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Elinor V. Metzen Mathe Scholarship

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Born in Oshkosh on 30 December 1919, Elinor V. Metzen attended St. Vincent’s Elementary School and Oshkosh High School before entering Oshkosh State Teachers College in September 1938. Her long time ambition was to become a middle school teacher and she achieved that goal upon graduation in December 1941.

Elinor immediately accepted a middle school position in Benzonia, Michigan, a small community in the northwestern part of the state. She thoroughly enjoyed this assignment and remained there until June 1943, when she married Robert E. Mathe who had just graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.

Elinor and Bob spent the next twenty-five years moving from place to place from one assignment to another as Bob pursued a military career.  When Bob was overseas in World War II, Elinor returned to Wisconsin and again taught school in Sheboygan and Fond du Lac from 1944 to 1946.

After assignments in NM, TX, IL and VA, the Mathes went to Venezuela where Elinor taught home school to their children, Andrea and Bob.  Three additional children (Rick, Bill and Jon) were added to the family during assignments in KS, DC, PA and VA.

Subsequently, with five children and moves to CO, Germany, DC, VA, back to CO and VA, Elinor’s home was her classroom as she endlessly taught family members how to live and how to achieve academically, financially and socially. The success of the Mathe family members is a tribute to her skills as a teacher as well as a mother.

Jon did not graduate from college until Elinor was eligible for Social Security.  This being the case, coupled with frequent Army moves, Elinor was never able to realize her ambition to return to graduate school and the teaching profession.  This scholarship is therefore intended to assist others to achieve what Elinor was never able to do.

Throughout her life Elinor continued her self-education, reading and traveling extensively in Europe, South America and the Far East.

Loved by many, admired by all, Elinor passed away on 15 July 1996. She was a great teacher and wonderful mother; her family is her legacy for the world.


  • Applicant must have served as a middle school or junior high school teacher for at least two years. Preference will be given to applicants who have left the teaching profession and have decided to return after a lapse.

  • Applicant must have applied and been accepted into the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Applicants may be full-time or part-time.

  • Applicant must be pursuing or continuing a graduate degree in any of the master’s degree programs in the UW Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services.

  • Priority will be based on the applicant’s long-term goals and indication of his or her dedication to a career in education as expressed in an essay and confirmed by two letters of reference.

  • Evidence of outstanding scholarship will also be considered in the selection process. (Participation in athletics can not be considered in the selection process, based on NCAA Division III guidelines)

  • Financial need will be considered, but will be of secondary importance.



  • Applications for this scholarship are available in the Curriculum and Instruction Department, College of Education and Human Services.

  • Final selection will be made by a committee named by the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services.


The Award:

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

  • The award will be held at the Cashier’s Office for payment against the fall semester tuition.

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