Tylke Memorial Scholarship Open to UW Oshkosh FERM Program Students
Funding for Fall and Spring semesters available.
To receive the scholarship, applicants must be admitted or currently enrolled in at least six credits per semester in the Bachelor of Applied Studies Fire and Emergency Response Management (FERM) program administered by UW Oshkosh Division of Online and Continuing Education (OCE).
This award will be split evenly between the Fall and Spring semesters. Please note that if the recipient is not enrolled in the Spring semester, the second installment will be forfeited.
Preference will be given to:
- applicants with prior experience in fire science/paramedic service.
- Fire Science graduates of the Madison College.
- employees of the fire departments in Beloit, Wisconsin and St. Francis, Wisconsin.
“The scholarship has provided financial assistance to those students completing their bachelor’s degree in FERM at a time when it has been economically difficult for students to pursue continuing education,” UW Oshkosh OCE Outreach Program Coordinator Cindy Brun said.
This scholarship was established in memory of Candice Tylke, a UW Oshkosh alumna who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1994. Tylke was a veteran firefighter and paramedic in Beloit, Wisconsin and was an experienced flight paramedic. She was the first female firefighter graduate from Madison College and continued to be a positive example for all throughout her life. She was a long-time member of the International Association of Fire Fighters and the International Association of Flight Paramedics.
Students with questions about the scholarship or the FERM bachelor’s degree program at UW Oshkosh can contact Brun at email@example.com or (920) 424-1458.
Candice E. Tylke Memorial Scholarship
The Candice E. Tylke Memorial Scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Candice E. Tylke, a UW Oshkosh alumna who graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology in 1994.
Tylke was a veteran firefighter and paramedic in Beloit, Wisconsin, and had experience as a flight paramedic as well. She was the first female firefighter graduate from Madison Area Technical College and continued to be a positive example for all throughout her life. She was a long-time member of the International Association of Fire Fighters and the International Association of Flight Paramedics. She died July 26, 2008 at the age of 42.
As part of a generous contribution from Candice Tylke, opportunities are available for women interested in fire science careers at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Students can apply for this scholarship using the UW Oshkosh Academic Works scholarship application form. In the search bar, search for “Candice Tylke” and then click on the scholarship link.
- Applicants must be admitted to the Bachelor of Applied Studies Fire and Emergency Response Management program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and they must be enrolled in six credits per semester at the time they receive the award. Those applicants with prior experience in the fire science/paramedic service will be given preference.
- First priority will be given to female applicants; second priority will be given to fire science graduates of the Madison Area Technical College; and third priority employees of Beloit, Wisconsin or St. Francis, Wisconsin Fire Departments.
- Applicants will submit a personal narrative of 500 words describing why they are qualified for the award, including leadership and community service to their communities/departments, a description of financial need and their career goals.
- Applications are accepted through the Academic Works scholarship website. Just search for “Candice Tylke” in the search bar, and click on the scholarship link in the search results.
- Selection will be completed by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Division of Online and Continuing Education.
- The scholarship will be $1,500, with $750 credited to the recipient’s tuition obligation incurred at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for each of the next two semesters.
- Recipients must be enrolled in at least six credits per semester at the time they receive the award.
- Recipients are eligible to reapply for the award for a maximum of $3,000.
- Students will apply during the spring semester, with award payout beginning in the subsequent fall semester. The award is split between fall and spring. (i.e. apply in spring 2023, awarded fall 2023 and spring 2024)
If you would like more information on the scholarship, or if you have questions, please contact the FERM Program Coordinator Cindy Brun at firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 424-1458.
More About Candice E. Tylke
Having a paper route that required her to get up around 4 a.m. in junior high school, Tylke was always determined to succeed at whatever she set her mind to.
“Candice never saw an obstacle in her vision to reach her goals,” said Tylke’s close cousin, Mary Ellis. “Despite firefighting being a predominately male profession, it never stopped her and she felt that if she proved herself, she would be considered an equal.”
“Candice wanted to experience the benefits of a smaller campus and it was important to her to give back to the college that she really felt part of,” said Ellis.
When asked about Tylke being an inspiration to others, Ellis said, “She felt women could achieve anything they put their minds and hearts to. If she were here today, she would tell other young women to pursue their dreams and support others doing the same.”
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