Lopas and Cicenas Family Scholarships

Departments: College of Nursing and Health Sciences Categories: Diversity | Nontraditional Students | Nursing | Wisconsin Residents
Amount Three awards of $1,000 each. Renewal awards of the same amount are available for up to an additional two years, should the recipients remain in attendance at UW-Eau Claire and continue to meet renewal criteria.

Availability Available
Eligibility Criteria

A new recipient must be a sophomore nursing major with financial need accepted in to the College of Nursing. Additional preferences include single parents and Wisconsin residents. Special consideration will be given to applicants from widely diverse backgrounds. It is the donor's intention to assist students who are trying to improve their economic status. As such, they would not want this scholarship to be awarded to a student who already has a college degree beyond the associate's degree or who has an RN degree.

The award is renewable for up to two years if the nursing student maintains all standards and requirements as established by the College of Nursing and continues as a nursing major at UW-Eau Claire. Should the recipient change majors after receiving the award the donor has the right to cancel the scholarship and have it be awarded to another qualified nursing major.

The donor's intent is to support three scholarships each year so that there will be one new recipient each year, and the sophomore and junior recipients would be renewed for the second and third years respectively, if they meet the scholarship criteria. If a student who currently holds the scholarship and could have it renewed does not return to school or does not meet the scholarship criteria, a new recipient may be selected. That new recipient must be at the same grade level as the student who could have been eligible for renewal. The donor's desire is to always have a sophomore, junior and senior each holding the scholarship.

Application Procedure To be considered for scholarships from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, you must be an admitted nursing student and meet any additional criteria as stated by the scholarships. In order to apply, please follow this link to the Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network:  http://uwec.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com. This is an online scholarship application site managed by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Once you have entered the site, follow the directions below:
  • Use your UW-Eau Claire credentials (your UW-Eau Claire User Name and Password) to log-in to the site
  • Navigate to the College of Nursing Scholarship Application
    • This single application allows you to apply for all Nursing scholarships for which you are eligible
  • After you have submitted your completed application, please look for an email communication from scholarships@uwec.edu or Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network explaining your next steps
  • In April, if you have been awarded scholarships, you will receive an email from this same address which will direct you to go back to the Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network to review your scholarship(s)
  • You will also receive a letter from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences announcing any scholarships you have been awarded
Selection Procedure The nursing Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.
Selection Deadline Prior to the nursing scholarship dinner.
Special Notes The intent of establishing the Lopas and Cicenas Family Scholarships is to support nursing students who demonstrate great abilities in the nursing field throughout their educational journey at UW-Eau Claire. Recognizing the value of strong medical care and critical need to help meet the nursing shortage, Gene Lopas and Arlene Cicenas-Lopas established this scholarship in 2005.
Thank You The recipients should send a thank you note addressed to Gene Lopas and Arlene Cicenas-Lopas in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.