Foundation Awards First College Scholarship to Dana Angeli Rodriguez

Dana Angeli Rodriguez received the inaugural MCPASD Education Foundation Scholarship during the annual Scholarship Night at the Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 20.

Foundation executive director Perry Hibner presented Rodriguez with a $500 scholarship.

“I am so honored and grateful to receive this award,’’ she said. “It is very nice to be recognized for my hard work. The scholarship has certainly inspired me, and will motivate me to continue to work hard in college.’’

Rodriguez plans to attend UW-La Crosse and major in psychology and would like to have a career in medicine.

Rodriguez served as the Student Council vice president this past year at Middleton High School. She has also participated in Key Club, Link Crew, Drama Club and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). She has also volunteered for the Middleton Recreation Department and children’s liturgy.

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A committee of MHS staff members selected Rodriguez based on criteria provided by the Foundation’s board of directors.

“We were particularly impressed with the number of clubs Dana has participated in, along with the many volunteer hours she has completed,” Hibner said.

She said her favorite part of high school at MHS was helping with the Student Council’s annual blood drive.

“It definitely made my day to know that I was helping save lives,’’ she said.

Rodriguez was grateful for the support she has received from her parents and two brothers.

“I have learned that while shortcuts in life are tempting, the long road I have taken to accomplish my goals has been worth it,’’ she said.

The Education Foundation was formed in 2011 to provide inspiring experiences for District students and staff. The Foundation has raised more than $150,000 for its endowment fund through Madison Community Foundation and provided another $50,000 in grants and other donations to the District. Another $200,000 has already been pledged over the next three years or raised through events.

The Foundation has awarded 41 grants totaling more than $27,000 since 2013. Every school in the District has received at least two grants.

Foundation Board Chair Courtney Ward-Reichard said “we are thrilled to award our first scholarship, and also pleased that Ms. Rodriguez is the first recipient. We wish her well as she continues her education.”

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