Greg and Lori Mercer Blugold Promise Scholarship

Departments: Admissions Categories: Biology | Chemistry | Geography and Anthropology | Geology | Materials Science | New Students | Physics and Astronomy | 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 Financial Aid office.

Preference is given to a student majoring in a science.

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. 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 their 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

Greg Mercer '85 graduated with a degree in chemistry, and Lori (Gee) Mercer '86 obtained a degree in communicative disorders. While attending graduate school at Washington State University, they were married in 1987. They now reside in the Seattle, WA area where Greg is a research chemist with the FDA. Lori recently sold her hearing clinic business and is now employed as an audiologist.

With two sons attending college, Greg and Lori are intimately familiar with the skyrocketing costs of education. Their undergraduate educations at UW-Eau Claire provided a very solid foundation for their success, and they believe a college education, particularly in science, is critical for the U.S. to remain competitive on a global level. They hope their scholarship will enable a student to attend college to obtain a degree in a science-related field.

Thank You Recipient should write a thank-you letter to Greg and Lori Mercer, in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.