Oconto Youth Awarded FYF Van Sickle Scholarship

Ember DeWitt of Oconto Electric Cooperative is the recipient of this year’s Charles Van Sickle Scholarship from the Federated Youth Foundation (FYF). DeWitt attends University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and intends to go to law school. She has a 3.68 GPA.The total scholarship amount awarded this year is $2,722.67.  

In her submission essay, DeWitt writes, “Earning a law degree will allow me to give back to my community in a substantial way. I love to raise others up and create a positive living and learning environment for others. DeWitt volunteers with various organizations including the UWGB Campus Cupboard (provides free food and clothing), Forest to Brooks Enrichment (serves youth with special needs), and Run for the Trails (annual race to fund a public trail.) She became interested in law while advocating against the takeover of family farms by industrial farms.

In recommending her for the scholarship, Dr. Nolan Bennett, assistant professor in the political science department at UW-Green Bay wrote, “Ember is a thoughtful, determined student with a driven desire to help others through law. Based on my evaluation of her intellectual capacity and empathetic approach to legal study, I strongly recommend Ember for your scholarship.”

Assistant Dean of Students Katie Morois wrote, “Ember played an integral role in our campus community, consistently exhibiting a strong sense of responsibility, initiative, and genuine passion for fostering positive change.”

DeWitt has not decided what area of law to pursue, but says she is interested in cooperative law. Her goal is to attend law school at Marquette or UW-Madison after graduation.

Congratulations Ember!