​Scholarships


Not all scholarships listed here are available/awarded every year. Please see the list posted on "How to Apply" for the list of available scholarships for the year you are applying.


 

Jerry E. Baird Memorial Scholarship
This award is made possible by Mary Ann Baird, widow of Jerry E. Baird. Mary Ann Baird is faculty emeritus of UWSP Division of Interior Architecture. Jerry Baird supported all that UWSP meant, particularly in the arts and in athletics. His three daughters, sons-in-law and wife all attended UWSP. His wife Mary Ann was a faculty member at UWSP for 38 years. This scholarship for an education major to study in an International Program aims to help a future teacher touch the lives of many in promoting an understanding and appreciation of an international perspective… because “Each of us is a citizen of the world, and not just of our own community and country.”

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Planning to participate in an upcoming semester through Office of International Programs
  • Shows financial need
 

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Margaret and Henry (Tiny) Bannach Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the daughters of Margaret and Henry Bannach. Mrs. Bannach was a 1934 elementary education graduate. Henry was a 1930 graduate of the same program. He went on to receive a master’s from UW-Madison. Henry played football, basketball and baseball and was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame. He was also given the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

 

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Specific criteria include:

  • Elementary education major
  • Student teaching next academic year
  • Good teaching qualities
  • High grade point average

 

 

 The Belongia Family ScholarshipReuben BelongiaEugene Belongia
This award is made possible by contributions in memory of four siblings who attended UW-Stevens Point between 1936-1945. After Reuben Belongia died on March 16, 2006, daughters Kathy Ralston of Eau Claire and Karen Nichol of Colorado acted on behalf of their father’s family. Four of the seven Belongia children growing up near Green Bay in the Depression era attended UW-Stevens Point (Central State Teachers College at the time).

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Preferably first generation student
  • Good academic performance; committed to obtaining degree
  • Shows financial need

 

Esther L. Berndt Reading Specialist ScholarshipEsther L. Berndt
This award is made possible by Dick Berndt, surviving spouse of Esther. Esther Berndt was a 1950 graduate of Central State Teacher’s College, now UWSP, with a degree in primary education. She taught kindergarten at Laona, Wis., and the Campus Laboratory School. Later she was employed by the Stevens Point School District to help junior high students with difficulties in reading and comprehension. Esther was a pioneer in starting the Alternative School Program in the Stevens Point School District. In 1978 she received a master’s degree in teaching elementary education/reading.

Specific criteria include:

  • School of Education graduate student
  • Student pursuing Reading Specialist Certification
  • Planning to teach reading

 

 

John Bernd Scholarship
This scholarship was established by John Bernd to honor two intelligent, caring, creative teachers, Lee Cayo Bernd, and Marilyn Kapter Bernd. This scholarship is for students at either the elementary or secondary teaching level who have shown creative ideas in planning or writing, and who are interested in encouraging students to read good literature at every age.
  
 
 
Dorothea Berndt-Harju Scholarship
This award is made possible by Dorothea Berndt-Harju. Mrs. Harju graduated with a teaching certificate in 1943 as a geography graduate. She received her MS in English in 1966. Mrs. Harju is retired and lives in Redgranite, Wis. 
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Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Elementary education major
  • Graduate of a Wisconsin high school
  • Shows financial need

 

 

 
 
Central Wisconsin Educators Scholarship
Central Wisconsin Educators (CWE) was a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a meaningful, one-day in-service for educators, both public and private, at a nominal cost.  CWE's membership consisted mainly of teachers, but it also included principals, curriculum coordinators, interns and student teachers, secretaries and other support staff.  The group's sole responsibility was to coordinate the annual educator's convention held in the Wausau area the first Friday in March.
Specific criteria include:
  • Accepted into the UWSP School of Education
  • Shows financial need
  • Preference given to student from central Wisconsin
  
 
Margaret Daffinson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is made possible by Mike Daffinson, family, and friends in honor and memory of Maggie Daffinson. Margaret "Maggie" Daffinson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with her bachelor's degree in early childhood special education in 1975 and from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with her master's in education in 1990. Maggie dedicated her life to young children with disabilities as she taught in the Wausau Community for a total of 35 years. Many student teachers from UWSP were extremely lucky to have their first teaching experience be guided and modeled by Maggie, a true master at engaging young children in work and play so that optimum learning could occur. Maggie emphatically believed that music is a key element in the instruction of young children. She was a champion for all children no matter their disability or circumstances. Maggie had a profound effect on all staff, parents, and children in her environment with a gift for storytelling, a quick wit, and sincerity that was unforgettable.

Specific criteria include:

  • Junior or senior who shows passion for children and the profession of early childhood special education
  • Academic good standing in the Early Childhood Special Education program with preference given to student with a passion for music in teaching
 
 
Kelly Garr Dawley Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Donna Garr and husband Phil established this scholarship following the death of their daughter and granddaughter. Kelly Garr Dawley was their only daughter; she died in a tragic automobile accident while pursuing a degree at UWSP as a non-traditional student. This scholarship rotates throughout the CPS majors.

Specific criteria include:

  • Non-traditional woman admitted to UWSP
  • Pursuing a degree in one of the majors in the College of Professional Studies
  • Student may only win this award once

 

Harriet Coey Dickmann Future Teacher Memorial Scholarship
This award is made possible by the family of Harriet Dickmann. Harriet Coey Dickmann was a teacher in the Wisconsin and Indiana public schools. Mrs. Dickmann was inspired by our university and by Miss Sue Coleman to become a teacher.

Specific criteria include:

  • Declared teaching intent
  • Demonstrated leadership, personality, service to society, citizenship and character
  • Shows financial need
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75

 

The Karen Engelhard Alumni ScholarshipKaren Engelhard
This scholarship is funded by UWSP Alumni, Bob and Karen Engelhard and the Seramur Foundation in honor of Karen’s 20 years as Director of Alumni Relations.. Karen is a 1959 Stevens Point graduate and was UWSP Director of Alumni Relations from 1976-1996. She received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1997. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman and may be renewed for three additional consecutive years.

 

 

The Lenice Christine Merrill Eskritt Scholarship
This scholarship, established by the family and friends of the late Lenice Christine Merrill Eskritt, rotates among departments in the College of Professional Studies. Lenice Christine Merrill Eskritt was a housewife and mother, much loved by her family. Her sensitivity and compassion to her fellow being served as an example to all who knew her. She was a very intelligent person, who, for whatever reason, was not able to continue her education beyond high school. This scholarship honors her being and potential in the desire that others in similar circumstances may be assisted in developing their potential through education.

 

 

Ken and Sandy Falkinham ScholarshipKen & Sandy Falkinham
This award was established in 2007 by Ken and Sandy Falkinham. Since graduating from UW-Stevens Point in the late 1960s, Sandy and Ken Falkinham have pursued careers in education and business that utilized the skills and course work received from UW-Stevens Point. Over the years these skills have allowed the Falkinhams to create an annual scholarship to support a worthy student pursuing education as their career. Realizing just how difficult it is to find the funds necessary to attend an institution of higher education, it is the wish that this scholarship will allow the recipient to further their studies while receiving some assistance in lowering their financial obligations.

Specific criteria include:

  • Junior or senior with declared teaching intent
  • Resides in or originated from Wisconsin
  • Above average GPA
  • Shows great financial need

 

John Gach Future Teacher Memorial Scholarship
This award is made possible by memorial fund contributions and Mrs. John Gach in memory of her husband, John J. Gach. This scholarship was established by Mrs. John Gach in memory of her husband. John was a teacher, administrator and educational leader for many years in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Specific criteria include:

  • Declared teaching intent
  • Demonstrated leadership, personality, service to society, citizenship and character
  • Shows financial need
  • Junior status next fall
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75

 

Gordon Family Memorial Future Teacher ScholarshipGordon Family
This award is made possible by the Gordon Family in memory of the children of Martin and Belle Gordon: Lancelot, Troy, Royal, Gladys, Irving, Laurin and Arvie, children of Martin and Belle Gordon, whose support of each other in pursuit of teacher training degrees at Stevens Point Normal School is a testimony to their belief in the value of education.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Demonstrated service to society, leadership, citizenship, character and personality
  • Sophomore status next fall

  

The Habeck Family ScholarshipPhyllis and Roy Habeck
This award is made possible by Phyllis and Roy Habeck. Roy and Phyllis Habeck wanted to give something back to the school that got them started on their long and successful teaching careers. The Habeck Family Scholarship has been providing scholarships since 2003.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Intends to teach at the primary or secondary education level
  • Demonstrated character defined by reliability, integrity, attendance, promptness and service to community
  • Financial need may be a consideration

  

Erma Haferbecker Scholarship
This award is made possible by Dr. Gordon Haferbecker in memory of his wife Erma. Dr. Haferbecker was a UWSP graduate and economist who worked at the college for many years as a faculty member, vice president and acting president.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Demonstrated character
  • Shows financial need
  • Preference may be given to a non-traditional student
  • Junior status next fall
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

 

Tom Hayes Scholarship for Student TeachersThomas Hayes
Established in memory of Tom Hayes by his wife Lorna and his two daughters after his sudden death in 1999. He taught science in the UWSP lab school, science education methods to thousands of teacher education students and he placed thousands of students in student teaching assignments before retiring in 1988. What he loved the most about his work here was "teachers who work with our students."

Specific criteria include:

  • Demonstrates outstanding merit
  • Student teaching next academic year

 

Esther Gavin Hegg and Erling Hegg Memorial Scholarship
Gavin Heggs Parents.jpgThis scholarship was established in 1986 by the family of Esther Gavin and Erling E. Hegg, who met at Stevens Point Normal College in the early 1920s. Their son, William Gavin Hegg, has since perpetuated the scholarships. Eligible students must be admitted to Professional Education in the School of Education and completed at least the first semester of their junior year with an overall grade point average of at least 3.2; or UWSP faculty or staff members of distinguished accomplishment who are former Hegg Scholars are eligible each year for the Hegg Scholarship.

 
 
 

 

Dr. Barbara Inch Non-Traditional Scholarship for Women
Dr. Inch was a non-traditional student. She and her friends and relatives established this fund to honor her retirement in 2000 after over 30 years of service with UWSP. This scholarship rotates between the Education, Family and Consumer Education, and Interior Architecture departments.

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Specific criteria include:

  • Non-traditional female student who is a single parent
  • 3.0 GPA and shows financial need
  • Sophomore, junior or senior who is goal oriented and committed to attaining a degree

 

 

Janet Ruth Jensen “It was a Dream Come True” Scholarship

This award is made possible by the family of Mrs. Jensen. Janet Ruth Jensen was born on September 7, 1922. In a time when college was almost unheard of, Janet decided she was going to somehow find a way to go to college. She won a $28 scholarship through her high school which sent her on her way to become a wonderful teacher. Janet's hope is that this scholarship in her name means as much to a student as hers did to her and that with it all his/her career dreams do come true just like hers did.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Shows financial need

 

Kappa Delta Pi Scholarship
 
Kappa Delta Pi LogoThis award is made possible by the UWSP chapter of KDP for students who are committed to academic excellence and education as a career.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Must be an active member of Kappa Delta Pi
  • Demonstrated leadership, responsibility and good character
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25

 

 

Evelyn M. & Keith F. Lea Memorial ScholarshipEvelyn M. and Keith F. Lea Memorial Scholarship
Established to honor their parents, who were their first teachers, and to the many teachers that followed and influenced our lives. Evelyn and Keith Lea met on the UWSP campus, then Central State Teachers College, shortly after the end of WWII. Keith graduated in 1947, Evelyn graduated in 1948. They were married on June 20, 1948. The marriage lasted for 58 wonderful years. Evelyn raised a son & daughter and taught school for over 25 years, mostly fifth grade at McDill School. Keith taught sixth grade for two years at Roosevelt School in Plover, then established several K-6 level central libraries for the Stevens Point School District. He then was employed at UWSP for 18 years in the Albertson Learning Resource Center, most of the time as Director of Technical Services. This scholarship awarded through faculty or adviser application - students do not apply directly for this scholarship.

This is awarded to education students who have experienced difficult circumstances that threaten continuation at the university. This award is given out at any time throughout the year based on the SOE's discretion.

 

 

Robert S. and Ruth L. Lewis ScholarshipRuth and Robert Lewis
This award is made possible by the family of Robert and Ruth Lewis. Robert S. Lewis was a UWSP professor from 1942-76. During his tenure he taught courses in geography and education and began the audio visual department. He also initiated the student abroad program. Mr. Lewis was president of the faculty twice and received two teaching awards from the University and the National Education Association. Ruth Lewis taught history at P.J. Jacobs High School for 27 years and on several occasions substituted in the English and Education Departments for UWSP. She was involved as a sorority adviser and chairman of the faculty wives. She accompanied her husband on student trips in the U.S. and abroad. Ruth asked that the recipient truly enjoy teaching and the process of making learning creative & exciting for his/her students

Specific criteria include:

  • Declared teaching intent
  • Junior or senior status next fall
  • Priority may be given to students demonstrating financial need

 

 

Craig and Carol LoCascio Scholarship
This award is made possible by the family of Craig and Carol LoCascio. Established by Guy LoCascio in memory of his brother Craig and sister-in-law Carol.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Preference given to student from the Central Wisconsin or Fox River Valley region
  • Shows financial need

 

 

The Gerald Lowney Scholarship
Established by Todd Lowney and family in memory of his father Gerald. Todd is a UWSP graduate and elementary education teacher. His father was a very warm person who loved people and taught his children the importance of giving back to the community through his selfless acts of kindness.

 

 

 

Sean Maher ScholarshipSean Maher
This award is made possible by Marilyn Kapter Bernd in memory of her grandson Sean Maher. Established by Marilyn Kapter in 2007 in memory of her grandson Sean. Sean died in a tragic accident at the age of 21. He had the soul of a poet, a young man who loved music and theater and took great joy in writing songs and performing. On his last evening with Marilyn, he read the balcony scene from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” to her with great tenderness and feeling. With all these abilities, Sean also had a disability. He was born with Down Syndrome. It is Marilyn’s hope that the recipient of this scholarship will go the extra mile and concentrate on students’ abilities, not their disabilities, allowing them to develop their full potential.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Non-traditional student
  • Elementary education major, minor in special education

 

 

Betty W. Martini Memorial Scholarship
This award is made possible by the late Harvey Sr. and Harvey Jr. in memory of wife and mother Betty. Betty was a teacher of special education students for more than 40 years in Milwaukee, Wis., Delmar, N.Y. and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Majoring in special education
  • Student teaching next academic year
  • Extraordinary ability to work with students with exceptional education needs
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

 

 

Thomas McCaig Future Teacher Scholarship
Tom McCaigThis award is made possible by Dr. Thomas McCaig, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Dr. McCaig joined the faculty in the School of Education in 1966 after earning three degrees from Loyola University and teaching in the public schools in Chicago. He is a two-time recipient of the UWSP Excellence in Teaching Award.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Declared major in secondary certification area (middle, junior or senior high school)
  • Evidence of service to others (WEA, church, schools, etc.)
  • Preference given to student seeking certification at middle or secondary level
  • Financial need may be considered

 

 

 

Oscar W. Neale Memorial Scholarship in Elementary EducationOscar W. Neale Memorial ScholarshipFred and Jean Neale Stassel
This award is made possible by contributions of family and friends in memory of Oscar Neale. Established in memory of Oscar Neale by his family. Mr. Neale was Director of the Rural Dept. (later to become the School of Education) at Stevens Point Normal School (later called Central State Teachers College) from 1915-44. He was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate for two four-year terms. Mr. Neale was a pioneer in art appreciation and the picture study movement in education at UW-Stevens Point.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Junior or senior status, majoring in elementary education
  • Demonstrates interest in incorporating creativity and art education into teaching methodology
  • Financial need will be considered in event of a tie
  • Special consideration may be given to student whose gender or race is under-represented in his/her chosen teaching discipline
  • Shows characteristics of Oscar Neale - Person of exemplary and optimistic character - Shows enthusiasm for teaching - Participates in volunteering activities and service to others
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 In addition, student must submit a lesson plan or unit on teaching art appreciation of elementary school children based on Oscar Neale’s work in “picture study.” Picture study is cited in Peter Smith’s “The History of American Art Education,” 1996, Greenwood Press. (See handout regarding Oscar W. Neale)

 

 

Rosemary and Sue Nelson Scholarship
Funded through the estate of Mrs. Sue Nelson and Rosemary Adele Nelson. Sue Nelson was Rosemary’s mother. Rosemary taught English and music in the Stevens Point School District and was well known in the Wausau area as a piano teacher.

 

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Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Intent to teach at either Elementary or Secondary level

 

 

 

 

Patricia A. Okray Scholarship

Established by Patricia A. and Joseph J. Okray. Pat Okray, a native of Phillips, Wis., and her husband Joseph live in Plover. Pat attended Stevens Point State Teachers College as an elementary education major and taught kindergarten in Nekoosa. Pat is an artist, preferring the watercolor medium. The Okray Family Farms of Plover celebrated its 100th year of business in 2005.
 
 
 
 

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Junior or senior status
  • Demonstrated commitment for teaching
  • Financial need

 

 
 
 
 
 
Franklin H. Pearson Memorial ScholarshipFranklin H. Pearson
At age 19, Franklin H. Pearson began teaching in a one-room school in Marinette County where English was the second language for most of the students. Pearson could have done many things, but he chose teaching. He had immeasurable patience and was accomplished at helping young people think and learn.
 
Established by the family and friends of Franklin H. Pearson, former faculty member at UWSP. Mr. Pearson is remembered by his wife and son, who live in Marinette, Wis., and daughter in Arizona.

Specific criteria include:

  • Final semester in fall for student pursuing bachelor’s or master’s degree in education
  • Priority may be given to students demonstrating financial need 

 

 

Rose and Don Petersen Early Childhood Education Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Rose (UWSP '59) and Don Petersen for students who have a passion for educating and changing the lives of young children. The Petersens have had the privilege of seeing the transformation early childhood education has on a developing body and mind. Rose began working with young children while still a student at UWSP and eventually operated her own facility for young children. Through this scholarship, Rose and Don will always continue to make a difference for the future of both early childhood students and future educators.

 

 

Dustin Proefrock Memorial ScholarshipDustin Proefrock
This award is made possible by Kurt Proefrock, Corinna Frank and Nancy and Lucas Menzel in memory of Dustin Proefrock. Established by Kurt Proefrock and Corinna Frank, father and stepmother, and Nancy and Lucas Menzel, mother and brother, of Dustin Proefrock. Dustin was student teaching at John Edwards High School in Port Edwards when killed in an automobile accident in 2007. Dustin is greatly missed by his peers as well as his teachers at UWSP.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Preference given to student from Port Edwards, Wis., area
  • Financial need

 

 

Phyllis RaveyThe Phyllis Ravey Scholarship for Early Childhood Education
Mrs. Ravey was an instructor in the UWSP Lab School for many years and became the first director of the Gessell Institute on campus. She graduated from Stevens Point Normal in 1936 with a two-year rural education degree and received her four-year degree in elementary education from Stevens Point in 1952.

 


 


 

 

 

 

Rohloff, Roesler, and Wolter Memorial Future Teacher ScholarshipGertrude Wolter RohloffHazel Castner RoeslerNina Castner Wolter
Established in memory of three graduates of the Stevens Point Normal School: Nina Castner Wolter, her sister Hazel Castner Roesler and sister-in-law Gertrude Wolter Rohloff. All were dedicated teachers, both in the rural school system and later in the elementary schools of Greenwood and Thorp, Wis.

Specific criteria include:

  • Enrolled in the exceptional education learning disabilities major
  • Junior or senior status in fall
  • Majoring in special education
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

  

 

Rossmiller Family ScholarshipRossmiller Family Scholarship
Established by the Rossmiller family in 1991. Elaine Rossmiller died in 2000. She taught in Merrill and Thorp, Wis., and after receiving her degrees at UWSP, she was a learning disabilities teacher at Plover Whiting school. She received the UWSP SOE Outstanding Alumnus Award. Dr. Bob Rossmiller, who was on the SOE faculty specializing in gifted/talented education, is retired and lives in Stevens Point.

Specific criteria include:

  • Majoring in special education
  • Specific interest in gifted and talented or learning disabled
  • Junior, senior or graduate status next fall

 

 

Mildred K. Schiller Endowment Scholarship Fund
Established by Miss Helen Preston to honor her aunt who was an elementary teacher in Wisconsin and who was an inspiration to Miss Preston for her own career as an elementary education teacher. Miss Preston is a 1938 graduate of Stevens Point Normal School and taught first grade.

 

 

Mary Shorey Samter Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1992 by Mary’s son, Father James Samter, to honor his mother. Mary Shorey Samter graduated from the Stevens Point Normal School in 1927 and taught for many years at UWSP. She believed that all primary teachers should know how to teach reading and should consider it a foundation for all classroom learning.

Specific criteria include:

  • Preparing to be a primary grade teacher
  • Special emphasis on teaching reading as the central approach to classroom instruction
  • Junior status next fall
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5

 

School of Education (SOE) Alumni Scholarship
Established through contributions from alumni of UWSP School of Education and its predecessors for outstanding students entering the teaching profession.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Junior, senior or graduate status next fall
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5

 

Cecilia Searl Scholarship
This award is being made possible by her daughter, Marie Ostrowski. Cecilia was a graduate of Central State Teachers College (now UWSP), earning a two-year Rural Teaching degree in 1942 at the age of 20, a three-year State Graded teaching degree in 1946, and a four-year Bachelor of Education degree in 1950.  She earned her Master of Science-Elementary Education Degree at UWSP in 1965 and also earned a Reading Specialist license from Marquette University in 1974.  She was an avid learner and took education classes most of her life.  Cecilia retired from teaching in 1991 after teaching a number of different grades in various central Wisconsin school districts, including 33 years in the Mosinee School District.  She was a woman who truly loved to teach and who remains a role model to those who knew her.


Specific criteria include:
  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Junior or Senior in good standing
  • From the Mosinee or Stevens Point School district (preference given to a student from Mosinee)
  • Financial need will be considered

 

 
 
 
 
Sieglinde A. Sheahan Memorial Scholarship
Established by the family and many friends of Sieglinde Sheahan who died in 2000. Sieglinde was a gifted teacher known for her innovation and creativity. She worked for the UWSP School of Education and at the time of her death, had the job of her dreams teaching in the Mosinee School District.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Elementary or secondary education major
  • Financial need
  • Excels in creativity and works well with young people

 

Arlene W. Thoyre Education ScholarshipArlene Thoyre
This award is made possible by contributions from Howard and Arlene Thoyre. Arlene was an elementary school teacher for more than 30 years. The scholarship was established by Arlene and Howard Thoyre. Arlene taught fourth, fifth and sixth grade students in North Dakota, Madison, Wis., and Stevens Point for more than 30 years. Her teaching career began in a small North Dakota coal mining town where her sixth-grade class consisted of nine girls and 20 boys, two of whom were on probation from a juvenile correctional facility. It was a challenging year, but an invaluable experience. Arlene credits much of whatever success she enjoyed over the rest of her career to what she learned in that first classroom.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Majoring in elementary education
  • Non-traditional student with special interest in grades 4-8.

 

The Van Dreser Family ScholarshipVan Dreser Family Scholarship
This award is made possible by Roy and Donna Van Dreser, family and friends. In 1966 Roy Van Dreser began teaching Instructional Resources in the Learning Resource Center at UWSP. He and Harlan Hoffbeck developed the television studio. Roy later became a member of the School of Education faculty. He chaired the Instructional Resources program and designed its curriculum. Roy retired in 1991 and passed away in early 2007. Donna Van Dreser has two master’s degrees from UWSP: Education - Professional Development and Elementary Education. Donna taught in the UWSP Lab School for one year and then in the Stevens Point Public Schools. Their three children Jann, John and Jill, son-in-law Jeff Jakusz, and daughter-in-law Sue Podoll Van Dreser all graduated from UWSP. This scholarship was established in honor of the family and includes gifts given to Roy and Donna in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary in 2005.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Majoring in elementary education
  • Student teaching next academic year
  • Not eligible for financial aid.
  • Interest in science and environmental education may be a consideration

 

 

Roger Wood Memorial Scholarship
This award is made possible by Delores Wood, widow of Roger Wood. Established by the family of Roger Wood, who passed away in 2002. Mr. Wood was a professor of Science Education at UWSP from 1966 until his retirement in 1992. During his career at UWSP, he garnered several grants and directed projects to provide mathematics and science training for area teachers. Roger loved teaching and was the recipient of the UWSP Excellence in Teaching Award.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Planning to teach at elementary or secondary level, preferably elementary with interest in science
  • Shows scholarship, leadership and demonstrated ability to teach.

 

 

Yulga Family Future Teacher Memorial ScholarshipYulga Family Future Teacher Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2007 by surviving brothers Fred and Jim, it commemorates the relationship between the Yulga family and UWSP and the teaching profession. Late parents, Bernard, attended Central State Teachers College (UWSP) and graduated with a bachelor's in chemistry; Mona attended and then graduated with a bachelor degree in education from UW-Whitewater. Late brother Don graduated with a bachelor degree in biology and computer information systems. Fred graduated with a degree in chemistry and master's in education. Fred’s son, Brian, graduated with a degree in physics and mathematics. Jim graduated with a degree of biology and computer information systems. Many of the degrees earned have included teaching certification or have lead to teaching positions. The family has spanned the educational system – teaching at Wisconsin high school, technical institute and university levels. Through teaching, the family has been dedicated to influencing lives and making a difference.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program
  • Junior or senior in good standing
  • Preference given to those teaching in natural or applied sciences
  • Financial need