Friday Features - May 16, 2014

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May 16, 2014

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Three Platteville High School students receive community scholarship

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Foundation announced that it has received a grant from the Elinore Loveland Trust, the Robert A. and Marjorie M. Hortshorn Trust and the Clarence H. Gribble Trust of the Platteville Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin Inc. to support UW-Platteville scholarships.

This grant was awarded to three incoming UW-Platteville freshmen for the 2013-14 school year. All three recipients were from Platteville High School. UW-Platteville was able to increase the amount of scholarships awarded for 2013-14 by more than $100,000 because of grants and private support such as the Elinore Loveland Trust; the Robert A. and Marjorie M. Hortshorn Trust; and the Clarence H. Gribble Trust.

These scholarships are given through the UW-Platteville Community Scholarship Program. The Community Scholarship Program is a cooperative effort between tri-state area high schools and the UW-Platteville Foundation. This program gives alumni and community members the opportunity to support high school graduates entering UW-Platteville. Donors can designate a gift to any high school, as separate scholarship funds are set up for each high school in the tri-state area.

Jessica McDermott, Blake Reuter and Elinor Burton were last year’s recipients of the Community Scholarship Program from the Platteville High School.

For more information about this scholarship or to donate to the Community Scholarship Program, contact the UW-Platteville Foundation at (608) 342-1186. To learn more about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit www.cfsw.org. The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin serves nine Wisconsin counties: Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Rock, Sauk, Vernon and Walworth.

Financial gift to support non-traditional students

Non-traditional students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will be the recipients of a recent financial gift. Sandie Brick-Margelofsky, director of the Robert and James Wright Center for Non-Traditional and Veteran Students at UW-Platteville, has secured an annual $10,000 gift from the family of the late Melanie Johnson-Heald.

The money will serve a dual purpose. Half of the funds will support five $1,000 annual scholarships, while the remaining $5,000 will be used for programming to help retain non-traditional students on campus.

The scholarship application deadline is March 15, 2015. The scholarship funds will be awarded, with one half in fall 2015 and the other half in spring 2016.

All full-time, non-traditional students on campus are eligible for the scholarships.

The annual $5,000 for programming will be used for events such as a specific orientation for non-traditional students, possibly a daycare event, a graduation reception and other family-oriented activities.

“Many of these students think they are the only ones on campus,” said Brick-Margelofsky, noting there were 460 non-traditional students on campus during the 2013-14 academic year. “We want them to know that they are valued.”

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