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Twenty-one UW-Eau Claire Freshmen
Receive Blugold Promise Scholarships

RELEASED: Aug. 28, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Twenty-one 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 2008-09 academic year.

Stacey Pope and Sharon Hahn, both of Eau Claire, were awarded Charles and Debi Graupner Blugold Promise Scholarships, a new award for the 2008-09 academic year. Charles Graupner graduated from UW-Eau Claire with an economics major and political science minor. He is a partner with the Michael Best & Friedrich law firm in Milwaukee. Debi Graupner attended UW-Eau Claire for two years and then transferred to UW-Madison, where she earned a business degree. She works as an interior decorator. The Graupner Blugold Promise Scholarship will fund two scholarships each year for nontraditional students.

Gina Mattheisen, Marshfield, was awarded a Cheryl De Maio Blugold Promise Scholarship, another new award for the 2008-09 academic year. De Maio graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in medical technology and went on to St. John's University, where she earned her master's degree. She works as a researcher at TIAA-CREF in Charlotte, N.C. She credits her professional success to the quality of the education she received at UW-Eau Claire. De Maio believes in supporting lifelong learning, and her Promise scholarship will fund a nontraditional student.

Elizabeth O'Brien, Rice Lake, daughter of Mark and Mary O'Brien; Hannah Olson, Bloomer, daughter of Bob and Pam Olson; and Michael Thorelli, La Crosse, were awarded Richard and Carol Fulwiler Blugold Promise Scholarships. Dr. Richard Fulwiler graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in chemistry in 1961. He is president of Technology Leadership Associates, Cincinnati, a consulting firm specializing in increasing individual effectiveness and building organizational capability in the health, safety and environmental arena. After 28 years with Procter & Gamble, he retired as director of Health & Safety-Worldwide. Fulwiler is also an adjunct professor at the College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati.

Emily Teetzen, Shawano, daughter of Brad and Heidi Teetzen, 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.

Joseph Vargo, Bangor, son of Joe and Rhonda Vargo, and Shauna Stoeger, Hortonville, daughter of Bob and Deb Stoeger, were awarded John Kell Memorial Blugold Promise Scholarships. The Kell Memorial fund was established by Betsy Kell and her daughters, Sadie and Angela, after the 2005 death of her husband, 1974 UW-Eau Claire graduate John Kell, in a motorcycle accident. He was president of Kell Container in Chippewa Falls.

Stephanie Hanson, New Auburn, daughter of Kurt and Janene Hanson, was awarded a Ted and Valeria Lipinski Memorial Blugold Promise Scholarship. The 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.

Phillip Rynish, Seymour, son of Paul and Beth Rynish, and Britney Shattuck, Curtiss, daughter of Lynn and Nicole Shattuck, were awarded Peter and Julie Fremstad Blugold Promise Scholarships. The Fremstads, originally from Whitehall, both graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1972. Peter Fremstad, who serves on the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board of directors, recently retired from Wells Fargo Financial in Germantown, Tenn., where he was vice president and regional manager. Julie Fremstad has been a teacher and homemaker.

Joshua Knetter, Edgar, son of Kenneth and Mary Knetter, 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.

Johanna Conrad, Lake Nebagamon, daughter of Dan and Carol Conrad, 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, Calif., after years of working in the television and movie industry. She was formerly vice president and general manager of FoxStar Productions for Fox Television.

David Hon, Eau Claire, son of Ron and Ellen Hon, was awarded a John and Nancy Skoug Blugold Promise Scholarship. The Skougs are Eau Claire natives and 1975 graduates of UW-Eau Claire. John Skoug, 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.

Katelyn Fjelstad, Rice Lake, daughter of Tammy Sirek and Eric Fjelstad, was awarded a Keith and Charlotte Donnermeyer Blugold Promise Scholarship. The Donnermeyers are 1975 graduates of UW-Eau Claire who now reside in Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif. Keith Donnermeyer, an accounting graduate, is a partner with Deloitte & Touche, an international provider of financial services, and Charlotte, a biology graduate, works in family services in Sacramento.

Katie Osieczanek, Manitowoc, daughter of Todd and Kris Osieczanek, was awarded a Ken and Mary Smith Blugold Promise Scholarship. The Smiths both graduated from UW-Eau Claire in the early 1970s. Ken Smith majored in accounting and is a financial consultant for Shell Oil Co. Mary Smith majored in English. The couple live in Houston.

Joseph Lilek, Gleason, son of Mike and Jill Lilek, was awarded a Melissa and Emily Schmeisser Blugold Promise Scholarship. The 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.

Joseph Davies, son of Gregg and Alice Davies, and Andrew Cook, son of Thomas and Amy Cook, all of Beaver Dam, were awarded Jerry and Sharon Ehrmeyer Blugold Promise Scholarships. Jerry Ehrmeyer was a UW-Eau Claire alumnus, assistant professor of psychology and assistant director of the UW-Eau Claire Career Services office until his retirement in 1996. He died in 2005. Dr. Sharon Ehrmeyer is a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and director of the clinical laboratory science/medical technology program at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. The award goes to graduates of Beaver Dam High School.

Kathryn Gerarden, De Pere, daughter of Eric and Laura Gerarden, was awarded a Dorothea S. Bobb Blugold Promise Scholarship. Dorothea Bobb of Eau Claire died in 2006 at the age of 91. Her family established the scholarship in her memory. She raised three sons as a single mother, and while she never was able to go to college, her family said she loved UW-Eau Claire and valued the importance of a higher education. Several of her sons and daughters-in-law are UW-Eau Claire graduates, and two of her daughters-in-law were UW-Eau Claire employees.

For more information about Blugold Promise Scholarships, visit the Foundation Web site.

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 information about other scholarship opportunities, visit the UW-Eau Claire financial aid Web site.

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