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Another UW-Eau Claire Student
Receives Blugold Promise Scholarship

RELEASED: July 19, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — Another student who will enter the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this fall was recently awarded a Blugold Promise Scholarship through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Twelve other Blugold Promise Scholarship recipients were announced in June and early July.

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.

Kevin Mesiar, Eau Claire, son of Keith Mesiar and Sheree Ruff, was awarded a Dorothea S. Bobb Blugold Promise scholarship. Mesiar plans to major in biology with a pre-medicine emphasis.

Dorothea Bobb, of Eau Claire, died on June 3 at the age of 91. Her family established this scholarship in her memory. She raised three sons as a single mother, and while she never was able to go to college, her family said she loved UW-Eau Claire and valued the importance of a higher education. Several of her sons and daughters-in-law are UW-Eau Claire graduates, and two of her daughters-in-law have been UW-Eau Claire employees (Fay Bobb works in the Center for International Education). Dorothea Bobb's husband, who was in the military, died while they were living in Italy. She was a Gold Star member.

For more information about Blugold Promise Scholarships, visit the Foundation 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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