Luther College students Katherine Salazar and Rachel Shaffer received a Karen Julesberg Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year. The $1,000 scholarship, created by Karen Julesberg of Madison, Wisconsin, Luther class of 1960, benefits Luther students involved in the TRIO Achievement Program.
TRIO is a federally-funded program providing holistic, individualized support and comprehensive programming that promotes students' academic success, personal development and sense of community.
"It is an honor and pleasure to make a difference in the lives of Luther students," said Julesberg.
Katherine Salazar, of Austin, Minnesota, is majoring in physical education (exercise physiology) with a minor in Spanish. She is involved in Launching Luther Leaders and, through her membership in Tau Delta Gamma sorority, has participated in charitable causes such as Bowling for Boobies, Norse Against Sexual Assault, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Her volunteer work also includes PALS youth mentoring, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals' Dance Marathon, Red Cross blood drives, and at the Decorah Community Free Clinic.
She plans to introduce a Chiropractic Club on campus next year and to attend chiropractic school after graduating from Luther in 2017.
Rachel Shaffer, of Le Roy, Minnesota, is majoring in health with a health and fitness promotion. She has been a member of the Luther women's rugby team since starting college. She has had various leadership roles with the rugby team, including team coach since receiving her USA rugby coaching certification a year ago.
She is also a member of Alpha Beta Psi sorority. Through her sorority membership, she volunteers with numerous organizations, including the Humane Society, Aase Haugen Senior Living Center, Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, and Adopt-a-Highway, as well as organizing fundraising events for cystic fibrosis research, the sorority's primary charitable cause.
After graduating with the Luther College class of 2017, she plans to join FoodCorps and eventually run an organic farm and work with young people to share her passion for healthful, wholesome food and responsible stewardship of the land.
The TRIO Achievement Program provides services ranging from tutoring and advising to leadership development and graduate school preparation for more than 165 students annually.
"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," Julesburg said. "Once I learned about TRIO with its variety of activities designed to support income-eligible and first-generation students, my choice was easy."
Luther is a selective four-year college located in northeast Iowa. The college has an enrollment of 2,400 students and offers a liberal arts education leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in 60 majors and pre-professional programs.