Through a generous grant from the Dr. & Mrs. Hugh A. Kennedy Foundation in Corpus Christi, Texas, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing established Kennedy Nursing Fellow Scholarships. These distinguished awards recognize the top nursing students in the college.
What would motivate a dozen people from across the country, with no previous relationship with the University, to create a scholarship fund for UW Oshkosh students? Why, Aunt Glady of course!
Not all support comes in the form of financial contributions. Sometimes an individual with a well-respected name and revered reputation can ensure the success of a program simply by endorsing it.
A skilled nurse heals; a compassionate nurse comforts; a truly exceptional nurse inspires. Phyllis Albrecht was a caring and gifted nurse who shared her expertise and compassion with the residents of Bethel Home, an Oshkosh skilled nursing facility. She also was a patient, insightful, and experienced mentor to UW Oshkosh nursing student interns who did their clinical studies at Bethel Home.
The Carla Roberts Special Education Teaching Scholarship was created by the January 2008 UW Oshkosh graduate, in gratitude for assistance she received as a student.
Nontraditional student Kathy Devereaux established this scholarship during her final semester at UW Oshkosh in the College of Education and Human Services. Kathy received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 from Cornell University and returned to school in 2003 to pursue a dual degree in elementary and special education.
As a student at the Oshkosh Teachers College from 1931 to 1934, it is unlikely Jane Atwood thought about making a planned gift to benefit future generations of students. But, over time, that’s exactly what she did. In 2009, the UW Oshkosh Foundation received a gift of more than $500,000 from the estate of Jane Atwood O’Connell, upon her death at the age of 94, creating a living legacy for future generations.
Carol Schulke’s career path led her to public and private universities as a dedicated educator in the field of social work. Following her retirement as department chairperson and associate professor of social work from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) in 2003, she established a revocable charitable trust to create a living legacy to carry on her life’s work through the Carol L. Schulke MSW Collaboration Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation.
Irene Heywood Koerwitz understood the value of a good book. Her professional life centered around her love of literature and sharing that interest with young people. A generous bequest funds the purchase of books for the children's literature class. Her gift ensures that future students will understand and appreciate the power of the written word.
UW Oshkosh graduate students enjoy enhanced scholarship and research opportunities thanks to initiatives created and supported by Patricia J. Koll MST '68. Koll joined the teaching ranks of her alma mater following completion of her master's degree in 1968. Her 31 years at the University included service as an education professor, associate dean, and coordinator of continuing education and outreach.
Together, Agnes’ son, John, daughter Mary Bayorgeon and daughter-in- law, Nancy, established the Agnes Drexler Kujawa Memorial Scholarship for Single Mothers at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation. The fund provides annual scholarships to single mothers trying to obtain a college degree to improve their lives and the lives of their children.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumnus Clifford A. Christl ’70, and his family have established an endowed scholarship fund for students who graduated from Green Bay East High School and are majoring in a degree within the College of Letters and Science with a strong preference given to applicants planning to major in journalism. The scholarship gives preference to applicants who are the first in their family to attend college.
Stan Talarek created a lasting gift through his estate, perpetuating the dream that each generation does better than the last. The majority of his estate is designated to UW Oshkosh and the College of Education and Human Services. It is a way for him to give back to his alma mater with a gift that will serve his purposes and last the longest.
Tara Gagne is grateful for her UW Oshkosh experiences. She recognizes that others gave gifts to further her education. Based on her belief of giving back, it was natural for her to create a bequest in her will to her alma mater. Her estate gift will provide scholarships to special education students and benefit the UW Oshkosh Alumni Association
"By helping our University and the Foundation, we're helping those coming after us get the same great education we did."
"Giving to UW Oshkosh is one of the ways we can ensure, with the rising cost of education, that people can continue to go to school."
"The scholarship provided me with job experience and got me involved with learning new techniques."- Tim Anderson, recipient of a scholarship funded by retired faculty member Gene Drecktrah
Mary Ellis fulfills her cousin Candice Tylke's wishes by enhancing UW Oshkosh fire science programs.
Alumna Annette Blanchette's creativity and passion for education has helped her develop several funds supporting various student-focused programs and scholarships.
Eugene and Nancy Winkler simply believe in the power of a great education. The Winklers also believe in helping others achieve the rewards of a great education, which is why they give to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
A generous contribution from the estate of Candice Tylke '94 will help open doors for women pursuing fire science careers by funding scholarships and a summer camp for young women interested in learning more about the profession.
It takes innovation and collaboration to prepare our higher education institutions, businesses and communities for the future. The UW Oshkosh Foundation Board of Directors annually honors an individual or organization that exemplifies northeastern Wisconsin's can-do spirit of teamwork and partnership, by presenting them with the Collaboration in Action Leadership Award.
A local partnership is announced to revitalize Oshkosh’s waterfront City Center Hotel in the heart of downtown, two blocks from UW Oshkosh.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Chancellor Wells was among the speakers at a Feb. 14 press conference announcing the UW Oshkosh Foundation’s and two private-partner hoteliers’s official purchase of City Center Hotel in downtown Oshkosh.
Event included address by Blois Olson '94, media and communications expert, and regular speaker on political volatility, media change and social media strategies.
Alumni, campus and community leaders gathered on Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 13 to break ground on the $12 million UW Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center.
John E. Kerrigan, ninth Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, died Nov. 5 at age 76. During his 10-year tenure, Kerrigan significantly expanded opportunities for students and faculty. He initiated professorships to support faculty in their research and scholastic pursuits, and developed scholarship programs for entering students with academic and leadership ability.
This scholarship honors the memory of a compassionate student with dreams of teaching third graders. During her two years at UW Oshkosh, Lina Vergara was active in residence hall government and service organizations. An elementary education student with majors in bilingual education and English as a Second Language, she had aspirations of teaching third grade following her graduation.
“Don’t let the world change your smile; let your smile change the world” – Lina Vergara
Viessmann Group CEO Martin Viessmann, Ph.D., and his wife Annette pledge support for University's first endowed chair, which will support UW Oshkosh's new Sustainable Technology program.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation has officially purchased “Alberta Kimball House,” 1423 Congress Ave., Oshkosh to ensure the institution has an inviting, strategically-located chancellor’s home within the city of Oshkosh to help significantly advance the institution and the community for years to come.
The Oshkosh Premier Waterfront Hotel is accepting reservations in anticipation of its April 2013 opening. The adjoining Oshkosh Convention Center is currently open and accepting immediate bookings.
The UW Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center will provide a state-of-the-art venue on the continuously growing UW Oshkosh campus. It's a starting point, the welcoming hub, UW Oshkosh's new front door.
The Ellie Maslowski Memorial University Staff Scholarship will be awarded to University staff (formerly classified staff) members who are pursuing a degree or certificate at UW Oshkosh. Maslowski helped create the Classified Staff Advisory Council in 2001.
When a rafting accident unexpectedly took Lina Vergara’s life in July 2012, the family of the 20-year-old University of Wisconsin Oshkosh elementary education student decided to pay tribute to her by creating a scholarship in her memory.
The UW Oshkosh Foundation's 8th annual "Report to the Community" Breakfast brought nearly 200 guests to campus on September 17 for a keynote address by Pat Stiegman '88, vice president of digital media at ESPN, and presentation of the Collaboration in Action Leadership Award to Joan Wade, Ph.D., agency administrator for Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 6.
Rommelfanger will transition to her new role as the manager of UW Oshkosh’s Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, now under construction just off the Fox River at Wisconsin Street and Pearl Avenue.
The University's latest renewable energy project is nearing completion. Ribbon cutting for the UW Oshkosh Biodigester at Rosendale Dairy will be held on December 11.
UW Oshkosh's new Alumni Welcome and Conference Center (AWCC) will provide a venue for its more than 80,000 alumni and visitors to stay connected. Never before has the University been able to offer a facility with such an inviting ambiance and convenient location for educational conferences, lectures, business meetings, corporate dinners and receptions.
Foundation staff will move to the new building on Tuesday, April 8. We anticipate being open for business in the AWCC on Wednesday, April 9. The AWCC is located at 625 Pearl Ave. Oshkosh WI 54901-3556. Phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.
The Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Manufacturing Alliance earned the “Collaboration in Action Award” for the instrumental role its member businesses played in helping craft the now-launched Engineering Technology program – a trio of electrical, mechanical and environmental engineering technology degrees created in partnership with the 13 partner-institutions and colleges of the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA).
The Foundation's ninth annual Community Breakfast was held on Sept. 16 in the UW Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center. The keynote speaker was alumnus Steve Boettcher.
Friends of Annette Blanchette '60 will gather in the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center on March 3 to remember her generous spirit.
Stan Talerk majored in elementary education and worked with children from kindergarten through 12th grade for more than 30 years. After retiring, he decided to establish the Talarek Family Scholarship at UW Oshkosh in memory of his parents, Sigmund and Johanna Witczak Talarek.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh junior and first-generation college student Aleksandra Kubas received the 2015 Golden Titan Endowed Scholarship on May 16, as part of the Class of 1965’s 50th-anniversary celebration.
Dr. Joan Simmons, Ph.D., a senior faculty member in the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), passed away unexpectedly in January 2015, after a brief illness. A scholarship for a candidate or current graduate student (full- or part-time), for licensure, a certificate or master’s degree in Literacy and Language has been established in her memory.
The UW Oshkosh Foundation held its 10th-annual Community Breakfast and report to the community to celebrate collaborations that help advance UW Oshkosh Sept. 18.
The Foundation has launched a new, web-based scholarship system called Academic Works.
Beuscher will transition from her position as Director of Development for the College of Letters and Science to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Development at the Foundation.
From her childhood memories of leading 13 cousins in performing plays to her love for learning and exploring, alumna Carol Kaufmann ’98 always knew she wanted to be a teacher. After high school, Carol started college at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater before she moved back to Oshkosh after her sophomore year. The then Wisconsin State University Oshkosh had an enrollment cap, so Carol attended the Oshkosh Technical Institute for a two-year secretarial science program.
Not looking for attention for his generosity, Michael Kogutek ’71, hopes to inspire recipients of his scholarship to give back to UW Oshkosh and continue the cycle of giving.
This fund will provide students with an exciting opportunity to participate in UW Oshkosh's internationally respected field geology course.