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UW-Eau Claire Scholarship Promotes Service, Leadership and Philanthropy

RELEASED: May 16, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — To honor their son's exceptional academic career and leadership activities, the parents of a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumnus have established an innovative scholarship with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Recipients of the Ryan Prechel Scholarship, created by David and Nancy Prechel of Hillsboro, will not only receive a $1,000 award, but an additional $250 that they may direct to an organization, department or campus or program of their choice as a gift recognizing the work of these entities. Recipients of the Ryan Prechel Scholarship must be a member of UW-Eau Claire's Honors Program and involved in campus, community or civic activities or organizations.

"The Prechels established this scholarship to reflect their son's personal philosophies regarding service and philanthropy,” said Paula Stuettgen, senior coordinator of student development and programs in the Activities and Programs office at UW-Eau Claire. "Ryan was an exceptional student, but he also was involved in numerous student and community organizations. He gave so much of his own time and resources to help others, so this scholarship and the gift to another entity perfectly define Ryan. I think this is a truly notable, as well as novel, gift to our university and our students."

Ryan Prechel, a UW-Eau Claire honors student, graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in computer science. While at UW-Eau Claire, Ryan was involved in many campus and community activities and organizations. He coordinated Honors Week activities, twice served as master of ceremonies of the Honors Banquet, created and maintained honor society Web sites and was a member and leader of numerous honor societies. He was also a student research assistant, worked for Habitat for Humanity, was a member of Two to Tango, a student dance organization, and was an assistant scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America.

"Ryan truly took advantage of everything that the university had to offer during his time there," said David Prechel. "It is our hope that by establishing this scholarship we can encourage other honor students at UW-Eau Claire to give everything they have to the university and become more involved in the community."

Currently Ryan is an IT specialist with IBM in Rochester, Minn., and is engaged to be married July 1. He said he is honored by the scholarship and hopes it will encourage other students to be not only good scholars but good citizens as well.

"My hope is that this scholarship will not only motivate students to excel in academics, but also to give back to the community," Ryan said.

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