MAILED: Oct. 13, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- A Chippewa Falls company has created a new scholarship that will pay a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student's full tuition, fees, and room and board beginning in the spring of 1998.
The Kell Container Corp. Scholarship, worth approximately $6,000, will be available annually to a UW-Eau Claire junior or senior who has demonstrated outstanding undergraduate collaborative research.
"We want to do everything in our power to help enhance students' opportunities to get a good education," Kell Container President Mike Kell said of he and his brothers, Tom and John. "Education is right at the top of our list of things we want to contribute to.
"We've all experienced what school systems can offer, and we know how tight money can be. We know scholarships are very important to students because it helps them concentrate on school and not so much on how they are going to pay for school."
Students will be nominated for the scholarship by faculty with whom they collaborate on undergraduate research projects or students may directly apply for the award.
The scholarship was created by and is endowed through Kell Container Corp. of Chippewa Falls. Mike, John and Tom Kell have said they decided to endow the scholarship as a way to offer a premiere award for an undergraduate student who is involved in faculty/student collaborative research.
"We're very excited about this," Kell said of the scholarship, noting that the faculty/student collaborative research piece is particularly intriguing to them. "We felt it was a tremendous way to bring professors and students together on projects."
The availability of the scholarship to the top student researcher emphasizes the university's commitment to the faculty/student research experience, said Chancellor Larry Schnack.
"We appreciate the Kells' interest in this university and for making it and education a priority," Schnack said.
Kell Container has a long association with UW-Eau Claire and its Foundation, Carole Halberg, director of alumni relations and major gifts, said, noting that John Kell is an alumnus and currently a member of the Foundation Board of Directors and Mike Kell serves on the Investment Committee of the Foundation.
"We value their expertise and are grateful that they and their brother, Tom, have chosen to invest in our students," Halberg said. "The scholarship is endowed, which means the Kell Scholarship will exist on this campus in perpetuity."
For more information about the Kell Container Scholarship, contact the University Foundation Inc. at (715) 836-5630.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 13, 1997