Scholarship Fund Established

December 6, 2002

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PLATTEVILLE - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is honored to announce the establishment of the Hazel T. and Godfrey C. Struebing Endowed Scholarship Fund. Jan C. Kucher and his wife, Ronda Pettey-Kucher, established the fund in honor of his aunt and uncle and in recognition of the education that the Kuchers received at UWP.

Hazel T. and Godfrey C. Struebing were residents of Sauk County. Hazel Suszycki graduated from Sauk County Normal School in 1924 and then went on to teach at small one- and two-room schools in the Reedsburg and Baraboo areas. She continued her education with additional classes at UW-Madison and UW-Platteville and taught for more than 45 years. She was married in 1943 to Godfrey Struebing. She introduced her nephew, Jan, and many others to reading and to a lifelong appreciation for education. After retiring, she enjoyed socializing, cooking, reading and canning fruits and vegetables. Hazel passed away at the age of 96 in 2002.

Godfrey worked many years in Reedsburg at the Big Store and at the Red Goose Shoe Store. He enjoyed reading and commenting on world events as well as gardening, hunting, fly-fishing, humor and the outdoors. Godfrey passed away in 2000 at the age of 98. Criteria for the scholarship are that applicants must be enrolled as full-time students in the fall term in the UWP School of Education, they must also be high school seniors accepted for admission.

Preference will be given to applicants who have overcome disabilities or who have shown extraordinary accomplishments in community service. Applicants who have scored among the top 20 percent of students in their graduation high school classes or are from Sauk County will also be given preference. The scholarship derived from this fund will be awarded in the 2003-04 academic year. "This is a great way to pull in students who fit these qualifications, which could help increase enrollment and will ultimately strengthen our already incredible alumni. I am always impressed at how much people want to give back to the school they loved," said Tracy Smethurst Scholarship Administrator for the UW-Platteville Foundation.

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