Posted by Paul Baker on May 23, 2017
WILLIAMS BAY, Wis. — Enna Peterson, a senior at Big Foot High School, has been named a Presidential Scholar at George Williams College of Aurora University in Williams Bay. Peterson is the first recipient of the four-year, full-tuition scholarship, which was established for first-time freshmen who live in Walworth County.
Peterson has been accepted into the university’s new nursing program and is enrolled for the fall 2017 semester. Peterson, 18, lives in Walworth with her parents Scott and Michelle. She will be among the first class entering GWC’s nursing program, which features state-of-the-art nursing skills and simulation labs to provide students and faculty with cutting-edge learning and teaching environments. Operating in conjunction with AU’s longtime nursing program in Aurora, Illinois, the program seeks to fill a rising demand for highly qualified nurses in the region.
“We look forward to welcoming Enna to the George Williams College campus in the fall,” said Rebecca Sherrick, president of Aurora University. “We know that our new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will offer students from Walworth County an exciting new educational option close to home.”
“It is my dream to go into the medical field, and George Williams College is going to help make that happen,” Peterson said. “This scholarship will lift a huge burden off of my shoulders and allow me to be more focused on school rather than on paying the bills.”
A competitive scholarship, Peterson was chosen based on the strength of her academic accomplishment, an essay and interview.
“Enna is a wonderful young woman who is passionate about nursing,” said Bridget McMinn, an admission counselor at GWC. McMinn also cited Peterson’s outgoing personality and many extracurricular activities, including managing the Big Foot wrestling team and her work at Fontana Paddle Company.
A serious soccer player since the age of 5, Peterson at first wanted to continue her soccer career in college but her love for Geneva Lake and especially for GWC’s lakeside campus, convinced her to stay close to home.
“GWC’s size, location and environment is just too appealing for me to turn down,” she said.
GWC also offers $1,000 renewable Hometown College Scholarships, which are awarded to incoming freshmen or transfer students who are permanent Walworth County residents.
“These scholarships reinforce the relationship that George Williams College and Walworth County have enjoyed for more than a century,” said McMinn. “We are proud to be able to give back to the community while helping to ensure the future of its young men and women.”