Falcon Scholars is an opportunity for alumni and friends of UW-River Falls to provide scholarship support to deserving UW-River Falls students. Upon admission to UW-River Falls, selected students will be awarded a four year, $1,000 per year Falcon Scholars scholarship. Selection of Falcon Scholars will be based on a variety of factors including financial need and academic potential as determined by the Admissions Office.
Each Falcon Scholar will also receive a $2,000 stipend, funded through student differential tuition, to be used for either a study abroad experience or participation in undergraduate research activities.
Your participation in the Falcon Scholars Challenge will significantly enhance students' educational experience, increase retention rates, and enhance opportunities for success after college.
UW-River Falls alumni Arlin ('58) and Marilyn ('56) Albrecht have issued a challenge to fellow alumni and friends to provide more scholarships for students at UW-River Falls.
Through the Albrecht Challenge, gifts of $1,000 or more to the newly established Falcon Scholars program will be matched by the Albrechts.
Like many current UWRF students, Mr. and Mrs. Albrecht came to River Falls as first generation college students.
While a journalism and economics double major, Mr. Albrecht was named editor of the student-run newspaper, the Student Voice, during his sophomore year. Upon graduation he went to work for the River Falls Journal, then the St. Paul Pioneer Press and eventually the Red Wing Republican Eagle. In time, he became chairman and CEO of Red Wing Publishing, which under his and his wife's leadership grew to include 21 community newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Mr. Albrecht was named UW-River Falls Distinguished Alumnus in 2010.
Mrs. Albrecht, a speech/theatre major, was active in theatre activities in Red Wing, including the restoration of the municipal Sheldon Theatre. When she entered in 1954, she received the university's first-ever scholarship.