By Liz Keuler
On January 4th, our RCM scholars gathered with their parents and mentors at the Pfister for brunch to connect and share lessons and experiences from the last semester.
Markesha Parker, a senior at UW-Platteville planning to graduate in December with an industrial engineering degree, was one of our first class of scholarship students. Markesha provided the “keynote” address at the brunch, and told the crowd it was through hard work and dedication, along with “the endless help of the Rotary Club and the tremendous support and love from her mentors,” that she was able to share her experiences as a successful student. Markesha’s three key lessons were:
1. Never give up.
2. Get involved on campus.
3. Study, study, study.
Truly, Markesha has taken to heart the advice of her mentors!
After brunch and Markesha’s words, scholars split off into smaller groups for discussion, as did groups of parents and mentors. Groups were provided with questions focused on the mentor-scholar relationship, and after discussion reported back to the larger group.
Parents and mentors agreed to the importance of working together in support of the students, recognizing that it can “take a village.” We all want the same thing—a college degree for our students.
Our 19 scholars are starting their Spring 2014 semester at 10 Wisconsin colleges and universities (and one at Georgetown!). They are studying engineering, criminal justice, nursing, biology, political science, marketing, public policy, education, psychology, and more. To get involved with the RCM Scholarship program, contact RCM Scholarship chairs Eric Isbister or Jon Dehlinger.