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Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship

The Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship has been created by the beneficence of Sharon A. Schoeneck, an alumna of Wisconsin Lutheran College, to acknowledge, encourage, and promote the tremendous talents of our young Christian women. This $5,000 scholarship is awarded yearly to a full-time senior female student at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

  • SELECTION CRITERIA

    The recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship will:

    • have shown a personal life that is guided by Christian principles,
    • have demonstrated leadership qualities through volunteer activities on the campus, in church, and in the community,
    • have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA at mid-semester of junior year,
    • have been a Wisconsin Lutheran College student for at least two years,
    • attend monthly Christian Women's Leadership Circle Board meetings on campus as an honorary lifetime member of the CWLC, and
    • speak at the annual Butterfly Brunch on how receiving this scholarship has impacted her personally.

    2017 RECIPIENT: CHLOE HARBACH

    The 2017 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Chloe Harbach, a junior at Wisconsin Lutheran College who is double majoring in Communicative Arts and English. She is the Chief Resident Representative on Student Senate, a member of Sisters In Service, and she sings in the Praise Band. She enjoys being a voice for the student body and someone who can help develop her peers' leadership skills. Chloe's career goals include becoming a graphic designer and a professional travel photographer. 

    She is grateful to Sharon A. Schoeneck for the scholarship and is excited to utilize the connection with Ms. Schoeneck to empower the young women on campus to grow in their faith in Christ and fellowship with one another. 

    2016 RECIPIENT: EMMA POETTER

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    The 2016 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Emma Poetter, a senior Communicative Arts major at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Emma graduated from Evergreen Lutheran High School in Federal Way, Washington. 

    Emma has spent her years on campus serving in many different leadership positions at Wisconsin Lutheran College. She has worked with Student Programming and volunteered for the Warrior Events Board as the Special Events Coordinator. Emma served as a Resident Assistant for two years. She participated in a mission trip to the Apache Reservation and led a mission trip to Texas and Louisiana. For the past three years she has been a part of the Christian Leadership Certificate Program, logging students' volunteer hours, learning from guest speakers, and completing a number of leadership initiatives. 

    Emma believes that her Christian leadership focus starts with the time she spends with God in His Word and in prayer every day. This shapes her attitude to serve Him and reflect on His peace.

    2015 RECIPIENT: SYDNEY GIOVINAZZO

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    One of the 2015 recipients of the Sharon A. Shoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Sydney Giovinazzo. Sydney is a junior Elementary Education major with a minor in Learning Disabilities and an emphasis in English. She is originally from Stow, Massachusetts.

    At Wisconsin Lutheran College, Sydney serves as the president of the Future Teachers' Education Association where she has the privilege of working among the exceptionally talented future teachers in the education program. She is also privileged to work as a Student Office Assistant for the Center for Urban Teaching (CfUT), along with having served with CfUT as an eighth-grade summer school teacher at Risen Savior Lutheran in 2013 and 2014. She finds Godly fulfillment in serving His children in the inner city.

    Sydney spent two weeks serving among Friends of China missionaries in January of 2015 where God strengthened her passion, and she will to serve wherever He leads her. Sydney intends to continue expanding her missionary experience outside of Milwaukee and further into His international mission fields where she would like to serve His children with special needs. Sydney also intends to complete her Bachelor of Arts, and looks forward to waiting on the Lord for guidance on where He wills her to serve His children.

    2015 RECIPIENT: SIERRA TACKETT

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    One of the 2015 Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship recipients is Sierra Tackett, a junior Biochemistry major aspiring to attend medical school. She chose to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College after graduation from Lakeside Lutheran High School in 2012.

    One reason that Sierra chose WLC was for the abundant opportunities to become involved in research in a way that she could also learn about Christ. She not only found research at WLC, but she also found a way to combine leadership with research. She joined the WLC team for the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition after her freshman year. As a sophomore, she became the director for the 2014 iGEM team and led the team to receive a Bronze ranking at the international competition held in Boston. Sierra also coordinated the iGEM team's summer camp. Through these opportunities, Sierra discovered that sharing biotechnology through the lens of Christ with both high school students and other institutions around the world is incredibly important. She served on the Warrior Orientation and Welcome (WOW) team at WLC her freshman and sophomore years. This past year, Sierra has enjoyed mentoring new WLC students, becoming a medical scribe, interning at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office, and continuing with iGEM.

    Sierra is currently in the medical school application process, and is excited to see the road that God has prepared before her.

    2014 RECIPIENT: REBECCA GUAGLIARDO

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    The 2014 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Rebecca Guagliardo, a junior nursing student. A transfer student from UW-Milwaukee, she began her education at Wisconsin Lutheran College in the fall of 2012.

    In 2011, Rebecca took a year off from college at UW-Milwaukee to volunteer at an orphanage in the newly independent country of South Sudan. After months of caring for sick children, she was inspired to pursue a career in nursing. The recommendation of a friend for Wisconsin Lutheran College's nursing program, coupled with the willingness of the college to accommodate an overseas applicant, helped finalize her decision to enroll.

    At Wisconsin Lutheran College, Rebecca has participated in Children's Hospital's Respite Day, which is held on campus, along with a vision clinic at St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran School. Rebecca, a huge proponent of giving back to the community by serving locally, was a regular volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House and has served her church youth group for the past five years.

    After graduation, Rebecca plans to work as a Registered Nurse in Milwaukee. Upon gaining the necessary experience, she hopes to return to South Sudan and teach basic health education and disease prevention to the small village community she once served.

    2013 RECIPIENT: ARLENSIU NOVELLI

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    The 2013 Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship recipient is Arlensiu Novelli, a senior communicative arts major with a public relations emphasis and minors in digital cinema and media and media design. She was born and raised in Venezuela and moved to Milwaukee in 2008.

    At Wisconsin Lutheran College, she has served in the Spanish Club, Pathways to College, International Diversity Club, Center for International Education, Modern Languages Department, and the Digital Cinema and Media Department as co-producer of 88Blue. In 2013, Novelli was part of a film called A Mister Scrooge to See You, produced by Salty Earth Pictures.

    As an active member in her church, Novelli interns with Christ for All Nations, a media ministry, and is a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League's Heart to Heart Sister Program. She plans to pursue a master's degree in global strategic communication and intercultural communication. Her goal is to develop a community program serving the physical and social needs of the Hispanic population.

    2012 RECIPIENT: TIERNEY GILL

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    The 2012 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Tierney Gill, a history and business administration double major who lives in Milwaukee. Tierney first learned the tenets of Christian servant leadership from her parents, who homeschooled her and her 16 siblings. Tierney credits them with establishing the firm biblical foundation of leadership through service which she continues to build off of to this day.

    At Wisconsin Lutheran College, Tierney has served as a tutor and mentor through the Academic Success Center, as a member of the Student Judicial Board, and as the president of three clubs: Students for Life, the College Republicans, and Students in Free Enterprise.

    She has interned with the Milwaukee County Executive's Office and with the Office of the Governor in Madison. Tierney was nominated by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to serve on the Governor's Juvenile Justice Commission, a state policy advisory board.

    It is Tierney's utmost desire to further serve her Lord upon graduation. She plans to attend law school then serve her country in the field of politics on the national level. Tierney considers herself immensely blessed, and is thankful for her loving family, her God, and her supportive school, which have helped her to become the Christian servant leader that she is today.

    2011 RECIPIENT: ELISE HENRICH

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    The 2011 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship was Elise Henrich, an education major who lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Elise was born and raised on the Caribbean island of Antigua, where she learned the importance of Christ-centered leadership from her parents, both church workers.

    Elise transferred to WLC in 2007 and quickly became involved in volunteer opportunities. She served as president of the Future Teachers' Education Association (2010-2011) and organized events on campus geared toward encouraging education students in their studies. As an active member of the Center for Urban Teaching at WLC, Elise has worked in numerous schools teaching, tutoring, volunteering, and coordinating extracurricular programs for students, including community service opportunities. She also helped orchestrate a collaboration between WLC and Martin Luther College, which resulted in ongoing opportunities for MLC students to prepare for teaching in an urban setting.

    Elise currently is an intern at HOPE High School, where she teaches United States History to juniors. Following graduation in May, Elise plans to teach in the Milwaukee area with hopes of eventually obtaining a master's degree in administration and leadership. She feels continually blessed to work with and learn from high performance educators and cannot wait to have a lasting impact on her students.

    2010 RECIPIENT: ELIZABETH DUNCAN

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    The 2010 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Elizabeth (Lyzz) Duncan, from Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, who will graduate in May with a major in elementary education and a minor in language arts.

    Coming from a family of seven, she quickly learned how to work with others and get involved. While at WLC, Lyzz volunteered with Lighthouse Youth Center, Wandani, Institutional Review Board, Resident Life Council, and other clubs. She currently works as the writing tutor team leader at WLC and is a teacher's aide at West Allis Central High School. This past semester Lyzz did extensive research on literacy interventions, which she will present at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. This semester she has a student teaching internship at Hillcrest Elementary in Waukesha.

    All of these experiences have strengthened her leadership skills, career choice, and given her the passion to teach. She hopes to secure an elementary teaching position in the Milwaukee area. Lyzz is very excited to finish her degree and be able to make a difference in many students' lives.

    2009 RECIPIENT: JACQUELINE GARDNER

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    The 2009 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Jacqueline Gardner, from West Allis, Wis., who will graduate in December with a major in Communicative Arts.

    Homeschooled from kindergarten through high school, Jacqueline has had unique opportunities to develop her interest in advocacy. She has been a guest instructor on a variety of platforms including places like Romania, Poland, and Ukraine.

    At Wisconsin Lutheran College, she is the Theatre Department education coordinator, an Ambassador Club tour guide, and the founder of WLC's first competitive Forensics Team.

    After graduation, Jacqueline plans to obtain her master's degree in speech communication and eventually hopes to work as a communication consultant or professional speaker. At the Butterfly Brunch, she will talk about the personal impact of the scholarship.

    2008 RECIPIENT: RUTH BROWN

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    A 2008 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Ruth Brown, from Montello, Wis., will graduate in May with a double major in psychology and communication.

    She ran on the cross country team for four years, serving as its captain this fall. She also is a team leader for the Science Hall and volunteers with the Psychology Club at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.

    Ruth looks forward to graduate school, after which she hopes to practice as a marriage and family counselor and also to work toward making counseling services more accessible to people living in rural communities.

    2008 RECIPIENT: OLIVIA MONDAY

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    A 2008 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Olivia Monday, from Bluffton, S.C., who will graduate in May with a psychology major.

    While at WLC, she served as the Psychology Club president, as a Resident Assistant, and as a member of the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir. She also volunteered at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex and taught English as a second language at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.

    After graduation Olivia plans to marry and work for a year before attending graduate school for counseling. Ultimately, she hopes to obtain her doctorate in counseling psychology and work with adolescents and their families.

    2007 RECIPIENT: BETHANY WINDSCHITL

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    The 2007 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Bethany Windschitl, a senior studying psychology.

    From Sleepy Eye, Minn., Bethany is a captain on the cross country and track & field teams. She volunteers at the Mental Health Complex and is the president of the New Friends organization on campus, a program that links college students with cognitively and physically disabled individuals. Bethany is currently employed by Autism Intervention Milwaukee and is a psychology tutor on campus

    In the future, Bethany plans to attend graduate school.