Sally Margis University Staff Development Award

The Sally Margis University Staff Development Award is a monetary award available to university staff for the purpose of enriching career development by supporting costs associated with additional education and/or training.

Sally Margis was the program assistant in the UWRF Chancellor's Office for 10 years before losing her battle with cancer in 1998.  She is remembered for her smile, calming attitude and strong work ethic.  After her death, under the expressed wish of colleague Annette Blanchette and the Margis family, an endowment fund was established in Margis' name to enhance career development of university staff at UW-River Falls.  The first award was given out in 2004.

The fund was established with a principle gift from Blanchette and from memorial gifts honoring Margis.  Blanchette worked at UWRF from 1965-1998 and after retirement remained involved with the life of the university.  She died in February 2015 with a provision in her estate plan to continue supporting the fund so through her generosity, the endowment will continue to support costs associated with university staff career development.

The 2014 winners were announced at the Holiday Luncheon.  Congratulations to Molly Cooper, Melissa (Missy) Davis, and Tammy Stifter as our 2014 recipients.



The endowment was established to generate an annual award to develop, through education and/or training, a university staff employee's career at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  The amount granted is to be used to support direct or indirect costs associated with career development.  Examples of direct costs may include educational tuition and workshop/conference fees (relating to career development). Examples of indirect costs may include textbooks, special equipment, and software.


Applicants must be a university staff permanent, project, or recurring temporary employee at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Applicants must fill out the Sally Margis University Staff Employee Development Award Form and provide a statement of intent, limited to two pages, which includes the following information:

  1. Education and or training/workshop that you plan to attend.
  2. How will this education, training or workshop further your career development or advance your skills?
  3. What direct or indirect costs will the award cover?

*Funds must be used within one year from the date of the award. Costs must be incurred directly by the employee and cannot be used for expenses that have been charged to or initially paid by the university.


Selection Committee:

The University Staff Senate will review submissions and make recommendation(s) to the Chancellor, who will make the final decision. The award may be divided among multiple candidates.

Award Applications Due

The application deadline for the Sally Margis University Staff Employee Development 2015 Award is Friday, November 6, 2015

The amount available for 2015 is $300. The award will go to a classified employee(s) who has met the application requirements.

We will add more information as the application period approaches.