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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.


    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.


    2022 CWLC Scholarship Recipient - Jenna B

    A 2022 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Jenna Bednar, a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in neuroscience and Spanish at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Jenna grew up in Greenfield, Wisconsin, and attended Greenfield High School.

    She chose WLC because of the faith-driven educational experience and community. Jenna also appreciates the variety of experiences and opportunities the psychology program has to offer.

    During her junior year, Jenna organized an autism education and service project event that educated students on a deeper level about autism and led students in creating sensory activities for these children. She is also an active member of the Christian Leadership Certificate Program, and she has learned from a variety of leaders as well as grown in her own leadership skills. Through this program, Jenna has had the opportunity to volunteer for organizations such as Pathfinders and to organize an eating disorder awareness program on campus. Jenna also serves on the Student Institutional Review Board and is a member of the International Honor Society in Psychology. Additionally, Jenna works as the statistics tutor, helping a variety of students to develop their knowledge of statistics. Outside of WLC, she works as an Advanced Registered Behavior Technician doing Applied Behavior Analysis with children with autism.

    Jenna is very grateful to be a recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship. She is excited to continue to grow in her leadership skills throughout her remaining time at WLC and in furthering her education by attending graduate school for behavior analysis.


    2022 CWLC Scholarship Recipient - McKenna

    A 2022 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is McKenna Ely, a first-generation college student in the pre-law track, majoring in politics and law with a double minor in philosophy and theology. She plans to attend law school and use her Juris Doctorate degree to become a guardian ad litem. McKenna grew up in New London, Wisconsin, and is a 2020 graduate of Fox Valley Lutheran High School.

    Being incredibly passionate about politics, McKenna started her political activism at 18 interning for a presidential campaign and starting the College Republicans chapter at WLC. In 2021, she was asked to serve as executive director for the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans and the following year received the 2022 Emerging Leader Award and was elected secretary.

    McKenna works as the assistant to the Registrar and is also Certified Nursing Assistant. She is involved with the WLC Mock Trial Team and volunteers every summer at Keller's Lake, a nonprofit summer camp for individuals with special needs. Having a brother with cerebral palsy has sparked a passion for working with individuals affected by cognitive disabilities, largely influencing her decision to become a child advocate.


    2022 CWLC Scholarship Recipient - Elise

    A 2022 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Elise Meier, a Spanish and Anthropology double major from Watertown, Wisconsin. Elise chose WLC because of the high academic standards, servant leadership opportunities, and the supportive faculty and staff who foster her faith.

    Elise serves as a volleyball team captain as well as the spiritual life and community outreach director on Student Senate, where she coordinates multiple student-supported service projects. Through the Christian Leadership Certificate Program, Elise helped arrange "Intercambio," a language exchange between WLC Spanish students and native Spanish speakers at a local church. Elsewhere in the community, Elise is the girls leadership director at Garden Homes Lighthouse Youth Center. Elise also coordinated a mission trip with fellow WLC students to Mahahual, Mexico.

    With the support of this scholarship, Elise is excited by the opportunity to put more time into local and global service projects. As a new member of the Christian Women's Leadership Circle, Elise feels blessed with another avenue for growing her leadership skills and her faith in Christ.


    2021 CWLC Scholarship Recipient-Buiter

    A 2021 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Nicole Buiter, a junior majoring in biology at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Nicole grew up in Waupun, Wisconsin, and attended Central Wisconsin Christian High School. She chose WLC because of the supportive and close-knit family atmosphere on campus. Nicole appreciates how the small class sizes have allowed her to cultivate relationships with her professors and classmates.

    Nicole is a member of the Christian Leadership Certificate Program. Through this program she has volunteered at Bargains Galore Thrift Store in Waupun, helped organize Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week on WLC's campus, and attended leadership oriented events to help strengthen her leadership skills. Throughout college Nicole has played the piano for her church's worship services and she also plays the flute in the WLC Concert Band. Nicole currently works in the Student Success Center as the anatomy and physiology tutor and enjoys sharing her love of anatomy with others.

    Nicole is thankful for the opportunities that the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship has provided. She looks forward to using the servant leader skills she learned at WLC long after graduation.


    2021 CWLC Scholarship Recipient-Kuula

    A 2021 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Jessica Kuula, a junior student majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Jessica grew up in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, and attended Fall Creek High School. She chose WLC because of the outstanding educational experience and close, faith-filled community that they provide. She also appreciates the variety of medical connections and programs that WLC offers. 

    During the spring semester of her sophomore year, Jessica co-started the Special Olympics Club. She enjoys being able to provide unifying experiences for WLC students. She is also an active member of the Christian Leadership Certificate Program and serves on their leadership board. She has been a WOW orientation program leader to help freshman students get acquainted with the WLC campus. During the fall semester of her sophomore year, Jessica was a mentor for a student at St. Marcus through a program called Cause4Change. She has participated in a variety of other volunteer events such as Respite Day, prepping for Winterfest, the Polar Plunge, and Spread the Word Inclusion.

    Jessica is grateful to be a recipient of this one-of-a-kind scholarship. She is looking forward to continuing to use her leadership abilities as she furthers her education by attending graduate school for occupational therapy.


    2020 CWLC Recipient Image - Grepo

    The 2020 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Anna Grepo, a junior majoring in nursing at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Anna grew up in West Allis and attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School. She chose WLC because she wanted to be built up in her faith as she continued her education. Anna loves daily chapel and is excited to share the love of Jesus with her future patients.

    During the first semester of her sophomore year, Anna served as the Vice President of the Warrior Events Board. She also has been a Warrior Orientation and Welcome Leader. This past summer, Anna chaperoned a mission trip to Indiana through Wisconsin Lutheran High School, and she will be chaperoning a mission trip to Paraguay in the summer of 2020. Throughout college, Anna has taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and coached cheer at Good Shepherds Lutheran Church and School. In the community, Anna has participated in events such as Honey Creek Cleanup and Children's Hospital Respite Day. At WLC, Anna is a Spanish tutor helping students grow in confidence in speaking and writing in the Spanish language. She is actively involved in the Student Nurse Association. Anna works at Froedtert Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit.

    Anna is joyful to be the recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship and feels blessed to be part of the Christian Women's Leadership Circle.


    2019 CWLC recipient image-Boldt

    A 2019 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Michelle Boldt, a senior double-majoring in English writing and psychology at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Michelle grew up in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, and attended Luther Preparatory School in Watertown.

    She chose WLC because of its Christ-centered community. She appreciates her “WLC family” and feels so blessed by the tremendous opportunities that the college has offered her. If it weren't for WLC, Michelle wouldn't have found her passion for leadership and volunteerism.

    During the past three years, she has served as special events coordinator on the Warrior Events Board, as vice president of communication on Student Senate, and as a leader and captain of the Warrior Orientation team. Last fall, Michelle and two WLC students raised donations for individuals affected by Hurricane Michael and drove them to Florida. She also hosted a fashion show to raise clothing donations, both as part of the Christian Leadership Certificate Program. Michelle serves as an editor for the student newspaper and works in the Student Success Center as a writing and psychology tutor. She is an active member in New Friends, a club that plans activities for individuals from the community with special needs.

    Michelle is grateful for WLC and is looking forward to using her leadership skills after graduation in service to her Savior.


    2019 CWLC Image-Frey

    A 2019 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Emily Frey, who is double-majoring in secondary education and biology at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Emily grew up in South Milwaukee and attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

    She was drawn to WLC because her goal is to positively impact the lives of future students by letting her light shine for Christ, and she knew WLC would give her the skills and abilities needed to accomplish this.

    At WLC, Emily has worked in the Office of Student Life organizing the Intramural Department and served as an office aid to the vice president of student life. Emily is secretary of the Future Teacher Education Association, where she has organized and run events for future teachers. She volunteers as a 4th grade basketball coach and loves the opportunity to use her talents and abilities to teach others. During her sophomore year, Emily led a mission trip to Toledo, Ohio. Through this trip, she served a local school and congregation, which greatly impacted her passion to serve others spiritually.

    This scholarship has allowed Emily to focus on her passions and volunteer more.


    2018 CWLC recipient image-Helen

    The 2018 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Helen Joyce, who was born and raised in Ethiopia and at age 11 was adopted along with her brothers. She now lives in De Pere, Wisconsin. Helen is a psychology major with a communication minor at Wisconsin Lutheran College. She serves WLC as a resident assistant, and last year represented the college by being part of the Kapco Charitable Challenge, which focused on serving different communities around Milwaukee. She also is a member of the Warriors women's soccer team.

    Helen is passionate about travel and mission trips. She has served others by being part of a mission trip to New Orleans and Texas. Through her trips, she has developed a greater passion for helping others grow spiritually, mentally, and physically. Helen hopes one day to develop or sponsor an orphanage in Ethiopia and eventually expand to others around the world.

    The Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship has provided Helen with the opportunity to focus on what she is passionate about: performing unconditional acts of service to humanity in different communities. Sharon's generosity and selfless giving also has given Helen an opportunity to be reunited with her family in Ethiopia in May 2019. Helen looks forward to visiting foster homes and orphanages in Ethiopia. She eagerly waits to help and be a servant to these children in whatever ways that God has planned for her, after graduating and starting a new journey in her life.


    2018 CWLC recipient image-Samantha

    The 2018 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Samantha Paton, who is majoring in elementary education with an emphasis in English at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Sam grew up in Sussex, Wisconsin, and attended Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson.

    Sam was led to Wisconsin Lutheran College because she strongly believed she could impact children in a public setting by demonstrating her Christian values in and outside of the classroom. During her sophomore year at WLC, Sam served as the special events coordinator on the Warrior Events Board and was a member of the team that won the Kapco Charitable Challenge for impacting Lighthouse Youth Center and Dream Bikes in Milwaukee. She served as president of Future Teacher's Education Association, where she worked to provide future teachers like herself with skills to be proficient educators. This past year Sam organized Serving Hands, Serving Hearts, raising gifts to feed starving families in Africa/Haiti, and planned a Student Leadership Conference for college students in the Milwaukee area.

    She is currently student teaching at Lincoln Elementary in Wauwatosa. Sam cannot wait to graduate and continue to impact others in her church and community. 



    2017 CWLC Scholarship Recipient-Chloe Harbach

    The 2017 recipient of the Sharon A. Schoeneck Christian Women's Leadership Scholarship is Chloe Harbach from Nodine, Minnesota. A senior at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Chloe is double majoring in Communicative Arts and English. She has served WLC as a leader under many different titles including Chief Resident Representative of the Student Senate, Sisters In Service President, W.O.W. Leader, and W.O.W. Captain. Though she has enjoyed these experiences, her favorite leadership initiatives have been the times when she has been able to advocate for women on campus without any kind of title at all. Chloe has a heart for travel and humanitarian causes. Last May, she took a mission trip to China to see if she would like to teach English there in the future. She had a wonderful experience, so she plans to move to China after she graduates to teach English and to work on her photography.

    The Sharon A. Schoeneck scholarship has changed Chloe's life by giving her an opportunity to put more time into the things that she is passionate about both on campus and in her community. It has connected her with new individuals and organizations, most specifically Soles For Jesus. In May, Chloe will join Soles For Jesus on a mission trip to Zambia. She is grateful for all the opportunities and people she has met through Sharon and the Butterfly Brunch.


    2016 CWLC recipient image-Emma

    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 CWLC recipient image-Sydney

    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 CWLC recipient image-Sierra

    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 CWLC recipient image-Rebecca

    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 CWLC recipient image-Arlensiu

    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 CWLC recipient image-Tierney

    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 CWLC recipient image-Elise

    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 CWLC recipient image-Elizabeth

    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 CWLC recipient image-Jacqueline

    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 CWLC recipient image-Ruth

    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 CWLC recipient image-Olivia

    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 CWLC recipient image-Bethany

    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.