UW-Platteville Foundation awards record high scholarship dollars

August 9, 2017
Scholarship award
Scholarship award
Scholarship award
Lucas Wymer

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – On July 29 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s 1866 Cornerstone Society Recognition Dinner, Chancellor Dennis J. Shields announced that $966,031, a record-high amount of scholarship dollars, was awarded by the UW-Platteville Foundation during the 2017 fiscal year. Although the amount of scholarship dollars awarded by the UW-Platteville Foundation has steadily increased throughout recent years at UW-Platteville, this is an increase of more than $100,000 from the previous year.

“This is a remarkable accomplishment for investing in our students,” Chancellor Shields said. “Because of this unwavering support and passion for our university, those students are in a better position to advance to the next class, the next level and ultimately to graduation.”

For some college students, scholarships provide a financial cushion, lessening the initial sticker shock of their educations. For others, scholarships make the difference between being able to afford a higher education or not. To combat financial stress for students, the UW-Platteville Foundation awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to more than one thousand students.

In the last five academic years at UW-Platteville, an average of 1,110 students received a scholarship from the UW-Platteville Foundation. In fiscal year 2016, each student who received a foundation scholarship received nearly $815 on average. This is more than twice as much as fiscal year 2012’s average scholarship of $396. This support can be attributed to alumni, friends and local organizations who have donated toward the university’s scholarship funds.

“The support of our loyal donors is very much appreciated,” Missy Lipska, officer of UW-Platteville’s Annual Giving and Donor Relations, said. “It’s incredible to think about the effect of scholarships on the thousands of recipients’ lives.”

Lukas Wymer is one of many students at UW-Platteville whose life has been affected by scholarships. Wymer, a senior majoring in social sciences, made the decision in high school to pay for college on his own. With the help of scholarships, he has been able to do just that while staying heavily involved on campus.

“Receiving scholarships has allowed me to go to school without taking out more loans,” Wymer said. “Scholarships not only boost the income that I have, but they alleviate the worry of debt. Because of that, I’ve been able to experience college to the fullest.”

“Contributing to scholarships is a wonderful way to give back to UW-Platteville and have a direct impact on the lives of current students,” Lipska said.

To learn more about donating toward UW-Platteville scholarship funds, visit /foundation.


Written by: Amanda Bertolozzi, Writer/Editor, Communications, 608-342-7121, bertolozzia@uwplatt.edu


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