Because I don’t need to stress about paying for college, I am able to choose jobs and participate in class and campus opportunities that fill my soul instead of my bank account. -- Cheyenne Booth, student speaker from Rice Lake, Wis..
RIVER FALLS, Wis. (PRWEB) November 16, 2018
Nine UW-River Falls students pursuing careers in computer science and marketing communications were honored recently with $1,000 scholarships from Aladtec, Inc., a River Falls-based provider of scheduling and workforce management software to public service agencies across the U.S. and Canada.
The awards mark the fourth year that Aladtec has funded $6,000 worth of academic awards aimed at developing young talent in computer science and programming, with preference given to River Falls- and Hudson High School graduates. One award is given to an incoming freshman and sophomore, while two scholarships are offered to juniors and seniors.
In 2017, Aladtec added three additional $1,000 scholarships for students pursuing careers in marketing communications.
Nine Aladtec recipients for 2018, were recognized at a recent UW-River Falls Foundation event.
Computer Science honorees included: Sophie Langlois and Riley Swanson, of River Falls; Alex Pahl, Pine Island, Minn.; Brady Lange, Lewiston, Minn.; Zain Kaiser, Edina, Minn.; and Zach Kuznia, Lakeville, Minn.
Marketing Communications honorees included Elizabeth Anderson, Spring Valley; Sara Mitchell, St. Paul, Minn.; and Kenedy Bently, Elk River, Minn.
Founded in 2003, Aladtec has employed dozens of UW-River Falls students and graduates through the years, including some who began work as summer interns and were subsequently hired to full-time positions as software engineers upon graduation. Several years ago, six UW-RF students spent their summer completing development testing on new Aladtec features. Some continued as part-time employees during the school year, and received Aladtec job offers upon graduation.
Aladtec owners Dave Feyereisen, Leo Langlois, and Chad Clay decided to fund the first scholarships in 2015 as a way of contributing to a region whose talent has helped fuel Aladtec’s success.
Aladtec’s current roster of 42 employees includes 19 UW-RF graduates -- six with Computer Science degrees -- along with another three people who are either now attending or completed a portion of their education at UW-RF. Several other UW-RF graduates gained experience at Aladtec before moving on to careers with Google, 3M, and other large firms.
Scholarship candidates must possess a minimum major GMA of 3.0 or higher and must be actively engaged in the computer science or marketing communications fields. U-River Falls Foundation staff select recipients annually with assistance from the University Scholarship Committee. Immediate family members of Aladtec owners are ineligible.
UW-River Falls began a tradition of recognizing scholarship donors and recipients with an annual recognition event. On Sunday, Oct. 28th, some 180 donors, students, campus staff gathered to meet and exchange stories.
Cheyenne Booth, a junior from Rice Lake, Wis., told attendees that receiving a scholarship made a significant impact on her life.
“Because I don’t need to stress about paying for college, I am able to choose jobs and participate in class and campus opportunities that fill my soul instead of my bank account.
“On behalf of myself, and all the other recipients, thank you and know that we are continuing to acknowledge your generosity and are paying it forward, each in our own way,” Booth said.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is a member of the University of Wisconsin System. More than 6,000 graduate and undergraduate students pursue degrees in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business and Economics; College of Education and Professional Studies; and the Office of Outreach and Continuing Education
For more information about establishing a scholarship, contact Kellie Burrows with University Advancement at 715-425-4427, or write her at kellene.burrows(at)uwrf(dot)edu.
Aladtec is an online employee scheduling and workforce management system created for public safety and healthcare organizations. It is ideal for 24/7 shift rotations. It allows users to track licenses and certifications, monitor operations from anywhere, communicate instantly, move office forms online, and control overtime.
More than 2,100 organizations across the U.S. and Canada currently use the cloud-based platform. For more information, visit http://www.aladtec.com, or call (888) 749-5550.