Patches Scholarship

Departments: Advising and New Student Initiatives Categories: Nontraditional Students
Amount Not Available
Availability Not Available
Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be non-traditional students, with preference given to students who are parents who demonstrate financial need not met by the traditional focus of financial assistance. The main criterion is to support a non-traditional student who is having difficulty in his/her pursuit of a college degree because of extraordinary financial challenges.

All applicants must have a FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid office in order to be considered for this award, which may be in the form of a scholarship or to assist the student with child care, medical expenses, commuting and transportation and for school-related supplies and materials.

Application Procedure

To be considered for Nontraditional Student Scholarships, you must be admitted to the university, enrolled in courses, and be in good academic standing. Once you are admitted and enrolled, you must:
Go to the Nontraditional Student Services site and select the Scholarships page. Read through the information there, then go to Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network at: and complete the Nontraditional Students and Student Parents Scholarship Application. If you are a female nontraditional student, you may also complete the PEO and AAUW Nontraditional Female Students application.

Selection Procedure Nontraditional Student Services will coordinate the selection process. Applications will be considered holistically and include a review of the student’s academic record and financial need (in most cases).
Selection Deadline Screening of candidates will begin in April.
Notification Mid-June with written notification sent to the recipient and the donor.
Special Notes Established by UW-Eau Claire Alumnus Rick Schroder and his wife, Evelyn Zabo, in memory of Rick's brother who died in 2007 after battling ALS. Tom Schroder, an Eau Claire native, was a standout athlete and former teacher. His beloved dog, Patches, was his companion and friend. Rick wanted to honor his brother's memory with a scholarship to help others achieve their goals despite hardships in their lives.
Thank You Recipients should write two letters of appreciation; one to Rick Schroder and one to Evelyn Zabo. The letters should be sent in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.