MADISON – Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG), a statewide, nonpartisan, non-profit organization of professional women in and around government service, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022-2023 undergraduate scholarships.

Jenasea Hameister is a junior at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. She is a junior studying public administration with a minor in legal studies. She is senator in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, and she is the president of the Panhellenic Council.

Heidi Ann Quackenboss is pursuing an associate’s degree in criminal justice at Moraine Park Technical College. She is a full-time lieutenant with the Department of Corrections. She expects to graduate in May 2023 and wishes to use her degree to advance in state service.

Elena Patilliet is a senior at Beloit College. She is majoring in international relations and Middle Eastern studies. She is spending her senior year in Israel and Morocco, and her goal upon graduation is to join the United States Foreign Service. In 2021 she received a Gold-Medal Congressional Award from the United States Congress.

“We are honored to award this financial assistance to three women interested in careers in government,” said WWIG President Audra Cohen- Plata. “Each has already demonstrated a commitment to public service, and all three show incredible promise. We are proud to recognize their accomplishments, and I am pleased that WWIG can support their education.”

Each student will receive $3,000 from WWIG, which annually awards three undergraduate scholarships to students interested in a career in government or public service. One scholarship is available for one student in each of the three statewide higher education organizations, including the University of Wisconsin System, Wisconsin Technical College System, and Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

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