Ann Coplan’s grandparents inspire her. “All four of them have shaped my life in various ways, and I would not be the person I am today without them,” she wrote. Coplan, who received the George Koeppel and Frances Z. Combee scholarships, follows two of her grandparents into teaching. “Although they have retired, they continue to crusade for educational opportunities for all children,” she wrote. “Their passion and dedication never fails to inspire me.”Coplan plans to begin teaching as soon as she graduates and hopes “to inspire all of my future students and to have a positive impact on their lives.”
Why did you choose the UW-Madison?
I chose to attend the University of Wisconsin for its strong academic reputation, its dedication to research and advancement and its spectacular campus community. I knew that attending this university would grant me the chance to receive the best possible training in my field, while allowing my to explore the many opportunities that campus has to offer.
What are you involved in outside the classroom?
I currently work at Choles Floral, as well as the University Preschool Lab. I am also a part of the student organization called Badger Acts of Kindness, which strives to make campus a more positive place and to brighten the lives of others.
What has this scholarship meant to you?
The scholarships I have received have meant so much to me. Because of them, I have been able to continue to participate in a top-notch program that challenges me and makes me a better person every day. It is also great to know that there are donors out there who believe in us students and are willing to contribute.