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Two More Students Receive Blugold Promise Scholarships

RELEASED: July 5, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — Two additional students who will enter the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this fall were recently awarded Blugold Promise Scholarships through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Ten other Blugold Promise Scholarship recipients were announced on June 16.

The Blugold Promise Scholarship Program is an ambitious program designed to provide support during the freshman and sophomore years for UW-Eau Claire students with great potential and hopes but limited financial means. The program provides $500 scholarships to incoming freshmen with demonstrated academic potential, and if the students remain focused and successful throughout their first year, they become eligible for a $1,000 award during their sophomore year. Typically, there are not as many scholarships available to sophomore students, so this program helps outstanding students bridge that gap until they become eligible for scholarships in their chosen majors, typically in the junior and senior years.

Donors can support one Blugold Promise recipient through each gift of $1,500 over a two-year period or ensure ongoing scholarship support in their name by endowing the fund with a larger gift of at least $20,000.

Samuel Wernberg, Dorchester, son of Rob and Catherine Wernberg, was awarded a Peter and Julie Fremstad Blugold Promise scholarship. The Fremstads, originally from Whitehall, both graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1972. Peter, who serves on the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board of directors, recently retired from Wells Fargo Financial in Germantown, Tennessee, where he was vice president and regional manager. Julie has been a teacher and homemaker.

Kayla Kaiser, Baldwin, daughter of Gary Kaiser, was awarded a Thomas and Mavis A. Gunderson Blugold Promise Scholarship, established by Ann Gunderson Thornburg in honor of her parents. Thornburg, a national leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world's largest accounting and consulting firms, graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She was the first woman at PricewaterhouseCoopers to be admitted to the partnership in Boston and also the first woman elected to PricewaterhouseCoopers' U.S. Board of Partners and Principals. Thornburg received UW-Eau Claire's Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1991 and the university's Lifetime Excellence Award in 2006.

For more information about Blugold Promise Scholarships, visit the Foundation's Web site.

The University of Wisconsin-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 information on other scholarship opportunities, visit the UW-Eau Claire financial aid Web site.

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