Hailey Prohaska, Luther College junior from Platteville, Wisconsin, has received the Karen Julesberg Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.
The $1,000 scholarship was created by Karen Julesberg of Madison, Wisconsin, a 1960 graduate of Luther College. The award benefits Luther students involved in Student Support Services, a federal TRIO program sponsored by Luther for 40 years.
"It is both an honor and pleasure to provide financial support for students in the Luther Student Support Services program," said Julesberg.
Prohaska, daughter of Garry and Kristal Prohaska of Platteville, is majoring in biology at Luther. She is a 2011 graduate of Platteville High School.
During the school year, Prohaska volunteers at Great Strides of Northeast Iowa and is a member of PALS, Luther's youth mentoring program, and Luther's Health Sciences Club. This past January-term, she traveled to Holden village in Washington state to study environmental ethics. She also enjoys assisting with the college's prairie burns, choreographing for ballet and camping. She will spend this summer interning at two veterinary clinics close to home.
"I am thankful for the Karen Julesberg Scholarship and SSS. I know that others care about my education and want to help me along the way. SSS has taught me that my dream of getting into veterinary school is not something unattainable. They have certainly made a positive difference in my life," said Prohaska.
The student success program provides services ranging from tutoring and advising to leadership development and graduate school preparation for more than 160 students annually.
Julesberg said, "When I was considering the many worthwhile opportunities that support Luther students and programs, it took me some time to select one that not only fit my interests but also touched my heart.
"Once I learned about SSS with its variety of activities designed to support income-eligible and first-generation students, my choice was easy."
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,500, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in 60 majors and preprofessional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: www.luther.edu.