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$50,000 Estate Gift Endows
Education Scholarship

RELEASED: Nov. 28, 2006

George and Kathryn Eddis Carter
George and Kathryn Eddis Carter

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation recently received a $50,000 estate gift from George and Kathryn Eddis Carter that will support a scholarship for students preparing for a career in education.

The gift significantly endows the Eleanor Eddis Fults Scholarship, which was established several years ago by the family and friends of Eleanor Eddis Fults. Fults, who died in 1989, was Kathryn Eddis Carter's sister. Thanks to the estate gift, the Fults Scholarship will fund an annual award of approximately $4,500.

"George and Kathryn were passionate about education and the success of UW-Eau Claire," said Kathryn Ver Hagen, a member of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board and the niece of Kathryn Eddis Carter. "Kathryn wanted to make sure her sister's memory and dedication as a teacher would be remembered forever."

Eleanor Eddis Fults graduated in 1935 from a two-year degree program in elementary education offered by UW-Eau Claire, which was then known as Eau Claire State Teachers College. She later taught at schools in Ingram and Glen Flora.

"Eleanor, George and Kathryn all maintained a strong interest in education throughout their lives," said Ver Hagen, who cared for Kathryn until her death in September. George died in 2005. "They understood the importance of education in transmitting our culture's values to future generations."

The Fults Scholarship was awarded this fall to Morgan Kay Hansen, Odin, Minn., a UW-Eau Claire senior elementary education major and library science minor who is currently student teaching at an Eau Claire middle school.

"The Fults Scholarship has been an amazing blessing for me and my family," Hansen said. "Because I am student teaching, I made the decision not to work so I could focus on doing the best job possible. This scholarship eased a financial burden during a year that could have been quite stressful."

Hansen will graduate in May and said she hopes to find a job in Wisconsin as a library media specialist in a school.

The Carters' gift is recognized as a contribution to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's ongoing comprehensive campaign to benefit UW-Eau Claire's people and programs.

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