James & Catherine Vyvyan Blugold Promise Scholarship

Departments: Admissions Categories: Biology | Chemistry | Geography and Anthropology | Geology | Materials Science | New Students | Physics and Astronomy | Wisconsin Residents
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Eligibility Criteria

Scholarship shall be 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.

The Vyvyan Blugold Promise has a first preference for a student majoring in chemistry, and a second preference for a student majoring in a science. 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 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 Scholarship award notices will be sent to scholarship recipients by the beginning of April of student’s senior year. If scholarships are declined, they will be re-awarded to alternates through the summer months.
Special Notes

Jim Vyvyan graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1991 with a B.S. in chemistry, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Minnesota in 1995. After postdoctoral work at Hope College, he joined the faculty at Western Washington University in the fall of 1997 where he teaches organic chemistry and has a research program involving natural products chemistry and the development of new synthetic methods.

He is grateful to all of the UW-Eau Claire faculty for their dedication, especially to Leo Ochrymowycz for introducing him to the excitement of research.

Jim was the recipient of several scholarships that helped him graduate from UW-Eau Claire debt-free, so he and his wife Cathy want to help the next generation of students get off to a solid start in college.

Jim and Cathy are raising two boys and enjoying the Pacific Northwest.

Thank You The recipient should write a thank-you letter to James and Catherine Vyvyan, in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Office.