Potosi Bike Tour and Run/Walk to benefit UW-Platteville Community Scholarship Program

September 17, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Potosi Brewery will host a Bike Tour, 5K and 10K Walk/Run to benefit the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Community Scholarship Program, Potosi Foundation and Southwest Tech Scholarship Program. Routes will take participants through the rolling landscape of Southwest Wisconsin, featuring beautiful scenery, a variety of local area businesses and a sampling of Potosi Brewery beer. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go directly to the UW-Platteville Community Scholarship Program, which gives alumni and friends of UW-Platteville the opportunity to support both their local high school students and UW-Platteville with one gift.

“This is our first year working with the Potosi Bike Tour and Run/Walk,” said Katie Friar, advancement event coordinator for UW-Platteville Alumni Services. “Our alumni and foundation members have connections to the Potosi Foundation and give us a great relationship with them. The Community Scholarship Program is our biggest scholarship program, and we ultimately want to build goodwill through the community.”

On average, the Community Scholarship Program awards 350 scholarships a year to incoming freshmen from the Southwest Wisconsin area. The goal of the program is to provide assistance to high school graduates entering UW-Platteville. The long-term goal is to have a scholarship for every student entering UW-Platteville from each participating high school and, with enough support, provide scholarships for these students throughout their pursuit of higher education at UW-Platteville.

“The benefit of the scholarship program is that it brings in students from a large area,” said Friar. “The funds raised through the Potosi Bike Tour and Run/Walk will support our general funds category of the program so that we can award more scholarships to students who need them. Scholarships give opportunities for students to attend college or a university who might not have been able to do so otherwise. We want our students to leave UW-Platteville with an excellent education and as little student debt as possible.”

“What makes the Community Scholarship Program special is the fact that UW-Platteville alumni are giving back to their home community and university,” said Friar. “They are helping the communities they were raised in as well as the university that gave them their education.”

Anyone interested in participating in the Potosi Bike Tour and Walk/Run may register online at www.active.com. On-site registration is also available on Friday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 a.m. to noon.

Anyone interested in more information about the Community Scholarship Program or wishing to volunteer with the event can contact Friar at friarka@uwplatt.edu or (608) 342-6135.

Contact: Katie Friar, advancement event coordinator, UW-Platteville Alumni Services, (608) 342-6135, friarka@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Angela O’Brien, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, obrienan@uwplatt.edu

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