Scholarship Recipient

Professor Emily Auerbach and Shaquida Johnson
Shaquida Johnson



The Metropolitan Woman’s Club 2017-18 scholarship was awarded at the March 19th MWC dinner program to SHAQUIDA JOHNSON.

Emily Auerbach, UW English Professor and Director of the Odyssey Project, was a special guest. Professor Auerbach delivered an inspiring introduction of Shaquida, who completed the Odyssey Project while also attending MATC and juggling her role as a mother. The Odyssey Project is a free college humanities course for adults near the poverty line intended as a jumpstart to college ( Emily described how she witnessed the remarkable transformation of Shaquida from a shy, timid student to a hardworking, motivating, creative and compassionate woman with a powerful voice.

Shaquida is a graduate of Madison Memorial High School. She is currently attending Upper Iowa University. Her course of study is Human Services.

Excerpt from Shaquida’s application:
“As a single mother, I have faced obstacles with having to ‘carry the world on my shoulders’ while coming to understand that life doesn’t end just because I have little ones calling me MOM – it just takes longer to achieve my goals. As I faced daily struggles with homelessness, shortage of food, financial problems and an inadequate support system, I knew in my heart that obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree could turn my goals into reality. Getting a degree will assist me in reaching out in my community to work toward meaningful change.”

Shaquida will complete her Bachelor’s Degree in 2019 and is hoping to pursue a Master’s Degree so that she can truly make a difference in a career assisting those in need.