Helmke Family Blugold Promise Scholarship

Departments: Admissions Categories: New Students | Wisconsin Residents
Amount Two $1,000 awards are available for freshman year. $500 renewal awards are available for sophomore year.
Availability Not 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.

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. 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 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

Mark Helmke graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1986 with a major in psychology and minor in business administration. Sherri (Betthauser) Helmke also graduated in 1986 with a degree in early childhood special education. Both have fond memories of Eau Claire and their time spent learning and experiencing college life.

After graduation, Sherri taught in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota until after the first of three children was born. Mark worked in the transportation industry for over 23 years until selling his regional delivery company in 2010. He now has found a new passion working as a Development Officer at the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Mark and Sherri want to help in a small way so students can worry a little less about money as they start their college career.

Thank You The recipient should write a thank-you letter to Mark and Sherri Helmke, in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.