Three UW-Stout students — Austin Wheaton, Kate Quade and William Yang — recently won regional and national scholarships totaling nearly $10,000.
Austin Wheaton, of Sturgeon Bay, a junior majoring in engineering technology, received $1,500 after being named the top draft pick during Intern Draft Day held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
The annual event featured approximately 260 students from about 15 universities in the region, with 60 companies interviewing the students for 300 internships. The sponsors were the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance and the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance.
The top draft pick for the day was based on points students earned for involvement on their campus, work experience and for how well they interviewed with employers during the day. The award was presented by Mark Murphy, Green Bay Packers CEO.
About 25 students from UW-Stout attended, with coordination through Career Services.
Kate Quade, of Milton, a junior with a double major in applied science and packaging, received $5,000 from the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute at the PACK Expo conference in Chicago.
Quade is working this fall in Kohler at Kohler Co. in a co-op position through UW-Stout and will have another co-op next fall at Prent Corp. in Janesvile. This is her second scholarship. “I have been extremely grateful to both the Stout packaging program and the packaging industry for graciously awarding these scholarships to me and to other students in our industry,” Quade said.
Six students a year from PMMI partner schools are honored. They must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, demonstrate a financial need and major in engineering, packaging, processing, mechatronics or a related field. Scholarship winners from other universities included Clemson, Rutgers and Michigan State.
“This scholarship program shows how PMMI invests in the future packaging workforce,” said Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. “PACK gives BACK is an attendee favorite year after year, and we’re proud to support the education of next generation’s industry leaders.”
William Yang, of Sheboygan, a senior majoring in computer science with a concentration in game design and development, received a $3,000 Entertainment Software Association Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship. A total of 28 students nationwide were honored.
It’s the second straight year Yang received the $3,000 award.
Yang, who will graduate in May, said he was “very grateful” for the award. During his senior year, he is developing a 3D game and software for mobile devices. He worked in a co-op position through UW-Stout last summer at Digi-Key Electronics, an electronics component distributor, in Thief River Falls, Minn., as a software developer engineer.
The ESA, a leading national organization that represents the computer and video game industry, recognized full-time undergraduate students who are women or minorities and who met several criteria, including grade-point average. Applications also included a series of essays.
UW-Stout’s computer science program is one of two on campus that focuses on game design and development. The other is the game design and development major-art, which concentrates on art and design aspects of game design.
UW-Stout student Austin Wheaton, right, meets with Green Packers CEO Mark Murphy at Lambeau Field after winning the Internship Draft Day top scholarship.