Foundation awards record amount at annual scholarship program

September 27, 2016

Donor David Williams, center, sits with students at the program.

Stout University Foundation awarded a record amount in scholarships to students during its annual ceremony at the Memorial Student Center.

More than $760,000 was awarded to 380 students at the Sept. 15 reception and program.

Established in 1962, the Stout University Foundation Scholarship Program has helped more than 8,700 students receive a college education. Through the financial support of alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the university, the program has given students more than $11.5 million over the years.

Mark Parsons, vice chancellor for University Advancement and Marketing and Foundation executive director, said the Foundation takes great pride in working year-round to provide scholarships for deserving students.

Mark Parsons speaks at the program.“These awards provide valuable financial support for students as they work toward their college degree. UW-Stout and Stout University Foundation appreciate the generous support of donors who make these awards possible while demonstrating a timeless commitment to UW-Stout and our students,” said Parsons, who spoke at the event.

Chancellor Bob Meyer, a scholarship recipient when he was an undergraduate student at UW-Stout in the late 1970s, also spoke.

The awards were presented by Meyer, Foundation Board President Tom Kornegor and Foundation Board members Greg Else and Janet Yardley.

Many donors attended, including representatives of named scholarships who met the recipients of their awards.

Scholarship recipient Meghan Olson speaks at the reception.The emcee was Kelly Matter, a 1989 graduate and president of Resource Inc., a nonprofit based in Minneapolis.

A total of 18 new scholarships were offered this year. They are:

  • Larry A. and Mary E. Bates Transportation Industry Endowed Scholarship
  • Robert F. Cervenka — AnnMarie Foundation Scholarship
  • Dr. Richard T. & Nancy P. Cheng Endowed Scholarship
  • Bill & Jan Dubats Endowed Engineering Scholarship
  • Jan W. Gabrielson Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Earl and Marion Hoffman Endowed Scholarship
  • The Kitanah Kim Fairy Godmother Scholarship
  • Cheryl Kruschke Endowed Scholarship
  • Larson Family Art Scholarship
  • Katie Brophy Lee Memorial Scholarship
  • Moder Family Special Education Scholarship
  • Non-Traditional Student Scholarship
  • Resilience Scholarship
  • Stout Alumni Reflection Endowed Scholarship
  • Dietrich and Elisabeth Thompson Ethnic Minority Scholarship
  • Thomson Reuters Digital Marketing Technology Scholarship
  • Jack Vaughan Packaging Scholarship
  • George William & Mary Jane Zitelman Endowed Mechanical Engineering Scholarship

Stout University Foundation is at the Louis Smith Tainter House, 320 S. Broadway St.



Top: David Williams, of Menomonie, center, sits with students at the Stout University Foundation Scholarship Program. Williams and his wife, Karen, to his left, are scholarship donors.

Middle: Mark Parsons, vice chancellor and executive director of Stout University Foundation, speaks at the event.

Bottom: Scholarship recipient Meghan Olson, of Rosemount, Minn., a senior majoring in early childhood education, talks at the program reception.