Two WWU Students Given ‘Second Chance’

Laurie Nowack and Sarah Bernskoetter, both of Jefferson City, received Zonta Women’s Second Chance Scholarships. The two women are Graduate & Adult Studies students at William Woods University’s facility in Jefferson City.

Nowack is enrolled in the associate of arts degree and will graduate in December of 2007. She is employed at Bryan Cave LLP.

“It has taken me a long time to realize that there is so much more that I want out of life,” Nowack said. “This scholarship will allow me to continue my education without some of the financial concern. It will ensure me a second chance.”

Bernskoetter is enrolled in the bachelor of science in management program and will be graduating in December. She is employed with the State of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“The Zonta Second Chance Scholarship means never giving up on your dreams, no matter how unrealistic it may seem to you at the time. That star may seem dim, but it is still shining as long as you don’t give up on your dreams and believing in yourself,” said Bernskoetter.

Second Chance Scholarships are based on financial need and are available to women at least 24 years old who have a high school diploma or G.E.D. The average award is $2,000 toward education at the recipient’s chosen college, university or vocational school. Scholarships are renewable to students who meet designated criteria.

Applications will be taken for the fall semester until July 1. In the fall, applications will be taken for spring 2007. Scholarship applications are available through school financial aid offices or by contacting Darla Porter at or (573)644-7038.