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Oshkosh, WI 54901

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Future Teachers in High School

Since its inception as a teacher-training school in 1871, the 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.

2022-2023 Scholarship Recipients

Aimee Footit, a senior at Oshkosh North High School plans to major in Music Education, and eventually, wants to receive her doctorate in conducting.  Aimee would like to teach high school and eventually become a professor at UW Oshkosh.  Growing up, she excelled in art class, receiving many awards, which is why she also considered being an art teacher. In high school, she immersed herself in the arts; taking all the photography classes offered, as well as earning a spot in the highly competitive Madrigal singers and the school’s annual musical.

Aimee has been an active athlete on multiple school and community teams outside of music.  Aimee’s passion for the arts and helping others are valuable tools that she is eager to share with her future students.  “Moments, when I have the opportunity to share this passion of mine with people by helping them through their challenges, are so valuable to me, and I am extremely eager to share my knowledge and love for music with others.”


Elise Williams, a senior at Green Bay Southwest High School, plans to major in Music Education.  Her career goal is to become a band teacher and create an environment of acceptance and inclusivity where students can become better musicians and can truly be themselves.  She plays electric bass guitar and the trombone.  While on campus, she hopes to join the Titan Thunder Marching Band and other activities.  Besides music, Elise is passionate about helping others to do things that make them happy and have fun at the same time.  “I try to make at least one person smile every day because smiles are contagious,” she commented. 

Music is in Elise’s blood.  She’s been in instrumental music for eight years, playing in the pit for the high school musical, jazz band, show choir combo, drumline, and marching band.  She also has participated in choir for five years, dance for six years, and two years of baton twirling and ribbon.  Somehow, she fit in time for nine musicals and three plays.  Elise is clearly not afraid of hard work!

Elise is excited by the idea of arts integration and can’t wait to implement it in her future classroom.  She would love to create a unit connecting photography, literacy, and band.  It’s important to her to involve the arts in all content areas because it helps bring energy and enthusiasm to a class.

About the Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen and undergraduate transfer students who plan to major in education and are interested 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.

The 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 preservice 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:

  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 for 2022-2023 has now closed.  The application for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in the fall of 2022.

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.


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.  The next Bridge Day will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Arts Integration Symposium

The annual Arts Integration Symposium is held in March in Reeve Union.  High school students are invited to attend the 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.  The next Arts Integration Symposium will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2023.

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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

Krista Frenz, Oshkosh ArtsCore Site Coordinator


Renee Ulman

Stephanie Gallagher

Annette Koepke

Renee Schumacher

Krista Frenz