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

RELEASED: July 12, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Twelve 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 first time for the 2007-08 academic year:

Rebekah Pressnell, daughter of Cindy Pressnell, Valders, will receive a Mark and Emily Blaskey Blugold Promise Scholarship. Mark Blaskey is a developer and partner in West Riverside LLP and owner of Mark Blaskey Metal Studio. Emily is a physical therapist with St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls and also funds the Emily Blaskey Single Parent Scholarship Fund at UW-Eau Claire. Although not alumni of UW-Eau Claire, the Blaskeys live in Altoona and are longtime friends and supporters of UW-Eau Claire.

Colleen Boland, daughter of Dennis and Robin Boland, Reedsburg, was awarded a Richard and Sandra Dirks Blugold Promise Scholarship, designated for a student with financial need from Door County. The fund was established by the Dirks, who are UW-Eau Claire emeriti faculty members now retired and living in Egg Harbor, where four generations of Sandra's family have lived. Richard worked in information and technology management in the Media Development Center (now Learning & Technology Services) at UW-Eau Claire from 1971 to 2001, and Sandra was a professor of nursing systems from 1973 to 2000.

Laura Spaude, daughter of Michael and Rachel Spaude, Antigo, was awarded a Thomas and Mavis A. Gunderson Blugold Promise Scholarship, established by Ann Gunderson Thornburg in honor of her parents. Thornburg, a national leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world's largest accounting and consulting firms, graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She was the first woman at PricewaterhouseCoopers to be admitted to the partnership in Boston and also the first woman elected to PricewaterhouseCoopers' U.S. Board of Partners and Principals. Thornburg received UW-Eau Claire's Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1991 and the university's Lifetime Excellence Award in 2006.

Katie Rozwadowski, daughter of Paul and Lana Rozwadowski, Stanley, was awarded a Blugold Promise Scholarship from two donors who wish to remain anonymous. The scholarship is designated for a deserving student from any Wisconsin high school.

Vanessa Meyer, daughter of Gary and Susan Meyer, Eau Claire, Anna Petersen, daughter of Gregg and Susan Petersen, Osseo, and Lindsay Brunshidle, daughter of Tom and Carolanne Brunshidle, Hammond, were awarded John Kell Memorial Blugold Promise Scholarships. 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.

Emily Schulz, daughter of Thomas and Carolyn Schulz, Wauwatosa, and Kathryn Staats, daughter of Richard and Laura Staats, Greendale, were awarded Thomas and Karen Lansing Blugold Promise Scholarships. Both of these scholarships go to students with demonstrated academic potential and financial need, one to a student from West Allis Central High School, from which both Lansings graduated, and one to a student from Prentice High School (next order of preference is a student from Phillips or Price County if no qualified students apply, then any qualified Wisconsin student). Schulz attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Wauwatosa, and Staats attended Greendale High School. Thomas Lansing, a 1978 biology graduate of UW-Eau Claire, is a retired dentist and former owner of a dental products company. Karen Lansing graduated from UW-Stout with a degree in design and marketing.

Melissa Meyer, daughter of Randy and Brenda Meyer, Manitowoc, was awarded a Ted and Valeria Lipinski Memorial Blugold Promise Scholarship. This scholarship was recently established by Neil Lipinski and his wife, Joanne Pappas, in memory of Lipinski's parents, who ran a family farm in Thorp. The scholarship is designated to go to a student with financial need from a family farm in Wisconsin, with preference given to students who are among the first generation in their families to attend college. Lipinski, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in political science and English and later earned an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, is a partner in Colliers ABR, a commercial real estate brokerage firm in New York City.

Jessica Sabelko, daughter of John and Arlette Sabelko, Durand, was awarded a MacDougal Blugold Promise Scholarship. The award was established by Scott MacDougal and his wife Jody Schuhart. MacDougal is a 1980 journalism and business administration graduate who is now president of his own business, Cornerstone Funding, Inc. He and his wife and their two daughters live in Lincolnshire, Ill.

Victoria Weiser, daughter of Susan Weiser, St. Croix Falls, and a graduate of Unity High School in Balsam Lake, was awarded a Kathy and C.B. "Jerry" Pilcher Blugold Promise Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Kenneth Pilcher, a 1972 accounting graduate, in memory of his father and his sister Kathy, another UW-Eau Claire business graduate who died several years ago. The scholarship gives preference to students from Unity High School in Balsam Lake. Pilcher served almost 30 years as a police officer in Richfield, Minn., and now uses his accounting degree as a labor representative/business agent for 35 local police organizations in northwest Minnesota through Law Enforcement Labor Services.

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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