The College of Letters and Science is pleased to announce the recipients of the annual Liberal Arts Scholarship offered by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Kirsten Scheller-Suitor, an elementary and special education major in the College of Education and Human Services, has won the $1,000 award for a student from the professional colleges or Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement. Meghan Owens, a political science major in the College of Letters and Science has won the $1,000 award for a student in Letters and Science. Both essays were characterized by the judges as clearly demonstrating an understanding of the significance of a liberal arts education.
This year's essay prompt, in conjunction with the UW System Liberal Arts Scholarship competition, asked applicants to respond to the following:
In his essay "Only Connect," William Cronon outlines ten qualities that distinguish a liberally educated person. Describe a moment from your recent education when you have been most vividly aware of the importance of one of these qualities. You may find the Cronon essay here: http://www.williamcronon.net/writing/Cronon_Only_Connect.pdf
Described by one of her professors as "genuinely committed to learning and to the art of exchanging and honing ideas...and passionate about helping others achieve their full potential," Ms. Scheller-Suitor provides a perceptive discussion of the prompt in her essay entitled "Liberal Arts Education: Why I Began to Find It So Precious." She discusses how an assignment to visit and critique a campus art exhibit enlightened her on the importance of thoughtful, persuasive writing and mindful discussion of varying perspectives.
Ms. Owens professor highlights "her ability to connect the contribution of her research to the larger scholarly discussion." Her essay, "Learning as a Way of Life," discusses her studies in political science, stating that they "ingrained in me that the true core of education lies in the application of knowledge to the real world."
We extend our sincerest congratulations to Ms. Scheller-Suitor and Ms. Owens, and we offer our warmest wishes as they continue their studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Click on the links above to read their winning essays in their entirety.