$500 Rutledge Memorial Scholarship
A 1994 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Melissa is returning to school at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to earn a master of science degree in clinical mental health counseling, which she hopes to complete by May 2016. She earned her bachelor’s degree in German literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked in non-profit, educational and business settings. Her experience in training and education has contributed to an interest in seeing people learn and improve their relationships with others. Upon receiving her degree, she hopes to work with families affected by, and individuals who have, a mental illness.