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Mills Woman Named UW Edelweiss Fund Scholarship Winner

May 11, 2016

Amber Donais, of Mills, who is pursuing a master’s degree in social work, hopes that her training will help others.

Donais is among three recipients of the University of Wyoming Outreach School’s 2016 Edelweiss Fund Scholarship. The other winners are Heather Britain, of Lander, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science in organizational leadership, and Andrea Harrington, of Casper, who is working toward a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Donais’ professional background includes 13 years as a direct service advocate in family violence and sexual assault. She also has worked with the homeless and individuals with disabilities. Donais currently is a social work student intern at the Sheridan Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

“As an advocate, I realized helping others in my community was deeply rewarding and gave me purpose,” she says. “I will continue to advocate and serve vulnerable populations in need of assistance with issues by being a professional, caring clinical social worker for individuals and groups to enhance lives within our Wyoming communities.”

The Outreach School’s Edelweiss Fund Scholarship is available to part- or full-time students who are seeking UW degrees through the Outreach School -- including Outreach Credit Programs and UW-Casper -- and who demonstrate the promise of academic excellence. Priority is given to female, nontraditional, first-generation students who also are Wyoming residents and single mothers. The scholarship award period is for up to six years or until the completion of the degree.

Launched in 2008, the Edelweiss Fund is designed to make a difference for select UW Outreach School students by awarding scholarships for the duration of the recipients’ degree program.

The Outreach School delivers UW learning opportunities to Wyoming residents and those out of state.

For more information, call the UW Outreach School at (307) 766-4300 or visit the website at

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