UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Falcon Scholars received a substantial boost in 2016 when five alumni donors joined forces to create a challenge match to double gifts to the Falcon Scholars Endowment. The endowment will help fund the Falcon Scholars Program in perpetuity, allowing it to support students for generations to come.
Created in 2012, Falcon Scholars is the university's signature scholarship program. Today there are about 250 scholars on campus. Each year, 50 to 60 qualified freshmen are selected as Falcon Scholars based on their academic performance and leadership qualities. Each scholar receives $1,000 per year, which renews annually for up to four years. In addition, a $2,000 stipend is awarded for undergraduate research or a study abroad experience during their junior or senior year. The stipend is supported by students through a differential tuition fee approved by the Student Senate as a part of the Falcon Promise.
"Donors should know that it's about more than the money," Marko said. "It's about making a mark on a student's life forever. Each student has a different path, but the Falcon Scholarship makes walking that path a little lighter."
"The support (from Falcon Scholars) is a really big deal," Zupfer said. "It's just nice to know that while college will still be expensive, it knocks a big chunk off. It lets me not be as concerned with money, and lets me focus on getting close to my goal of teaching."
"Being a Falcon Scholar will allow me to gain real-life career experiences through internships and study abroad programs that will prepare and set me apart from other applicants for my future career," Baeher said.
Contact Advancment Officer Julie Stucky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-425-3505.