Meet our Students & Alumni
Stephanie Freis, UW-S 2010 Graduate of the Year
“Numerous positive experiences have stemmed from my education at UW-Sheboygan. I have become a leader on campus by joining various organizations and committees, obtained invaluable internships, and have been awarded scholarships to assist me in my career goals. The support I've experienced at UW-S has made me feel like the community believes in me and my generation, making success seem attainable. I am grateful for all that UW-Sheboygan has offered. Choosing to start my education here and taking advantage of the opportunities provided was one of the best decisions I've made. Thank you!”
Maria Dahn, 2009 UW-S Graduate
“During these tough economic times, returning to college to complete a degree is almost a necessity. However, I know I’m not alone when I say that the financial burden a quality education brings can be intimidating. Receiving these scholarships has allowed me to continue on my path toward a four-year degree without worrying about what additional sacrifices my family may need to make before I can provide for them the way I’d like to.”
Ande Vanderwalker, 2008 UW-S Graduate of the Year
“The ability for me to receive scholarships has allowed me to lower my work load, in turn giving me more time to focus on my education. Without scholarships, I would not be able to take as many classes as I have, and my college career would be very long.”
Mark Schroeder, 2008 UW-S Graduate
“Receiving a UW-Sheboygan Foundation grant, and now the Transfer Scholarship, has helped me to finish my first two years of college without any debt — a very rare occurrence — which will help immensely as I still have many years of education to go!”
Lyndzi Miller, UW-Sheboygan 2007 Graduate of the Year
"UW-Sheboygan was the best start for me because I could work one on one with my professors, something which I rarely could ever do at another university. By the time I graduated, not only did most of the professors and staff know me by name, but they also knew who I was. UW- Sheboygan's tuition was affordable, but the quality wasn't cheap. It was what we students call a gourmet education for a McDonald's price. The monetary element factors into the fact that unlike my peers that went straight to four-year schools like Madison and Milwaukee, I will not start my education off in debt -- and due to the quality of education I have received, I don't think my education will end in debt either. Because UW-S was such a small campus, it had its own community that was close-knit and easy to get into. I joined clubs and attended meetings with the same people I went to class with each day and developed rapports with more individuals than I would have in a larger campus where it seems students introvert themselves more often. I really enjoyed UW-S and I'm incredibly grateful I started my college years off there."
Kelly Lair, UW-S Alumnae
"Attending UW-Sheboygan was probably the best choice I could have made when it came to my education – the small class sizes, one-on-one interaction with professors, low tuition costs, convenient class schedules and guaranteed transfer program all made UW-Sheboygan worth attending. I cannot believe how much I have learned here, not only academically, but about myself. When I transfer to a four year campus, I will be ready and prepared for the life ahead of me."
Jessica Donlon, 2005 UWS Graduate
"Attending UW Sheboygan is a great way to begin your successful college education. The small class sizes give the outstanding professors an opportunity to work one-on-one with each of the students. I am also impressed with the great facilities and with the thousands of dollars that I have saved."
Pa Moua, UWS Graduate
"I decided to make UW Sheboygan my first choice because of its small class sizes, guaranteed transfer, and individual attention from the faculty and staff. It offers low tuition, a convenient class schedule, and leadership opportunities for freshmen. There are also many clubs and organizations. I am confident that UW Sheboygan will help me make a difference in my family and in this society in the years to come."
Andrew Smith, UWS Graduate
"I couldn't have made a better choice than UW Sheboygan — not only because of the cost but also because of the value. I think it would be hard for other institutions to match UW Sheboygan for the educational experience provided by the rigorous courses and the helpful faculty and staff."
Laura Dolfin, RD, CD, Registered Dietitian
St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan
UW-Sheboygan 2004 Graduate,
Mount Mary College 2007 Graduate,
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
"I had been out of high school for 16 years and had been a stay-at-home mom for the last six years... Because I had chosen to forgo a four-year college after high school to join the workforce and get married, I had always had some nagging questions in the back of my mind. Namely, if I had gone to college, what would it have been for, could I have handled it and how might my life be different? ... With the support and encouragement of my husband, I summoned up the courage to take the first step and check into what UW-S had to offer me. I found that I would be able to take about 60 of the required 128 credits I need to become a Registered Dietitian right here in Sheboygan. So I dove in headfirst into the world of classes, homework and tests. My two years at UW-Sheboygan were by far the best! The professors were intelligent, supportive and challenging. They knew my name and were always available to offer advice and help with difficult problems. When I transferred to Mount Mary, there was no doubt in my mind that I would be able to succeed there... If you have the desire to further your education or have some of those same nagging questions, why not take that first step? Call UW-Sheboygan to find out what they have to offer. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!"
Jeff Faucher, UW Sheboygan 1993-1995
UW-Milwaukee, Chemistry Major
Chemist, Compton Corporation, New York City
By spending my first two years at UWS, I was able to keep my same job and still live at home, allowing me to save money. Also, the classes are taught by actual professors, something you don't find at bigger colleges, where most of the classes are taught by teaching assistants, and you often don't ever get a chance to talk with the professors.
Gayle A. Kiszely, UW Sheboygan 1997-1999
Marian College, 2001, B.S. History
Marquette University, Masters History, 2003
Heritage Research Ltd. and Marian College
I transferred all of my UW-Sheboygan credits to Marian College for my B.S. in History and then continued in history at Marquette University for my Master's. My professors at Sheboygan, in history as well as geography, literature and psychology, intellectually challenged me for the demands of graduate school and the business world. I currently am applying that education as a staff historian at Heritage Research, Ltd., a historical consulting firm, and as an adjunct instructor at Marian College.
Elizabeth Torstveit, UW Sheboygan 1996-1998
UW-Stevens Point, 2000, B.S. Biological Sciences
Zookeeper, Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City
My education at UWS helped me reach my goal to become a zookeeper. I chose UWS because I could live with my parents and save money. But I ended up with a lot more than a bargain. Professors and even staff members like the library director were there to guide me through and give me confidence. They helped me, but I worked hard and I'm proud of how well I did.