Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

Retired Businessman Establishes Scholarship in Memory of His Wife's Persistence and Spirit

RELEASED: Sept. 9, 2005

Emil and Patricia RinaldiEAU CLAIRE — The determined spirit of a successful teacher and businesswoman who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1969 is being memorialized by her husband through the creation of a scholarship in her name.

Patricia Arts Rinaldi, who began her UW-Eau Claire college career at age 37 and earned a bachelor's degree in business education, died of cancer in 1999. Her husband, Emil Rinaldi, has endowed a fund to create the annual Patricia Arts Rinaldi Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding education major who graduated from a Wisconsin high school and demonstrates a passion for setting goals and persisting, sometimes through obstacles, on the path toward reaching a dream. Recipients must have financial need and students majoring in business education will receive first consideration.

Patricia Rinaldi, a Ladysmith native, married Emil when she was18 and then started her family. She later enrolled at UW-Eau Claire as a nontraditional student, setting a goal of earning a bachelor's degree in education. After graduating, she taught at Eau Claire Memorial High School for two years and then entered into business with her husband. She continued a successful partnership with her husband until her death.

"It is an honor to memorialize the essence of Patricia's character with this scholarship," said Carole Halberg, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. "Her determination and perseverance to achieve an education and successful career will be emulated by the students who receive this award in the future. What a wonderful memorial to Patricia."

The Rinaldi 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.

-30-

KH

Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

 

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.