Braun awarded American Coalition for Ethanol scholarship

June 10, 2013

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Natalie Braun

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Natalie Braun, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, earned a $1,000 scholarship from the American Coalition for Ethanol. Braun, from Grafton, Iowa, was one of only three nationwide recipients to receive the ACE scholarship this year.

ACE is a national, nonprofit organization that is made up of more than 1,500 members, including ethanol producers, farmers and investors, who support increased production of ethanol. The organization awards scholarships to family members of employees who work for ACE member companies. Braun’s father is a supervisor at Absolute Energy, an ethanol plant in St. Ansgar, Iowa, which is how she heard about the scholarship opportunity.

Within the same week of receiving the ACE scholarship, Braun was also awarded the university’s Orton and Frances Keyes Scholarship, for $1,000.

Criteria for both scholarships include academic excellence, as well as involvement in extracurricular activities and the community — qualities that she has exemplified during her time at UW-Platteville.

Braun, who is pursuing a major in both business administration and media studies, was recently elected president of the women’s club volleyball team; this season will be her third year on the team. She is a member of the Public Relations Organization at UW-Platteville, as well as the vice president of the American Marketing Association chapter at UW-Platteville. She also volunteers at the Elks Lodge in Platteville.

Braun said that her involvement has positively impacted her experience at UW-Platteville. “If I hadn’t been involved in all of those extracurricular activities, I probably would never have met all of the people that I have met. I’ve made a lot of really good friends,” said Braun. “It has also helped me get to know instructors on campus and make good networking connections.”

Braun, who transferred from North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa, two years ago, has made the Dean’s List all four semesters that she has been at UW-Platteville. She was also recently inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

After graduation, she is considering a career in event planning or tourism.

“It was really humbling for me to receive those scholarships,” said Braun. “It shows all the time and work I have put in has paid off.”

Contact: Natalie Braun,

Written by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1526,

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