Students Continue to Receive Scholarships Thanks to Help of Donors
By Nick Allar, Lindsay Frederickson, Mary Rengstorf, Jessica Wiens
Each year, over 50 organizations and individuals give UW-Eau Claire college of business students an opportunity to receive additional financial aid and reduce tuition costs.
So much attention is given to the students who receive the awards, but what about the generous faces behind the money?
One scholarship donor, Information Systems Professor Matt Germonprez said, “My family and I want to give these students the chance to stand out among other [Information Systems] students.”
“Beyond helping students financially, we give scholarships because our family is probably ‘overeducated,’ and this education has really paid off throughout our careers and social lives,” Germonprez said. “We would like to give students more resources for finishing their education, so they can take it with them for the rest of their lives—like we have.”
Germonprez’s mother feels as if women are often underrepresented in IS, so they began a scholarship two years ago to give women a boost in their IS education.
Germonprez family plans to give scholarships every year, as they see beneficial.
Another scholarship donor, the Leinenkugel’s Brewery, is strongly connected with the community of the Chippewa Valley.
The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company Scholarship started in 2002 to demonstrate the company’s appreciation for hard working business students.
“[UWEC] was developing a business school strategy and we wanted to create a linkage with the many emerging leaders from the program. We wanted to support the university’s endeavors and the students while also adding value to the business school,” said Jake Leinenkugel, president of the company. “It simply fits our role and position in the community and also reflects our company values.”
Germonprez and his family donate two scholarships every year to students in the IS program. One scholarship gives $2250 annually to a female IS major with a GPA above 3.0 and a junior standing. The other scholarship gives $750 to a “diamond in the rough” IS student who may not necessarily be a typical scholarship recipient. IS faculty members nominate students for these two awards.
The $1000 Leinenkugel scholarship is given annually to one business student who is focused on school, extra-curricular activities, and is interested in pursuing a career within the Chippewa Valley.
According to the College of Business Assistant Dean of External Affairs Gretchen Hutterli, business students will receive over $90,000 in scholarships this year. These awards range from a few hundred dollars to full Wisconsin in-state tuition and fees for an academic year.
Scholarship donors have a chance to meet and congratulate their scholarship recipients at the annual College of Business Scholarship Luncheon held in December.
Nick Allar, far left, is a senior marketing major from Spencer, WI. Lindsay Frederickson, left, is a junior finance major from Wayzata, MN. Mary Rengstorf, right, is a senior marketing major from Mankato, MN. Jessica Wiens, far right, is a senior public relations major from Lewiston, MN. They wrote this article for their BCOM Advanced Business Writing class.