Scholarship fund established to honor Chancellor Sorensen

By University Communications
March 26, 2014
Charles W. Sorensen

Photo: C. W. Sorensen

Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen will leave University of Wisconsin-Stout Aug. 15, ending 26 years as the longest-serving leader in the university's history. A scholarship fund being established in his name will ensure that his legacy carries on.

"The Stout University Foundation Board of Directors has created a new endowment fund to honor Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen upon his retirement from UW-Stout after 26 years of outstanding and visionary leadership," said Mark Parsons, vice chancellor for Advancement and University Marketing.

"This fund will be named the Charles W. Sorensen Endowed Scholarship and will provide at least one annual award based on the academic qualifications established by Chancellor Sorensen," Parsons said.

Current and former members of the foundation and Alumni Association boards "are leading the way in making contributions to endow this fund as soon as possible so that scholarship awards can begin to help UW-Stout students achieve their career goals," he added.

The foundation board wanted to recognize Sorensen for his "leadership, fundraising achievements and tireless work with donors and alumni," Parsons said, as well as the philanthropy of Sorensen and his wife, Toni Poll-Sorensen.

The Stout University Foundation had $2.3 million when Sorensen arrived, Parsons noted, and has grown to $47 million.

Gifts in honor of Sorensen's retirement can be made to the scholarship fund at the Stout University Foundation website or by mail to Stout University Foundation 320 S. Broadway St., Menomonie, WI, 54751.

For further information, contact Jen Rudiger, annual funding director for the foundation, 715-232-5151.