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Ten Students to Attend UW-Eau Claire Receive Blugold Promise Scholarships

RELEASED: June 16, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — Ten students who will enter the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this fall were recently awarded Blugold Promise Scholarships through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

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.

The following students will receive Blugold Promise Scholarships for the 2006-07 academic year:

Chelsey Drohman, Tony, daughter of Gary and Debra Drohman, was awarded a Bill Donais Blugold Promise Scholarship. Donais is a 1972 accounting graduate who now lives in River Falls and works for Bauman Associates, LTD.

Emily Schneider, Janesville, daughter of Robert and Dawn Schneider, was awarded a Brenda Zamzow Blugold Promise Scholarship. Zamzow, a 1984 accounting graduate, recently opened her own accounting and finance firm, The Zamzow Group, in Beverly Hills, California, after years of working in the television and movie industry. She was formerly vice president and general manager of FoxStar Productions for Fox Television.

Kaleb Durocher, Wisconsin Rapids, son of Jeff Durocher and Amy Noonan, was awarded a Theresa Eleanor Williams and Helen Maria Rhoades Blugold Promise Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Katherine and Bruce Rhoades to honor the memories of their mothers, both of whom valued education and made sacrifices so their children could attend college. Katherine Rhoades is dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at UW-Eau Claire and Bruce Rhoades is a physician.

Ashley Provo, Siren, daughter of Joseph Zirngibl and Valerie Rust, was awarded a Jim and Jeanne Quigg Blugold Promise Scholarship. Jim Quigg is a 1968 business administration graduate who now lives in Costa Mesa, Calif., where he is managing director of The Tax Reduction Group.

Katherine Hahn, Eau Claire, daughter of Fred and Deb Hahn, was awarded a John and Nancy Skoug Blugold Promise Scholarship. The Skougs are Eau Claire natives and 1975 graduates of UW-Eau Claire. John, an accounting graduate, is the president and CEO of Marathon Cheese, one of the world's largest independent cheese packagers. The Skougs have designated their gift to go to a graduate of Memorial High School.

Leah Pitt, Chippewa Falls, and Brandon Welke, Eau Claire, were awarded John Kell Memorial Blugold Promise Scholarships. Pitt is the daughter of Phil and Sharon Pitt, and Welke is the son of Jeff and Carol Welke. The Kell Memorial fund was established by Betsy Kell after the 2005 death of her husband, alumnus John Kell, '74, in a motorcycle accident. Kell was president of Kell Container in Chippewa Falls and received a President's Award from UW-Eau Claire in 2004. The President's award recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire. Kell and her daughters, Sadie and Angela, recently designated the fund to endow the John Kell Memorial Blugold Promise Scholarship.

Matthew DeVinney, Mound, Minn., and Tracey Roehrborn, Oconomowoc, were awarded Keith and Charlotte Donnermeyer Blugold Promise Scholarships. DeVinney is the son of Ron and Judy DeVinney, and Roehrborn is the daughter of Chris and Joanne Roehrborn. The Donnermeyers are 1975 graduates of UW-Eau Claire who now reside in Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif. Keith, an accounting graduate, is a partner with Deloitte and Touche, an international provider of financial services, and Charlotte, a biology graduate, works in family services in Sacramento.

Matthew Bushman, Greenwood, son of Steve and Connie Bushman, was awarded a Ken and Mary Smith Blugold Promise Scholarship. The Smiths both graduated from UW-Eau Claire in the early '70s. Ken majored in accounting and Mary in English. Ken is now a financial consultant for Shell Oil Company and the couple lives in Houston.

Ashley Przybylski, Pulaski, was awarded a Melissa and Emily Schmeisser Blugold Promise Scholarship. This scholarship was established by 1977 graduates Steven and Mickey Schmeisser in memory of their daughters Melissa and Emily, who lost their lives in an automobile accident in May 2005. Melissa had planned to attend UW-Eau Claire for pre-med studies.

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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