Undergraduate Scholarship Winners Announced

The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s undergraduate scholarships.

Congratulations go out to:

  • Yuxin Liu, Alicia Lorta, Madison Johnson, and Yumeng Wang for receiving the Alfred Reschke Social Science Scholarship; and
  • Yahvi Mahendra for winning the Andrea Michelle Sperka Sociology Fund.

The Alfred Reschke Social Science Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship fund created in memory of Alfred Reschke, a former student and assistant in the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin. It was endowed by a generous bequest from his wife, Luvella K. Reschke. The scholarship supports outstanding undergraduate students in the Department of Sociology.

The Andrea Michelle Sperka Sociology Fund is an undergraduate scholarship fund in memory of dedicated sociology student, Andrea Michelle Sperka. Throughout her undergraduate years, Andrea carried a demanding academic schedule while working to help meet her educational costs. In addition, Andrea often served as a volunteer, including her work with homeless children in Madison and in a township in South Africa. Andrea said, “Studying sociology helped me better understand the impact of a person’s conditions on their life chances…” She also acknowledged, “My sociology degree has challenged my pre-existing ideas about society and individuals, and made me confident in my ability to question the world around me and realize the possibility for change.”