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Bernice and Forrest Derickson Memorial Scholarship

One $250 scholarship is available for the 2014-2015 academic year. 

Application

This scholarship honors the memory of Bernice Derickson and Forrest Derickson. Bernice Derickson received a two-year teaching degree from Morehead State University. She taught in Minnesota schools for 10 years, then left the teaching profession to start a family with her husband, Forrest Derickson. Forrest was an avid reader and voracious learner, who instilled in his children a love of learning and encouraged them to follow him in a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. 

After her children were older, Bernice made the bold (and at that time, unusual) decision to return to school. As a woman in her 40’s, she was challenged to pursue a college education among students half her age.  Bernice achieved her goal when she graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1966, with a B.S. degree in Upper Elementary Education. She then taught at Dale School in Oshkosh until her retirement in 1981. 

Forrest and Bernice Derickson’s children established this scholarship in 2003 in recognition of the commitment to learning demonstrated by their parents, and to encourage other ambitious and accomplished nontraditional students.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

  • Applicant must be accepted as a candidate into the Professional Education Program in the College of Education and Human Services at the time of application.

  • Preference will be given to those students pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.  

  • Preference will be given to those applicants who show financial need by submitting the Financial Aid form currently used by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

  • Applicant must be either over the age of thirty years or a student who has returned to school after an absence of more than ten years.

 

Selection:

  • Applications will be available in the University of Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services.

  • The College of Education and Human Services will complete selection in consultation with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation.

  • In the event that conditions in the future shall render it impractical or impossible to fulfill the purposes for which this scholarship has been established, the President of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation in consultation with the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, shall award the scholarship to worthy applicants who most closely fit the above established criteria.

 

The Award:

  • Selection shall be completed early enough in spring to include the scholarship in the University’s Honors and Awards Ceremony.

  • The award will be applied to the recipient’s fall tuition expenses.

  • The value of the scholarship award will be determined annually by the selection committee with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation and will be based upon income available for this purpose.  One scholarship recipient will be selected each year.

  • Interest earned will be used to fund the scholarship award. The Foundation Board of Directors will determine the interest allocation based on current and projected market conditions.

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