Alumni Scholarship-Leonard and Dorellen Haas

Departments: Development and Alumni Relations Categories: Any Course of Study
Amount One award of $500.
Availability Annually
Eligibility Criteria

Recipient must be a junior or senior with characteristics of service to the university, scholarship, character, and a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative grade point average. Recipient is eligible to receive this award only one time.

Application Procedure Go to the Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network. Complete the Alumni Association scholarship application.
Selection Procedure

The Alumni Office will coordinate the selection process, which is highly competitive. Applications will be considered holistically and include a review of the student's GPA, university and community leadership, activities/involvement, etc. Screening of candidates will begin after the application deadline. Applications are reviewed on the basis of scholarship and service (university, church, and community). Recipients are selected by the Alumni Association Board of Director's Recognition Committee.


Award notices will be sent to scholarship recipients in early May. All applicants are invited to reapply as long as they remain eligible.

Special Notes

Leonard C. Haas was the third leader to be president and first to be chancellor of the school which now is known as the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In 1935 he earned his degree from the same institution which then was called the Eau Claire State Teachers College. While teaching history at Wausau Senior High School he met Dorellen Lambert. They were married in 1941 and moved to Eau Claire where Leonard taught history.

During the next 18 years Dr. Haas earned a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. He held administrative position such as registrar and dean of instruction and served in leadership roles in both the university and community.

On the death of President William R. Davies on December 10, 1959, Haas was named president of Wisconsin State College - Eau Claire with the strong support of the faculty.

Leonard and Dorellen often graciously entertained students, faculty, and community members in their home. Prospective faculty often stayed in their home overnight. Dr. Haas credited Dorellen's 'uncanny memory for people' and that she liked people so much as two of the reasons she was so successful in her role as social hostess and in creating a sense of community.

Leonard and Dorellen were very interested and supportive of the arts, theatre, and music. Their goal was to attend all campus concerts, recitals, plays, and art shows. They almost succeeded.

At the Golden Jubilee Year, 1965-66, President Haas received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Dorellen Haas was named an Honorary Blugold in 1980.

Haas retired as Chancellor in 1980 but continued to teach and serve as an academic advisor until 1985. Chancellor Emeritus Leonard Haas died on March 14, 1998. Dorellen died on April 20, 2007. After their deaths, the Fine Arts Building on Water Street was named the Leonard and Dorellen Haas Fine Arts Center in recognition of their strong presence on campus for more than 50 years and their love of the fine arts.

During a time of burgeoning enrollments, dynamic changes in higher education, and conflicts within the United States, Haas led with respect and empathy for the students, faculty, and community. Chancellor Haas was a highly respected educational and community leader who was very influential and received many awards and honors over his lifetime.

Leonard and Dorellen Haas enjoyed international travel and were very interested in international education and provided strong leadership for the establishment of Study Abroad Programs for students. This scholarship was established to honor their legacy at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and to assist students in study abroad.

Chancellor Leonard Haas was a distinguished alum of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Dorellen was named as an Honorary Blugold. This scholarship was established to honor the outstanding legacy of Leonard and Dorellen Haas who were interested in all students.

Thank You The recipient should write a thank you note addressed to Karen Alexander, daughter of Leonard and Dorellen Haas, and send it in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Office.