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Graduate establishes scholarship for farm-family students

RELEASED: Dec. 20, 2010

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John Kaczmarczyk

EAU CLAIRE — A 1972 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate has established a scholarship through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation that will help children from Wisconsin farm families afford a college education.

John Kaczmarczyk, who was a history major and member of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity at UW-Eau Claire, grew up on a dairy farm. Because of the family farm's limited income, Kaczmarczyk, his brother Thomas and sister Karen Kaahui were the only three members of his family of nine to be able to attend UW-Eau Claire. Recognizing the continuing need to help farm-family children attend college, Kaczmarczyk established the Kaczmarczyk Kaahui Memorial Blugold Promise Scholarship for students from farm families who have academic potential but limited income. The scholarship was established in memory of his parents, Stanley and Delores, and sister Karen.

Karen graduated cum laude in 1984 with a bachelor of science in nursing degree and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She died in 2004.

The Blugold Promise Scholarship program provides support during the freshman and sophomore years for UW-Eau Claire students with great potential and but limited financial means. The program provides $500 scholarships to incoming freshmen with demonstrated academic potential, and if the students remain focused and successful throughout their first year, they become eligible for a $1,000 award during their sophomore year.

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