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Endowed Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students Established

RELEASED: May 5, 2009

John Dennison
John Dennison

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumnus has established an endowed scholarship for disadvantaged students in accounting or the College of Business.

John Dennison, who died in December 2008, left the scholarship for disadvantaged students because he believed in the ability of people to overcome hardship.

"John was proud of what he'd accomplished in his career and he wanted this scholarship to encourage someone who would have struggled to get through college," said his brother Steve Dennison. "John believed that people could succeed no matter what barriers they faced, if given an opportunity."

This scholarship, available to sophomores, juniors and seniors, will give students who might otherwise not be able to attend college an opportunity to go to school, said Dr. D'Arcy Becker, chair of the accounting and finance department.

"We are grateful for this gift as many students are struggling financially," Becker said. "Mr. Dennison's scholarship is a wonderful legacy that will help accounting students with great potential continue their education."

Dennison graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1972 with a degree in accounting. He studied briefly at William Mitchell College of Law then attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, where he received an MBA. He had a long career in the health care industry, working as a financial officer at hospitals in Des Moines and the Quad Cities. Dennison's last position was as a chief financial officer for Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill.

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