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Lina Vergara Memorial Scholarship

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.

A tragic rafting accident in July 2012 took the life of the 20-year-old. Her family has established the Lina Vergara Memorial Scholarship to assist future teachers who share Lina's warm and caring nature.

The Vergara family has organized the annual Glowing Smiles 5K Run/Walk to pay tribute to their daughter and raise money for the Lina Vergara Memorial Scholarship. The first annual Glowing Smiles Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Orchid Heights Park Shelter in Middleton, Wis. To read more about Lina’s story, register for the run/walk or learn about the other focus of her family’s efforts—advocacy for increased safety regulations of companies that rent rafts on the Wolf River— visit

To make a contribution to Lina's scholarship fund, visit the Foundation's online giving page and type "Lina Vergara Memorial Scholarship' in the Notes box.

by Lori Kroening last modified Jul 01, 2016 09:36 AM

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