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New Scholarship Established by UW-Eau Claire Alumni Couple for Holcombe and Arcadia Students

RELEASED: June 27, 2005

David and Jeanette SuchlaEAU CLAIRE — An Eau Claire couple who needed financial assistance to obtain their college educations will be returning the favor for future generations of college students. David Suchla, a 1969 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate, and Jeanette Hatfield Suchla, a 1970 graduate, have endowed a new $1,000 scholarship to help high school students from their hometowns of Holcombe and Arcadia.

The Suchlas say they may not have been able to attend UW-Eau Claire without the community-based scholarships that helped them.

"Both of us are from families that worked hard to make a living and where money was definitely at a minimum," said Jeanette Suchla. "Without that assistance, it would have been very difficult for our parents to come up with the money to cover our college tuition and expenses."

The Suchlas' scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding incoming UW-Eau Claire freshman who demonstrates financial need. In odd-number years it will go to a student from Arcadia High School and in even-number years to a student from Holcombe High School.

David Suchla, an Eau Claire area realtor, and Jeanette Suchla, an executive assistant for the Eau Claire School District, said it's important to them that students from their hometowns receive the kind of financial support that made such a difference in their lives.

"We want them to know that we, like our communities of 40-plus years ago, care what happens to them and that we believe in their future," said David Suchla. "We have been fortunate to receive a good education from UW-Eau Claire and enjoy success in our careers. So now we want to help make that possible for some other student from our hometowns."

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

The first award recipient will be selected in spring 2006 and will receive the award to attend UW-Eau Claire in the 2006-07 academic year.

"It makes us feel proud that we can make a difference in the life of a student that comes from a background similar to our own," said the Suchlas.

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KH/JB

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