Winners Selected for the Alumni Board Scholarship

April 21, 2017
Alumni Board Vice President, Joe Roy, and President, Jill Bisco

The Distance Education Alumni Board has selected students Jason King and Michael Smith as the 2017 recipients of its eponymous scholarship. King and Smith will each receive $300.

“The scholarship was created as way to help support existing distance education students with the costs of obtaining their degree,” said Jill Bisco, President of the Distance Education Alumni Board. “The board is pleased to offer this scholarship opportunity for distance education students for the second year in a row.”

The Distance Education Alumni Board represents the Distance Education Alumni Chapter of the UW-Platteville Alumni Association. “The scholarship program is an important part of the Distance Education Chapters' outreach to both current and former students. It provides an opportunity for alumni to support current students while highlighting the important work of the Alumni Association,” said Joe Roy, Vice President of the Distance Education Alumni Board.

King and Smith were chosen from a pool of 15 applicants. “The winners were selected based on a number of factors, including their overall GPA and an essay in which they detailed why they felt they deserved the scholarship. The selection process this year was a tough one as so many of the applicants excelled. I believe that it is a testament to the high-quality education opportunities that are available through the Distance Education program at UW-Platteville, and I look forward to next year’s process,” Roy said.

“We were impressed with the quality of all the students that applied and are honored to award the scholarships to these two exceptional students,” Bisco said.

King is working toward his master’s degree in criminal justice. He has served as Chief of Police for the City of Darlington Police Department in Southwest Wisconsin since 2007, and has served on the force since 1993. His involvement in the community extends beyond his profession—King volunteers with his church, the American Legion, the Driver Opera House, and the Darlington Chamber of Commerce, which named him the 2009 Volunteer of the Year. In 2016, the Wisconsin American Legion recognized him as the Statewide Emergency Medical Technician of the Year.

Smith is a student in the Master of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management program. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Iowa State University in 2014 and began the MSISCM program in the fall of 2015. Smith is an Officer in the United States Army and manages a Scout Platoon. He is currently deployed overseas and must plan ahead for the periods of time he does not have access to technology. He hopes to graduate in 2018.

The Distance Education Alumni Board Scholarship is awarded to degree-seeking students enrolled in a distance education program who have completed at least one distance course and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Additionally, recipients must demonstrate a desire for staying engaged as alumni once they have graduated. The Distance Education Alumni Board Scholarship is one of four scholarships available exclusively for distance education students. You can find more information on these and other scholarships.

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