MAILED: Sept. 15, 2000
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation recently established its first Classified Staff Scholarship.
"This is a very, very groundbreaking fund and scholarship," said Robin Leary, assistant secretary of the Foundation and member of the committee that developed the scholarship. "This is the first time the classified staff has had a scholarship, and we're very excited about this. We feel truly a part of the university."
What is unique about the scholarship is that the university's classified staff members are doing the fund raising for the scholarship, and only classified staff will be permitted to nominate students to receive the scholarship.
The committee's goal is to raise an endowment of $10,000, which would allow them to award a scholarship of at least $500 by fall 2002 or earlier if possible. To date, the committee has raised $3,200. The Foundation also will match the first $5,000 contributed to the scholarship, which brings the current total to $6,400.
The largest contribution to the scholarship has been $1,000 from Local 1914 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union. "What we were trying to do when we asked (AFSCME) for that gift was show (that the union) supports education," Leary said.
Students eligible to be nominated for the scholarship must be full-time students at UW-Eau Claire and have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0. The scholarship recipient then will be selected randomly from the pool of nominees.
"As long as the students meet the GPA and enrollment guidelines, (receipt of the scholarship) doesn't depend on whom you know," Leary said. "It's an equal opportunity scholarship. We have a totally impartial approach to (awarding the scholarship)."
Leary said the committee specifically chose not to require a higher GPA because students with lower GPAs have fewer funding opportunities available to them.
Individuals interested in making tax-deductible contributions to the scholarship through payroll deduction which is available to university employees or by cash or check should contact the UW-Eau Claire Foundation at (715) 836-5630.
Other members of the committee that created the scholarship are Tim Candell, supervisor, Central Stores; Cathy Corrigan, program assistant, University Centers and Programs; Penny France, human resources manager, Personnel Services; Judy Ramsey, program assistant, foreign languages department; and Dick Snow, maintenance mechanic, Facilities Planning and Management.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 15, 2000