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Alumni Stories

Project Success alumni go on to do great things! The following stories represent only a small part of the big impact that our alumni make in their communities and chosen fields. Read below to see what Project Success alumni are up to today!

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Ashley Lewandowski

Phone: (920) 424-1033



Caitlin Murphy- West Chicago, IL

After many years of academic frustration, I was finally diagnosed with a language based learning disability and ADHD at the age of 15.  My grades, self-esteem and high school GPA were all low and I often felt hopeless.  Even my high school guidance counselor had little faith in me, indicating numerous times that I probably wouldn’t graduate high school and would most likely never be able to succeed or attend college. Hearing these statements was very difficult, but I was taught by my family to work hard and to never give up on my dreams.

My parents are both UW-Oshkosh alumni, and had heard about the Project Success Program from several colleagues and friends over the years. During my junior year of high school, my family and I toured the campus and met with Project Success staff members. We were very impressed by our visit and I was excited to complete the application process. When I received my acceptance letter  to UW -Oshkosh as a Project Success student, I was hopeful for the first time that I would  succeed in college.

I began my journey at UW-Oshkosh by attending the Project Success 2007 summer program. I had graduated from high school only a few days before my arrival and was extremely nervous about not knowing anyone and  living so far from home since my family is from Illinois. Luckily, I was not alone, as the other students were all experiencing the same feelings.

The Project Success summer program was one of the greatest experiences I have been through. I was able to obtain important profitable skills such as organizational habits, reading/writing skills and study habits. I quickly  matured into a young adult, making lifelong friends and learning to believe in myself.  After successfully completing the 2007 Summer Program, I was approved to begin regular freshman classes during the upcoming fall semester as a full-time student at UW-Oshkosh.

I regularly visited the Project Success Office multiple times each week to receive assistance in writing, reading, and math throughout my time as a student at UW-Oshkosh.  The Project Success Office was a safe haven for me where I could go to de-stress, as well as receive advice, encouragement and support from staff members or fellow students.

During the spring semester of 2010 and the fall semester of 2011 I earned a placed on the UW-Oshkosh Honors List for receiving a GPA higher than a 3.30. In 2011, I was also awarded with the Robert T. Nash Scholarship for my advocacy skills and having a GPA higher than a 2.75.

In the spring of 2013, I graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work (BSW).  After graduation, I accepted a social work position in Milwaukee, WI, where I am currently working as a case manager for juveniles involved in the juvenile justice system. My work is challenging but very rewarding.

In July 2016, I married my husband Dan and we are now in the process of buying our first home together.  We are also currently adopting a new puppy.  Our future looks bright and happy.

My advice to current/future Project Success students would be to utilize your resources, ask for help when needed, and step outside of your comfort zone.  Always believe in your future and be willing to work hard to reach your dreams.

Maurcie Mueller- Wisconsin

“I attended UWO summer of 2000 thru the spring semester of 2003. From there I transferred to UW Platteville where I graduated with my bachelors degree in Industrial Studies – Building Construction Management.  After graduation, I moved to Chicago for work and was able to earn my LEED AP BD+C professional accreditation.   I married my wife Kelly in the spring of 2007. We moved back to Wisconsin in 2012.  In February 2015 our first child, James, was welcomed to our family.  Currently, I am working for a Wisconsin based construction company as an Engineer. Words of advise: work hard and take advantage of all available resources through the Project Success program.  Take time to enjoy college.”