Scholarship information and applications are typically made available by the School of Education Awards Committee in January/February. Applications and detailed descriptions of each scholarship offered are emailed to all students who have declared their intent to teach.
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please note, however, that each scholarship describes specific qualifications that applicants must meet in order to be considered for an award.
Students interested in applying for scholarships must complete the online School of Education Scholarship Application by the deadline, 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 17, 2021. One confidential reference form must also be completed by a university faculty, staff, or campus employer by the deadline. Late applications will not be considered.
Professional Education Program Scholarship Application
School of Education Scholarship Reference Form will be emailed to your reference after the application period has ended. Reminder: A reference should be from university faculty, staff, or campus employers
Students studying abroad during the spring semester are encouraged to submit a scholarship application and essay. Students abroad should follow the same requirements as listed above.
The School of Education Awards Committee will meet to select the award winners, using the following criteria:
Award winners will be notified by March 2021 and will be invited to attend the School of Education Celebration of Teaching and Learning Reception on Monday, April 26, 2021, at the UWSP Main Campus. At this time, we anticipate holding an in-person event. Nearer the date, safety concerns may lead us to cancel. The winners will receive the actual scholarship in fall 2021.
David and Dorothy Ashenbrenner Memorial ScholarshipDavid (1968) and Dorothy (1967) Ashenbrenner were both first-generation graduates of UWSP in education. While their teaching careers began in public schools, they went on to become lifelong educators in their beloved community of Galloway, Wis., as catechism teachers, 4-H leaders, foster parents, church leaders and as community icons. Their love of learning was also deeply instilled in their three children and five grandchildren.
The Ashenbrenners believed that the opportunity to attend college was something that should be available to anyone who had the desire. To continue Dorothy and David’s spirit of lifelong learning, their family would like to honor their memory by extending a need-based scholarship to first-generation students admitted to the School of Education.
Specific criteria include:
Joan Whitford Auld Future Teacher AwardThe purpose of this scholarship is to assist students with the costs associated with student teaching, such as the edTPA.
Joan (Whitford) Auld grew up in Spencer, Wisconsin, raised by her grandparents, Emma and Jonas Ayer. From early childhood, she dreamed of becoming a teacher. After graduating from Spencer High School, she enrolled at Wisconsin State College at Stevens Point. She spent her weekends, as well as her winter and summer breaks, back in Spencer, working to help pay for her college education. In 1956, she graduated with a degree in elementary education and began her teaching career in Marshfield, Wisconsin. After a dozen years of service there, she married Lawrence Auld and moved to Sumter, South Carolina, where she raised two children, defeated cancer, and ultimately returned to teaching. Mrs. Auld retired in 1996, after spending a total of nearly 30 years in the classroom, where she taught hundreds and hundreds of children to read and write, to add and subtract, and to respect others. Even in retirement, she remained an educator-at-heart, serving as the “first teacher” for her grandchildren, much as she had for her own children.
Jerry E. Baird Memorial ScholarshipThis 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.”
Margaret and Henry (Tiny) Bannach ScholarshipThis 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.
Esther L. Berndt Reading Specialist ScholarshipThis 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.
John Bernd ScholarshipThis 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 ScholarshipThis 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 passed away July 1, 2017. The Harju Center for Equity in Education was established in her honor in 2019.
Ambrose & Evelyn Budzynski ScholarshipAmbrose and Evelyn Budzynski understood the value of education and always supported learning in every way throughout their married life of 55 years. In the small village of Hatley, they had been active chruch and community leaders; Ambrose as the village Treasurer for over 40 years and Evelyn as a grade school teacher since she graduated from the Normal School, now UW-Stevens Point, at the age of 20.
Nancy Carroll Cook Memorial ScholarshipNancy Carroll Cook (née Court), 82, passed away Monday, May 9, 2016. She was born in Fennimore on July 16, 1933, the daughter of Philip B. and Grayce J. (née Ayres) Court. On June 23, 1956 she married Ray Cook in New London. Nancy graduated from New London High School and earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of WI-Stevens Point.
She began her teaching career in 1955 at Whittier in Waukesha, and retired in 1993 after 14 years as a kindergarten teacher at Rose Glen Elementary, where she helped design the classrooms. She also taught at McDill in Stevens Point, White Rock, Meadowbrook and Torhorst Schools in Waukesha.
From 1968 to 1970, she and her family shared the adventure of living in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. During the years that her three children, Cindy, Randy and Perry were growing up, Nancy set aside her teaching career and chose to build into the lives of her children and create a loving home for her family.
Nancy truly enjoyed being a teacher, a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother. She enjoyed sewing, teaching Sunday School and ESL, attending Bible studies and helping lead Women’s Circles at First United Methodist Church. Her thoughtful cards and notes of encouragement to family, friends, and former students will be treasured for years to come. Words that come to mind to those who loved her are kind, patient, loyal, generous and sweet.
Duaine Counsell ScholarshipThe family of Duaine Counsell created this award in 1991. Duaine, a UWSP alumnus, was a faculty member for 31 years returning to Stevens Point in 1957 as a head football coach and teaching courses in physical education, drivers’ education, recreation and safety education.
Kim Counsell ScholarshipThe family and friends of Kim Counsell created this award in 1978. She was a graduate of UWSP with a major in elementary education and was 28 years old at the time of her tragic death.
Margaret Daffinson Memorial ScholarshipThis 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.
Kelly Garr Dawley Memorial ScholarshipDr. 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.
Harriet Coey Dickmann Future Teacher Memorial ScholarshipThis 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.
Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability Inclusivity ScholarshipThe Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability Inclusivity Scholarship is a tuition award for first-year educational sustainability doctoral students who can demonstrate significant financial need as well as strong academic merit.
How to Contribute: Visit UWSP Foundation and enter their gift amount, select “Other Specific Fund” in the dropdown tab and enter the fund name (Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability Inclusivity Scholarship) in the box provided.
Karen Engelhard Alumni ScholarshipThis 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.
Lenice Christine Merrill Eskritt ScholarshipThis 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 ScholarshipThis 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.
Jeanette Fierek Secondary Education Advancement FundSpecific criteria include:
John Gach Future Teacher Memorial ScholarshipThis 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.
Gordon Family Memorial Future Teacher ScholarshipThis 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.
Habeck Family ScholarshipThis 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.
Erma Haferbecker ScholarshipThis 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.
Tom Hayes Scholarship for Student TeachersEstablished 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.”
Esther Gavin Hegg and Erling Hegg Memorial ScholarshipThis 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.
Carol Huettig Memorial ScholarshipCarol Huettig taught and coached at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1981-89. She was a masterful leader, inspiring students and athletes to continually raise their goals and perform to their maximum abilities. As a specialist in adapted physical education, Carol was a passionate advocate for underserved populations, particularly children. Her research focused on ways to improve services to children with disabilities, and she shared that information by authoring many articles and books and speaking at conferences throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Carol was very intuitive about individuals’ feelings. She had a gift for sensing the needs of people and reaching out to assist them in any way that would protect their dignity and self worth. Last, but not least, she was a lover of dogs, a great cook and knew how to throw a fabulous party!
Dr. Barbara Inch Non-Traditional Scholarship for WomenDr. 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.
Janet Ruth Jensen “It was a Dream Come True” ScholarshipThis 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.
Kappa Delta Pi ScholarshipThis award is made possible by the UWSP chapter of KDP for students who are committed to academic excellence and education as a career.
Eddie Kotal Memorial AwardThis award was established in 1973 to recognize the contributions of Eddie Kotal, former coach at UW-Stevens Point. While at UW-Stevens Point, Eddie coached football, basketball, boxing and track and field teams. He left Stevens Point to become a coach and scout for the Green Bay Packers and later for the Los Angeles Rams. Mr. Kotal died in January 1973, three months after his induction into the UWSP Athletic Hall of Fame.
Larsen Family ScholarshipEligibility Criteria: Students admitted into the UWSP School of Education who exhibit a strong work ethic and commitment to completing their college education. Students who have received this scholarship in the past are not eligible to receive it a second time.
Selection Criteria: Priority will go to students who meet the following criteria (in order of importance):
Evelyn M. and Keith F. Lea Memorial ScholarshipEstablished 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 Albertson Hall, 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 ScholarshipThis 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
Craig and Carol LoCascio ScholarshipThis 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.
Sean Maher ScholarshipThis 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.
Betty W. Martini Memorial ScholarshipThis 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.
Thomas McCaig Future Teacher ScholarshipThis 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.
Darvin and Marge Miller Early Intervention ScholarshipThis scholarship was established by Drs. Darvin and Marge Miller, creators and coordinators of the first majors and graduate curriculums in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education in the College of Professional Studies, 1971-1993. The intent of this scholarship is to enhance the preparation of exemplary students who are committed to alleviating moderately-handicapping conditions early in the lives of young children with special needs so they may be integrated and succeed with their peers in the K-3 curriculum.
Oscar W. Neale Memorial Scholarship in Elementary EducationThis 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.
Rosemary and Sue Nelson ScholarshipFunded 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.
Colonel N. and Phyllis Nemec ScholarshipColonel Nemec graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 1968 with a degree in political science. Phyllis graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 1967 with a degree in physical education and elementary education. Colonel and Phyllis were non-traditional students. Phyllis competed on early field hockey teams, coached by Marge Spring, as a 39-year-old student-athlete with three children, playing with and against women 15-20 years younger.
Patricia A. Okray ScholarshipEstablished 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.
Nancy Page Physical Education ScholarshipNancy Page was a teacher and coach at UWSP from 1973-2004, coaching field hockey (1973-85), softball (1980-90) and tennis (1986-2004). Nancy taught numerous activity classes inside and outside the physical education major and was generally responsible for teaching 175-200 students a semester. Her teaching day may have featured teaching two hours each of badminton, cross country skiing and tennis with enough energy left to play tennis in the late afternoon or evening. Her passion for sports and activity served as an outstanding role model for students and staff. Nancy was active in promoting women sports and is a charter member of the Women’s Athletic Fund.
Franklin H. Pearson Memorial ScholarshipOrphaned at a very young age, and later serving as a member of the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) in North Africa and Italy during World War II, Franklin H. Pearson began his 37-year commitment to teaching excellence in 1936 at age 19 in a one-room rural school in Marinette County where English was the second language for many of his students. Pearson, who graduated in 1948 from Central State Teachers College (now UWSP), where he played in both the band and the orchestra, could have pursued a career in music, but, instead, chose education, serving in the classroom, in administration, and as a college teacher. 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 son, who lives in Wisconsin, and daughter, who lives in Nevada.
Rose (Lee) Petersen Memorial ScholarshipThis 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 ScholarshipThis 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.
Hale Quandt Memorial AwardFriends and associates of the late Hale Quandt established this award in 1969. Hale’s initial assignment on campus was the unenviable task of working with the basketball and football programs at a time when men’s athletics had been eliminated at the university because there were too few men to create a team, due to World War II. He served as athletic director at UW-Stevens Point for 18 years.
Marjorie and Orland Radke Memorial ScholarshipThis award is made possible by Marjorie and Orland Radke for students in the School of Education. Marjorie and Orland both graduated from UWSP. Orland then spent 40 years in education – teaching math and science in Edgar and Antigo, serving as principal in Centuria and Sturgeon Bay, and returning to UWSP to serve for 30 years as Dean of Men and Director of Continuing Education and Extended Services. In addition to Orland and Marjorie, two of their sons and one granddaughter graduated from UWSP.
Students applying for this scholarship must be accepted to the UWSP School of Education. Selection will be based on involvement in both major and campus activities and will be awarded to the student who can be viewed as a well-rounded person. Preference will be given to students with a high GPA.
Phyllis Ravey Scholarship for Early Childhood EducationMrs. 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.
Regnier Family ScholarshipThis scholarship was established by John and Eva Mae Regnier and their family to support life-changing international program experiences for UWSP students. The Regnier Family believes that by becoming aware of how much we have in common with people of other countries and by learning about others all over the world we are more inclined to promote global understanding, world peace, and shared values.
Rohloff, Roesler, and Wolter Memorial Future Teacher ScholarshipEstablished 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.
Rossmiller Family ScholarshipEstablished 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.
Luida Sanders Health Education ScholarshipThis scholarship is for a student at UWSP pursuing the health education minor and was created by Luida Sanders who was a 1939 graduate of the Central State Teachers College with a two-year rural degree. She taught in small rural schools and then received her bachelor’s and master’s from UW-Madison. She worked at the State Board of Health, received her Master’s in Public Health from University of California-Berkeley, and then worked for years at the State Board of Health and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in the health area. She was an advocate for the professionalization of school nurses and for a robust health education curriculum in schools. She retired in 1974 and began this scholarship in 2004.
Mildred K. Schiller Endowment Scholarship FundEstablished 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 ScholarshipEstablished 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.
School of Education (SOE) Alumni ScholarshipEstablished through contributions from alumni of UWSP School of Education and its predecessors for outstanding students entering the teaching profession.
Sieglinde A. Sheahan Memorial ScholarshipEstablished 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.
Dr. Majorie Spring Adapted Physical Education ScholarshipMarjorie Spring’s contributions to UWSP during her 18 year tenure as an educator in elementary physical education and coach in women’s field hockey and track and field are still being felt today. During her tenure, Marjorie created opportunities for women to compete in athletics that paved the way for women athletes today. Her foresight in providing hands-on teaching opportunities for students studying to be teachers created the motor development and adapted physical education programs. Additionally, Marjorie has the unique distinction of being the first woman inducted into the UWSP Athletic Hall of Fame.
Paul J. Staddler Honorary ScholarshipPaul Staddler graduated from UWSP in 1982 with a degree in physical education and health education. Following several years of work for Glaxo Corporation, Paul began a very successful teaching and coaching career in the Wisconsin Rapids School District, where he was recognized as a Kohl Outstanding Teacher. Paul and his wife Doris worked their way through college; therefore, this scholarship was a life goal of Paul’s to assist students with their college expenses. He also felt the scholarship was a way to honor faculty and staff at UWSP for the guidance and many kindnesses they offered. Paul’s hope is that, at some point in their lives, the recipients of this scholarship will find the means and opportunities to enhance the lives of future students. Paul died on Sept. 3, 2004, at the age of 45 after a courageous battle with leukemia.
Arlene W. Thoyre Education ScholarshipThis 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.
Van Dreser Family ScholarshipThis award is made possible by Roy and Donna Van Dreser, family and friends. In 1966 Roy Van Dreser began teaching Instructional Resources in Albertson Hall 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.
Vance Family Memorial Scholarship
Dale H. & Eldora I. Vollrath Physical Education ScholarshipDale H. Vollrath completed his undergraduate degree at UW-Stevens Point in history with a minor in mathematics and physics in 1959. He took additional course work at UW-Madison, UW-Green Bay, UW-Whitewater, University of Western Illinois, London, Texas A&M, Berline Volshochsule and completed his master’s in history (MSE) at UW-Oshkosh. Dale taught three years at Clintonville and 28 years at Green Bay East. Eldora Vollrath completed her undergraduate degree UW-Stevens Point in home economics with a minor in physical education and physical science in 1955. She taught home economics and physical education for one year at Spencer and then stayed home to raise their three children. In 1980, she was hired as a full-time home economics teacher and taught in every junior and senior high in Green Bay, retiring in 1991. She was the first president of the Green Bay Substitute Teachers Union. They have been blessed to have traveled to more than 80 countries.
Roger Wood Memorial ScholarshipThis 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.
Yulga Family Future Teacher Memorial ScholarshipEstablished 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 led 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.