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The Andrews Family Outstanding SCEC Service Award

This Outstanding Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) Service Award was established in 2006 by Marlene Andrews and her family.  Marlene and her husband, Charlie, both graduated from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO). Marlene’s father, Robert Merrill, and Marlene's three daughters also attended UWO.   Her daughters, Bridget and Katie, graduated from UWO and her daughter, Kelly, attended UWO for two years then transferred to University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  

Marlene received her BS and MSE degrees from UWO. Following graduation, she was employed at UWO as an instructor in the Special Education Department from 1974-1979. Marlene explored motherhood and various other educational positions before returning to the Special Education Department in 1991.  From 1991 until her retirement in 2011 she worked in the Special Education Department training thousands of future educators.

The Andrews Family is very proud of the University and the education they received. They feel strongly that their alma mater provides a quality education for all students.  They recognize the importance of education and being involved within the SCEC organization.  Bridget Andrews was president of SCEC as she went through the Special Education Program. Her family realized all the extra work that went into being president and serving on the board. The Andrews Family established the service award to encourage future special educators to take on leadership roles.


  1. Applicant must be pursuing a Special Education degree at UWO.

  2. Applicant must be an active participant in the SCEC, although formal membership in the organization is not required.  

  3. Applicant must demonstrate outstanding service to SCEC and the Special Education Department.

  4. Additional experience working with special needs children will be considered.

  5. Financial need is not a consideration for this award.


  1. Selection will be completed by the Special Education Department’s scholarship and award committee. 

  2. Preference will be given to the president of SCEC. If co-presidents are leading the group, the award could be split evenly between the co-presidents, assuming they are both truly involved in SCEC.

The Award

  1. A check for the award amount will be issued directly to the recipient.

  2. The value and/or number of scholarship awards will be determined annually by the selection committee with the UW Oshkosh Foundation and will be based upon income available for this purpose.

  3. The Foundation Board of Directors will distribute income annually, in such proportions as they deem appropriate, in accordance with established Foundation policies. The principal of the fund will be conserved perpetually.

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