Students honored with Margaret Wakeley scholarship
September 27, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – On Sept. 8, Melissa Seeborg ’13 and Jazmyn Becker ’12 received
the Margaret Wakeley scholarship from the Professional Women of McLean County. The
scholarship is open to students of junior or senior standing at Illinois Wesleyan
University, Illinois State University or Lincoln College. The $1500 award is named
after the first president of the Women’s Division of the McLean County Chamber of
Commerce, Margaret Wakeley, and is intended to honor students of academic excellence
who are seeking college degrees. Applicants are evaluated on academic standing and
participation in leadership activities, among other criteria.
Seeborg, a native of Bloomington is an economics major with a minor in political science.
“I am very honored to be recognized by such admirable women. The members of the organization
are all skilled, confident and caring. It is a blessing to have this organization
along with its members in our community,” said Seeborg.
Working this summer as an intern at the Action Research Center (ARC), Seeborg was
given the opportunity to explore areas of community involvement and leadership. After
graduation, she would like to attend law school and work in a field where she can
directly connect with people and impact their lives in a positive way.
Becker, a native of Bloomington, Minn. is a double major in business administration
with an emphasis in marketing and interdisciplinary educational studies in public
policy. “I was so grateful to receive this scholarship, especially because it is from
such a wonderful organization,” she said. “The Professional Women of McLean County
are a group of highly aspiring women who balance career, children, not-for-profit
work and much more. I was so happy that women of this caliber felt I deserved this
An ARC intern this summer as well, Becker worked three days a week at State Farm Insurance
Company and two days each week at a local not-for-profit organization. This unique
combination helped her decide a future career path. Because of her interest in policy
work for public education, as well as the legal aspects surrounding human resources,
she is currently applying to a teaching position and corporate leadership development
Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181, email@example.com