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Gift of property results in education scholarship

RELEASED: Oct. 5, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumnus George Badman made a gift of property worth $135,000 to fund a scholarship for outstanding education majors. Badman, who received a bachelor's degree in education from UW-Eau Claire in 1941, gave his Amery area lakefront home and property to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The funds from its sale have established the permanently endowed George and Marie Badman Education Scholarship.

George's wife, Marie, who passed away in 2006, received a bachelor's degree in education from UW-Eau Claire in 1961. She taught in one-room schools in the towns of Sigel, Goetz and Wheaton for 10 years. After graduating from UW-Eau Claire, Marie taught first grade at the Barstow School in Eau Claire and later taught sixth grade in Baldwin and Hudson. She retired in 1977 after 31 years of teaching.

George Badman was called to duty in the U.S. Army in 1941. After the war, he taught high school math and English in Winter and Algoma. He left teaching in 1953 to work for National Presto Industries Inc. in Eau Claire. In 1959 George and his family moved to Orlando, Fla., where he worked for the Martin Co. They returned to Wisconsin the following year. After moving his family to Hudson, he began a career as resident engineer for the U.S. Navy in St. Paul, Minn. He retired from that position in 1981.

The George and Marie Badman Education Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in the fall 2010 semester. For more information about the scholarship, contact Dr. Gail Scukanec, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, at scukangp@uwec.edu or 715-836-3264.

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