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Nine Computer Science Students to Be Awarded Karlgaard Scholarships

RELEASED: June 14, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — Nine students who will attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this fall have been awarded Karlgaard Computer Science Scholarships, which cover either full or half tuition for one academic year, through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

The Karlgaard Scholars are Justin Haworth, Wausau, son of Jim and Carol Haworth; Andrew Dietzel, Mc Farland, son of Jerry and Susan Dietzel, and grandson of Doloris Laverty, Alma Center; Brady Haas, Rice Lake, son of Dick and Pat Haas; Jonas Hacker, Lake Delton, son of James and Stephanie Hacker; Nicholas Heidke, Oshkosh, son of Robert and Nancy Heidke; Michael Levenick, La Crosse, son of Bill and Marg Simon and Frank and Michelle Levenick; Emily Rogstad, Beloit, daughter of John and Tina Rogstad; Trevor Thompson, Junction City, son of Tyler and Michelle Thompson; and Lee Thostenson, Beloit, son of Dennis and Judy Thostenson.

All Karlgaard Scholars are either computer science or software engineering majors at UW-Eau Claire and must collaborate with a computer science faculty member to produce at least one scholarly publication and/or formal presentation external to UW-Eau Claire in each of their junior and senior years.

The Karlgaard Computer Science Scholarship Fund was established in April 2002 as part of the Karlgaard Excellence in Computer Science Program. The program is funded by a $500,000 pledge from David and Marilyn Karlgaard of Fairfax, Va., to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's ongoing comprehensive fund-raising campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence. The Karlgaards' campaign gift also includes a $4 million trust, which ultimately will endow the Karlgaard Excellence in Computer Science Program.

Besides the scholarships for computer science students, the Karlgaard Excellence in Computer Science Program supports excellence awards for computer science faculty and matches contributions for equipment or software received by the computer science department from private industry partners or external grants.

David and Marilyn Karlgaard, national chairs of Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, both are natives of western Wisconsin and attended UW-Eau Claire during the 1960s. David Karlgaard is a 1967 UW-Eau Claire graduate.

UW-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 more information on scholarship opportunities, visit the UW-Eau Claire financial aid Web site.

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