The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association recently continued its proud tradition of promoting student excellence at UW–Madison. After 75 submitted applications, the WALSAA scholarship committee narrowed down its search for the top 10 Outstanding Sophomores through a rigorous prescreening process that focused equally on academic achievement, campus involvement/leadership, community service, and relevant experience. From these 75 applicants, 20 were selected to interview in front of a panel of three WALSAA board members.Ten final awardees were selected based on interview performance.
"In just two years of college, these students are involved in so many things on and off campus," said Robb Bender, cochairman of the scholarship committee. "It's difficult to choose just 10 students, and we try to make the process a learning experience – for all applicants."
Winners of the Outstanding Sophomore Award include: McKenzie Rowley, Loyal, Life Sciences communications; Ryan Rebernick, Caledonia, biochemistry; Kelly Wilfert, Two Rivers, ag and applied economics; Sydney Endres, Lodi, dairy science/Life Sciences communications; Elizabeth Endres, Waunakee, dairy science; Samantha Miller, Oconomowoc, neurobiology; Siddak Kanwar, Rochester, Minn., Life Sciences communications; Alexa Roscizewski, Eagle, animal science; Sara Harn, Brooklyn, dairy science; and Courtney McCourt, St. Cloud, dairy science.