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Former employer and colleagues establish scholarship in memory of alumnus

RELEASED: Dec. 23, 2009

John Foss
John Foss

EAU CLAIRE — Friends, colleagues and the former employer of a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumnus have given more than $40,000 to endow a psychology scholarship in his memory. Gifts made to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation established the John R. Foss Memorial Scholarship for outstanding junior or senior psychology majors. John Foss received a bachelor's degree in psychology from UW-Eau Claire in 1977.

"It amazes me every day to know how many people's lives my Dad has touched," said Danielle Foss, John's daughter. "I find great comfort knowing so many wonderful people are thinking and praying for my Dad. I cannot thank them enough."

From 1989-2007, John Foss worked for Cleaver-Brooks Inc., a manufacturing firm in Milwaukee. He was the regional vice president responsible for a $40 million territory, the largest market for Cleaver-Brooks. John died as a result of a brain tumor on Oct. 31, 2009.

Jim MacDonald of the Clever-Brooks Representatives Association said John's colleagues and friends at Cleaver-Brooks held him in such high regard they wanted to establish the scholarship as a living tribute to John and the impact he had on each of them.

"This effort will create a positive legacy in John's memory," MacDonald said.

The John R. Foss Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to an outstanding junior or senior psychology major with financial need. Special consideration will be given to students who are recognized leaders and mentors. The first $1,000 scholarship will be awarded for the 2010-11 academic year.

For more information about the scholarship or to make a gift to the scholarship fund, contact Kimera Way, executive director of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, at 715-836-4735 or by e-mail at waykk@uwec.edu.

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