John Kell Memorial Blugold Promise Scholarship

Departments: Admissions Categories: New Students | Wisconsin Residents
Amount Five $1,000 awards are available for freshman year. $500 renewal awards are available for sophomore year.
Availability Five total awards available. Three freshman awards at $1,000 each and two renewals at $500 each.
Eligibility Criteria

This scholarship shall be awarded to an outstanding incoming freshman student who has graduated from high school in Wisconsin, has been accepted for admission to UW-Eau Claire and demonstrates significant financial need as verified by the UW-Eau Claire Financial Aid office.

To be considered, students must rank in the top 25% of their graduating classes and have a minimum of a 25 composite on the ACT (or comparable SAT), have a well- rounded high school record of academic achievement, leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities. In general a student who has a zest for life and a desire to get the most out of his/her college education will receive primary consideration.

Recipients who have a successful freshman year and maintain good academic standing by the end of their first year will receive a $500 scholarship their sophomore year, if they continue to demonstrate financial need.

Application Procedure

To be considered for Incoming Freshman Student Admissions Scholarships, you must first be admitted to the university. Once you are admitted, you must:

  • Go to the Admissions Scholarship page and read through the information in the Apply for Scholarships section.
  • Then you can use the Apply online for scholarships link to complete the Admissions Scholarship application, available on the GOLD for Blugolds Scholarship Network.
Selection Procedure

The Admissions Office will coordinate the selection process, which is highly competitive. Applications will be considered holistically and include a review of the student's high school transcript, test scores, essays, class rank, class rigor, activities/involvement, etc.

Selection Deadline Screening of candidates will begin in December for some early awards and continue through the spring or until awards are accepted.
Notification Scholarship award notices will be sent to scholarship recipients by the beginning of April of the student's senior year. If scholarships are declined, they will be re-awarded to alternates through the summer months.
Special Notes

The John Kell Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of John Kell, a 1973 UW-Eau Claire graduate and community leader, following his death in a motorcycle accident on August 5, 2005.

John was an exemplary Blugold and leader. He and his family have provided generous support for many campus projects including the Kell Container Corporation Undergraduate Research Award, the John Kell Football Endowment Fund and the Carson Park Turf Project. John led by example, believing that because his family had been so fortunate, giving back to others was simply the right thing to do. John excelled at figuring out what was important in life and then living in a way that reflected those values. This fund is a tribute to his leadership and his memory.

Thank You Recipients should address thank-you letters to Betsy Kell and send them to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.