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Gregory Lynch and Laura (Lynch) Hinze Memorial Scholarship

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Dr. Daniel Lynch a retired College of Education and Human Services professor and his wife Dolores lost a son and daughter to cancer in 2009. To honor their memory they established a scholarship for future educators, counselors and human service students.

Gregory Lynch (1965-2009) Greg was born at UW Hospital in Madison. When he was an infant of about 18 months he was diagnosed as having “benign familial chorea” a muscle control condition that gradually became better as he grew up. Despite his condition, Greg was almost always cheerful. He worked hard to show what he could do in all areas. He graduated from Oshkosh West High School in 1983. He took courses from UW Oshkosh and from Oshkosh Technical College, graduating from the technical college with an associate degree in hospitality management in 1986. He worked in several restaurants before accepting a position at Woodman’s in Appleton. He loved working there for the seventeen years before he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He held several records for outstanding job performance. Woodman’s was very good to and for Greg. He developed lung cancer despite not being a smoker. However he loved doing Karaoke in bars that were then smoky. Secondhand smoke probably triggered his lung cancer. Greg loved singing and the card games sheepshead and cribbage. He was very good at both.

Laura (Lynch) Hinze (1968-2009) Laura was born in January 1968 on the day her father started teaching at UWO. She was a very social child (grade school chatterbox) and adult. She was tremendously independent. She loved life. She was very creative in her art and drama classes. She graduated from Oshkosh West High School in 1986. She married her husband Roger in 1989 and graduated from UWO the same year. In the 1990's they moved to Los Angeles so that Roger could continue his career in the film industry. Laura loved living in Los Angeles. She loved the freedom their car gave her. Laura obtained a Master’s degree in library science from California’s San Jose State University. She busied herself raising her children and working as a part-time librarian. Laura did a lot of volunteering at her children’s schools. She organized libraries, ran book fairs, worked with children, and served as president of the PTO. She was diagnosed as having stage IV glioblastoma multiforme in July 2004. Her cancer was treated aggressively at City of Hope. She survived five years and one month from diagnosis becoming one of the few that made it five years with this cancer.


1. Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
2. Applicant must be admitted to and in good standing within the College of Education and Human Services.
3. Applicant must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or greater.
4. Applicants must complete the Financial Aid Form currently used by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to determine existence of financial need.
5. Applicants must submit an explanatory statement that documents their desire to receive a University degree.
6. Applicants should include a description of their own efforts to help finance their education (through work, etc.). This explanatory statement shall be an important determining factor in the selection of recipients.


1. Applications are available in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services Office.
2. Selection will be completed by a committee of four (4) members composed of one (1) representative from each department (Human Services, Educational Foundations, Special Education and one from the college at large). This committee will be appointed by the Dean or Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Services.
3. In the event the conditions in the future shall render 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:

1. The scholarship award shall not exceed $500 per year and should be credited to the recipient’s next tuition obligation incurred at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

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