Faith Stauersholl, of Belvidere, Ill., has been selected as one of five recipients of the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Forward Together Forward Scholarship. Each recipient will receive a one-time scholarship of $4,000 for the 2012-13 academic year.
The scholarship was created to honor the five NIU students who lost their lives Feb. 14, 2008. Recipients were selected based upon their character, work ethic, service to the campus and community, leadership, academic achievements and their pride in being a member of the NIU community.
Growing up in sports-crazy Belvidere, Stauersholl chose a different path than every other child she knew at school: dance. Her decision meant almost-daily practice at a dance studio, where she missed out on the bonding of a team. When she reached high school, she created the free Leap of Faith Dance Program that teaches children not only how to perform the art she loves, but gives them the “team experience” she always wanted.
“(My) program has been growing ever since and is now the most in-demand program at the school and church,” said Stauersholl, who’s already volunteered nearly 800 hours. “The girls now have strong friendships through this class, and dance is finally accepted in the community I grew up in.”
The sophomore nursing major hopes to make similar impacts at NIU, where she is active in the Honors Program, and in her eventual life in health care.
“A nurse is a person who helps people through the worst day of their life,” she said. “I want to be that person. I want people to be able to trust in me to make them as comfortable as possible.”
Stauersholl is a leader in the Honors House and vice president of both the Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honors Society and the Honors Student Association. An essay she wrote during freshman English was published in NIU’s Y1 Writes book.
She volunteered for Conexion Communidad and the Honors Program’s Birthday Boxes project and performed with the Animation Dance Team, where she learned more about Filipino culture.
Joining Stauersholl in receiving this honor are four other students: Rachael Bardell, Jenifer Camery, Daihee Cho and Eric Solomon.
From the Feb. 29-March 6, 2012, issue