meet many amazing people.”

Sydney Kilcoin of Rockridge, Ill., is majoring in general engineering. Working as a design engineer and working abroad are among the plans that she has for her future. Kilcoin belongs to Engineers Without Borders, Society of Women in Engineering, Intervarsity, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is on the women’s golf team. “I chose UW-Platteville because it has a well respected engineering program as well as a collegiate golf team,” said Kilcoin.

Mitchel Burkholder, from Dickeyville, Wis., is a criminal justice major with plans to enter the field of law enforcement upon graduation. “The Platteville Police Explorer Post helped me decide that criminal justice would be a career that I would enjoy doing every day,” said Burkholder. He is active on campus with the UW-Platteville Lion’s Club, and kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu clubs. “UW-Platteville has great academic and social environments,” said Burkholder. “I couldn’t be happier with my decision to attend UW-Platteville.”

Megan Kubatzke of Milwaukee, Wis., is pursuing a degree in environmental engineering and reclamation. “I want to work in a career where I can give back to the environment and the global population in order to benefit future generations,” said Kubatzke. Engineers Without Borders, Swing Club and being the publicist for the Green Campus Project are activities that she has pursued at UW-Platteville. “My parents are both alumni and even got married here,” said Kubatzke. “UW-Platteville is part of our family.”

Stephanie Walrack is a biology major from Mineral Point, Wis., who plans to become a high school biology teacher. Walrack chose her major because of her experience with biology in high school. Her campus engagement includes being a member of the University Singers, Outdoor Adventure Club and Biology Club. “I chose UW-Platteville because of the comfortable campus size and the accessibility to professors,” said Walrack.

Benjamin Cole of Rochester, Minn., is pursuing a degree in general engineering. He is interested in engineering because of his interest in math and physics. “I enjoy math and physics because of the problem solving skills involved in those areas,” said Cole. “UW-Platteville teaches students to be quality engineers.” On campus, Cole is involved with Intervarsity, Engineers Without Borders and the on-campus Christian ministry.

Mallory Jasicki is a business administration and chemistry major from Rice Lake, Wis. Upon graduating, she plans to attend pharmacy school and continue working with volunteer organizations. Her double major will allow her to have a broad base of knowledge when working as a pharmacist in the future. Jasicki is involved in the Tennis Club, Intervarsity and Bridgeway Common’s Hall Council. “I enjoy the small town atmosphere and the student to teacher ratio here at UW-Platteville; I learn better in this type of environment,” said Jasicki.

William Slaven of Mason City, Iowa is seeking a degree in general engineering. His future plans include obtaining a master’s degree in civil engineering. “Math and science have always interested me,” said Slaven. “Engineering is the perfect fit for me because it combines two fields of interest; engineering is a creative science.” Along with his studies, Slaven is a member of the football team. “I chose UW-Platteville because of the engineering program, nationally ranked football program and the amazing campus atmosphere,” he said.

Andrea Wenzel is an animal science major from Stratford, Wis. Upon graduating from UW-Platteville, she plans to attend veterinary school to become a veterinarian for zoo animals. “I chose my major because I have always liked animals and my high school agriculture teacher showed me many opportunities to work with them,” said Wenzel. She is part of the Green Campus Project, Collegiate FFA and Pre-Vet Club. “The small town atmosphere and beautiful campus attracted me to UW-Platteville.”

Written by: Ethan Giebel, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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