Les Gilbertson Scholarship

Departments: English Categories: English
Amount Two awards of $350.
Availability Annually
Eligibility Criteria The recipient must be an English major with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 who has completed freshmen English courses and will be a sophomore at the time the award is received.
Application Procedure Go to the Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network. Complete the English Scholarship Application.
Selection Procedure The English Department Scholarship Committee will select the recipient based on the scholarship criteria and the strength of the application.
Notification Notification to the recipient will be made by the English Department Scholarship Committee, and the recipient will be formally honored during the annual English Festival Awards Ceremony.
Special Notes

Les Gilbertson graduated from the Eau Claire State Teachers College in 1936 and worked as a principal/teacher in the Grandview, WI School district from 1936-1941. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in England, Italy, and North Africa during WWII with the 12th Weather Squadron. Upon his discharge in 1946, he returned to Eau Claire and was hired by the college to be an English teacher and adviser to veterans returning to school on the G.I. Bill.

During his 38 year tenure, Les developed a passion for teaching - especially freshman English and student teachers (methods) in the English and communications fields. He always had 8:00 a.m. classes! His former students remembered his willingness to help them through rough spots and said he was enthusiastic and patient beyond measure. He also enjoyed directing or working on theatre productions with Earl Kjer, helped start the Eta Phi fraternity, and judged and coached forensic competitions. Les also served as the UWEC Alumni Association President. When he retired in 1984, he estimated that he had taught almost 11,000 students - which was about the enrollment at UWEC that year!

The Les Gilbertson scholarship was created to help freshman and sophomore English majors. Les hated to hear that a student had to drop out of school after the first year or so due to financial problems, so his family created this fund to help prevent that from happening. UW-Eau Claire was such an important part of Les Gilbertson's life, and he was very proud to have been a part of its rich history.

Thank You Recipients are asked to send a thank you note to Dorothy Gilbertson, in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.