Currently enrolled UW-Oshkosh students who plan to be enroll during the next school year are invited to apply for the Mark Gruenwald Memorial Scholarship. Students who are involved in two or more areas of the arts are eligible, demonstrating an interdisciplinary approach to the arts, which may include, but are not limited to, visual art, creative writing, music, theatre, media, and dance. Recipients are selected by a panel of faculty members from several UW-Oshkosh art programs. Scholarships awarded include a cash award and a Certificate of Merit.
Interested students should submit the following documentation by the third Monday in February, to Roy C. Hoglund, Theatre Department, AC-W 103, 800 Algoma Blvd., University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 54901. Recipients will be notified by March 10. Documentation and supporting materials must be picked up in the Theatre Office no later than March 17. Questions may be directed to Roy Hoglund, (920) 424-7043, firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Resume: The resume will detail the student's major area of academic focus, as well as supporting areas. This may include the student's degree program, academic minor, courses taken in the arts in addition to major or minor field of study, and any extracurricular on-campus, art-related projects. Resume should be no more than one page in length.
2. Artistic Statement: This statement will examine the student's philosophy of art and how the student views himself or herself in this artistic process. It will also describe the role of art on the University campus and in the community. The statement will not exceed two double-spaced typed pages.
3. Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh faculty members in two different areas of the arts. The letters should include commentary on the student's abilities in both the artistic process and the final product.
4. Supporting Materials (optional): These may include anything the student believes will demonstrate his or her involvement in multiple arts areas, or an artistic interdisciplinary project.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 1971 - 1975
Mark Gruenwald was a student at UW-Oshkosh from 1971 to 1975, earning a Bachelor's degree in Art. He went on to become a major creative force at Marvel Comics in New York, beginning as Assistant Editor and advancing to Chief Executive Editor, overseeing all product lines, and Editor-in-Chief of the Fantastic Four and Avenger titles. After he died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 1996 at the age of 42, family and friends established this scholarship. Initial contributions to the endowment included $10,000 from the Comics Magazine Association of America.
While at UW-Oshkosh, Mark was involved in not only the visual arts, but writing, musical composition, choreography, and radio drama, as well. He also served as Associate Art Director on the film, Exit Dying, and was a writer and artist for the Advance-Titan, where he is best noted for the comic strip Augmento. The hero of this comic strip was a music student fighting injustice as he saw it. The humorous strip was written in Mark's witty, tongue-in-cheek style, which would later become Mark's hallmark with Marvel Comics. Many of the characters were patterned after members of the UW-Oshkosh community. In addition to his work with the A-T, Mark could be found almost any night of the week painting in the art studios, working with the UW-Oshkosh Modern Dance Club, or collaborating with colleagues in the music practice rooms on his latest rock opera. His renaissance approach to education and life had a profound impact on everyone who was fortunate to work with him. It was Mark's interdisciplinary nature that has inspired this scholarship award. Family, friends and colleagues have given generously to this endowment with the hope that his creative spirit will live on to encourage and guide future generations of students in the arts.