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Four Computer Science Students to be Awarded Karlgaard Scholarships

RELEASED: July 11, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Four students who will attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this fall have been awarded Karlgaard Computer Science Scholarships, which cover either full or half tuition for one academic year.

Tanya Smeltzer, Fall Creek, who will transfer to UW-Eau Claire this fall, will receive a Karlgaard scholarship. She is the daughter of Richard and Tamera Smeltzer.

The following incoming freshmen also will receive Karlgaard scholarships:

Alexander Cobian, River Falls, attended River Falls High School and is the son of Michael and Victoria Cobian.

Carl Hoover, Oconomowoc, attended Oconomowoc High School and is the son of Jim and Mary Hoover.

Erin Spannan, Chili, attended Loyal High School and is the daughter of Tina and Kurt Kollmansberger.

All Karlgaard Scholars are either computer science or software engineering majors at UW-Eau Claire and must collaborate with a computer science faculty member to produce at least one scholarly publication and/or formal presentation external to UW-Eau Claire in each of their junior and senior years.

The Karlgaard Computer Science Scholarship Fund was established in April 2002 as part of the Karlgaard Excellence in Computer Science Program. The program is funded by a $500,000 pledge from David and Marilyn Karlgaard of Fairfax, Va., to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's ongoing comprehensive fund-raising campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence. The Karlgaards' campaign gift also includes a $4 million trust, which ultimately will endow the Karlgaard Excellence in Computer Science Program.

Besides the scholarships for computer science students, the Karlgaard Excellence in Computer Science Program supports excellence awards for computer science faculty and matches contributions for equipment or software received by the computer science department from private industry partners or external grants.

David and Marilyn Karlgaard, national chairs of Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, both are natives of western Wisconsin and attended UW-Eau Claire during the 1960s. David Karlgaard is a 1967 UW-Eau Claire graduate.

UW-Eau Claire is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report and other national publications as one of the nation's best educational values and among the top public regional universities in the Midwest. For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit the UW-Eau Claire Web site.

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