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UW-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences Announces Scholarships

RELEASED: July 13, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently announced nursing and environmental public health scholarship recipients for the 2009-10 academic year. Forty-two nursing students and four ENPH students were awarded nearly $54,000 in UW-Eau Claire Foundation scholarship funds.

Junior Ashley Danielson, Cadott, received the Joyce M. Brown Nursing Scholarship, awarded to students who show promise in the nursing profession. Brown was a UW-Eau Claire nursing student in the 1960s. .

The Audrey Bryan Memorial Scholarship was awarded to graduate student Ursula Lindblad, Eau Claire/Chetek. This award goes to a graduate nursing student with an interest in working with families with children. Bryan was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1987 until her death in 2001.

Lindblad also received a Luther Midelfort Foundation CNP Scholarship, along with graduate student Patrick Hassemer, Eau Claire. These scholarships, established by the Friends of Luther Hospital auxiliary organization, are for full-time graduate students preparing to become nurse practitioners.

Other Luther Midelfort Foundation Scholarships, also established by the Friends of Luther Hospital and designated for students from Eau Claire, Barron, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Jackson or Trempealeau counties, were awarded to juniors Megan Behl, Watertown, Jessica Derby, Eau Claire, and Megan Gleason, Eau Claire.

Derby also received a John M. Kildahl Family Scholarship, along with senior Katherine Donnelly, Farmington, Minn. The scholarship in honor of Kildahl, chairman of the board of McDonough Manufacturing, one of Eau Claire's oldest companies, goes to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who show promise for careers in nursing.

Senior Jamie Callahan, Apple Valley, Minn., received the Loretta Donnellan Nursing Scholarship. Established by David Donnellan through a contribution from the Presto Foundation, this award goes to students who demonstrate academic ability and promise in nursing.

Senior Samantha Blasel, a nursing major from Dorchester, and junior Ryan Arndt, an ENPH major from Prentice, received Tri-County Medical Alliance Scholarships, established by the Tri-County Medical Auxiliary. Recipients must be from Eau Claire, Dunn or Pepin counties and majoring in nursing, ENPH or health care administration.

Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation Inc. Scholarships were awarded to seniors Brenda Blume, a nursing major from Marathon, and Matthew Sisbach, an ENPH major from Viroqua. This award goes to nursing or ENPH students from Wisconsin family farms or rural Wisconsin areas.

Sisbach also received an Environmental Public Health Scholarship, along with senior Matthew Haak, Maple Grove, Minn. Recipients of this award, established through donations by alumni, faculty and friends of UW-Eau Claire's ENPH program, must have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Haak also was awarded a John and Mary Gerberich Public Health Scholarship, along with senior Caleb Johnson, Hudson. Designated for ENPH students with strong academic records, it honors John Gerberich, an early faculty member in UW-Eau Claire's ENPH program.

Junior Danielle Block, Rochester, Minn., received the Robert and Judith Mickelson Scholarship, which was established by two UW-Eau Claire alumni to benefit nursing students of proven scholastic ability. Judith Mickelson was the lead nursing coordinator for the Appleton Medical Center.

Graduate student Lori White, Rochester, Minn., received the Major John Toivo Kallio Memorial Scholarship. The recipient must be a graduate student with an emphasis in adult or family health nursing and a research or practice interest in AIDS or other chronic illnesses. Kallio was a staff nurse and clinical nurse specialist at Sacred Heart Hospital and served on the UW-Eau Claire nursing faculty.

Senior Sarah Johnson, South Range, received the Jeffrey K. Walker Humanitarian Nursing Scholarship. Selection for this award is based on community service and involvement, which takes precedence over academic achievement. Precedence is given to students from northwestern Wisconsin. Walker was a nurse who graduated from UW-Eau Claire.

Dr. Harold and Helena Ray Huston Nursing Scholarships, named for an Eau Claire physician and his wife, went to sophomore Kelly Kolstad, Kimberly, and junior Stephanie Vach, Jim Falls, for their proven academic ability.

Rodaynah Obaid Nursing Scholarships were awarded to seniors Lindsey Pitts, Wausau, and Maggie Wolf, Minnetonka, Minn.; junior Allison Quinn, Plymouth, Minn.; and sophomore Scott Zieglmeier, Marshfield. Recipients must be nursing students who exhibit high academic achievement and records of service and caring. The scholarship was established by Dr. Sal Obaid, an Eau Claire physician, in memory of his wife.

Wolf also was awarded a Frances Sundet Memorial Scholarship. This award was established by James and Carol Sundet in memory of James Sundet's mother, who practiced nursing in the Chippewa Valley for nearly 50 years.

Joan M. Wiensch Memorial Scholarships were awarded to juniors Celeste Peterson, Eau Claire, and Ericka Price, Chippewa Falls, and sophomore Jessica Zwiefelhofer, Chippewa Falls. Established in memory of a school nurse who practiced in the Chippewa Falls School District for 23 years, it gives preference to nursing students from Chippewa Falls or Bloomer.

Lopas and Cicenas Family Scholarships were awarded to juniors Briana Romundstad, Onalaska, Paul Schedler, Appleton, and Christa Spiess, Chippewa Falls. The scholarship is for students from diverse backgrounds who are working to improve their economic status. Wisconsin residents and single parents with financial need are given preference. Spiess also received the Lila Shelley Nursing Scholarship, which is awarded to a nontraditional student in good academic standing who is admitted to the nursing program. It was established by Dr. Timothy Shelly, an area physician, as a memorial to his wife.

William Bartlett Native American Nursing Scholarships were awarded to senior Gina Lehman, Menomonie, and junior Whitney Miller, Bowler. This scholarship is designated for Native American nursing students successfully nearing the end of their coursework.

Senior Robyn Hertig, Johnson Creek, and graduate student Kelly Koperski Moen, Rochester, Minn., received John and Hilde Bacharach Scholarships. Nursing recipients of this award must have an emphasis on community health or public health, with a GPA of 3.0 or better. John Bacharach was a former director of the Eau Claire City/County Health Department.

Guy and Lauren Brubaker Scholarships, for students who show promise in nursing, were awarded to senior Tammy Borchardt, Stratford, and junior Amanda Meshnick, Neillsville. Guy Brubaker is a biology graduate of UW-Eau Claire, and Lauren Bacharach is a neonatal nurse.

Senior Heather Nichols, Pittsville, received an Eau Claire Student Nurses Association Scholarship and sophomore Amy Shelton, Spring Green, was awarded an Eau Claire Student Nurses Association Study Abroad Scholarship. Recipients must be active members of the Eau Claire Student Nurses Association and participate in community service.

The Berniece Wagner Nursing Scholarship, given to academically successful students who demonstrate motivation and commitment to nursing, was awarded to senior Sydney Jagusch, Spring Valley, Minn. Wagner was one of the founding members of UW-Eau Claire's School of Nursing and served as its first associate dean.

The John Thurston Scholarship was awarded to graduate student Jason Berg, Chippewa Falls. Preference is given to nontraditional students with financial need. Thurston, a former professor of psychology at UW-Eau Claire, established this scholarship to express his enduring admiration for nurses and the nursing profession.

Sophomore Danielle Jauquet, Green Bay, received the Bauer Built Family Health Nursing Scholarship. The Bauer Built Company, through the efforts of Jerry Bauer, established this award in recognition of the continuing need for health care professionals in Wisconsin.

The Vera Nelson Nursing Scholarship was awarded to junior Joan Foiles, Chippewa Falls. This scholarship is designated for a resident of Chippewa County who plans to remain in the county after graduation. Nelson was a nurse at the Northern Colony in Chippewa Falls.

Foiles also again received a RN/BSN Scholarship, created in 1986 by seven former RN students to recognize an outstanding student who has already earned a two-year RN degree and is working to complete a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

Junior Amanda Venzke, Marshfield, received the Donald and Leatrice Mathison Nursing Scholarship, given to students who show promise in the nursing profession. The Mathisons worked for the Eau Claire Area School District.

The Marjorie S. Bottoms Nursing Scholarship was awarded to graduate student Erin Lemler, Colfax. This award is designated for graduate students preparing for nursing administration or education and is in honor of a former associate dean of the School of Nursing.

Junior Shannon Gullerud, Altoona, received the Charles M. and Isabel Ihle Medical Sciences Scholarship, which is given to a junior, senior or graduate student in the field of nursing, pre-medicine or public health with a minimum 3.5 GPA. The scholarship rotates between the three areas of study. Gullerud is a nursing student. Dr. Ihle was an orthopedic surgeon in Eau Claire, and both of the couple's sons also practiced medicine in Eau Claire.

Sophomore Kasondra Swensen, Marshfield, received the Anna and Andrew Burish Scholarship. This scholarship is designated for first-generation college students with financial need who show strong promise of becoming outstanding nurses. The award was established by a couple who were both first-generation college graduates in business to show their appreciation of the importance of nursing professionals in communities.

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