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Program Offers Boyceville Eighth Graders Chance
to Receive UW-Eau Claire Scholarships

RELEASED: April 27, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Current eighth-grade students in Boyceville will receive scholarships of at least $1,000 to attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire if they graduate from Boyceville High School and meet UW-Eau Claire admission requirements. The amount of the awards and whether they are renewable for a second year is dependent on how many students complete the program, meet the requirements and enroll at UW-Eau Claire.

The innovative Norman Danielson Scholars Program, aimed at 54 Boyceville students, is funded by Norman C. Danielson, a graduate of Boyceville High School and UW-Eau Claire. Danielson is senior vice president of investments for UBS Financial Services Inc. in Madison.

The idea for the scholarship program came from discussions about goal setting that Danielson had with Carole Halberg, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

"Norm wanted students to be able to set goals for their education early on so they could prepare better in high school, taking college prep courses and keeping their grades up," Halberg said. "He felt that goal setting was a key to helping students become successful in life."

The Danielson gift is recognized as a contribution to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's ongoing comprehensive campaign to benefit UW-Eau Claire's people and programs.

Danielson said that when he was a youngster in Boyceville, a small town of 1,045 persons in western Wisconsin, little emphasis was put on the possibility of going to college.

"In some respects, it was haphazard planning that got me to college," Danielson said "Rural areas like Boyceville can be kind of a sheltered environment where the focus isn't necessarily on attending college."

Financial limitations also can be a factor in whether students believe they can go on to higher education, said Dennis Rettke, superintendent of schools for the Boyceville Community School District. "This scholarship program makes it possible for those students to see that it is realistic to set that goal," Rettke said.

Halberg said the program will reward students — and not just the exceptional students — who are motivated to stay in school and graduate, which is one of Danielson's priorities.

"I like to think it's a novel, unbiased approach," Danielson said. "There's no favoritism. I just want to offer these kids the chance to set a goal, achieve it and become responsible, contributing citizens."

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