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UW-Green Bay Phuture Phoenix awards 24 scholarships to new, returning students

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UW-Green Bay’s signature Phuture Phoenix program has awarded more than $32,000 in new and renewing scholarships, continuing to fulfill its mission of making college a reality for students from low-income schools.

The 24 students receiving the scholarships include 18 renewing scholars who already are on campus, as well as six incoming freshmen who will start classes this fall. Each scholarship provides a total of $1,350 to help defray the cost of attending UW-Green Bay.

The Phuture Phoenix scholarships are designed to reflect and support the mission of Phuture Phoenix to inspire students to pursue a degree in higher education. Qualified students must have participated in the Phuture Phoenix program, either the annual fifth-grade field trip day or related tutoring and mentoring in area schools. Other criteria include proof of admittance to UW-Green Bay and demonstrated financial need.

Scholarship recipients are listed below, along with the name of the scholarship they are receiving:

New scholarships:

• Adriana Montejano, Craig A. Mueller Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Shi Yeng Vang, Gary R. Weidner Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Zachary Hibbard, Larry and Kayleen Ferguson Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Vanessa Jardine, Larry and Kayleen Ferguson Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Alejandro Rodriguez, Lois Beisel Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Jesus Trigueros, Tim and Maryanne Weyenberg Phuture Phoenix Scholarship

Renewing scholarships:

• Peter Her, Bill Laatsch and Fran Hunter Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Jennifer Mottl, Billie Kress Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Bianca Williams-Ford, Billie Kress Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Jonathan Menendez, Billie Kress Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Jesus Rascon, Billie Kress Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Elizabeth Sanchez, Cyndie Shepard Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Shuenn-Ting David Yang, Janet and Charles Lieb Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Adrianna Shuler, Larry and Kayleen Ferguson Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Sara Xiong, Larry and Kayleen Ferguson Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Ka Vang, Larry L. Weyers Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Zer Yang, Larry L. Weyers Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Thomas Mottl, Larry L. Weyers Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Seenia Thao, Larry L. Weyers Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Brittaney Cooney, Larry L. Weyers Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Theresa Rock, Terry and Kris Fulwiler Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Amanda Sabah, Terry and Kris Fulwiler Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Chuenhua Ho, U.S. Oil/Schmidt Family Foundation, Inc. Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
• Jesse Perez, U.S. Oil/Schmidt Family Foundation, Inc. Phuture Phoenix Scholarship

The Phuture Phoenix program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay aims to increase the odds that students from at-risk schools will graduate from high school and also pursue higher education.

Phuture Phoenix involves bringing area fifth-graders from Title I elementary schools from throughout Northeastern Wisconsin to spend a day on campus as a means to envision themselves as future college students. Phuture Phoenix mentors—UW-Green Bay student volunteers—continue contact with many of these students in Phase II of the program. The mentors work closely with students in grades 6-12, tutoring and mentoring them.

Since its inception in 2002, Phuture Phoenix has connected with more than 10,000 students, encouraging them to do well in school and dream of a future they may not have considered by moving on to higher education. The program was designed because Northeastern Wisconsin has a lower percentage of students in the state graduating high school and going on to higher education.

More information is available at www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix.

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