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2019-2020 Alumni Scholarship Recipient: Lacey Bradshaw ’20 

This year’s Alumni Association Scholarship recipient is Lacey Bradshaw ’20, an electrical engineering major with a minor in physics. Lacey’s dad, Mark Bradshaw ’96, attended Wilkes and encouraged her to look more closely at his alma mater.

Lacey Bradshaw ’20 and her dad, Mark Bradshaw ’96 .

 “From the moment I stepped onto Wilkes’ campus I knew that it was the school for me. After only being here for a few months, I convinced my sister to apply to go to Wilkes too. Now she is a sophomore in the pharmacy program,” says Lacey, who is expected to graduate in May 2020.

On campus, Lacey is involved in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Ieee) and Society of Women Engineers. She’s also worked in the Admissions Office, the Disabilities Support Services Department, and as a teaching assistant in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Physics.

What is your favorite thing about Wilkes?
The friendly atmosphere on campus. It’s amazing how many people I wave hello to in one day.

What has been your most rewarding opportunity here at Wilkes?
The engineering department allows students to take small lab classes and to use equipment while learning. This is a huge opportunity that has prepared me for my future career field. I have been grateful to have this small class-size setting.

What do you do for fun?
I like to explore nature by hiking and kayaking when the weather permits. On bad weather days, I love to read and bake. 

What are your plans for the future?

My future plans involve achieving my degree from Wilkes and later becoming a licensed professional engineer. I hope to work in a technology-driven career that will be based off of my studies at Wilkes.

Do you have a role model?

There are a lot of high-achieving people in my life that I look up to, but my main role model has been my dad. He is an engineer and has a great work ethic.

How does receiving the alumni scholarship help you and your family?

This scholarship will allow me to have a significantly smaller financial burden in the coming year. I will be able to focus more on my studies because I will not have to work as much to finance for school.

What is the best advice you would give to underclassmen?
I would suggest that every student at Wilkes find what they are passionate about and pursue it. Wilkes offers so many opportunities that not every student knows about.

The Alumni Association Scholarship is awarded annually to a current Wilkes undergraduate student (freshman, sophomore or junior) who has had a parent or grandparent attend Wilkes and has at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicants must have a FAFSA on file.

Leigh Ann M. Jacobson, CFRE Joins Advancement Team

Leigh Ann Jacobson joined the Wilkes Alumni and Development team this summer to serve as director of alumni engagement and annual biving. Leigh Ann is a certified fund raising executive (CFRE) with 20 years of fund development experience. In her role, she will develop and manage programs to engage alumni in meaningful ways to deepen their relationship with Wilkes and to grow alumni philanthropic support.  Leigh Ann can be reached at Leighann.Jacobson@wilkes.edu or (570) 408-4608.