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UW-Fox Cities Foundation
Fox Cities Campus, Room 1313
(920) 832-2849
uwfoxcitiesfoundation@uwosh.edu
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Interim Executive Director
Thomas E. Frantz
frantzt@uwosh.edu

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Mathilde Steenpoorte

Mathilde Steenpoorte

Patricia A. Warrick Scholarship

Second-Year Student
Pre-Law

More about Mathilde

Mathilde Steenpoorte is the 2020-21 recipients of the Patricia A. Warrick Scholarship.  The scholarship was created by Professor of English, Emeritus to assist either new or continuing full-time students of any major enrolled at the UWO Fox Cities campus.  The award is $1,000.

“I would like to go into intellectual property law and ultimately I would like to become an art lawyer,” said Mathilde.  “It is crucial to have a system that protects people’s ideas and creations. IP law brings about an order that makes room for further developments and original thinking. It would be an honor to have a part in supporting and protecting someone’s creativity.”

Mathilde expressed her gratitude for her scholarship and on behalf of other students for the recognition of potential that donors see in students by creating and continuing to fund scholarships.

“While encouragement from friends and family is extremely appreciated, many students also yearn for support from their wider community as confirmation that they can achieve their goals, and their accomplishments will equip them with skills that are applicable and impactful to the rest of the world. Scholarships are a way for the community to give students the security that their life goals matter to other people. Through receiving a scholarship, I have the certainty that my life has a purpose in this world that others see and are willing to help me achieve.”

2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients

The UW Fox Cities Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce its 2020-2021 scholarship recipients.  We congratulate all this year’s recipients and wish them success in their academic pursuits.

Nearly $44,000 dollars was granted to 30 recipients in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,050. Scholarships are awarded to recipients based on academic merit, financial need or both. The scholarships were established and funded through generous donors.

Like the students who benefit from their generosity, the University of Wisconsin Fox Cities Foundation would also like to thank the donors who support student scholarships, faculty and staff professional development and/or the funding of other campus enhancements that enrich the overall educational experience.

Contact Tom Frantz, Executive Director University of Wisconsin Fox Cities Foundation for information about how you can help transform students’ lives through your contributions. (920) 832-2849.

Maria Aldana

Howard and Alice Curler Academic Excellence Scholarship

Second-Year Student
Political Science

More about Maria

“I’ve always been interested in the world, the news, and politics,” explains political science major and Howard and Alice Curler Academic Excellence Scholarship recipient Maria Aldana.

“Political Science is such a broad field.  There are so many (career) options. I am interested in the world and making a difference in it.”

Maria is a graduate of Appleton North High School and a returning student to UWO Fox Cities.

“I chose UWO Fox Cities because I still wanted to be close to home.  I also thought it would be a good stepping stone and transition for me.”

Professor Erin Demuynck and recently retired professor George Waller were some of Maria’s favorites.

“Professor Waller taught political science and he is so knowledgeable and genuinely cares about his students.  Dr. DeMuynck teaches geography.  She is so kind and passionate about her job.  Her classes are so much fun!”

The Howard and Alice Curler Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded to new of continuing full-time students attending UWO Fox Cities who have demonstrated community and school leadership qualities.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the donors who make this scholarship possible.  I thank them for their faith and support.” 

Grant Bolwerk

UWO Fox Cities Engineering Scholarship & William R. Bassett Engineering Scholarship

Third-Year Student
Mechanical Engineering

More about Grant

Becoming a mechanical engineer for a company in the archery industry is a logical career choice for Grant Bolwerk.

“I’ve always enjoyed problem solving and tinkering with and modifying equipment and archery is my passion,” explained Grant.

Grant is the 2020-21 recipient of two scholarships awarded by the University of Wisconsin Fox Cities Foundation, the UWO Fox Cities Campus Engineering Scholarship and the William R. Bassett Engineering Scholarship.  The UWO Fox Cities Campus Engineering Scholarship is awarded to students at the junior or senior level enrolled in the UWO Fox Cities/UW-Platteville Engineering program.  It is a $2,000 award.  The William R. Bassett Engineering Scholarship is awarded to a Wisconsin resident enrolled in the UWO-Fox Cities campus/UW Platteville Engineering program as a rising junior or senior and with a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Financial need is a consideration.  It is a $1,000 award.

“My goal is to graduate with my bachelor’s degree without ever taking a student loan.  These scholarships along with working two jobs this summer has allowed me to do that and with the money I’ve saved I was finally able to buy a more reliable vehicle to get to class every day!”

Grant is grateful to the donors who made his scholarships possible.

“Thank you for allowing me to continue working towards my goals both academically and in my personal life!”

Brianna Borowski

Health Sciences Scholarship
and Minock Nursing
Scholarship

Second-Year Student
Nursing

More about Brianna

“These scholarships have impacted me significantly because they help me to pay for my schooling without having to take the money I have set aside for raising my son,” explained Brianna Borowski recipient of this year’s Health Science Scholarship and Minock Nursing Scholarship.

Brianna intended major is nursing with a specialization in neo-natal or surgery. She has her sights set on a BSN.

“Helping others has always been a passion of mine since I was young.  I also have a strong love for different type of science as well as mathematics. What better field that has all three combined?

“I am a single mother to a beautiful baby boy and it has been very hard to accomplish homework, support him as well as maintain a household during the pandemic.  Nothing like studying until 2 am and mapping out a homework schedule during nap times.”

“It’s nice not to have to worry as much on how I am going to pay for the rest of my courses this year. It has motivated me even more to make sure my grade stay as high as they can be to maintain my GPA and given me a boost of self-confidence that others believe in me.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing me for these scholarships.”

These scholarships are awarded by the University of Wisconsin Fox Cities Foundation annually.  The Health Science Scholarship is awarded to a continuing UWO Fox Cities student pursuing any health science related degree taking at least 6 credits.  It is a $1,300 award.  The Minock Nursing Scholarship is awarded to a continuing or transfer full-time student attending UWO Fox Cities planning to pursue a year degree in nursing. Students must have completed 24 credits by the end of the first year, which includes pre-nursing courses.  It is a $500 award.

Jihae Choi

Esther Kiefoth Stutzman Excellence Scholarship

Second-Year Student
Business, Marketing

More about Jihae

“Working in the UN has been my dream since I was a kid. I want to work in the global environment. I also have a high interest in lots of global issues. I want to use my knowledge and skills for others, not for my self-interest. UN is a huge organization which works hard to solve lots of global issues in various fields around the world. So I want to be part of that organization and build a career there.”

Working towards a degree in business with a specialization in marketing and an interest in global business trends,  Jihae Choi is not only ambitious but sets high standards for herself.  As this year’s recipient of the Esther Kliefoth Stutzman Excellence Scholarship, the minimum standards include full-time status at the UWO Fox Cities campus, demonstrated excellence in classes with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA, and other achievements.  It is a $900 scholarship.

Jihae explained the impact of earning her scholarship. “As an international student, the tuition is higher than what the local students pay and it was a burden for my parents, especially, since it was in the middle of the pandemic. I was so thankful when I received the scholarship because I could relieve my parents’ burden a little bit. Moreover, the scholarship inspired me to work and study harder.

“It was my first time getting a scholarship as a college student. So it made me more confident and allowed me to focus on my studies and inspired me to work hard. Also, after getting this scholarship, it inspired me to apply as an RA (Resident Advisor) in student housing and I could get a new job.

“I was very happy to learn that I was a recipient of the Ester Kliefoth scholarship. I very appreciate your kind, generous financial support towards my higher education. Thank you again for your generous gift.”

Gwendolyn Gruber

John D. Silha Memorial Scholarship

Second-Year Student

More about Gwendolyn

“I have always had a strong desire to learn about human emotion, interaction, and development. I love learning about and understanding what makes people who they are,” explains Gwendolyn Gruber the 2020-21 recipient of the John D. Silha Memorial Scholarship.

“I enjoy working with others especially kids and helping them feel valued, cared for, and understood. I think it’s important to decrease the amount of abandonment, loneliness, and emotional and physical abuse people experience in the world and instead provide them with happiness, hope and love.”

The John D. Silha Memorial Scholarship was created to honor beloved UW Fox Business Administration and Accounting faculty member John D. Silha.  The annual award is given to a student who is a second year continuing student at the UWO Fox Cities campus who may be either part time or full time.  It is a $500 award.

Gwendolyn, like many students attending UWO Fox Cities, is paying her own way through college and so this scholarship is very helpful. Gwendolyn chose the campus because it is close to home and because it allows her to continue to actively volunteer while attaining an excellent education.

“This scholarship enables me to continue to my education and chase my dreams. I would like to personally thank the donors who made my scholarship possible.  Without the help and their generosity, it would be so much more difficult to accomplish my educational goals and achieve my career dreams.”

 

Polina Ibragimov

Jackie Johnson Fox Communities Credit Union Scholarship

Second-Year Student
Computer Science

More about Polina

Receipt of the Jackie Johnson Fox Communities Credit Union Scholarship made more than this year’s recipient, Polina Ibragimova, happy.

“It made my mother very happy and therefore I am happy. It was very difficult for her to pay for my school because people in my country earn significantly less than people in the United States. Therefore this scholarship was like a breath of fresh air for her.

“Thank-you so much!  This money made a difference.  My and my mother’s lives have become easier and happier and I will be forever grateful for that!”

Polina attended FEFU Gymnasium in Vladivostok, Russia before coming to UWO Fox Cities as part of the King’s International program.  Polina’s major is Computer Science and her career goal is to become a game programmer.

“I am fond of video games and I love computer programming.  My dream is to make the kind of games that I would love to play,” explained Polina.  “Ahilan Sivasamy is my favorite professor. He explains the material clearly and he tries to understand every student’s situation.”

The Jackie Johnson Fox Communities Credit Union Scholarship was a natural fit for Polina. It is awarded to students who will be attending UWO-Fox Cities campus pursuing a degree in Information Technology or Computer Science as a part-time or full-time student.  It is a $1,500 scholarship.

 

Heather Karls

Gary McGoey
Scholarship

First-Year Student
Elementary Education

More about Heather

Completing her life’s circle by achieving her degree in elementary education and returning to Chilton Elementary school as a teacher is the goal of Heather Karls, this year’s recipient of the Gary McGoey Scholarship. 

The Gary McGoey Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to students regardless of major.  The financial needs of applicants may be part of the selection criteria.

“I enjoy being around kids and want to be able to have a positive impact on them,” explained Heather.  “I have always wanted to be a teacher since I was little and have never seen myself doing anything else as a career.”

A 2020 graduate of Chilton High School, Heather chose UWO Fox Cities because it is close to home and not an overly big campus where she can save money and receive more personalized instruction. 

“Receiving this scholarship personally impacts me by knowing that my determination and hard work that I have put into school has paid off, and that my characteristics and abilities didn’t go unnoticed.”

Whether she returns to Chilton Elementary school as a teacher or teaches elsewhere, Heather is grateful for donors to the University of Wisconsin Fox Cities Foundation like Gary McGoey who contribute towards scholarships for students.

Uzma Kahn

Howard and Alice Curler Academic Excellence Scholarship

Second-Year Student, HR

More about Uzma

I was always interested in the business field, so I decided to do Human Resource Management.  I did look over other majors in the business field, but Human Resource Management was the one that I wanted to go in and understand. 

My current career goal is to get my Bachelors in Human Resource Management.  Also, during my college studies I want to get an internship for one year or more.  This will help me achieve experience, which is required in today’s workforce.  I also want to go to school to get my MBA after doing 2-3 years of job.   

 The major Human Resource Management will allow me to work with many people.  It will allow me to connect better with the employees and help them understand the management of a company better.  Human Resource employees are needed in every field which is why I like this field.  

I received the Howard and Alice Curler Academic Excellence Scholarship and I am very thankful for that.  It has given me more motivation to succeed in my career.  Also, this scholarship has shown me that I can achieve more scholarships with my hard work.  This scholarship has shown me that I can do further education beyond Bachelor’s.   

I am very thankful to the donors who gave me this scholarship.  I want to thank them because they saw the potential in me to give me this scholarship.  Thank you for choosing me as a recipient. 

Nicole Nassen

Neenah Menasha King’s Daughters Scholarship

First-Year Student
Psychology

More about Nicole

The University of Wisconsin Fox Cities Foundation is proud to announce Nikki Nassen as this year’s recipient of the Neenah Menasha King’s Daughters Scholarship.  This scholarship is a $750 award directed to new or continuing full-time non-traditional student  (aged 22 years or older.)

Nikki’s major is Psychology and her professional career goal is to become a professional counselor.

“I want to be able to help those that suffer with mental health.  Specifically, trauma and dissociative disorders,” explained Nikki.

Like many students, Nikki, saw a loss of income when her hours at work were shortened due to COVID-19 restrictions and all of Nikki’s classes have been on line.

“My favorite professors are the professors that engage with the class and students.  I have only taken online classes so that is something that’s been important. “

Receiving the Neenah Menasha King’s Daughters Scholarship has enabled Nikki to take classes full time which helps her get closer to her degree and career goal, something for which Nikki and other scholarship reward recipients are grateful.

“Thank you for creating opportunities and making education and job goals possible.”

Alexa Navarro

UW Fox Cities Foundation Inc. General Scholarship Fund

Second-Year Student
Social Work

More about Alexa

“I love children and want to help to make children’s lives and the lives of their families better,” is Alexa Navarro’s ambition.

Alexa is one of the recipients of a UW Fox Cities Foundation General Scholarship for 2020-21.

The scholarship was particularly important to helping Alexa because she was laid off from work for a month as a result of the COVID pandemic and receipt of the scholarship helped to offset the loss of income.

“I work to pay my tuition costs. College is expensive and the scholarship helps to relieve some of the financial stress and allows me to have more time to focus on school,” said Alexa.  “I couldn’t be more grateful to the donors. This was so incredibly helpful.”

As a returning student at the UWO Fox Cities campus, Alexa particularly enjoys Professor Ellen Wilson psychology classes.  “I really enjoying going to class. I learned not only psychology but also life lessons because Professor Wilson finds ways to make the concepts applicable to real life.”

Alexa hopes to become a social worker, perhaps with an emphasis in juvenile justice.

Luiza Nelson

Paul J. Werner Scholarship and Women’s Alliance Scholarship

First-Year Student
Secondary Education

More about Luiza

“Receiving this scholarship has been the gift of a lifetime. I was apprehensive about pursuing a college degree at 35 years old.”

Luiza Nelson’s story is not uncommon for many students attending UWO Fox Cities.  Luiza had worked most of her adult life in a variety of capacities in the corporate world and tried to balance employment and raising a family.

“When my husband and I decided for me to leave my job to stay home with our youngest, it allowed me to rethink my life choices. I knew I was the happiest when teaching but knew I did not have a degree to make it a career. 

“With my husband’s support, I decided to pursue a degree to be a teacher. It was not an easy decision: we are a single income family, I have three children in school, and I had been out of high school for almost two decades.”

Luiza’s goal is to pursue a degree in secondary education focusing on social sciences.  She hopes to teach at a rural school or in a school district at the middle school or high school level that has a hard time attracting new teachers.

“Especially since I was not working, and my husband is the sole provider for the family. We can manage on one income, but there is no room for tuition, fees, and books for my education. I knew the only way I could pursue my degree would be through scholarships. I did not want to jeopardize my family’s financials to attend classes. 

As the 2020-21 recipient of the Paul J. Werner Scholarship of the University of Wisconsin Fox Cities Foundation, Luiza receives a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a full-time student attending UWO Fox Cities campus. Luiza is also receiving the Women’s Alliance Scholarship.  The Women’s Alliance Scholarship is a scholarship awarded to female students 25 years or older who will be attending an accredited technical college, two or four year college as a full time student. It is a $1,000 scholarship awarded by the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region.

“I cannot thank these two organizations enough because without them I would not be able to pursue my education. It allows me to focus on my studies without having the burden of the financial impact on my family,” said Luiza.

Hannah Nolte

Elizabeth Guttenberg Memorial Scholarship

First-Year Student
Art/Theatre

More about Hannah

Being part of the Disney magic is the long term goal for Hannah Nolte, a UWO Fox Cities campus art/theatre major and this year’s recipient of the Elizabeth Guttenberg Memorial Scholarship.  The scholarship is awarded to full time students majoring in art or theatre.

“I’ve always loved art, learning about it and making it.  I enjoy working behind the scenes with theatrical productions.  It’s been my dream to be a part of the Walt Disney world—with what goes on behind the magic.”

Hannah was a Fox Valley Lutheran graduate who chose UWO Fox Cities because it was close to home and its proximity helps her to save money.  She also looked forward to participating in the Fox theatre program.

“I got to know Susan Rabideau through community theatre and she has always been very encouraging to work with,” explained Hannah.

Hannah is grateful for the $500 Elizabeth Guttenberg Memorial Scholarship. 

“Receiving this scholarship will enable me to spend more time on my studies and school and less time working to pay for college.”

Kaden Piechocki

Howard and Alice Curler Academic Excellence Scholarship

First-Year Student
Mechanical Engineering

More about Kaden

Kaden Piechocki, a 2020 graduate of Shiocton High School, is this year’s recipient of the Howard and Alice Curler Academic Excellence Scholarship.  This award is given to new or continuing full-time students who will be attending UWO Fox Cities who have demonstrated community and school leadership qualities.  The scholarship award is for $1,250.

“Receiving this scholarship greatly helps me because now I will be able to spend less time working to be able to afford school and more time studying and enjoying my time on campus,” explains Kaden.

Beginning his college career at UWO Fox Cities this fall, Kaden’s anticipated major is Mechanical Engineering.

“I enjoy designing things and working with my hands,” explains Kaden. “This career path suits me the best and will help me to live my best life.”

The UWO Fox Cities campus and this scholarship work together to help Kaden accomplish his goals.

“My goal is to become a mechanical engineer with as little student debt as possible. I chose UWO Fox Cities because it was close to home and affordable. I also prefer the small campus and the Fox Valley region.

Like other recipients of University of Wisconsin Fox Cities Foundation scholarships, Kaden expressed his gratitude to donors like Howard and Alice Curler who had the vision and faith in creating and establishing a scholarship.

“I really want to say a sincere thank you and I hope I can show the donors I earned this scholarship.”

Katya Quinones

William Guither
Science Scholarship

Second-Year Student
Pre-Veterinary

More about Katya

“Working with animals has always been a strong passion of mine and later on in my life, I found that the veterinary field would allow me to best utilize my gifts and open doors for me to explore my interests.” Explained Katya Quinones with a career goal of becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and recipient of this year’s William Guither Science Scholarship

 

The William Guither Science Scholarship is awarded to a continuing full time student attending the UWO Fox Cities campus, pursuing a major in the sciences, and a minimum 3.0 GPA.  It is a $1,300 scholarship.

 

“Receiving this scholarship took a huge weight off my chest and moves me one step closer to achieving my career goals. Due to COVID-19, finding financial stability prior to the beginning of the fall semester was a significant struggle. This scholarship provided that stability and extra encouragement that I needed to forge on through the year with confidence.

 

Considering my long term career goal, UWO Fox Cities was the best place for me to take the first step both educationally and financially. Educationally, I knew that the professors and classes would be exactly what I was looking for in my first years of college. Financially, this college allows me to focus more on my studies and gives me the opportunity to work consistently at a local veterinary clinic where I can continue to grow in my knowledge and experience while becoming financially stable”.  

Maritza Quinones Villalpando

Fox Cities Amateur Sports Authority Scholarship

Second-Year Student
Pre-Optometry

More about Maritza

The University of Wisconsin Fox Cities Foundation is pleased to announce that Maritza Quinones Villalpando is a recipient of the Fox Cities Amateur Sports Authority Scholarship.

“Being a first-generation university student, it has always been a goal and dream me and my parents to attend university and work for a degree.  I appreciate the donor’s generosity and everything they’ve done to make scholarships possible for students like myself,” said Maritza.

Maritza is a continuing student at UWO Fox Cities and a biology major with a career goal of Optometry.

“I have always had a passion for the science and just recently decided on biology as my major,” explained Maritza.  “I’ve been working at an optometry office for over a year now. Working with an optometrists and other opticians has really sparked my interest in the field.”

Like many students working to meet the costs of college the COVID pandemic negatively impacted Maritza’s earnings due to employment disruptions.

“This scholarship helps relieve the burden of the cost of the university and allows me to focus on school.  Scholarships are something I work very hard for and are the reason I am able to succeed and be successful in university.”

“Scholarship donors are a reminder that there are people out there, even if you don’t know them, who want you to succeed.  Thank-you!  Your generosity never goes unnoticed.”

The Fox Cities Amateur Sports Authority Scholarship is awarded to students attending UWO Fox Cities pursuing any major.  Financial need is a consideration. The award is for $2,000.

Alyssa Remme

Fox Cities Amateur Sports Authority Scholarship

Second-Year Student
Elementary Education

More about Alyssa

 “Receiving this scholarship helps me immensely,” said Alyssa, recipient of the Fox Cities Amateur Sports Authority Scholarship.  “I am paying for all my college expenses myself, so by receiving help from donors, I am able to continue to save money for future years, books, and other expenses.  I struggle financially with affording college and this makes it easier for me to focus on my studies and less on how to pay for college.”

A Neenah High School graduate, as Alyssa begins her second year on the UWO Fox Cities campus she is exploring multiple career paths but leaning towards elementary education.

“Whether I am working with children, or doing something else, my goal is to be passionate and happy with my work.  Currently I would like to become a kindergarten teacher.  I am pursuing this as a career because a teacher and instill important lessons as well as be a safe place for children who do not have a good home life.”

“Elementary students are at a point in their life where learning and developing new skills is extremely critical and I want to contribute to help shape future generations. I have always wanted to contribute in society, so becoming a teacher is one way of me actively participating”

Alyssa acknowledges the generosity of donors who made the Fox Cities Amateur Sports Authority Scholarship and other scholarships possible. 

“Without these donors, I would have more stress and could possibly not have my career goals come true. I am grateful for this opportunity and excited to begin another semester toward accomplishing my goals.”

The Fox Cities Amateur Sports Authority Scholarship is awarded to full-time students of any major who will be attending UWO Fox Cities campus. Financial need is considered as part of the scholarship criteria. The award is $2,000.

Zitlalli Ruiz Martinez

Fox Cities Amateur Sports Authority Scholarship

First-Year Student
Accounting

More about Zitalli

Congratulations to Zitlalli Ruiz Martinez as the recipient of the 2020-21 Fox Cities Amateur Sports Authority Scholarship.  The scholarship is for $2,000 and awarded to a full-time student attending UWO Fox Cities campus pursuing any major. Financial need is a consideration in making the award.

Coming from a family with six family members, Zitlalli explained the impact of receiving her scholarship,

 “The scholarship has helped tremendously financially.  It has also given me more strength and will on wanting to further my education and take advantage of it.

Zitlalli is a graduate of Appleton East High School.  It was at Appleton East that Zitlalli first learned about accounting.  Zitlalli’s career goal is to assume a leadership position within the accounting field.

“I’d like to thank the donors who made my scholarship possible.  It helped me be a first-generation college student.  This scholarship will help me to reach my potential.”

Mitchell Russell

UWO Fox Cities Campus Engineering Scholarship & William R. Bassett Engineering Scholarship

More about Mitchell

“Learning to apply calculus and physics that I learned in high school to the real world,” is the motivation behind Mitchell Russell’s selection of Mechanical Engineering as a major.  “I am particularly interested in specialty vehicles and power generation.”

Mitchell is a recipient of the UWO Fox Cities Campus Engineering Scholarship and the William R. Bassett Engineering Scholarship for 2020-21.  The William R. Bassett Engineering Scholarship is awarded to Wisconsin residents enrolled in the UWO-Fox Cities Campus/Platteville Engineering program as an upcoming junior or senior with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.  It is a $1,000 award.  The UWO Fox Cities Campus Engineering Scholarship is awarded to students meeting similar criteria. It is for $2,000.

“Receiving these scholarships allow me to live a better, stress free life with my family. I can focus more on my studies and my family instead of working overtime.  It means a lot to a young husband and father to know that his family is surrounded by a generous community.  Thank you to all the donors who make these scholarships possible!”

Rayna Stauff

UW Fox Cities Foundation General Scholarship

Second-Year Student
Undecided

More about Rayna

Congratulations to Zitlalli Ruiz Martinez as the recipient of the 2020-21 Fox Cities Amateur Sports Authority Scholarship.  The scholarship is for $2,000 and awarded to a full-time student attending UWO Fox Cities campus pursuing any major. Financial need is a consideration in making the award.

Coming from a family with six family members, Zitlalli explained the impact of receiving her scholarship,

 “The scholarship has helped tremendously financially.  It has also given me more strength and will on wanting to further my education and take advantage of it.

Zitlalli is a graduate of Appleton East High School.  It was at Appleton East that Zitlalli first learned about accounting.  Zitlalli’s career goal is to assume a leadership position within the accounting field.

“I’d like to thank the donors who made my scholarship possible.  It helped me be a first-generation college student.  This scholarship will help me to reach my potential.”

Anise Shipley

Verne Imhoff
Scholarship

Second-Year Student
Sociology

More about Anise

Receiving the Verne Imhoff Scholarship made a world of difference to this year’s recipient Anise Shipley.

“For the first four months of COVID 19, I lost my mains source of income.  I was able to keep my other job as a waitress but my hours were cut.”

The Verne Imhoff Scholarship is awarded to either part-time (minimum of 6 credits) or full-time (minimum of 12 credits) UWO Fox Cities campus students.  Financial need is a consideration factor in making the $1,000 award.

Anise is a sociology major who aspires to make a difference in the lives of people who are marginalized in our society.

“My upbringing has influenced me to see the ways in which different factors affect our lives.  Being raised in a working poor single mother household, has shown me how our system is for those of lower socioeconomic status and the ways it affects those people.  I want to help different marginalized groups and change legislation and work alongside programs that are meant to help those in need.”

“Thank you so much.  You have no idea how much it means to me and how much it helped me through this semester.  To even be considered for this scholarship is amazing and to be a recipient has helped me further my education and my future.”

Mathilde Steenpoorte

Patricia A. Warrick
Scholarship

Second-Year Student
Pre-Law

More about Mathilde

Mathilde Steenpoorte is the 2020-21 recipients of the Patricia A. Warrick Scholarship.  The scholarship was created by Professor of English, Emeritus to assist either new or continuing full-time students of any major enrolled at the UWO Fox Cities campus.  The award is $1,000.

“I would like to go into intellectual property law and ultimately I would like to become an art lawyer,” said Mathilde.  “It is crucial to have a system that protects people’s ideas and creations. IP law brings about an order that makes room for further developments and original thinking. It would be an honor to have a part in supporting and protecting someone’s creativity.”

Mathilde expressed her gratitude for her scholarship and on behalf of other students for the recognition of potential that donors see in students by creating and continuing to fund scholarships.

“While encouragement from friends and family is extremely appreciated, many students also yearn for support from their wider community as confirmation that they can achieve their goals, and their accomplishments will equip them with skills that are applicable and impactful to the rest of the world. Scholarships are a way for the community to give students the security that their life goals matter to other people. Through receiving a scholarship, I have the certainty that my life has a purpose in this world that others see and are willing to help me achieve.”

Brianna Ver Voort

J.C. Bubolz Memorial Scholarship Fund

Second-Year Student
Psychology

More about Brianna

Learning about the brain and how it works is a passion for Brianna Ver Voort, the 2020-21 recipient of the J.C. Bubolz Memorial Scholarship awarded by the University of Wisconsin Fox Cities Foundation.

“I realized in high school my passion for learning about psychology, specifically the brain and how it works.  I also enjoy working with kids, so I am pursuing helping the younger age group in my future career,” said Brianna.

Brianna chose UWO Fox Cities because it’s close to home and the smaller class sizes appeal to her, particularly getting to know her professors in these smaller settings.”

“My favorite professor is Ellen Wilson who taught both my Developmental Psychology class and my Elementary Psychology statistics class. She’s very encouraging, open to everyone’s ideas, engaging by encouraging class discussion and questions. She provides one of the most welcoming classroom environments possible.”

Recipients of the J.C. Bubolz Memorial Scholarship may be a new or continuing full student attending UWO Fox Cities, have maintained a 3.0 GPA, and have demonstrated financial need.  The scholarship is a $1,000 award.

“This scholarship will help me pay for my tuition and living costs this year, so that I’m able to focus more on my studies and learning opportunities, and worry less about the financial burden that comes with my education. I’m so grateful that I’m able to receive this gift as an investment into my education and future career. I appreciate this gift even more as our nation goes through this difficult time.”

Marilee Williamson

J.C. Bubolz Memorial Scholarship and Veldor Kopitzke Scholarship

Second-Year Student
Accounting

More about Marilee

Marliee Williamson is this year’s recipient of the J.C. Bubloz Memorial Scholarship and the Veldor Kopitzke Scholarship.  The scholarship awards are for $1,000 and $750 respectively.

The J.C. Bubolz Scholarship is awarded to new or continuing full-time UWO Fox Cities campus students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need.  The Veldor Kopitzke Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student attending UWO Fox Cities campus who is pursuing a degree in Economics or Business with a minimum 3.0 GPA.  This award was created by and named for Veldor Kopitzke, former UW Fox Valley professor of Business Administration & Economics. 

With accounting as her major Marilee’s career goal is to become a Certified Management Accountant.

“I am pursuing this as a career because I enjoy working with numbers and analyzing documents.  I pay good attention to detail, so I feel this career will be a good fit for me.

 “One of my favorite professors is Mary Diederich, who I had for Intro to Business. Her class was very organized, and she always included real world examples that she has experienced in the business world in her lectures, which made them very interesting. Another favorite professor is Carrie Tirel, for Business Calculus. She is very kind and truly cares about all her students. She always is available for help and really makes sure that you understand the concepts.”

“Receiving my scholarships impact me immensely.  Receiving this money for my education is a huge advantage.  My scholarship plays a large factor in helping me reach my educational and career goals.  I am so grateful to the donors.  I am sincerely honored to have received these scholarships.”

Robin Young

Lynn & Roger Van Vreede Scholarship

First-Year Student
English 

More about Robin

With aspirations of being an English teacher and growing her own publishing company, Robin Young is the 2020-21 recipient of the Lynn and Roger Van Vreede Scholarship of the University of Wisconsin Fox Cities Foundation.  We congratulate Robin on this award.

“A big point of stress for any college student is the idea of working hard for several years and earning a degree only to be left with mountains of student debt. I share in these fears, but they have become significantly less so with the reasonable tuition rates through UWO Fox Cities as well as receiving this scholarship,” explained Robin.

“I never thought that I, a student that graduated high school eight years ago, is turning 25 this year, and is a single mother, would ever be eligible for a scholarship, let alone be selected to receive one.

The Lynn and Roger Van Vreede Scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional full-time student attending UWO Fox Cities campus pursuing any major.  Financial need is considered and award preference will be given to a single parent.  The scholarship award is $5,500.

Robin continues,  “this scholarship is not equivalent to a dollar amount. It is opportunity. It is less financial stress. It is the ability to focus more on my academics and working hard to earn my degree and worry less about how I’m going to pay for it, and that is worth far more to me than the actual scholarship amount.”

“Scholarships have always been a wonderful way for donors to support students in their education, but if there was ever a time that your generosity is especially needed and even more appreciated, it’s this year.  It is so wonderful that donors still contribute to a worthy cause to help students such as myself succeed. I cannot put into words how grateful I am to you for making my scholarship possible, so thank you again.”

Ella Keuler

Gary McGoey Scholarship

Biology
Secondary Education

More about Ella

Attaining her degree in Biology and becoming a high school biology teacher with one day perhaps becoming a university professor are the goals for Ella Keuler, the 2020 recipient of the Gary McGoey Scholarship awarded by the University of Wisconsin Fox Cities Foundation.

“I have always loved learning and school was always a good place for me.  As I got older, my love for learning, especially biology, only grew as I had amazing teachers who cared.  I also realized how much more teachers did for their students than just teach.  It became obvious how much of a positive impact a teacher can have on their students, and I want to be able to be a positive influence in the lives of my students one day too.  Also, I get paid to talk about biology all day, how awesome is that?”

To Ella receiving the scholarship award not only acknowledged her academic skills but eased the financial strain.

“My scholarship is very impactful for me, as I am responsible for paying for my education.  Currently I am working three jobs, so this scholarship has lifted a little weight off my shoulder so I can relax a little and put more time into my studies.

“I just want to thank everyone who contributes to make these scholarships possible.  Because you value education, you have helped so many students who may have not had opportunities to learn. These scholarships are impactful not just for me, but for all students.”

The Gary McGoey Scholarship is awarded to full-time students attending UWO Fox Cities and pursuing any major. Financial need is a consideration in determining the award.  It is a $1,000 scholarship.

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