Bright Futures by keara


Bright Futures Scholarship Winners: What Are They Up To Now?


Each year, Kimberly-Clark likes to feature updates on some of the 1,500 past awardees of Bright Futures Scholarships. Let’s see what the following college students are up to today:

Hannah Ann Thiel Hilbert, WI
K-C parent: Gary R. Thiel Neenah Cold Spring Facility College Attending: University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Year: Sophomore Majors: Psychology, Spanish and Pre-Med Honors/Recognitions: Accepted to join two academic scholar programs Extracurricular Activities: • Intramural volleyball • Psychology research studies • Spanish Club Special Interests: “I like to do art projects, such as painting, and I like to work with children.” Plans upon graduation from college: “After my five years at UW Oshkosh, I am hoping to be accepted into medical school. I have not decided for sure where I would like to go, but am looking into Cornell and Johns Hopkins. I would like to be a rheumatologist or a psychiatrist. I hope to move back to Wisconsin after medical school and land a job at a hospital. In the way future, I would like to have my own clinic.” Something else I’d like people to know about me: “I am very goal oriented and work my hardest to get the things I want. School is very important to me because it gives me the chance to learn new things, explore new topics, pique new interests, and become something in this world. I like to work with people, which is why I would like to become a doctor. It allows me to work with people and to help them at the same time. I would love to travel sometime in life as well. Overall I am very outgoing. I like to spend time with my family and friends and do the things I love most.”

Justin Krueger Appleton, WI
K-C parent: Beth Krueger Consumer Business Sales Research Specialist - Neenah College Attending: Saint Norbert College Year: Senior Major: Piano Performance and Religious Studies; Spanish Minor Honors/Recognitions: • Annual Honors Recital in 2006 and 2008 • Named runner-up in 2007 and 2008 at the Northeast Wisconsin Arts Council Scholarship Competition – College Level; • Fr. Robert Sromovsky Music Scholarship recipient • Thomas Hurley Piano Scholarship recipient • Norbertine Service Award Extracurricular Activities: • Spanish Club • Knight Theatre • Religious Education Teacher • Campus Ministry • Journey Men • Pep Band • TRIPS leader and participant • Faith Sharing Groups • Music Ministry • FLV Ministry Intern Special Interests: “I love talking with people and getting to know them. Sharing stories and seeing the world through others’ experiences is what makes life. I also enjoy sharing my gift of music with others. Music has the ability to express what words cannot. Music to me is the language of the soul.” Plans upon graduation from college: “Looking to attend graduate school in pursuit of a Doctorate in Music, hoping to teach at the collegiate level.” Something else I’d like people to know about me: “I have recently performed on the piano with the St. Norbert Wind ensemble, had a personal composition debuted at the St. Norbert College Presidential inauguration Mass as the Communion Processional, and when I am not doing music or academics, you can find me enjoying a good Packer game on Sunday afternoon.”

Julie Stachiw Huntsville, Ontario
K-C parent: David Stachiw Electrical Maintenance Huntsville Mill College Attending: University of Guelph Year: 2nd year Major: Applied Human Nutrition Honors/Recognitions: Bronze, Silver, and Gold recipient of the Duke of Edinburghs Award Extracurricular Activities: • Peer Helper at the Wellness Center • Second representative for the Applied Human Nutrition Student Association (AHNSA); • Residence Life Staff Member • Resident Assistant Special Interests: • Nutrition • Culture • Fine Arts • Music Plans upon graduation from college: “To be a dietician, travel, and volunteer overseas in my field of interest” Something else I’d like people to know about me: “Life is wonderful!”


Special Interests: • Golf • Shopping • Cooking • Movies • Spending time with friends and family • Hanging out with my boyfriend Plans upon graduation from college: “I plan to get a teaching job in the Tulsa area. I don’t have a preference of what grade I want to teach; I just want to teach children and help them gain a good education. I also plan to get married and raise an amazing family someday.” Something else I’d like people to know about me: “I am a very hard working individual. Although I often procrastinate, I never leave things undone. I set my goals high and accept nothing less. I understand how blessed I am to have received scholarships such as this one to fund my education, and I am thankful every day.”

Kasey Elayne Nichols Paris, Texas
K-C parent: Stacey Nichols Production Operator Paris Plant College Attending: Stephen F. Austin State University Year: Junior Major: Speech Language Pathology Honors/Recognitions: • Dean’s Award Recipient (2006, 2007, 2008) • Outstanding Service Award (Panhellenic Association) Extracurricular Activities: • Chi Omega Sorority • Dreambuilders • National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association • Young Conservatives of Texas • Junior Panhellenic Officer • Chi Omega Executive Officer Plans upon graduation from college: “I will graduate with my undergraduate degree in December 2009. From there I will attend graduate school where I will work towards my Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology.” Something else I’d like people to know about me: “I’m very grateful to receive the Bright Futures Scholarship. I have learned so much in my two-and-a-half years of college, and it would not be possible without my mom and dad!”

Amanda Rachelle Adney Oktaha, OK
K-C parent: Hairl Adney Mechanical Maintenance Technician Jenks Mill College Attending: Northeastern State University Year: Senior Major: Elementary Education Honors/Recognitions: • Presidents Leadership Class • Dean’s Honor Roll • Delta Zeta GPA Award Extracurricular Activities: • Delta Zeta Sorority (Risk Management Chairman and Secretary) • Member of Northeastern Activities Board • Rookie Bridge Camp Director & Volunteer • Faith Assembly of God Church (Member and Sunday School teacher)

The Rainey Brothers: Preston and Nicholas Preston Tucson, AZ Nicholas Provo, UT
K-C parent: Russell Rainey Quality Manager Avent/Tucson College Attending: Utah State University (Currently on a break serving a full time two-year mission in the Chicago area for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.) Year: Completed freshman year Major: Business Entrepreneurship Honors/Recognitions: • Top 25 of Sabino High Graduation class • 4.0 GPA Extracurricular Activities: • Utah State University Student Ambassador • Fall Leadership Extravaganza chair • USU Alumni Association • Captain of two intramural teams • Two international student organizations Special Interests: • Skiing • Snowshoeing • Playing football and soccer with friends Plans upon graduation from college: “I eventually want to own and run a gym to train high school athletes. I plan to do this with my older brother, who is majoring in Exercise Science. I would run the business end of the business.” Something else I’d like people to know about me: “My motto is ‘Be a friend to everyone.’”

K-C parent: Russell Rainey Quality Manager Avent/Tucson College Attending: Brigham Young University Year: Sophomore Major: Exercise Science

Honors/Recognitions: • On tuition scholarship at BYU for academics • Certified Personal Trainer Extracurricular Activities: • Intramural football, soccer, basketball and volleyball • Playing the piano • Personal trainer at Gold’s Gym • Returned last June from two-year mission in Orlando, FL with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Special Interests: • Nutrition • Sports • Health-related issues Plans upon graduation from college: “To train high school athletes in my own gym, owned with my younger brother, Preston. Something else I’d like people to know about me: “I work hard and enjoy life!” Note: Brianne Rainey, a 2009 Bright Futures Scholarship recipient, just became the third member of the Rainey family to be a Bright Futures Scholar.

To top