UWP Student Ambassador Tuition Raffle A Success

November 22, 2002

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PLATTEVILLE- Five lucky winners of the Student Ambassador raffle were drawn by Chancellor David Markee on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the UW-Platteville football game against UW-Whitewater. The grand prize was a semester of free tuition, worth a total of $1,860, which was awarded to Catherine Zygmunt. Four $250 dollar scholarships were awarded to Lara Schreiber, Clinton Herrick, Toby Wex and David H. Bender.

The raffle began in 1992 as a service project to raise funds for scholarships. The first year, the fund started with a bank of prize money of $1,103.75, and awarded $300 in competitive scholarships. Since then, the numbers have grown. Last year, the organization gave away more than $2,400 in prize money and $5,600 in competitive scholarships.

"We serve as a service organization for admission and alumni functions on campus," said Erin Ralph Student Ambassador President. "Our group started the raffle as a way to give back to the University. The raffle has been going on for 10 years and we felt we had a good return this year as in the past."

Since the inception of the project in 1992-93, the Student Ambassadors have awarded nearly $43,000. Of this, almost $23,000 has been in prize money and the remaining $20,000 has been awarded in competitive scholarships, according to Barb Daus, Special Assistant to the Chancellor.

Over the years, the scholarship fund has compiled a balance, as of spring 2002, of $122,000. The interest from the fund is used yearly and awarded in the spring in the form of competitive scholarships. The Student Ambassador Scholarship Committee determines the number of scholarships that are awarded every year. There was $6,000 available for scholarships during the 2002-03 academic year.

"Usually, the scholarships range in number from 6-8," said Ralph.

Criterion to receive a competitive scholarship are to be a continuing student with a minimum of 30 credits, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher and exhibit evidence of outstanding leadership.

"None of the proceeds from the raffle are used by the Student Ambassadors. All of the money goes back to the students in the form of raffle scholarships or continuing scholarships," said Ralph.

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