Floyd and Marie Krause Memorial Scholarship

Departments: Chemistry Categories: Chemistry
Amount Three awards of $500.
Availability Annually
Eligibility Criteria This scholarship is available to junior or senior Chemistry or Chemistry-Business Majors showing outstanding academic achievement.
Application Procedure

Go to the Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network. Complete the Chemistry Scholarship Application.

Selection Procedure The Chemistry Department Awards Committee based on stated criteria will choose the recipient.
Notification The recipient will be announced at the May banquet of the Student Affiliate Chapter of the ACS.
Special Notes

By The Krause Family

Floyd's employment at UW-Eau Claire was a giant step for the young chemist, who had trained for his Master's Degree in Chemistry at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. To have accomplished this having grown up in rural Wisconsin during the depression years of the 1930's was a remarkable piece of determination. To have Marie's support in this process certainly had to be crucial, although we never heard much about it. Engaging and bright, she kept him going through his education and career development. As an aside, she raised a great family!

The offer for Floyd to teach and to be involved with the College came from President William R. Davies and was accepted only after great deliberation - a move that we all would now consider to be only a geographic hop was a big move then. This was especially true of Floyd, as he was one of three sons who had kept the family farm going with his widowed mother, alternating years in high school with his older brother. Only after receiving encouragement from some special mentors did he decide to go on to college at River Falls, then on for a higher degree.

Initially teaching Chemistry, Math and Geology at what was then the Eau Claire Teacher's College, he gradually focused on his area of expertise - Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis. Mechanical balances, slide rules and burettes were the analog computers of the day and those who studied under him had to know how to use those tools accurately. Watching him chew on a cigar as he graded papers, one knew that he was serious about what he taught.

As the department and the University grew, Floyd added instructors, PhDs and professors to the teaching staff, building a strong department with one of the best reputations in the system. Marie was engaged with connecting with the faculty families and creating the network that held together so many of the College's activities, encouraging recruitment and retention of talent at the developing University.

Floyd was forward thinking but very practical in his outlook. He was proud of the conception and building of the Phillips Science Hall in the 60's. No one could believe it cost over 2 million dollars to build! During his tenure as department chair, he remained committed to his mission of emphasizing the practical applications of chemistry to medicine, nursing, industry, agriculture, and other engines of the economy.

The shift in emphasis from teaching to research was one that he accepted, but felt to be beyond his ability to nourish. He had to rely on his younger colleagues to initiate that. With Marie's death in 1976, Floyd continued as department chair for several years, but then retired to the world he loved most: sometime hunting, but always fishing.

In their honor, we members of Floyd and Marie's family are pleased that Floyd and Marie's friends and colleagues have joined us in our donations to assist many young people to advance their education in the scientific realm. Our world has great need for scientists with solid skills and human interests. It is worth noting that the sculpture on the Phillips Hall depicts the image of Icarus and Daedalus. As individuals and collectively, we are flying very close to the sun. We hope to continue our support to scholars with human interest and awareness as well as scientific aptitude.

Thank You Recipients should send a thank you note to the Krause family in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.