Northern Illinois University sophomore Jaclyn Fowler is the winner of the 2014 Virginia Wagner Educational Award presented by Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago. The Virginia Wagner Educational Award honors the effort and scholarship of a women attending a college or university to earn a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree. The McHenry resident will receive a certificate and a $500 cash award at the annual Soroptimist reception in early May.
Fowler, a mathematics major with a minor in Spanish, is preparing herself to teach mathematics at the high school level, where she hopes to help students learn that math is approachable, fun and easy. She wants to encourage students to pursue careers involving math.
A member of the Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society, Fowler works to give back to the community through fundraising and volunteerism. She was co-founder and serves as vice president of Northern Notes, an all-female a capella group that performs at NIU and in the community.
This summer, Fowler plans to be involved with GIVE (Growth International Volunteer Excursions), where she will spend two weeks building a school in Nicaragua and teaching English to the Spanish-speaking native children. She wants to share the encouragement, knowledge and confidence that she gained from her mentors and role models to ensure future opportunities for children wherever she may journey.
Soroptimist of Suburban Chicago is part of an international organization that supports women and girls. The Virginia Wagner Educational Award was established by Soroptimist’s Midwest Region to honor a past governor and her dedication to higher learning.