Thomas & Susan Shannon Blugold Promise Scholarships

Departments: Admissions Categories: New Students | Wisconsin Residents
Amount $1,250 award available for freshman year. $750 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, has 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 will be awarded an additional $1,250 scholarship for their sophomore year if they maintain good academic progress and continue to demonstrate financial need.

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

Thomas and Susan have very fond memories of Eau Claire and their time spent learning and experiencing college life.

Thomas Shannon graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1982 with a major in business administration-accounting. He worked for a CPA firm in Eau Claire for over four years and then became a CPA himself. He then began his career with John Deere Financial in Madison where he is now a compliance officer.

Susan (Kuhl) Shannon graduated in 1984 with a dual degree in regular education Kindergarten through 8th grade, and special education K-12. After graduation, Susan taught in Catholic schools in the Eau Claire area for two years before starting to teach in the public schools in the Madison area. She is currently a Special Education teacher at De Forest High School.

Thomas and Susan want to provide support through this scholarship, so students can worry a little less about money as they start their college careers.

Thank You The recipient should write a thank you letter to Thomas and Susan Shannon and forward to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.