Joel W. Symons Blugold Promise Scholarship

Departments: Admissions Categories: New Students | Special Education | Wisconsin Residents
Amount $1,000 award available for freshman year. $500 renewal award is available for sophomore year.
Availability Available
Eligibility Criteria

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

Preference is for a student who wants to be a Special Education teacher.

To be considered, students must rank in the top 25% of their graduating class 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, according to the standards at UW-Eau Claire, by the end of their first year will receive a $1,000 scholarship renewal for the sophomore year.

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 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 Joel Symons is the beneficiary of the great work that UW- Eau Claire did in educating one of their students, Mary Jo Quinn. Mary Jo became a special education teacher in 1977 and met Joel when he was in her class in 1983. They have been friends ever since. Joel has Downs Syndrome, lives on his own in Alaska, and travels the world extensively. He has been to over 22 countries, including Egypt, Russia, Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Guatemala. He visits Mary Jo in Illinois and they stay in touch through Facebook.
Thank You Recipient should write a letter of thanks to Joel Symons and forward it to the UW- Eau Claire Foundation Office.