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Annual Scholarships 2016-17

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Myrtle Denis Aissen Memorial Scholarship
Anonymous Donor Annual Scholarships
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Mark & Sara Bake Family Scholarship
Bellin College Alumni Scholarship
Bellin College Development & Public Relations Scholarship
Bellin College Employee Scholarship
Bellin College General Scholarship Fund
Bellin Run Scholarship
Boerst Family Scholarship
Bollom Family Scholarship
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Adele F. Cassidy Memorial Fund Scholarship
Bob & Kay Clausen Scholarship
Cloud Family Foundation, Inc. Scholarship
Concerned Hearts Club-Northeastern Region of Wisconsin Scholarship
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Drs. Bruce & Diane Fenster Scholarship
Dr. Andrew Fergus Memorial Scholarship
First United Methodist Church Scholarship
Dr. Matt Fuchs Honorary Scholarship
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Virginia Hallgren Memorial Scholarship
Elizabeth B. Hendrickson Annual MSN Scholarship
Heyerman Construction Co., Inc. Foundation Scholarship
Dr. & Mrs. Richard & Ellen Horak Foundation Scholarship
Bonnie & Fergus Hughes Scholarship
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Dr. Charles & Carol Ihrke Annual Scholarship
J
Francis & Diane Junio Scholarship
K
KOS Management Annual Scholarship
William & Agnes Konstanski Memorial Scholarship
Neita Krueger Memorial Scholarship
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Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation
E.W. & Margaret Leicht Scholarship
M
Steve & Janelle Maricque Scholarship
Tom & Sue Meinz Scholarship
Miller Family Foundation Inc. Scholarship
N
Robert & Beverly Nelson Annual Scholarship
P
Lillian Elizabeth Peterson Memorial Scholarship
Prust Family Scholarship
R
Radiology Chartered Scholarship
Al & Ruth Rakow Scholarship
Charles P. & Kathleen T. Riley Scholarship
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Abner & Jane Sapiro Scholarship
Elizabeth Schaub Annual Scholarship
Violet & Jacque Schmidt Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Charles C. Smith Annual Scholarship
Rochae Smits (DeMoulin) Annual Scholarship
Nancy & Stuart Stiles Scholarship
Christine Stransky Memorial Scholarship
Betty Strohschein Nursing Scholarship
David A. Strom Memorial Scholarship
V
Jean Vaessen Memorial Scholarship
Val Valesano Memorial Scholarship
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Dr. Kevin & Cindy Wienkers Scholarship
Dr. William & Leslie Wittman Scholarship
Women’s Specialty Care Scholarship
Z
Yvonne Woldt Zavoshy Scholarship
Mrs. Margaret Zutz Scholarship

Myrtle Denis Aissen Memorial Scholarship
The Class of 1960 always looked up to their instructor, Myrtle Denis Aissen, who graduated from Bellin Memorial Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1929.

“She was not only there to teach us nursing, but she was a friend to each of us. The impression she left on our class, as our sponsor and advisor at that time, is one we will never forget. This scholarship is named in her memory, so that her legacy will live on in the lives of others.”

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Anonymous Donor Annual Scholarship
Anonymous donor scholarships come from many donors and are pooled, to provide maximum educational support for our students.  While our anonymous donors have asked us not to acknowledge them by name, their gifts live on in the work of their graduates.

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Mark & Sara Bake Family Scholarship
Mark and Sara Bake understand the importance of higher education. Both are graduates of the Bellin Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, Mark in 2005 and Sara in 2004. Working with Bellin College students, they know that each student has a wealth of potential and they are proud to be part of the educational process.

As the Dean of Allied Health Sciences and Radiologic Science Program Director, Mark continued his educational path, obtaining his doctorate in business administration in 2017. He and Sara are happy to assist medical imaging students while they reach their goals.

Bellin College Alumni Scholarship
The Alumni Scholarship originated with a group of committed, active volunteers called the Alumni Council. The goal of the Alumni Council is to provide graduates of Bellin College with opportunities to connect with former classmates, and participate in networking opportunities and events. In addition, the Council coordinates fundraising activities for the Alumni Scholarship.

The demand for skilled registered nurses and radiologic technicians has never been higher, nor has the cost of a quality healthcare education. The scholarship is awarded annually to financially support the needs of nursing and radiologic science students. This year’s scholarship was made possible by the funds raised at the annual Alumni Homecoming event, the Senior Breakfast Social, general gifts from Bellin Alumni, and the generous gifts made in memory or honor of the following alumni and/or friends of Bellin College:

Judy Betts
Betty Lou Roberts Boyd
Rick Deneweth
Francis Ellis
Joan Ernst
Alma Hanson
Phil Hendrickson
Louie Konop
Barbara Matthews
Dr. Louis Philipp
Jean Scheffen
Emily Schwarting Schley
Linda Smith
Christine Stransky
Nancy Stiles
Elaine Younk
Margaret Zutz

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Bellin College Development & Public Relations Scholarship
The Bellin College Development and Public Relations department is responsible for fundraising, scholarship, alumni relations, and telling the story of Bellin College and its outstanding students. The department also works with ambassador’s club and the student concierge. It is these interactions with our bright, talented students that lead to the development of this scholarship. We are proud to support our future nurses, radiological technologists and diagnostic medical sonographers.

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Bellin College Employee Scholarship
Knowing the monetary strains of higher education and the dedication it takes to excel, the commitment of Bellin College employees to help educate tomorrow’s nurses and radiologic technicians has never been greater. We believe our students are the best and the brightest. The support we give ensures they will have the best tools and support for their education.

For this reason, the faculty and staff of Bellin College are proud to award a scholarship to a graduating senior. As we continue to advance the mission of preparing health care professionals, we look forward to witnessing the professionals all of our graduates will become.

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Bellin College General Scholarship Fund
The most transformational gift a student can receive is the gift of an education. The Bellin College General Scholarship Fund includes gifts ranging from $1 to $499 throughout the year. All the funds are pooled and awarded, on behalf of the College, to eligible students. Bellin College is grateful for every donation.

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Bellin Run Scholarship
A continuously growing number of participants, along with an army of volunteers, make the Bellin Run possible. The first Bellin Run Scholarship was awarded in 1991. To date, more than $200,000 in scholarships has been awarded to students.

The impact of this scholarship has grown over the years, along with the support of The Martzahl Group who assists with the spaghetti dinner the night prior to the Bellin Run. Barry Martzahl and his staff at Graystone Consulting are avid supporters of the scholarship program.

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Boerst Family Scholarship
The Boerst Family has been linked to Bellin since 1982, when Connie began her education at Bellin School of Nursing. She was accepted at other four year programs, but wanted to come to Bellin because the education was the best. This was a proven fact because, upon graduation, she was offered a leadership position at a home care agency. After completing her diploma degree, Connie returned to Bellin College of Nursing to obtain her bachelor’s degree. Connie was provided with many wonderful work experiences and opportunities, which include a 25-year history with the College in a variety of roles. Thanks to Connie’s education, her family – Jeff, and children Tasha, Jared, Kira, Cayla, and Jenna – want a deserving student to share in the Bellin College experience.

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Bollom Family Scholarship
After serving for a total of 24 years on three different school boards, nine years on St. Norbert College Board of Trustees, and having four children attending college, Dan and Penny wanted to help others. They hope their scholarship will help students to help others in the future.

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Adele F. Cassidy Memorial Fund Scholarship
Adele was a caregiver to all. She started her nursing career in 1940. In 1960, after traveling and nursing at various hospitals across the country, Bellin Hospital became her career home. She enjoyed working with and teaching the nursing students, and was proud to be part of the Bellin family of nursing professionals.

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Bob & Kay Clausen Scholarship
Kay is a retired nurse with experiences ranging from critical care to ER to orthopedics and finally hospice. Bob has served on the Bellin College board since 1985. Their commitment to nursing and healthcare education, coupled with the high cost of a quality education, made the creation of a scholarship a natural fit for their support.

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Cloud Family Foundation, Inc. Scholarship
The late Walter R. Cloud, former chairman of U.S. Paper Mills Corporation, believed that successful companies and families should give back to the communities in which they have enjoyed their success. The Cloud Family Foundation carries on his belief. The Foundation has created a scholarship to assist students in their pursuit of a nursing education at Bellin College.

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Concerned Hearts Club-Northeastern Region of Wisconsin
Scholarship
The members of the Concerned Hearts Club – Northeastern Region of Wisconsin have had direct experience with nurses caring for people with cardiac (heart) conditions. In 2007, they established a scholarship to support nursing students at Bellin College who have the desire to serve the communities of Northeastern Wisconsin as cardiac nurses. They understand the value of excellence in nursing education and the nursing care that results from such education.

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Drs. Bruce & Diane Fenster Scholarship
Drs. Bruce and Diane Lind Fenster know the importance of quality healthcare. They recognize good care when they see it on a daily basis in their work at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in internal medicine and pediatrics, respectively. That is why they choose to support Bellin College. The doctors appreciate the excellent education Bellin College nurses reflect as they continue the tradition of quality health care in our community.

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Dr. Andrew Fergus Memorial Scholarship
The Dr. Andrew Fergus Memorial Scholarship was created by Dr. Peter Fergus, a Green Bay cardiologist, in recognition of the love of education and knowledge that was woven through the life of his father, Andrew Fergus, MD. It is also a tribute to Peter’s mother and Andrew’s wife, Rita, who is a former psychiatric nurse and also a strong believer in education.

Throughout his years in Green Bay, Peter Fergus’ appreciation of the many skilled and competent Bellin nurses he has worked with grew. The creation of the Dr. Andrew Fergus Memorial Scholarship allows him to pay tribute to his father while helping Bellin College nursing students reach their educational goals.

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First United Methodist Church Scholarship
The First United Methodist Women’s Group has played an important role in Bellin College history. Numerous ceremonies had been held at First United Methodist Church throughout the years, including capping ceremonies and graduations.

Gifts from United Methodist women’s groups and First United Methodist churches throughout Wisconsin have contributed greatly to the College’s many successes. The generosity of the First United Methodist Women of Green Bay and the First United Methodist Church of Green Bay led to the creation of these scholarships to help students fulfill their professional goals through service to the community.

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Dr. Matt Fuchs Honorary Scholarship
This scholarship was created in the fall of 2013 by MiChong Powers, a 2003 graduate of Bellin College. At the time of her donation, MiChong indicated that Dr. Fuchs, an area physician and cardiologist, was influential to her during her time at the College. Due to his support, she created this scholarship in his honor.

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Virginia Hallgren Memorial Scholarship
The Virginia Hallgren Memorial Scholarship is given in honor of students who are pursuing a career in nursing. Virginia grew up on a rural family farm, and her desire was to support individuals that are driven by passion, caring and the desire to impact the quality of healthcare.

The goal of this scholarship is to assist students who are committed to the profession of nursing and the pursuit becoming a great nurse.

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*Elizabeth B. Hendrickson Annual MSN Scholarship
On the occasion of a milestone birthday, Betsy Hendrickson was surprised and delighted by a milestone gift from her husband and lifelong partner, Phil. Unbeknown to Betsy, Phil created a $100,000 Elizabeth B. Hendrickson Endowed Scholarship at Bellin College, a secret he shared with her in a private family celebration.

This generosity comes as no surprise to friends of Betsy and Phil. Commitment to others has characterized their lives. They have been integral to the growth of our community through their leadership and involvement in diverse organizations. The creation of the Elizabeth B. Hendrickson scholarship is another extension of their commitment to bettering others.

The Hendrickson’s actively supported the successful 1995 Bellin College Endowment Campaign and the 2009 capital campaign for the new Bellin College Campus. Elizabeth passed away in March 2013.

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Heyerman Construction Co., Inc. Foundation Scholarship
Earl Heyrman was born and raised in Green Bay. He started his construction business in 1959. As his business grew and became successful, he decided to invest in the community, starting a foundation to support area non-profit organizations and community programs. As he has always valued education, he decided to include scholarships as a tool to financially assist nursing students, so they can complete their education and become valuable members of our community.

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Dr. & Mrs. Richard & Ellen Horak Foundation Scholarship 
This scholarship was generously created by Dr. and Mrs. Richard Horak in 1993. Dr. Horak, an area physician, and his wife, Ellen, recognize the critical role nurses play on the healthcare team.

Quality healthcare is assured not only through Dr. Horak’s practice, but also through the provision of scholarship funds to Bellin College. This support helps assure the community has professional nurses and can continue to enjoy the high-quality healthcare teams to which it is accustom.

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Bonnie & Fergus Hughes Scholarship
Bonnie and Fergus Hughes have always had a special commitment to higher education in Wisconsin and a special connection to Bellin College.

Bonnie, a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) graduate, worked as a counselor and supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and continues to work as a rehabilitation specialist for the State Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Fergus was a professor of human development and psychology and later dean of liberal arts at UWGB, where he had the privilege of teaching Bellin College students for more than 30 years. He also served on a committee that coordinated academic programs between Bellin College and UWGB, and currently serves as a member of the Bellin College Board of Trustees.

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Dr. Charles & Carol Ihrke Annual Scholarship
Carol and Chuck have a deep respect for Bellin College and its academic excellence. This scholarship is to assist students in achieving their goals.

Chuck was a professor in human biology at UW – Green Bay and taught Bellin College students over his 30 year career. Currently he is a member of the board of trustees for Bellin College.

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Francis & Diane Junio Scholarship
Upon graduation from Algoma High School in 1957, Diane Junio was awarded a three-year scholarship to Bellin School of Nursing by Fort Howard. Her husband, Fran, received an athletic scholarship to St. Norbert College that same year. Without this financial assistance, neither would have been able to follow their dreams of receiving higher education.

A graduate of the Class of 1960, Diane retired from the field of nursing after a fulfilling 40 years of service to those needing care. It is Diane and Fran’s pleasure to assist in this small way to allow another student to pursue his or her dreams.

Diane and Fran have been married for more than five decades. Fran is retired from the military, and Diane is a retired director of nursing. Their son Craig, a chemical engineer, lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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KOS Management Annual Scholarship
KOS Management is a leader in the property management industry in Green Bay. They have been in business since the late 1920s, when they operated a chicken hatchery in the building in which their corporate office is currently located. The business then progressed into Kos Lumber in the mid 1940s and a venture into the apartment home business in the 1960s. Later, commercial buildings and real estate developments were added. The company continues to grow with new apartments and residential developments. Integrity, exceptional service, success and accessibility are just a small part of the KOS tag line: Be “KOS” we care about our residents, our communities and our future. KOS really does care about the community and, as a company that leases to many of Bellin College’s students, it is proud to support the exceptional education Bellin College provides by contributing to a scholarship.

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William & Agnes Konstanski Memorial Scholarship
Bill and Agnes Konstanski were married for 60 years when Bill died in 1994. Agnes passed away in 1995. Bill had immigrated to this country from Germany in 1927 and worked long, hard hours in his blacksmith shop in Pound, Wis. until retiring at the age of 80.

Both were very active in the Pioneer Baptist Church. Bill was the choir director for 50 years, in addition to being the church clerk for several years. Agnes was the church treasurer for 30 years and a Sunday school teacher for 25 years. Bill was also a village trustee for 20 years.

While they did not have the opportunity to attend college themselves, Bill and Agnes placed a strong emphasis on higher education when it came to their children, second only to their spiritual upbringing. They were able to send two daughters to Bellin College and one son to the University of Minnesota. By making many sacrifices and being very frugal with what little money they had, their sacrifices, without complaint, are what prompted their children to start a scholarship in their memory. Their daughter, Maria Mitchell, went on to get a Masters Degree in Nursing Administration and is retired from the Army Nurse Corps as a lieutenant colonel. She now lives in Annandale, Virginia.

Maria and her sister chose Bellin College for a scholarship gift because they are both alumni. In addition, this provides an opportunity to express their appreciation for the excellent care their mother received following her open-heart surgery at Bellin in 1983.

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Neita Krueger Memorial Scholarship
Neita Krueger chose a career in nursing and had, along with her husband, Archie, a long history of supporting nursing education. This tradition is carried out by her son, Don (Kristine) Krueger, to continue her legacy.

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Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation Scholarship
Brian LaViolette was brought into this world at Bellin Hospital on Jan. 23, 1977. What a special time it was for his parents, Doug and Renee LaViolette. After Brian died in 1992, the LaViolette family established a scholarship foundation in his name, fulfilling a promise that, in his name and memory, they would accomplish great things. Their Bellin College scholarship is one of those great things. This scholarship was started to honor and thank nurses who spend their lives helping others. Now awarding scholarships worldwide, the Brian LaViolette Foundation has supported and inspired nearly 750 students and many more communities, schools and families. The foundation thanks Bellin for continuing to inspire so many.

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E.W. & Margaret Leicht Scholarship
Eugene Leicht was always interested in the activities at Bellin Hospital and wanted to help whenever possible. He was also involved in many other activities in Green Bay: Kiwanis Club, Masonic Lodge, Shriners Club, Boy Scouts, and with his company, Leicht Transfer & Storage Co.

According to Eugene’s wife, Margaret, both he and his son, Russell, had health problems and received excellent nursing care. Upon his death, the Eugene W. Leicht Memorial Scholarship was formed. When Russell also died in 2007, Margaret renamed the scholarship the Eugene & Russell Leicht Memorial Scholarship.

Margaret continued to support Bellin College faithfully until 2009. Even now, the Leicht family legacy of support lives on through the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation.

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Steve & Janelle Maricque Scholarship
Steven and Janelle Maricque are pleased to provide their financial support to Bellin College through the creation of this scholarship.  Steven is currently president of the Bellin Health Foundation and Janelle is the advisor and career services coordinator at Bellin College.  They extend their congratulations to all scholarship recipients and offer best wishes for continued success in their journey to become future healthcare professionals.

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Tom & Sue Meinz Scholarship
Tom and Sue believe Bellin College offers an excellent academic nursing program. As a Bellin graduate, She knows our nurses are well prepared for their nursing careers, even more so with the outstanding skills labs students have access to now. Tom and Sue believe that Bellin College is a real asset to our healthcare community.

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Miller Family Foundation, Inc. Scholarship
Norman was an organizing director of the Brown County Area Volunteer Commission of Human Rights and served as chairman of the board at St. Mary’s Hospital. Norman was presented the Medical Service Award of the Brown County Medical Society for outstanding service to the health of the county between 1962 and 1964. Norman served as a member of the Bellin Health governing board for more than 20 years and was active as a volunteer in the health sector until his death in 2008.

Shirlyn is past president of the League of Women Voters, a former board member of the United Fund and a former board member of the original Cerebral Palsy Board. Shirlyn also served on the UWGB Board of Visitors and the St. Vincent Hospital Advisory Board. Both Norman and Shirlyn have also been active throughout the years at Cnesses Israel Synagogue.

Norman and Shrilyn Miller funded a scholarship because they knew the value of the exceptional healthcare professionals who graduate from Bellin College and go on to serve Green Bay and surrounding communities.

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Robert & Beverly Nelson Annual Scholarship
Bellin College is fortunate to have loyal, dedicated friends who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the goals and vision of our nursing education program. Robert and Beverly Nelson are such friends. Bob’s efforts on Bellin College’s behalf were recognized when he was named a trustee emeritus of Bellin College in 1988.

The philosophy that drives him is simple. One must constantly strive to effectively serve the marketplace, but never lose sight of the value of fun. We share that conviction and incorporate it into the Bellin College community.

Bob is the founder and former president of Nelco, Inc., and is a retired attorney with the firm of Nelson and Schmeling. He has been involved with the National Railroad Museum for many years. He also played the violin in the orchestra for the Pamiro Opera. Beverly shares his passion for music and is a violin teacher. The importance of healthcare and nursing education is reflected in the creation of the Robert & Beverly Nelson Annual and Endowed Scholarships.

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Lillian Elizabeth Peterson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by Bellin College graduate Karen Brukardt and named in honor of her mother, Lillian Elizabeth Peterson (1909-1989). Lillian grew up in rural Sheboygan Falls, Wis. From her childhood, she dreamed of becoming a nurse. However, her family situation and the economic condition of the United States in the late 1920s required her to take a job after high school. Consequently, her dream was passed along to Karen. One can only imagine the pride she felt the night of Aug. 19, 1966, when she watched Karen graduate from Bellin College. Karen has always been grateful to her mother for instilling in her a passion and high regard for the nursing profession. There  is  no  finer  way  to  continue  to  honor  her  mother’s  life  than  to  help  young men and women fulfill their dreams…and Lillian’s!

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Prust Family Scholarship
The Prust family has been supporting Bellin College for many decades. Tom’s mother, Joyce, graduated from Bellin Training School for Nurses in 1928. Tom has served on the Bellin College Board of Trustees with continuous service since 2002. Tom, who was chairperson for six years, was instrumental in bringing the new campus to fruition. Tom and Susan have always been student-centered and the lasting legacy of this endowed scholarship will ensure scholarship support for in perpetuity. Susan passed away in October 2012, and her memory lives on through the legacy of this scholarship.

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Radiology Chartered Scholarship
As part of the Bellin Health System, the radiologists at Radiology Chartered understand the importance of a quality education. During the holidays, the radiology departments at Bellin Health give the group of doctors a gift to use as they wish. The doctors have decided to take that gift and donate it to assist a BSRS student at Bellin College. It is through this generosity that they help ensure the best education possible for Bellin College students that, upon graduating, may also end up working side by side with these doctors.

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Al & Ruth Rakow Scholarship
Al and Ruth Rakow lived a block and a half from Bellin Hospital. This made it convenient for Ruth to get to her many Bellin Auxiliary volunteer activities. She logged many hours delivering mail, working in the gift shop, collecting menus, working at the front desk and knitting many caps for newborns. Al and Ruth also enjoyed meals at the Tree Top Cafeteria in their later years. The hospital was a big part of their lives and, with those memories, the family has given a memorial scholarship in their names. Al Rakow was born June 19, 1912 and died April 19, 2005. Ruth was born June 9, 1913 and died October 14, 1994.

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Charles P. & Kathleen T. Riley Scholarship
Kathleen joined the Bellin College Board of Trustees in 1995. She served as chairperson of the board from 2002 to 2005. Kathleen is a retired financial accountant and continues to serve on the Board. Charles is a retired commercial banker. They enjoy helping future healthcare employees attain their goals.

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Abner & Jane Sapiro Scholarship
Abner and Jane Sapiro were friends of Bellin College for years, supporting many college endeavors. Their support for the 1995 endowment campaign helped secure the future of the College and their scholarship, now carried on by their family, makes it possible for nursing students to complete their nursing education.

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Elizabeth Schaub Annual Scholarship
Ms. Schaub has contributed to the College for many years. She had been a faculty member at the school for more than 30 years, beginning when the first class was admitted. Ms. Schaub, with assistance, established the Bellin Hospital School of Nursing in the early 1950s.

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Violet & Jacque Schmidt Memorial Scholarship
Known as Vi by her friends, Violet was a soft-spoken, gentle lady with sparkling blue eyes and a warm, welcoming smile. The third of six children, she had a lifelong zest for learning and education. Her values were founded in faith, respect and commitment. She remained true to her positive, “can do” attitude even when challenged. Her genuine concern for others was inspiring. Vi was a dedicated friend, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed being a church secretary and community volunteer. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Vi endured various procedures and treatments for 40 years. She also met cancer three times in two decades. Although she needed to sit or ride her scooter (rolling legs, as she called them), she never felt handicapped, only optimistically challenged to find a different way to succeed. She found good in all individuals and had a special place in her heart for the nurses who helped her. She appreciated the smiles and care she received on a daily basis. Those things meant so much to her.

Jacque was a strong, determined, compassionate individual. He was a major in the U.S. Army and a WWII veteran, decorated with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Jacque adored Vi from the moment they met at the USO in Milwaukee, and they shared almost 50 years of happiness before her passing. Jacque paid tribute to his bride by establishing the Violet Schmidt Memorial Scholarship for future nurses in 1998. His drive to develop and retain opportunities for students who are committed to excellence in nursing has continued since then. He believed strongly in helping people help themselves, so they may help others. Jacque passed away in June 2015 after reading a book, visiting with his pastor, winning a two-hour match of checkers and sharing chocolate with his family. He lived life to the fullest and considered every day to be a blessing.

“It is now our honor to give tribute to them both — two parents, one vision. Always be the best you can be. Learn each day and show compassion through the magic of a smile.” – Nancy Schwenke, daughter

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Dr. Charles C. Smith Annual Scholarship
This scholarship is given in memory of Dr. Charles C. Smith’s late wife, Mary Z. Smith, who courageously fought cancer that eventually took her life.

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Rochae Smits (DeMoulin) Annual Scholarship
At times in all of our lives, someone comes along and leaves an indelible mark. Rochae Smits has done just that as a mammography technician. Rochae’s many years of experience in breast imaging clearly demonstrates an undying quest for excellence, and her ever-present goal for helping patients has inspired a medical colleague to fund this scholarship in her name. This is perhaps the highest tribute one can offer.

As a vital team member in breast imaging, Rochae portrays the very best that a radiology professional can offer and will inspire future mammography technicians through this scholarship.

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Nancy & Stuart Stiles Scholarship
Nancy and Stuart Stiles were active area leaders until Stuart’s passing in 2009. The family has longstanding ties with the Bellin community. Nancy’s father, Harry Gochnauer, is a former president of Bellin Hospital, and she carried on his tradition of involvement through her membership on the Bellin College Board of Trustees. Stuart served as a member of Bellin Health System, parent company of Bellin Hospital and Bellin College.

The Stiles Family is also committed to the Weidner Center for Performing Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), Seaman’s Ministry, the Salvation Army and the YMCA. Stuart, along with his brother, John, were presented with the UWGB’s Chancellor’s Award of Merit in recognition of their “philanthropy, guidance and good will.”

Together, Stuart and Nancy demonstrated an allegiance to our community and the people who live here. The Nancy and Stuart Stiles Scholarship is another expression of that commitment.

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Christine Stransky Memorial Scholarship
Christine Stransky was a 1963 graduate of the Bellin Hospital School of Nursing. She had a long career as a registered nurse in managerial positions at Columbia Hospital in Shorewood and Columbia St. Mary’s in Ozaukee. This scholarship was funded through memorial contributions from those who knew her and wanted to keep her legacy alive.

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Betty Strohschein Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship is given to a nursing student who has demonstrated a combination of academic excellence in the classroom and financial need. He or she should show a high level of commitment, integrity, compassion, kindness and dedication to helping others. This student must also have a positive attitude and a high level of professionalism and leadership.

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David A. Strom Memorial Scholarship
David Strom was a supporter of the Green Bay area health system, which includes Bellin Health. He served as president of the North East Wisconsin Health Serving Association. This group of physicians and businessmen worked to plan the distribution of services in Green Bay hospitals at that time. Dave was always “at home” when hospitalized at Bellin, which was often, liking the attention and care of student nurses.

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Jean Vaessen Memorial Scholarship
Jean Vaessen was special to the Bellin community. As a graduate of its nursing education program, she dedicated her career to Bellin Hospital.

Jean’s caring nature will be long remembered by those who knew her. Family and friends established the Jean Miller-Vaessen Scholarship Fund at the Greater Green Bay Area Community Foundation. All memorial gifts were placed in this fund to provide a scholarship for Bellin College students. The following poem, written by Jean, reveals the essence of her loving and unselfish nature:

For those I love and for those who love me.
When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do,
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love, you can only guess
how much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
and all the support and kindness I have known.
So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must,
then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only for a while that we must part,
so bless the memories that live within your heart.
I won’t be far away, for life goes on,
but if you need me, call and I will come…
though you can’t see or touch me, I will be near.
And if you listen with your heart,
you’ll hear all of my love around you, soft and clear…
and then…when you must come this way alone…
I’ll greet you with a smile and
‘Welcome Home’.

Through Vaessen Scholars, Jean’s memory will live on. Her many contributions to nursing, her patients, family, and friends will fondly be recalled as scholarships are awarded in her name year after year.

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Val Valesano Memorial Scholarship
The creation of the Val Valesano Memorial Fund fulfills one of her wishes. Val received a scholarship and began her nursing career in her hometown, Green Bay. One of her early jobs was as an industrial nurse in a paper mill. Thereafter, she spent more than thirty years in a clinic setting, administering care to patients of all ages. By creating a memorial, she sought to offer assistance to others who seek a nursing career.

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Dr. Kevin & Cindy Wienkers Scholarship
The Dr. Kevin and Cindy Wienkers Scholarship is yet another example of the generosity Bellin College continues to see everyday. This commitment is a symbol of the importance of healthcare education in the Green Bay community. With the support of generous friends, Bellin College students are able to become healthcare professionals who make a difference in the lives of patients and families for generations to come.

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*Dr. William & Leslie Wittman Scholarship
Dr. William Wittman is a board-certified physician who joined Bellin Medical Group in 1997 and is a current member of the Bellin College Board of Trustees. Dr. Wittman and his wife, Leslie, are longtime friends of Bellin College who understand the importance of education and giving back to the community.

As part of living the mission, vision and values of Bellin College, they established a scholarship to assist students in their efforts to be the best healthcare professionals.

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Women’s Specialty Care Scholarship
As a member of the community, Women’s Specialty Care realizes the importance of supporting higher education and is committed to quality healthcare. Working with Bellin College nursing students during clinicals allows Women’s Specialty Care to have valuable interaction with students, and also helps them support the goals and growth of the College. As a group that employs many Bellin College graduates, Women’s Specialty Care is proud to support the excellent education Bellin College offers through a scholarship. Dr. Herb Coussons is also a member of the board of trustees and recognizes the gift of scholarship as a valuable asset to our college and community.

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Yvonne Woldt Zavoshy Scholarship
Yvonne graduated from Bellin School of Nursing in 1961 and has spent most of her professional nursing career at Stanford University Hospital. Presently, she works as needed in their many outpatient clinics.

Yvonne said, “I always feel very indebted to Bellin and what they did for me. I got a scholarship from Fort Howard and couldn’t have gone to school without help. It changed my life. If I can help someone now and continue to do that, I will.”

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Mrs. Margaret Zutz Scholarship
Margaret Zutz appreciated the help she received while attending nursing school in her teenage years. Having been raised by a widowed mother of three, Margaret knew she needed to create security for herself in life.  Her education served her well during the time she and her husband, Carl, raised seven children.

During most of her career, Margaret worked part time in hospital bedside nursing at various institutions. She retired in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. In the years following, she also used her skills assisting with volunteer blood pressure screenings at the local Blood Bank in Conover, Wis. for 10 years.

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