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Arts and Communication, 1001 Elmwood Ave,
Oshkosh, WI 54901

UW Oshkosh ArtsCore



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Future Teachers in High School

Since its inception as a teacher-training school in 1871, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has been a recognized leader in education. Today, the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) is proud to be preparing the next generation of professional leaders in education, human services and counseling, who will set the pace in education reform and social change in an increasingly diverse environment.

Learn more about how ArtsCore is helping tomorrow’s teachers succeed here

Learn more about the College of Education here.

Apply for Admission to UW Oshkosh here.

ArtsCore Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen and incoming undergraduate transfer students who plan to major in education and have an interest in arts-integrated instruction. Applicants must be admitted to the Oshkosh campus. Students transferring from the Fond du Lac or Fox Cities campuses are eligible to apply. Incoming freshmen must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school grade-point average and incoming transfer students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative transfer grade-point average. Applicant must demonstrate commitment to, and potential for, a successful career as a professional educator and an intent to participate in ArtsCore initiatives to develop and share effective arts-integrated teaching strategies. Preference will be given to applicants from PK-12 partner school districts.

Recipient must be enrolled full-time to receive the award. The recipient is eligible to receive the scholarship for up to four years, provided the recipient remains in good academic standing, continues to major in the field of education, and continues to participate in ArtsCore initiatives to develop and share effective arts-integrated teaching strategies.

UW Oshkosh ArtsCore offers curricular opportunities, professional development, internships, residencies, grants, and a support network for pre-service teacher candidates and new teachers learning to practice an arts-integrated approach to teaching. For more information on UW Oshkosh ArtsCore initiatives, visit To learn more about arts-integrated Instruction as an approach to teaching and learning, visit or

Initial Application Process: Click here to apply.

  1. Applicants must submit a statement describing why they want to go into the field of education.
  2. Applicants must submit a statement describing their educational, personal, and career goals, their experiences in the arts, and highlighting reasons why they are a strong candidate for the award including their commitment to participating in ArtsCore initiatives.
  3. Applicants must submit a resume or list of school, academic, volunteer, and work activities.
  4. Applicants must submit a minimum of 2 letters of support from individuals who know their potential for success.
  5. Applicants must submit a copy of their high school or college transcript if available.

Renewal Process: 

  1. Continuing UW Oshkosh students will receive the award for up to 4 years, provided they are in good standing and maintain the criteria of the award. Renewal applications will open in April.
  2. Award recipients must submit an annual statement describing their involvement with ArtsCore initiatives, accompanied by a resume or list of school, academic, volunteer, and work activities.

The Award: $1,500

 The application closes Friday, February 4, 2022.

2021-22 Winners

Ashley Whittington

Emma Steitz

ArtsCore is excited to award its fourth round of scholarships this spring. The ArtsCore Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman and incoming undergraduate transfer students admitted to UW Oshkosh that are planning to major in education and have an interest in arts integration instruction. The $1500 scholarships are renewable for up to four years. New awards this year went to Ashley Whittington from Crystal Lake Central High School and Emma Stietz from Pecatonica High School.

Ashley Wittington’s artistic passion is photography.  She has been studying photography for the last four years and recognizes how important it is to bring art into everyday life for children.   She believes being a teacher will help keep her own creativity fresh and hopes to inspire her own students to be continuous, lifelong, creative learners.

Down the road, Ashley hopes to have a family and raise her own children around art, music, reading and writing.  She wants to help them find what they are passionate about and be the encouragement they need.  Spontaneity is important to Ashley, and she feels that it is important in being a successful teacher.

“Receiving this scholarship will allow me to continue my education upon graduating from high school. I am thankful for the ArtsCore Scholarship, especially during these challenging economic times. I’ve always had a passion for art, and this is a great opportunity to encourage children to explore their artistic abilities as I further my education at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.”


Emma Stietz has always been fascinated by learning.  Her most loved subject is art.  From learning about the history behind different styles and past famous artists, art has always been something that allows her to escape.  She loves art because there aren’t any limits as to what she can create.

Emma thanks her teachers for her love of learning.  Being able to connect with students and get them excited about learning inspired Emma to take her love of art and learning to teach other people.  She wants to teach children about art and help them find the same passion for learning that she has.  Emma knew from early on that to be a successful teacher, she would have to be driven and determined.  She credits her mom with teaching her this.  These lessons of determination and perseverance are ideals she wants to pass on to her future students.

“I want to thank ArtsCore for selecting me to be the recipient of this scholarship. I am grateful for even being considered for this award. I am attending the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to pursue a career in art and teaching. It has been a dream of mine ever since I was little.  Ever since I can remember, I have been in love with drawing, painting, and sculpting. I have always loved how I can pour all my creativity into an art piece and use art as a form of self-expression. I have always wanted to help other people find this.  Teachers are people that I have always admired. Standing in front of a class and reading from a piece of paper is one thing.  Helping students find things they are passionate about is something completely different. This is what my teachers have done for me. I want to do this for future students.  This scholarship will help me finance my college experience.  I am thankful for ArtsCore giving me this award and allowing me to continue to reach my goals.”



As part of our summer season, the Paine offers an opportunity for high school students who are interested in education careers to facilitate hands-on artmaking and arts integrated activities. Apprentices spend one day a week in the Studio or Children’s Garden helping visitors complete take-home projects related to the Paine’s exhibitions and gardens. The apprenticeship is a paid position, and participants learn about opportunities to engage with ArtsCore’s initiatives as they move from high school to college and into preservice teaching.

To apply, please contact Mary Pleiss, Director of Education for the Paine Art Center and Gardens.


High school students who are interested in an education career can learn more about arts integration through classroom observations and job shadowing opportunities in the Oshkosh and Appleton Area School Districts.

For information, please contact an ArtsCore District Coordinator or Arts Integration Coach.


Renee Ulman, Appleton ArtsCore District Coordinator

Stephanie Gallagher, Appleton Arts Integration Coach

Annette Koepke, Appleton Arts Integration Coach

Renee Schumacher, Oshkosh ArtsCore District Coordinator


Renee Ulman

Stephanie Gallagher

Annette Koepke

Renee Schumacher

Professional Development Opportunities


ArtsCore Bridge Day

Bridge Day was held on September 24, 2021 in Reeve Union.   It was a great afternoon of learning how to integrate the arts into teaching.

Arts Integration Symposium

The annual Arts Integration Symposium will be held on Friday, March 11, 2022 in Reeve Union.  High school students are invited to attend Symposium, which features an arts integration presentation followed by round table activities of field-tested arts integrated lessons led by local teachers.  Students typically attend as a field trip through one of their high school courses.  

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