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UW-Eau Claire Freshmen Awarded ESTEAM Scholarships

RELEASED: Aug. 6, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Four students who will attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this fall have been awarded Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarships for the 2008-09 academic year.

The new ESTEAM scholars are Kara Braunreiter, Eau Claire, daughter of Teri Braunreiter of Eau Claire and Tony Braunreiter of Crestwood, Ill.; Kaleigh Spickerman, Highbridge, daughter of Steven and Ladis Spickerman; Paul Van Rooy, Rochester, Minn., son of Kathy and Steve Van Rooy; and Arrianna Zirbes, Brooklyn Park, Minn., daughter of George Zirbes.

This is the second year for the ESTEAM scholarship program, funded by a four-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that recognizes UW-Eau Claire's outstanding faculty and programs in biology, chemistry, biochemistry/molecular biology, chemistry, computer science/software engineering, geology, mathematics, physics and physics/engineering. In addition to scholarship funds, the program provides faculty and peer mentoring, research opportunities with faculty, internship opportunities with industry and comprehensive career guidance, including preparation for graduate school, information on various career opportunities, resume writing and interview skills.

The ESTEAM program serves talented U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled full time and majoring in one of the fields listed above who demonstrate financial need as defined by U.S. Department of Education guidelines. Scholarships nominally provide $5,000 per year toward tuition and fees, and possibly more in exceptional cases. ESTEAM scholars may also be eligible for additional scholarships. The maximum award, determined by academic talent and financial need, cannot exceed financial need. Scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic progress.

All interested students are encouraged to apply. Typical scholarship recipients will be in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating classes with ACT scores in the upper 20s.

ESTEAM scholars are expected to make satisfactory progress toward a degree in one of the eligible programs, maintain a 3.0 grade-point average and participate in ESTEAM program activities.

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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