Clarissa Weltzin

  • Monday, Jan 9, 2012
Clarissa Weltzin

Academic Interests:
Art Therapy and Psychology double-major

Awarded the prestigious Rath Scholarship for 2010-2011

Clarissa Weltzin has had what's best described as a very full career at the College, capped with an incredible honor for her senior year. The Art Therapy and Psychology double-major was awarded a $10,000 Rath Distinguished Scholarship for 2010-11.

The Scholarships are awarded to "selected students exhibiting supreme academic excellence, unique community involvement, and dedicated campus leadership." The Rath Scholarship is only available to students attending Wisconsin's private colleges and universities. Business and community leaders from across Wisconsin gather to evaluate each application and select the winning scholars. And for Art Professor Janice Havlena, Ms. Weltzin's selection was no surprise. "Clarissa has consistently and solidly proven to fall into the top 1 % of students I have known," Havlena said. "She has a keen intellect, superior written and oral communication, excellent work ethic, and exceptional interpersonal ability, warmth and compassion.

"When we traveled in Thailand last summer with our Global Health class Clarissa's genuine warmth, respect, and interest in others created instant rapport which transcended the language barrier. She represented our College, the profession of art therapy, and the United States with integrity, compassion and intelligence."

One more accomplishment before she graduates in May 2011: She currently has a solo exhibition of her work in the DeRicci Gallery - a capstone to an education marked by connecting work in the classroom and studio to both the campus and global community.