For College of Applied Science graduate Andreas Neukam (2006), the path to UC had many stops along the way. He lived in Germany, China and Switzerland, learned to speak five languages, and has visited a total of 23 countries. When his family decided to make Cincinnati their home, Andreas chose to attend the College of Applied Science and major in Construction Management. While there were plenty of challenging assignments and long nights of study, Andreas was able to avoid one of the biggest challenges for any college student: tuition.
Andreas was the recipient of the William McMaster Scholarship for four of his five years of study. The scholarship allowed him to focus on schoolwork, campus activities and service to his church and community – with remarkable results! Andreas graduated with a 3.988 cumulative GPA, was president of the Tau Alpha Phi national honors society, and was instrumental in planning events that welcome freshman to the college, such as the freshmen cookout and the senior-freshman mentoring program. He was also on the short list of students who graduated with honors from the department, and was nominated for the student of the year award. Although his accomplishments are astonishing, success has not gone to his head. He still thinks of himself as an average, everyday person that benefited from the generosity of UC donors.
“Scholarships like the one I received show that anyone who works hard and deserves assistance can get it and achieve success, even if they are a normal person like I am. The key is that you work hard and excel at what you do,” Andreas says.
Aside from school and campus activities, Andreas is active in the community. He recently worked with People Working Cooperatively to help fix and clean up elderly homeowners’ properties – just one of the myriad activities he participated in to better other people’s lives while studying at UC. He will continue to do just that this fall as a student in the College of Business’s MBA graduate program for fall 2006. After he earns his master’s, he is considering going back to Europe to work at a construction firm, or he might establish his own.
Andreas is very grateful both to the donors who made his scholarship possible and to the University for the experience he had here. “My experience at UC taught me to look at the world differently. I feel that I am more pragmatic in my approach to problem-solving, and I feel like I have a better ability to analyze what my decisions will mean to my life.”