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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 College Senate Sharing Scholarship
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
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Francis & Diane Junio Scholarship
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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
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Robert & Beverly Nelson Annual Scholarship
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Lillian Elizabeth Peterson Memorial Scholarship
Prust Family Scholarship
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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
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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
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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 memory of her 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 so their
gifts can 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 by alleviating some of the financial burden they carry while reaching 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 the opportunities to connect with former classmates,
and participate in networking opportunities and events. In addition, the Council
coordinates ways of raising funds 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:

Dorothy Ahlswede Baker ‘44
Lori (Johnson) Fayas ‘82
Alma Kuschel ‘41
Lucile (Christiansen) Ouhl ‘46
Joanne (Best) Tomson ‘53
Christine Stransky ‘63

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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 can 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 our graduates will become.

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

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*Bellin College Senate Sharing Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to give back and share with students because
every student is part of Student Senate. There is no GPA requirement. However,
student must be on good standing with the college with no academic probation
to be eligible. This scholarship is open to all students taking the minimum
amount of nine credits.

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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, over $140,000 has been donated in scholarships for
students.

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

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Boerst Family Scholarship
The Boerst Family has ties 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 many wonderful work experiences and opportunities, now which
includes a 25 year history of working at 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 assist others to be able to attend college.

Bellin College graduates have helped them all their lives in Green Bay and they
hope their scholarship will help someone to continue 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 and the understanding
of the high cost of a quality education made the creation of a scholarship a
natural place 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, and the Cloud Family Foundation carries on his belief, that successful
companies and families should give back to the communities in which they
have enjoyed their success. 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. With that kind of personal and direct experience, they established a
scholarship in 2007 to support nursing students at Bellin College who have the
desire to serve the communities of Northeastern Wisconsin as cardiac nurses.
They understand personally, the value of excellence in nursing education and
the nursing care that results from such education where the values of caring,
community, integrity and excellence are the basis of the nursing program.

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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 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 over the years including cappings and graduations.

Gifts from United Methodist women’s groups and First United Methodist
Churches throughout Wisconsin over the years 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 those individuals which are pursuing a career in nursing. Virginia’s roots come from a rural farm family 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 those that are committed to the profession of nursing and the pursuit of not only being a good nurse but the pursuit of 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. Creation of the Elizabeth B. Hendrickson scholarship is another
extension of their philosophy for the betterment of others.

The Hendrickson’s actively supported the successful 1995 Bellin College
Endowment Campaign and the 2009 Capital Campaign for the new Bellin
College Campus. The creation of the Elizabeth B. Hendrickson Annual MSN
Scholarship continues the legacy they have given to Bellin College and to our
community. Elizabeth passed away in March of 2013, and is survived by the
legacy her husband continues.

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Heyerman Construction Co., Inc. Foundation Scholarship
Earl Heyrman was born and raised in Green Bay. He started his construction business here 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 through
the provision of scholarship funds to Bellin College. This support helps assure
the community has professional nurses so it can continue to enjoy the high
quality healthcare team to which it is accustomed.

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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 UW-Green Bay 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 UW-Green Bay, where he had the privilege of teaching Bellin
College students for more than thirty years. He also served on a committee that
coordinated academic programs between Bellin College and UW-Green Bay, and
currently serves as a member of the Bellin College Board of Trustees.

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

“A graduate of the Class of 1960, I retired from the field of nursing after a
fulfilling 40 years of service to those needing care. It is our pleasure to assist in
this small way to allow another student to pursue their 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
In daughter Maria Mitchell’s words:

“Bill and Agnes Konstanski, my parents, were married for 60 years when he died in 1994 and her in 1995. Bill had immigrated to this country from Germany in 1927 and worked long, hard hours in his blacksmith shop in Pound, WI 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.

Not having the opportunity for themselves, Bill and Agnes placed a strong emphasis on higher education for their children, second only to their spiritual upbringing. By making many sacrifices and being very frugal with what little money they had, they were able to send two daughters to Bellin College and one son to the University of Minnesota. Their sacrifice of time and financial support, without complaint, is what prompted the scholarship to honor their memory. I went on to get a Masters Degree in Nursing Administration and am retired from the Army Nurse Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel. I now live in Annandale, Virginia.

The obvious reason for choosing Bellin College, is that both I and my sister are alumni. In addition, this provides an opportunity to express my appreciation for the excellent care our mother received following her open-heart surgery at Bellin in 1983.”

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Neita Krueger Memorial Scholarship
Neita Krueger was a nurse 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
Brian LaViolette was brought into this world at Bellin Hospital on January 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. And Bellin College is one of those great
things. This scholarship was started to honor and thank the 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. We thank Bellin for also
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
Recognizing the value of a quality education, and with a personal connection
and commitment to Bellin Health, Steven and Janelle Maricque are pleased to
provide their support to Bellin College through the creation of this scholarship.
Steven is currently President of the Bellin Health Foundation and is involved in
the community, serving as President of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association
and member of the Board of Trustees at UW-Green Bay. Janelle, who works
directly with students as Advisor and Career Services Coordinator at Bellin
College, volunteered twenty-five years at Bellin Hospital, first as a candy
striper and later as a member of the Bellin Auxiliary. Steven and Janelle extend
their congratulations to all scholarship recipients and offer best wishes for
students continued success in their journey to becoming our future healthcare
professionals.

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Tom & Sue Meinz Scholarship
Tom and Sue believe Bellin College offers an excellent academic nursing
program. Being a Bellin graduate, they know nurses are well prepared for their
nursing careers. 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 of 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
1962-64. Norman served more than 20 years as a member of the Bellin Health
governing board 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 been active
through the years at Cnesses Israel Synagogue.

Norman and Shrilyn Miller funded a scholarship because they knew the value of
the exceptional health professionals who graduate from Bellin College and go on
to serve Green Bay and other 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 belief that healthcare and
nursing education must be a priority for individuals as well as the community is
reflected in the creation of the Robert & Beverly Nelson 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, WI. 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 she take a job after high school
graduation. Consequently, her dream was passed along to Karen, her firstborn
child. One can only imagine the emotions she must have felt the night of
August 19, 1966, when she watched Karen graduate from Bellin College.
Karen knows she was very proud of her and Karen has always been grateful to
her mother for instilling in her a passion and high regard for the profession of
nursing. 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 a history of support for Bellin College as long as the history of the college itself. Tom’s mother, Joyce, graduated from Bellin Training School for Nurses in 1928. This left an indelible mark of living the Bellin College values of Excellence, Integrity, Community and highlighting Caring. Tom has served on the Bellin College Board of Trustees with continuous service since 2002. Tom was chairperson for six years, and in the time, was instrumental in bringing the new campus to fruition. Tom and Susan have always been centered on the students at Bellin College and the lasting legacy of this endowed scholarship is meant to ensure the support for scholarship in perpetuity. Susan passed away in October of 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 good 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 a BSRS
student at Bellin College. It is through this generosity of a scholarship 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
Daughter Carol Shield wrote:
“My parent’s home was just a short block and a half from Bellin Hospital. This
made it convenient for mother to get to her many volunteer activities for the
Bellin Auxiliary. She logged many hours delivering mail, working in the gift
shop, collecting menus, working at the front desk, and knitting many caps for
newborns. Also, mother and dad often 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. Scholarship for healthcare’s future employees continues to be a desire
for their generosity.

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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 since their passing, making it possible for nursing students to complete
their nursing education.

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

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Violet & Jacque Schmidt Memorial Scholarship
As a tribute to Violet A. Schmidt, a memorial scholarship was created in her
name by her husband, Jacque, in 1998. What a fitting tribute: to memorialize
someone by donating to the education of student nurses. Violet would be
pleased to know that, in her memory, nursing students are carrying out a legacy
of commitment and compassion.

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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, which finally took her life.

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Rochae Smits (DeMoulin) Annual Scholarship
At times in all of our lives, someone comes along to leave 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 other 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 as a member of the Bellin College Board of Trustees over the years. Stuart served as a member of Bellin Health System, parent company of Bellin Hospital and Bellin College.

The Stiles Family is committed to other organizations as well, among them 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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Betty Strohschein Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship is for a nursing student who has demonstrated a combination of academic and financial need, maintaining a 3.0 GPA in spite of personal barriers. He or she should show a high level of commitment, integrity, compassion, kindness and dedication to want to help others. This student must also show a positive attitude, 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, part of which is Bellin Health. He served as president of the NEWHSA – North East Wisconsin Health Serving Association. This group of physicians and businessmen worked to plan for the future distribution of services to be located 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 endowed Jean Vaessen Scholarship at the Greater
Green Bay Area Community Foundation. All memorial gifts were placed in this
fund to provide optimal resources for the scholarship awards to 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, as
a recipient of a scholarship, embarked into 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
allergens 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 & 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
our nurses and radiologic technologists of tomorrow and make a difference in
the lives of patients and their 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 long-time 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 of being 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 valuable interaction,
while supporting 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 says, “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 appreciates 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 did hospital bedside nursing part-time at various institutions. She retired in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

In the years following, she also used her skills as a nurse doing volunteer blood pressure screenings at the local Blood Bank in Conover, WI for 10 years.

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