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Eau Claire Couple Endows Scholarship for
UW-Eau Claire Mathematics Students

RELEASED: Dec. 4, 2006

Stanley and Yvonne Hillestad
Stanley and Yvonne Hillestad

EAU CLAIRE — Mathematics majors at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will benefit from an endowed scholarship thanks to the generosity of a UW-Eau Claire alumnus and retired Memorial High School math teacher and tennis coach.

Stanley and Yvonne Hillestad recently made a $25,000 gift from a stock mutual fund to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The gift established the Stanley and Yvonne Hillestad Scholarship, an endowed fund that will provide a $1,000 annual scholarship to an outstanding mathematics major who has demonstrated great potential and financial need.

Stanley Hillestad, received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from UW-Eau Claire in 1958 and played intercollegiate tennis as a Blugold. He taught mathematics at Memorial High School for 28 years and was the high school tennis coach for many years. Yvonne attended UW-Eau Claire in the 1950s and worked as a nurse in Eau Claire. The Hillestads, who are lifelong Eau Claire residents, wanted to help UW-Eau Claire students receive the same opportunity for an education as they received.

"Yvonne and I both were grateful for the education we received from UW-Eau Claire that helped us to be successful and have a fulfilling life, said Stanley Hillestad. "We want others to share in the same good fortune."

The scholarship, awarded in the spring, will give preference to students who have participated in the Excellence in Mathematics and Computer Science Scholarship program who have completed eligibility for this program and continue to need financial support.

"The Hillestads understand the importance of helping outstanding students whose success is hampered by financial pressures," said Andrew Balas, chair of the mathematics department. "This scholarship will help prepare the next generation of math educators and assure that excellent students can fulfill that role."

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

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