Brett Waite is honored as an exemplary master’s graduate from Hillsdale College.

Waite received the Judith Finn Memorial award for his overall work at the Hillsdale graduate program.

He is the son of Terry Waite and Nancy Roberts and was raised in North Platte. He attended McDaid Elementary School, St. Patrick Middle/High School, and Hershey High School, graduating in 2005..

“Brett is a dedicated student and a fine scholar of politics,” said Ronald J. Pestritto, Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship at Hillsdale College. “We are proud to recognize his excellent work and look forward to having him continue his education at Hillsdale as he pursues his doctorate.”

In honor of Judith Finn’s legacy of civic engagement and scholarly work, the award is presented each spring to a Hillsdale College master’s student based on quality of thesis, exam performance, and overall graduate program performance

Waite holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, mathematics and physics from Concordia University. He has worked as a legislative aide in the Nebraska Unicameral.

On May 11, he will graduate with a master’s degree in politics from the Hillsdale College Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship, where he is continuing on toward a doctoral degree in politics.

Upon graduation from the Ph.D. program, Waite plans to pursue a career in teaching.

Located in southern Michigan, Hillsdale College has built a national reputation through a classical liberal arts core curriculum and  principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans.

Hillsdale also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 4 million.