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Scholarships for you

Time to make all that hard work pay off! The UW-Eau Claire foundation offers many scholarships specifically for current and incoming chemistry and biochemistry students. The scholarships are based on a variety of criteria such as GPA, major and much more. Generous Blugold alumni, community members and others contribute to the UW-Eau Claire foundation to make these scholarships possible.


Incoming Students Scholarships Opportunities

Chemistry and Biochemistry Opportunity Scholarship 

This scholarship will be awarded to an incoming student who has a declared major in Chemistry ACS Certified; Chemistry, Liberal Arts; or Chemistry with Business. Students must demonstrate high academic potential (which does not necessarily mean high GPA or test scores) and provide evidence of overcoming challenging experiences or circumstances. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need.

All Chemistry and Biochemistry Opportunity Scholars are expected to maintain enrollment in one of the majors listed above or an interdisciplinary chemistry major (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology or Chemistry Teaching), make satisfactory progress toward completion of that degree each year, and maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Provided those requirements are met, the award is renewable for up to three additional years.

Donor Background:

This scholarship is funded by UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends to provide a helping hand to a deserving, high-potential student who has overcome challenging experiences or circumstances.

First-Year Chemistry/Biochemistry Scholarship 

This scholarship will be awarded to an incoming first-year student who has a declared major in Chemistry ACS Certified; Chemistry, Liberal Arts; or Chemistry with Business. Candidates must rank in the top 25% of their graduating class or a have a GPA of 3.2 or greater. Preference will be given to candidates who show a strong academic record, involvement in extracurricular activities, and outstanding leadership potential.


Donor Background:

This scholarship is funded by UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends to help educate the next generation of Blugold chemists and biochemists who will create solutions to global challenges.

Continuing Students Scholarship Opportunities

Anna M. Thurston Scholarship 

Open to a chemistry education or physical science teaching major. The applicant must be making progress towards meeting the requirements for the education degree. Preference will be given to applicants with financial need.

Donor Background:

Anna Thurston was a long-time chemistry professor at UW-Eau Claire. The late Charlotte Grinsel specified that a portion of her estate be added to the Anna M. Thurston Scholarship Fund established on the retirement of Ms. Thurston from the University.

Chemistry Mentoring Scholarship

The award is open to female Chemistry or Chemical Education majors to assist with expenses for their junior or senior year. Applicants should show good character and integrity. Award is based on GPA, leadership ability, and service to others. If a student receives these funds for their junior year, they are still eligible to apply for the scholarship for their senior year as well.

Donor Background:

This scholarship is sponsored by Joyce Breitweiser Hall '79 and her husband Tim. It is a tribute to the many professors who encouraged Joyce to consider an undergraduate chemistry major and then pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. She would like to thank them, especially Dr. Richard Duerst, Dr. Philip Chenier, and Dr. Ralph Marking, for mentoring and encouraging her. Her life would not be the same without them.

Dr. Jack Pladziewicz Research Scholarship 

Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student who shows exceptional promise and has excelled in a collaborative research project with a chemistry department faculty member. All applicants must submit a one-page summary that details the type of research in which they are engaged and how they will use their research experiences to further their careers.

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Floyd and Marie Krause Memorial Scholarship  

This scholarship is available to junior or senior Chemistry or Chemistry-Business Majors showing outstanding academic achievement.

Donor Background:

Floyd Krause was initially teaching Chemistry, Math and Geology at what was then the Eau Claire Teacher's College starting in 1942; he gradually focused on his area of expertise - Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis. Marie was engaged with connecting with the faculty families and creating the network that held together so many of the College's activities, encouraging recruitment and retention of talent at the developing University. In their honor, we members of Floyd and Marie's family are pleased that Floyd and Marie's friends and colleagues have joined us in our donations to assist many young people to advance their education in the scientific realm. Our world has great need for scientists with solid skills and human interests.

L.A. Ochrymowycz-Alfred Bader Chemistry Scholarship   

All applicants must meet the following criteria: junior standing in Chemistry Liberal Arts or Chemistry-ACS major with one year remaining at UWEC; academic potential; professional commitment; and career goals.

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Lois and Mel Gleiter Scholarship    

Recipient must be a junior or senior majoring in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology with a GPA of at least 3.0 in both the major, and in chemistry and biology courses. Students' career goals, activities, and service to the Chemistry and/or Biology departments are taken into consideration.

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Perry and Helen Luchsinger Scholarship     

This scholarship is available to junior or senior chemistry majors showing academic achievement, with a preference for education majors planning to teach chemistry in the public schools and who have demonstrated an ability to communicate with young people. Students should indicate career goals on the application for the scholarship, as well as demonstrate community service activity experience.

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Philip J. Chenier Scholarship      

Open to junior or senior Chemistry-Business majors who demonstrate academic achievement and potential. In the application, students should indicate career goals, and outline student activities and service to the Department of Chemistry.

In the event no Chemistry-Business majors apply for the award, the scholarship may be presented to a Chemistry major.

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Students of Dr. 'O' Chemistry Scholarship       

The highly preferred type of student to receive this scholarship is not necessarily the one with the best academic standing or GPA. An ideal candidate would be a chemistry major who is a good academic student, but one who "needs a boost"; a "marginal" person with real potential. A person with "a fire in their belly" to succeed in chemistry and one who illustrates tenacity and desire. Applicants must be continuing students and have completed at least one semester of study at UWEC, with at least 45 credits earned toward a chemistry liberal arts or chemistry-ACS major. Applicants must have a realistic aspiration to pursue graduate study. The scholarship should provide to the recipient the opportunity to participate in a collaborative scholarly endeavor with a faculty mentor, rather than seek additional external subsistence employment.


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Theran P. Riedel Scholarship        

Awarded to a junior chemistry major who is enrolled full-time and is in good academic standing. Recipients should demonstrate a keen interest and proficiency in research and willingness to collaborate with others in the field. Financial need is not required.


Donor Background:

This scholarship is established and funded by his family to honor the memory and work of Theran P. Riedel. Theran completed his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, graduating with a degree in chemistry in 2007, earned his PhD in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Washington and completed post-doctoral work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Upon completion of his education, Theran was employed in the research division of the Environmental Protection Agency. Theran lived his life with quiet focus, good humor, and a positive attitude for learning and embracing new experiences. He had a curiosity that made science a natural fit for him.

Univar Solutions Scholarship        

The applicant must be a junior pursuing a major in Chemistry-Business, have had at least a one year residency at UW-Eau Claire, and have an interest in, and potential for, a career in the chemical industry.


Donor Background:

Univar Solutions is a leading global distributor of industrial and specialty chemicals, with an extensive network of over 260 distribution facilities in North America, Europe, Asia- Pacific, and Latin America, and additional sales offices in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. They serve over 115,000 customers in more than 115 countries, representing nearly every major industry and a highly diverse set of end markets. As a world leader in chemical distribution, Univar Solutions is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen with a global focus on safety, health, the environment, and sustainability.

Sherwin Williams Performance Coatings Group Scholarship        

The applicant is preferred to be a rising junior or senior or an outstanding rising sophomore and must be pursuing a major in Chemistry-Business. The awardee must demonstrate the ability to work with other people and have a desire to work in industry as demonstrated through an essay or past, present, or future internships in chemistry business or the chemical industry.


Donor Background:

The Sherwin Williams Performance Coatings Group has been a consistent employer of UW-Eau Claire graduates of the chemistry with business emphasis program and supports the scholars of upcoming students in this program.

Harold and Otilia Arndt Scholarship        

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time Chemistry, Chemistry with Business Emphasis, or Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major who is a rising junior (third year) or rising senior (fourth year). Recipients must have an overall GPA of 3.2 and a GPA of 3.4 in their chosen major. Recipients must maintain one of the following: A summer job or internship where they commit to at least 20 hours of work per week; at least 20 hours per week of university-based research during the summer; a veteran or current active-duty military service member; or a member of the National Guard/Reserve. Highest preference will be given to a student who is either the child or grandchild of an immigrant to the United States. Preference will also be given to a student with documented financial need. The scholarship is renewable for an additional year provided the recipient remains a full-time student with a Chemistry, Chemistry with Business Emphasis, or Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major, maintains an overall GPA of 3.2 and a GPA of 3.4 in their chosen major, and continues to make satisfactory progress toward their degree.


Donor Background:

This scholarship was established by Dr. George Arndt and Dr. Joseph Arndt in memory of their parents, Harold and Otilia.  As a condition of receiving the scholarship, the scholarship recipient will provide Drs. George Arndt and Joseph Arndt with a letter thanking them for the scholarship support. This letter will be given to the UWEC Foundation and forwarded to the donors.  In addition, the donors will be invited to the annual spring Chemistry and Biochemistry awards banquet to meet their scholarship recipient.

Larry and Judy Simonson Chemistry Scholarship        

This scholarship will be awarded to an incoming student who has a declared major in Chemistry or Biochemistry (including Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Chemistry with Business Emphasis). Preference will be given to students from Wisconsin. Financial need may be considered, but is not required.


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Chemistry Student Scholarship        

One award is available for an outstanding student in organic chemistry and one award is available for an outstanding student in inorganic chemistry.


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These awards are made available by an anonymous donor.

Chemistry Department Scholarship        

This scholarship is available at the discretion of the department of chemistry and biochemistry to recognize deserving students.


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Even more scholarships

UW-Eau Claire Foundation offers many other scholarships outside the department of chemistry. These scholarships are based on many criteria such as community involvement, research and more. Over one million dollars in scholarships are awarded each year, so take a look and see what you can apply for.  

Find scholarship information and helpful links here: Scholarships at UW-Eau Claire

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