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Alice Hagar- Elementary Education Scholarship

Alice Hagar- Elementary Education Scholarship

Alice Hagar of La Crosse passed away on April 10, 2002, 84 years of age. She was born in Welland, Ontario, Canada on June 6, 1917 to Joseph Ward and Flossie (Durk) Hagar. She was educated in the schools of Welland, Ontario and upon her graduation from the Welland...

Alta M. Hagen

Alta M. Hagen

Alta Hagen studied Education at UWL, graduating in 1947. She returned to earn her master’s degree (1956). Her award is for students focusing on upper elementary/ middle school education as those were her areas of study at UWL. She realized the need for students to...

Anita Evans/Larry Lebiecki

Anita Evans/Larry Lebiecki

Anita Evans and Larry Lebiecki want all students to succeed, regardless of economic background. The purpose of this fund is to provide incoming freshmen an “opportunity” to overcome social, cultural, financial or personal and academic challenges in order to...

Anna Beth Culver

Anna Beth Culver

Anna Beth Culver and Jerry Culver have significantly contributed to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Anna Beth, or “AB,” spent her undergraduate time at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. While in Platteville, AB was the only female member of the...

A. Vincent & Janet B. Weber

A. Vincent & Janet B. Weber

Beverly Scheel McLoone

Beverly Scheel McLoone

She was born Jan. 5, 1932, in Chippewa Falls and graduated from Chippewa Falls High School in 1950. She was offered a contract with the Bloomer girls professional softball team in Chicago, but realized that continuing her education and starting a teaching career were...

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Brian & Lori Hesprich

Brian and Lori Hesprich know what it’s like to struggle financially in college. Brian’s parents couldn’t help with tuition, so he took out loans and worked. Lori’s parents helped, but she still needed loans as well. Thirty-plus years later, they’re changing that....

Bridget Belgiovine

Bridget Belgiovine

Excellence, opportunity and diversity are hallmarks of athletics at the University of Wisconsin- Lac Crosse. Our success rests upon the shoulders of strong leaders and exceptional student-athletes. One such leader, Bridget Belgiovine, Athletic Director from 1991 to...

Carolyn G. Berg

Carolyn G. Berg

Cristine Prucha whom formally worked at Murphy Library- UW-La Crosse Campus along with her mother Della, set up this scholarship in memory or Critine’s sister, Carolyn G. Berg. The scholarship is designated for a student in music education or political science.

Carsten & Zedona Christiansen

Carsten & Zedona Christiansen

Carsten & Zedona Christiansen Memorial Scholarship was establish on Janurary 23, 2002 with the direct intentions to support physical therapy student. Zedona was the late wife of Carsten Christiansen, whom set this scholarship up to honor her husband Carsten upon...

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Charlie Burbach Education Scholarship

Alumni Mike, ‘83, and Anne, ’84, Burbach established this scholarship to honor Mike’s father, Charlie Burbach. Charlie was a longtime educator in MN. He passed away in October 2017, at the age of 84. His obituary is below: Charlie Burbach didn’t care much for...

Chet Bradley

Chet Bradley

Chet graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation program in 1963. After graduation, he continued at UWL, earning a master’s certificate in 1966. He went on to work at Cardinal Stritch University and in the...

Christopher Carlson

Christopher Carlson

Christopher Carlson’s parents prayed for a miracle to save their 18-year-old son from dying of head injuries he suffered falling out of a loft bed in a dorm room at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. But when doctors declared him brain dead four days after the...

Cindi Stoller Polek

Cindi Stoller Polek

Cindi Stoller Polek and Ernest R. Matejaitis have been supporting UWL Physical Therapy students for many years. Cindi has been a devoted alumna with a special interest in helping students who are from Illinois, and without reciprocity, to attend UWL. With this...

Craig Kusick Jr

Craig Kusick Jr

Daron James Williams, M.D.

Daron James Williams, M.D.

Daron Williams, ’06, researched prostate and breast cancer while becoming a doctor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. But one short year after earning his medical degree in 2010, he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011. He fought the disease until he...

David M. Cole

David M. Cole

DAVID M. COLE PhD, passed at 89 years of age. Cole was a professor at the University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse. Born in Minneapolis, he moved to Central Florida in 1977. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Winter Park. He was a Navy veteran of World...

Dena Rauk and Russell E. Aldrich

Dena Rauk and Russell E. Aldrich

Dena Rauk and Russell E. Aldrich scholarship fund in Special Education.

Dolores Carroll

Dolores Carroll

Dolores Carroll attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from 1967-68 and then continued at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, double majoring in history and political science. Dolores (Tudy) was committed to the abolition of racial prejudice and...

Douglas Baker

Douglas Baker

The Douglas Baker scholarship was established as a general scholarship for all students at UWL in 1995. Douglas played on the UWL Eagles Football team as an offensive guard. He played three consecutive years, 1992-1994. According to his team, “Doug was a true friend...

Douglas Carnes

Douglas Carnes

Clark Carnes dedicated scholarships to his sons, Douglas and Scott, and his late wife, Genevieve. Douglas Carnes was an English major graduating with the class of 1972. His scholarship was started in 1976 and is awarded to a student who works for WLSU, the...

Drs. Suzanne & Joseph Toce

Drs. Suzanne & Joseph Toce

Eleanor M. Kennedy

Eleanor M. Kennedy

“Friend raising, not fundraising,” was Eleanor’s motto. She spent 24 years at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. She was a double alumna with a degree in Elementary Education in 1964 and her master’s in 1976. She...

Ernest O. Grace W. Hanson

Ernest O. Grace W. Hanson

Ernest and Grace Hanson were very involved members of the community. Ernest was an undergrad at UWL for two years, graduating in 1936 and went to pursue his dream to become an attorney after not being able to find work as a teacher. At the time, rural schools were...

Esther & Sam Levy

Esther & Sam Levy

The Esther and Sam Levy Memorial Scholarship Fund News Article To honor the memory of his mother, Esther Levy, and his step-father, Sam Levy, James H. Lewis has set up a scholarship fund for undergraduates in the College of Science and Allied Health at the University...

Francis "Rusty" Rost

Francis "Rusty" Rost

Francis (Rusty) Rost established this fund in loving memory of his wife, Hong Rost. Hong Rost (1959–2014) came to Wisconsin from China in 1991 and graduated with her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1994; then worked there as Assistant...

Freda & Arnold Hanson

Freda & Arnold Hanson

The measure of a gift goes beyond dollars for it represents the history, values and dreams of donors and those honored by their gift. To preserve and remember these things, a copy of this page or pages of “Donor Intent” shall be given to each recipient of this...

Gary & Dawn Graham

Gary & Dawn Graham

A Note from Dawn and Gary Graham to UW-L Alumni, Time is a very valuable thing and we are all aware of that! It is getting to be that time of year again when we approach the holiday and plan our time to be with family, friends and loved ones. All of us so much enjoy...

Gordon W. Gade

Gordon W. Gade

Gordon Gade was born and raised in a rural farming community near Reedsburg, WI. He graduated from high school in 1953 and began working immediately to save money for college. He worked as a lab technician at Badger Ordnance Works in Sauk County. He worked as many...

Grace Olwell

Grace Olwell

Grace Olwell left La Crosse State Teachers College more than 90 years ago, but she never forgot the campus. After graduating from La Crosse, Olwell taught in Elroy, Pewaukee and Milwaukee for 35 years. She died at age 92 on Fe. 19, 1996. She left a major portion of...