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UWAA Scholarship Gives Rubino the Gift of Time

January 4, 2018
Joseph Rubino standing in front of statue of horse and rider

Joseph Rubino knows how to make the most of every opportunity. He’s not just majoring in one subject at UW; he’s earning degrees in both economics and history. He’s not merely a member of a fraternity; he’s part of a group that chartered a new Greek organization on campus. Once Rubino graduates, he intends to enter law school at UW and plans to practice both natural resource and constitutional law in Wyoming.

Rubino says these accomplishments and more were possible in large part because of receiving scholarship funding from UWAA each of his years at UW. “The funding has assisted me in both my academics and my extracurricular activities, enabling me to get involved in ways I never could have imagined,” Rubino says. In addition to his double-major, the scholarship allowed him to take additional credits during intersession terms and to intern at various locales, including Washington, D.C.

Rubino grew up in Laramie and always knew UW would be the best college for him. A highlight so far has been his work with Pi Kappa Alpha, of which he is former president. He says there were many young men who wanted to form a new organization, “to develop a new outlook on Greek life, to help people see that Greek life can be for them,” he explains. Together they started PIKE to be “entrepreneurial,” he says, “not just another house on the row.” Rubino calls this effort a “huge learning experience” and expects that will also be the case as he begins his service in Student Senate.

“Without this scholarship, my time would have been spent working rather than taking part in these various opportunities. The peace of mind the award has granted me in my four years has been such a gift,” Rubino says.

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