On April 27, the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) hosted its first benefit and silent auction for the Craig Fiedler Memorial Scholarship for special education, raising more than $6,000.
An advocate for families of children with disabilities, Fiedler passed away in January 2009. In addition to his work as a special education professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, he held different administrative positions, including interim associate vice chancellor, interim dean of COEHS and chair for the special education department.
“We were pleased to see so many people in attendance to support the scholarship fund and Craig’s legacy,” said Sharon Fiedler, wife of the late professor Fiedler. “Craig’s goal was to ensure we have high-quality special educators at schools, those who will be creative leaders and advocates for their students.”
Added daughter Lindsay Fielder, “This scholarship means that my dad will continue to make an impact on students in the years to come. Just as many students have shared stories about how my dad inspired them. This scholarship will help inspire special education student teachers to pass on the values my dad held so close to his heart: making sure all students receive the education they deserve through inclusion and that special education teachers can make a difference in the lives of students and their families.”
Special education students Katherine Jandrin and Heidi Schmidt are recipients of this year’s Craig Fiedler scholarship, which was presented during the University’s Honors and Awards ceremony April 30.