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The Power of Possible campaign

The Power of Possible is a fundraising effort by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation that supports the university's strategic plan and vision for the future. The campaign will culminate with UW-Eau Claire's centennial celebration in 2016.

What can you make possible today?

Help support the powerful fusion of people, programs and places that sustains UW-Eau Claire's tradition of excellence. Find out what you can support today!

The making of a Rhodes Scholar

UW-Eau Claire senior Tayo Sanders II has been selected as a 2015 Rhodes scholar — UW-Eau Claire's second Rhodes scholar in a decade. Tayo's journey to the prestigious honor, which includes a full ride to attend Oxford University in England, began when, as a UW-Eau Claire freshman, he accepted an offer of a Blugold Fellowship. The fellowship, funded by donors to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, pairs freshmen with faculty mentors to work on research. For Tayo, the high-impact experience of participating in research was transformational. Watch the video above and read "The Making of a Rhodes Scholar" to learn more about Tayo's journey.

Learn more below about other transformational UW-Eau Claire high-impact experiences and consider making a gift to support these learning opportunities that are the hallmark of a UW-Eau Claire degree:

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UW-Eau Claire is committed to providing all students with high-impact learning experiences, both in and outside the classroom. These experiences — including student research with faculty, study abroad, internships, and domestic or international cultural immersion courses — ensure that students are prepared with the integrative learning skills, multicultural competencies and practical knowledge needed to succeed in and contribute to a rapidly changing, increasingly global society.

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Immersion experiences

A small sampling of UW-Eau Claire immersion trips includes the Civil Rights Pilgrimage to the deep south; Embracing the Somali Immigrant Experience in Midwestern Public Schools (in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.); Social and Environmental Justice in Guatemala; and Globalization in India. Watch a video of students' experiences in Selma, Alabama, during the 2015 Civil Rights Pilgrimage.

Support through UW-Eau Claire Foundation funds such as Global Awareness Student Immersion Scholarships and the Student Immersion and Service Program help make it possible for students to participate in these unique and often life-changing experiences. Learn more about how you can support immersion experiences for UW-Eau Claire students.

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On-the-job learning

58% do internships

Internships are an important way many Blugolds find their passion and gain a competitive employment edge. More than half of UW-Eau Claire students participate in these résumé-boosting opportunities.

UW-Eau Claire maintains strong partnerships with business and industry that lead to internship opportunities for students. For example, the L.E. Phillips Foundation is a major sponsor of business internships. These partnerships result in relevant work experience for students that gets noticed by future prospective employers. Learn more about how you can support internships and other career-related experiences for students.

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Research with faculty

37% do research

Undergraduate research and creative activity at UW-Eau Claire is celebrated, draws national attention and distinguishes UW-Eau Claire from other universities where such opportunities are reserved for graduate students.

UW-Eau Claire Foundation scholarships (like the Blugold Fellowship received by our second Rhodes scholar — see cover story — and the Kell Container Undergraduate Research Award) are an important source of support for faculty-mentored student research.

Contact the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to discuss how you can support research experiences for students.


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As a national leader in sending students abroad, UW-Eau Claire fosters in students a recognition that it's important to become more globally aware and comfortable in other cultures given the increasingly interconnected world in which they will live and work.

Find out how you can help make study abroad experiences possible for more students.

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Centennial campaign progress: $52 million

The campaign has reached this milestone and is on its way to meeting a goal of $60 million by the end of the university’s centennial year, 2016.

Thank you for helping us maintain high-quality academic programs and high-impact learning experiences at this extraordinary university. Your support helps prepare tomorrow's leaders to carry our tradition of excellence out into the world.

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Centennial Experience Scholarship

A new $5,000 scholarship established by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation makes high-impact experiences more accessible to high-ability students with financial need.

The Centennial Experience Scholarship is unique among universities in its recognition of the value of out-of-the-classroom experiences. It is geared toward incoming freshmen with an interest in study abroad, research, immersion courses and internships

Chancellor Schmidt

“High-impact learning experiences are a hallmark of a UW-Eau Claire degree. These experiences provide students an extra measure of readiness to succeed when they graduate and to contribute to the growth and vitality of our region, our state, our nation and our world.”  

— James C. Schmidt, Chancellor

The Power of Possible Centennial Campaign
Learn more about the Power of Possible Campaign here.

What can you make possible today?