WG enables Marquette student to be the first member of her family to earn a college degree

Natalie Busalacchi WI Grant RecipientNatalie Busalacchi, a senior in Marquette University’s college of nursing, soon will be the first person in her family to graduate from college.

A native of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Natalie is a nursing major. Natalie believes her Marquette degree will be not only a gateway into the working world, but also an opportunity to further her education.

After graduating, Natalie plans to practice as a registered nurse with a focus in veteran-centered care. She is also interested in continuing her education by attending graduate school to earn a master’s degree in a specialized field of nursing.

“Natalie Busalacchi is an exceptional nursing student,” said Dr. Kerry Kosmoski-Goepfert, R.N., associate dean and associate clinical professor in the College of Nursing. “She is intelligent, determined, and compassionate in all that she does and therefore is respected by the faculty, colleagues, and the nursing staff and patients with whom she works. Natalie is truly deserving of the Wisconsin Grant award.”

Natalie says that her sights were always set on attending Marquette. “When I first looked at Marquette, I felt the sense of community and passion from Marquette staff and students campus wide,” Natalie says. “I was also lucky to have been accepted at a university that offered direct admission into a specific college such as nursing.” This meant that she could begin working toward her nursing degree without delay and without the uncertainty that arises when there is no decision until your Sophomore year.

Natalie has gone above and beyond to get involved in her campus and her community. She has been a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing since her junior year. She is also a member of the Marquette University Student Nurses Association and enjoys participating in nursing activities on and off campus.

She is a member of the Veteran Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP) and was chosen this past summer to work as a Veteran Affairs Learning Opportunity Residency (VALOR) student at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Natalie has enjoyed many hours volunteering at Penfield Children’s Center and Epic Community Center Organization.

With the help of the Wisconsin Grant and other sources of financial aid, Natalie was not only able to afford the college education she wanted, but she can now continue on the path of being a life-long learner and make a difference for others in the community.

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