Elwood and Virgelee Ledue Scholarship

Departments: Social Work Categories: Social Work
Amount Two awards of $700.
Availability Available
Eligibility Criteria

Available to a social work major of junior, senior or graduate standing with overall academic achievement and performance in the major, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

An undergraduate student is preferred.

Financial need is required.

Application Procedure Go to the Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network. Complete the Social Work Scholarship Application.
Selection Procedure Selection will be made by the social work department Scholarship Committee.
Notification Notification to the recipient will be made by the Social Work Department.
Special Notes

Elwood T. LeDue, known as Al, grew up in Eau Claire and graduated from Eau Claire High School. Al was in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946 and served in the Army of Occupation in Japan. He worked at Uniroyal in Eau Claire for 34 years. Al was a leader in the movement to establish credit unions, was a co-founder of Royal Credit Union, served on its board of Directors for 16 years, and also served on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Credit Union League.

Virgelee LeDue grew up in Neillsville and graduated from what then was the Eau Claire State Teachers College in 1957 with a degree in comprehensive science and English. She earned a master's degree in speech from UW-Eau Claire and coached high school forensics students. Virgelee taught for 30 years, including 19 years as a biology teacher, at North High School. Among her high school students and student teachers, she had many University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumni who treasured her. She was one of several UW-Eau Claire alumni who played roles in the founding of the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild. Shortly before her death, Virgelee had an Art Shoe Show in the Foster Art Gallery exhibiting 60 years of her collection of shoes and purses.

Al and Virgelee came from modest backgrounds and both worked very hard throughout their lives. They were successful in their fields and accepted the responsibility to share with others. Virgelee started the scholarship in Al's name at the time his death in 1987. Later the scholarship was renamed the Al and Virgelee LeDue scholarship and was designated for social work students at UW-Eau Claire in order to help families and children. Virgelee died on April 29, 2006.

Thank You The recipient shall send a thank you note acknowledging this scholarship to Barbara Sours, Mrs. Le Due's niece, in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.