Angela Dailey - Van Hoof Family Scholarship Recipient - Oct 2018

Angela Dailey, a 2014 recipient of this scholarship, graduated in May 2018 from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and with a minor in Psychology. Angela’s mother, Ann Dailey, works in the Accounts Payable at WSI’s home office. 

“I was excited that I had finally won a scholarship out of the million that I applied to my senior year of high school,” Angela says. “It really made me feel like I accomplished something, and that all the hard work leading up to that had really been worth it. I still remember applying for scholarships, and the binder I had of my letters of recommendation, my transcripts, what scholarships were due when…it was intense, but it made me realize that I could actually go to the school that I was dreaming of going to.”

Angela is a lifelong soccer player and dancer, and those skills served her well at Edgewood, where she played Division III Women’s Soccer on top of her studies. Rarely one to sit still, Angela also coached soccer for Madison’s MSCR league, took advantage of the city’s many music festivals and events, and worked as a bartender and waitress at one of Madison’s many trendy restaurants.

The Future is Bright

Like many college graduates today, Angela’s future isn’t set in stone. She’s currently teaching ballet and jazz at a private dance studio over the 2018-19 season, and working full-time as a Behavioral Therapy Technician (BTT). As a BTT, she uses innovative therapy methods to help autistic children develop the skills they need to express themselves.

“What excites me most about this field is seeing the kids grow and learn new social and expressive communication skills,” says Angela. “I work with kids between the ages of two-to-five years old because early intervention is the key to helping behaviors later in life. The therapy is based off the Early Denver Start Model, or EDSM, which allows kids to grow their social and expressive communication skills through more natural ways such as play and peer interactions. This is probably some of the most challenging work I have done, but everything about growing the skill set of another individual is a great feeling, and an even greater feeling in these young kids.”

While Angela was accepted to a prestigious Master’s program in Dance-Movement Therapy and Clinical Counseling at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she’s put that on hold while she saves up money for tuition and a new car, and pays down some of her existing student debt. She’s also considering the Post-Bachelor’s Accelerated Nursing Program at Edgewood College, but for the moment, she has decided not to decide.

“Further schooling is all up in the air, but I know eventually find my way, and when I go back it will be worth the wait,” she says.

Don’t Be Afraid

For other family of WSI employees who are in college or about to attend in the fall, Angela Dailey offers the following advice:

“The one thing I have to say is don't be afraid. Don't be afraid to be yourself, because that's how you are going to find your true friends and make the most of your experience. Don't be afraid to raise your hand or go in for office hours if you are struggling in a class— you'll be happy you spoke up and the professor will know that you are truly trying your hardest. Don't be afraid if you don't know what you are doing with your life. Trust me, I've had that meltdown more times than I would have liked or want to admit to. It happens, then move on. Don't be afraid to take that weird class or talk to someone new. You'll learn a lot about yourself in that process. Don't be afraid to change your major. I've done it— a lot of people have. You have to find something that makes you happy, otherwise you're not going to try and you'll end up slacking off. But do be ready to work harder at playing catch up with classes and doing 18-credit semesters. Don't be afraid of what others may think of you— that is truly a adolescent thing. Don't be afraid to have fun and let loose. College in stressful and sometimes you need a girls’ night or a movie night with your friends. All in all, you can't be afraid of yourself. Think positive, work out, be surrounded by people, and study something you love. Everyone is different, but don't be afraid to take those next steps. And also— take a nap every once in a while, you'll be doing your body a favor,” she says.

With school over for now, outside of work Angela will continue dancing, coaching youth soccer, and going to the dog park with her boyfriend and his two chocolate labs so that she can pet as many dogs as possible. Whatever the future holds for Angela Dailey, there is no doubt that she will be somewhere making an impact.

“One key defining feature about myself – and what shines through the most in everything I do – is that I just want to be able to better the world,” Angela says. “You have to take baby steps to see change, and you can't expect something big to happen in an instant. Even having that mindset is something that is bettering the world.”

About the Van Hoof Family Scholarship

Since the inception of the scholarship program in 1999, over $375,000 in scholarship funds have been paid to 55 children of employees of the Van Hoof companies.  Recipients attending a college or university are eligible to receive up to $14,000 while those attending a technical school or community/junior college are eligible to receive up to $3,000.