Rebecca Turk, a senior at Clark Street Community School, received the 2016 MCPASD Education Foundation Scholarship during the annual Scholarship Night at the Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 18.
CSCS principal Jill Gurtner presented Turk with a $500 scholarship renewable for up to four years.
“I was so excited to hear that I received a scholarship,” Turk said. “It was such a great surprise, and it eased my mind a bit about starting college in the fall. I texted my advisor as soon as I opened the letter because I couldn’t have done it without her. … I am truly grateful.”
It is the second student scholarship the Foundation has awarded. Dana Angeli Rodriguez was named the Foundation’s inaugural scholarship recipient in 2015. Her scholarship was originally for $500, but will also be converted to a renewable scholarship worth up to $2,000, Foundation executive director Perry Hibner said.
Turk plans on attending Madison College. She would like to earn her associate degree and eventually transfer to UW-Madison to become an art teacher.
“I love painting and I want to teach others how to make art,” she said.
Turk was a member of the media and dance clubs while in high school. She also participated in the art show with Gio’s Garden. As a senior, she served as a student ambassador for CSCS. She has also worked at Culver’s in Middleton.
A committee of MHS staff members selected Turk based on criteria provided by the Foundation’s board of directors.
“We are thrilled that Rebecca is our second scholarship recipient,” Hibner said. “She is very deserving and it is our hope that one day she may return to the District as a teacher.”
Turk said her favorite experience in high school was being selected to be the first student intern at CSCS.
“I love helping other people learn about what we do through presentations and outreach, because I really feel like a part of my school community when I help others learn about it,” Turk said.
The Education Foundation was formed in 2011 to provide inspiring experiences for District students and staff. The Foundation has raised nearly $200,000 for its endowment fund through Madison Community Foundation and provided another $75,000 in grants and other donations to the District.
The Foundation has awarded more than inspirational grants to staff totaling close to $40,000 since 2013. Every school in the District has received at least two grants.