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Alumna Carol Kaufmann ’98 Commits to Help Others Pursue Education

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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.
Alumna Carol Kaufmann ’98 Commits to Help Others Pursue Education

Carol Kaufmann

“Then, I met my husband, we had four kids and we were invested in our farm,” Carol says.

As her children grew, Carol got involved in being a Campfire leader, a 4-H leader and volunteered at Merrill School, in addition to farming and working full time at Kelly Services. It was when Carol was volunteering in the media center at Merrill School that she was encouraged by her coworkers and the school’s principal to pursue a degree in education.

“I had talked about going back to college, and my coworkers and husband really encouraged me to do it,” Carol says. “I started by taking a one-credit class, then six credits a semester, then nine and eventually went back full time.”

During her interim class in January 1998, Carol’s husband, David, died of a heart attack. “It was tough, but I finished my degree that May,” Carol says. “David had really encouraged me, so it meant a lot to graduate.”

Carol received grants to help her pay for college, and she never forgot how important it was for her educational journey.

“I wanted to give back to the University and to another person in my shoes who doesn’t have a lot of money to pay for college,” Carol says.

In 2014, Carol established the Carol Kaufmann Non-Traditional Student Scholarship for female non-traditional students in the Elementary Education Teacher Licensure program in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, College of Education and Human Services. Carol also supports UW Oshkosh Foundation planned giving efforts as a member of the Rose Legacy Society.

“I knew I wanted to do something, but I don’t have a lot of money,” Carol says. “I read about endowment options and decided to use my life insurance policy as an asset to give back to the University.”

Carol says she hopes others will consider planned giving options to help support students at UW Oshkosh.

by Smith, Rebecca last modified Dec 15, 2016 12:13 PM
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