Scholarship Recipient 2014: Rebecca Guagliardo

2014 Rebecca Guagliardo photo

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.