Vanessa Mader, a junior of Biddle, Mont., majoring in social work at Chadron State College, has been awarded the Nebraska Human Services Association 2014 scholarship.
The $600 scholarship is given annually to support a student in the state of Nebraska studying to become a professional social worker.
Mader is president of the CSC Social Work Club and aspires to one day be a social worker on a transplant team at the Mayo Clinic.
She said, “As undecided as I was right up until the start of my freshman year of college about what I wanted to be, I always knew that if I got to work with the elderly population, work would not ever be just a job to me.”
Social Work faculty member Rich Kenney said Mader is a very conscientious, dependable, and hard-working student.
“What impresses me most is her willingness to go beyond whatever she is asked to do whether it be a class assignment or in her role as president of the CSC Social Work Club,” Kenney said.
Mader said, “The time I have spent here at Chadron State learning has made my passion expand not only for the elderly but for the medical field in general. This field has so many amazing opportunities to help people. I cannot wait to continue on my path and will always be thankful for that small town nursing home where all of my dreams began."
—CSC Information Services