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College of Nursing and Health Sciences announces scholarships

RELEASED: Aug. 17, 2010

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 2010-11 academic year. Forty-four nursing students and seven ENPH students were awarded nearly $58,000 in UW-Eau Claire Foundation scholarship funds.

Senior Amy Shelton, Spring Green, 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.

The Audrey Bryan Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Kelly Olson, 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.

Graduate student Sara Hungerholt, Eau Claire, received the Bauer Built Family Health Nursing Scholarship. The Bauer Built Co., through the efforts of Jerry Bauer, established the award in recognition of the continuing need for health care professionals in Wisconsin.

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

Senior Jessica Griffiths, Ashland, 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.
Dr. Harold and Helena Ray Huston Nursing scholarships, named for an Eau Claire physician and his wife, went to sophomore Ashley Roeske, Bancroft, and junior Scott Zieglmeier, Marshfield, for their proven academic ability.

Zieglmeier also received a Rodaynah Obaid Nursing Scholarship, along with graduate student Kelley Farber, Eau Claire, junior Kelly Kolstad, Kimberly, and sophomore Jenna Sage, Janesville. 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.

Junior Lauren Oas, River Falls, received an Eau Claire Student Nurses Association Scholarship, and junior Megan Burke, Westby, 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.

Junior T. Benjamin Fischer, Wausau, 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.

Guy and Lauren Brubaker scholarships, for students who show promise in nursing, were awarded to juniors Danielle Jauquet, Green Bay, and Daniel Thiel, Ripon. Guy Brubaker is a biology graduate of UW-Eau Claire, and Lauren Brubaker is a neonatal nurse.

Senior Sara Mackiewicz, Rice Lake, received the Jeffrey K. Walker Humanitarian Nursing Scholarship. Selection for the award is based on community service and involvement, which takes precedence over academic achievement. Preference also is given to students from northwestern Wisconsin. Walker was a nurse who graduated from UW-Eau Claire.

Joan M. Wiensch Memorial scholarships were awarded to juniors Sarah Pitts, Wausau, Xai Yang, Manitowoc, and 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.

Zwiefelhofer also received a Luther Midelfort Foundation Scholarship along with graduate student Heidi Dowd, Menomonie, junior Alison Gustum, New Auburn, and Megan Gleason, Eau Claire. The scholarships were established by the Friends of Luther Hospital and designated for students from Eau Claire, Barron, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Jackson or Trempealeau counties.

Luther Midelfort Foundation NP scholarships were awarded to Mary Klonecki, Arcadia, and Bethany Schilling, Fall Creek. Those scholarships, established by the Friends of Luther Hospital auxiliary organization, are for full-time graduate students preparing to become nurse practitioners.

Junior Jessica Miller, Rochester, Minn., received a John and Hilde Bacharach Scholarship. 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.

Seniors Sarah Johnson, South Range, and Carissa Volbrecht, Fall Creek, received John M. Kildahl Family scholarships. 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.

The John Thurston Scholarship was awarded to senior Peter Martell, Mosinee. Preference is given to nontraditional students with financial need. Thurston, a former professor of psychology at UW-Eau Claire, established the scholarship to express his enduring admiration for nurses and the nursing profession.

Senior Tina Dietzman, Medford, 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.

Lopas and Cicenas Family scholarships were awarded to juniors Tracey Frassel, Maiden Rock, and Terri Krueger, Menomonie, and senior Paul Schedler, Appleton. 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.

Sophomore Carol Pollock, Lodi, received the Loretta Donnellan Nursing Scholarship. Established by David Donnellan through a contribution from the Presto Foundation, the award goes to students who demonstrate academic ability and promise in nursing.

Kelly Hayes, Faribault, 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.

The Marjorie S. Bottoms Nursing Scholarship was awarded to Amy Lavin, Medford. 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.

Marsha M. (Zuehlke) Steffen 1969 Nursing School Scholarship was awarded to senior Megan Gleason, Eau Claire. This is a new scholarship designated for a recipient demonstrating motivation and commitment to the nursing profession and is based on financial need. The fund was established by Marsha (Zuehlke) Steffen and Robert Steffen, graduates of UW-Eau Claire. Marsha Steffen holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing and is a retired nurse clinician from the University Health Service at UW-Madison.

Sophomore Misty Freed, Chippewa Falls, 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.

Senior Amanda Meshnick, Neillsville, 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.

Senior Catherine Orlandi, a nursing major from Superior, and senior Sam Kloser, an ENPH major from Sparta, received Tri-County Medical Alliance scholarships, established by the Tri-County Medical Auxiliary for students majoring in nursing, ENPH or health care administration.

The Vera Nelson Nursing Scholarship was awarded to junior Mandy Derks, Boyd. 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.

Derks also received a Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation Inc. Scholarship, along with sophomore Shannon Carufel, Glenwood City, and seniors Rachelle Davis, Elk Mound, and Heidi Ward, Arpin. This award goes to nursing or ENPH students from Wisconsin family farms or rural Wisconsin areas.

Willard and Carol Korn, which alternates years between a nursing student and an information systems student, was awarded to sophomore Laura Nelson, Maple Grove, Minn. Willard Korn taught at UW-Eau Claire for more than 30 years and Carol Korn received her nursing degree at UW-Eau Claire in 1979.
William Bartlett Native American Nursing scholarships were awarded to senior Whitney Miller, Bowler, and sophomore Rochelle Warwick, Stone Lake. The scholarship is designated for Native American nursing students successfully nearing the end of their course work.

The Amber Star Krenz Memorial Scholarship was awarded to senior Patrick Bloecher, Eland. Designated for an ENPH major planning to study abroad, it was established to honor the late Krenz, an ENPH major who dreamed of traveling to Australia.

Seniors Matthew Haak, Maple Grove, Minn., and Amy Zagar, Eau Claire, were awarded John and Mary Gerberich Public Health scholarships. Designated for ENPH students with strong academic records, the scholarship honors John Gerberich, an early faculty member in UW-Eau Claire's ENPH program.

Seniors Cassandra Strzelecki, Chetek, and Remi Roumezin, Marseille, France, received Environmental Public Health scholarships. Recipients of the 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.

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