Jim Vance Memorial Scholarship

Departments: Multicultural Affairs Categories: Diversity
Amount A variable number of awards up to $500. Total amount available is $500.
Availability Variable
Eligibility Criteria Provides financial incentives to student leaders who have shown substantial leadership ability and involvement at the University. Applicants must be in good academic standing while pursuing a bachelor's degree.
Application Procedure

Go to the Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network. Complete the Multicultural Affairs Scholarship Application.

Notification The director of Multicultural Affairs will notify the recipient via letter.
Special Notes

This scholarship was established by the Multicultural Affairs staff to honor the memory of the former director, James 'Jimmy Joe' Vance. For over 30 years, Jim Vance dedicated his career to ensuring educational opportunities for students at two University of Wisconsin campuses. At both UW-Stevens Point and UW-Eau Claire, Jim developed programs designed to attract diverse students to university education and supported their success. Jim championed the importance of diversifying college campuses before it became a top priority in education.

The cornerstone for his programs and initiatives was his ability to increase financial resources and expand student scholarships. These achievements resulted from his holistic, integrated approach to multicultural education. A colleague wrote, 'Jim believed in the transforming power of education and worked tirelessly to make it a reality.' Students describe Jim as a soft-spoken man with an enormous heart. He is remembered for his dedication, passion, commitment and vision. They saw him as a great friend, role model, leader, big brother and mentor. He was someone they could count on when most needed. As students recall their college experiences, they often praise Jim Vance as the force who guided them to levels of achievement that often surpassed their own expectations. He was an educator who touched the lives of many.

Thank You The recipient should send a thank you note to Jesse Dixon in Multicultural Affairs.