The NUCA Foundation for Education and Research has awarded its 2009 William & Shirley Burgett Scholarship to Maria Hansel of Kaukauna, Wis. Funding for this one-time award of $2,000 is made possible by the endowment of NUCA member William Burgett and his wife Shirley.
A graduate of Kaukauna High School, Hansel is the daughter of Corey Hansel, who works in the Power Division of NUCA contractor member Michels Corporation in Neenah. In the fall, Hansel will enter the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she plans to major in mathematics. After graduation, she would like to work as either an actuary or secondary school mathematics teacher. To prepare herself for the future, she pursued a college preparatory program, receiving a number of academic awards — Academic Excellence Scholarship, National Honor Roll, National Society of High School Scholars and Who’s Who Among American High School Students. Her vocal music awards include seven firsts at regional and state solo and ensemble festivals.
Foundation scholarship recipients must be the sons/daughters of parents/legal guardians employed by NUCA member companies, student employees (including part-time) of NUCA member companies, or dependents of NUCA chapter executive directors. Additionally, applicants must be entering (as a freshman) a two- or four-year college or university in the fall.
In making its selections, the foundation’s scholarship committee considers an applicant’s scholastic standing, ACT and/or SAT scores, extracurricular activities, community service, career goals, work experience and an essay. This year’s essay topic was a three-part question: “What is your perspective on our country’s economic situation, what lessons do you draw from this situation, and how would you apply them personally?”
The judges of the foundation’s 2009 scholarship competition were: Richard Foster (PKF-Mark III Inc., Newtown, Pa.), Alan Gravel (Willow Construction, Powder Springs, Ga.), Tina Dillon (Atlas Excavating, West Lafayette, Ind.), Keisha Dillon (Atlas Excavating, West Lafayette, Ind.) and Debbie Richmond (Armadillo Underground Inc., Fort Myers, Fla.).