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Eugene and Nancy Winkler Scholarship

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Established in 2005 by alumni Eugene and Nancy Winkler of Oshkosh.

Eugene F. Winkler received his bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Wisconsin State College in 1959. He went on to earn a master of science degree in education-history from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1967.

He taught at Kiel High School from 1959 to 1967 and at Oshkosh West High School from 1967 to 1996, serving as social studies department chair from 1971 to 1996. He was also an ad hoc professor of economics at UW Oshkosh from 1990 to 1996. 

Winkler was “Professor for a Day” through the Educare program in the UWO College of Education and Human Services in 1975 and received the Oranda C. Bangsberg Community Service Award from the Oshkosh Commission on Aging in 2003.

Nancy E. (Tuschl) Winkler completed college in three years, graduating in 1963, magna cum laude, with a bachelor of science degree in education from Wisconsin State College, Oshkosh. She received her MSE in counselor education from UW Oshkosh in 1990.

She was a teacher of physical education and health in the Kiel School District from 1963 to 1966 and a physical education specialist fro grades K-6 in the Oshkosh Area School District from 1968 to 1969.  She served as human growth and development coordinator for Cooperative Service Agency No. 6 from 1985 to 1998, assisting teachers in curriculum development and providing teacher training in human growth and development topics, gender equity and health/wellness education. She was also an ad hoc professor at UW-La Crosse from 1994 to 1998, supervising health education practice teachers. 

Coming from a farm family, Nancy was the first in the family to attend college. She received the legislative scholarship for high school valedictorians, Mishicot Alumni Scholarship and the Rowland Scholarship for women in physical education. These supported her pursuit of a college education. The aim of this scholarship is to extend to others who will continue a lifelong dedication to learning.



  • Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

  • Applicants must meet one of the following requirements. Preference will be given to students who meet both of these criteria:

    • a declared major in the College of Education and Human Services

    • at least one parent who is or was a teacher (K-12).

  • Applicants must be Wisconsin residents.

  • Applicants must have earned at least 40 credits and no more than 60 credits at the time of application. (This includes all college-level credits: CLEP, CAPP, retro, transfer, etc.) The application and selection processes will take place during the fall semester. 

  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0.

  • Involvement and demonstrated leadership in UW Oshkosh extracurricular activities (excluding athletics) will be considered.



  • Applications for this scholarship are available from the College of Education and Human Services.

  • Applicants must submit a transcript along with their application form.  Essays or letters of recommendation are not required.

  • Final selection will be made by the College of Education and Human Services.


The Award:

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

  • Provided the recipient maintains a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 and remains in the College of Education and Human Services (if this is how eligibility was initially determined), the recipient may receive the award for a total of three years. In the second and third years, the award will be applied to the student’s fall semester tuition.

  • The Foundation Board of Directors will distribute income annually, in such proportions as they deem appropriate, in accordance with established Foundation policies.

  • The donors will have the prerogative to annually reallocate all or a portion of the fund’s earnings into the principal of the fund.

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