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Annual Scholarships 2019-20

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AAUW Green Bay (WI) Branch Annual Scholarship
Myrtle Denis Aissen Memorial Scholarship
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Mark & Sara Bake Family Scholarship
Bellin College Alumni Scholarship
Bellin College Employee Scholarship
Bellin College General Scholarship Fund
Bellin College Medical Imaging Scholarship
Bellin Run Scholarship
Boerst Family Scholarship
Bollom Family Scholarship
Patrick Brown Resilience Scholarship
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Bob & Kay Clausen Scholarship
Cloud Family Foundation, Inc. Scholarship
Concerned Hearts Club-Northeastern Region of Wisconsin Scholarship
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Elfner Family Scholarship
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Drs. Bruce & Diane Lind Fenster Scholarship
Dr. Andrew Fergus Memorial Scholarship
First United Methodist Church Green Bay Scholarship
Froming Famiily Scholarship
Dr. Matt Fuchs Honorary Scholarship
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Dr. Stewart Gifford Memorial Scholarship
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Virginia Hallgren Memorial Scholarship
Heyerman Construction Co., Inc. Foundation Scholarship
Hogan Family Scholarship
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Dr. Charles & Carol Ihrke Annual Scholarship
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Francis & Diane Junio Scholarship
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William & Agnes Konstanski Memorial Scholarship
Neita Krueger Memorial Scholarship
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Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation
E.W. & Margaret Leicht Scholarship
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Steve & Janelle Maricque Scholarship
Tom & Sue Meinz Scholarship
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Robert & Beverly Nelson Annual Scholarship
P
Lillian Rhines Peterson Memorial Scholarship
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Radiology Chartered Scholarship
Al & Ruth Rakow Scholarship
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Abner & Jane Sapiro Scholarship
Elizabeth Schaub Annual Scholarship
Violet & Jacque Schmidt Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Charles C. Smith Annual Scholarship
Ruth E. & Daniel R. Smith Nursing Scholarship
Rochae Smits (DeMoulin) Annual Scholarship
Betty Strohschein Nursing Scholarship
David A. Strom Memorial Scholarship
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United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church of Green Bay Scholarship
V
Jean Vaessen Memorial Scholarship
Val Valesano Memorial Scholarship
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Dr. Kevin & Cindy Wienkers Scholarship
Dr. William & Leslie Wittman Scholarship
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Yvonne Woldt Zavoshy Scholarship
Mrs. Margaret Zutz Scholarship

AAUW Green Bay (WI) Branch Annual Scholarship
One of the missions of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through education. AAUW branch founders believed strongly in higher education and, at the second branch meeting in 1937, decided to award the first $50 scholarship to a Green Bay West High School graduate. For more than 90 years, the AAUW Green Bay Branch has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships and continues to fulfill the AAUW and branch mission to create a diverse group of educated people who will make a positive impact on the community and individual members.

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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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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.

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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.

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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 $999 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 College Medical Imaging Scholarship
Funded by those passionate about the Bellin College sonography program, this scholarship assists students working toward their accelerated three-year degree while participating in ongoing educational opportunities in this field. Students are in class or clinical settings throughout the year, with smaller breaks between sessions, allowing them to graduate sooner. The faculty, clinical instructors and staff that work with these students are proud of them all and look forward to the great things they will accomplish in the future.

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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.

Note: Graystone Consulting is a business of Morgan Stanley and offers investments and services through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC Member SIPC.

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Boerst Family Scholarship
In 1982, Connie Boerst began her education at Bellin School of Nursing. She was accepted at other four-year programs, but she chose Bellin because it provided the best education. This was evident upon graduation, as Connie was offered a leadership position at a home care agency. She later returned to Bellin College of Nursing to obtain her bachelor’s degree.

Little did Connie know at the onset of her education that she would return to Bellin College in both faculty and leadership roles, and stay for more than 25 years. During that time, she was provided with many wonderful work experiences and opportunities. Today, she is proud to serve as President/CEO of Bellin College. It is because of the education she received that Connie, husband, 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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Patrick Brown Resilience Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Patrick’s parents, (his father is a 2019 graduate), in honor of the nurses who supported and encouraged Patrick and his family on his 2-year medical journey, allowing him to thrive in the face of adversity. His family wanted to give back to a deserving student that shows interest in emergency nursing while also demonstrating the same values of excellence, integrity, community and caring that they personally encountered and hold dear.

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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 high-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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Elfner Family Scholarship
Dr. Eliot Elfner and his wife, Bonnie, value higher education. As a management professor from 1971 until 2014, and current professor emeritus, at St. Norbert College, Dr. Elfner knows the opportunities that a quality education can generate. As a Board of Trustees member since 2018, he believes in the quality of education that Bellin College provides. They established this scholarship as part of their commitment to their community and Bellin College students.

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Drs. Bruce & Diane Lind 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 Green Bay 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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Froming Famiily Scholarship
Joan Nielsen Froming graduated Bellin Hospital School of Nursing in 1966 and received assistance in the form of scholarship. Upon graduation, she worked at Bellin Memorial Hospital in pediatrics until she got married in September 1967. After marrying, Joan moved to Madison where her husband was finishing school. Joan worked at Madison General Hospital, and welcomed their first child in 1969. She then left the profession to raise her family. Even though Joan did not work in nursing for a long period of time, her knowledge was used in her daily life and was a very important part of shaping who she is. The generosity of her scholarship donor stood out to Joan and remained with her. She knew that if she were ever in a position to do so, she would give back to students just like someone had done for her.

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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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Dr. Stewart Gifford Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Stewart Gifford was a well-respected physician and active member of the Green Bay community. Caring and excellence were always his top priority when he worked with patients at Bellin Health, St. Vincent and St. Mary’s Hospitals as a staff physician and surgeon. He worked closely with the treatment of breast cancer patients and with the Ribbon of Hope organization. This scholarship was established in his memory to help a deserving student carry out his goals of caring and excellence in the community.

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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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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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Hogan Family Scholarship
Ethan and Amanda Hogan are passionate about the medical imaging field, as both registered radiographers and sonographers. Amanda graduated from the Bellin Hospital School of Radiologic Technology and serves as the Bellin College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director. She and her husband understand the financial commitment needed to become a part of the medical imaging community and are happy to help students reach their goals. Together, they are proud of our students and look forward to all the wonderful things they will achieve in their careers.

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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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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 Master’s 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 alumnae. 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 and related areas of medical care. In her memory, her son, Don, and his wife, Kristine, have continued this tradition in the belief that a gift like this provides Bellin College students, as well as the community, with a benefit of truly sustaining value.

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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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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 Rhines 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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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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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 World War II 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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Ruth E. & Daniel R. Smith Nursing Scholarship
With Ruth at his side, Dan was the CEO of Bellin Health for 22 years between the 1960s and 1980s. A teacher at heart, the continued growth of Bellin College’s educational programs and the training of future healthcare professionals was at the forefront of his tenure. This scholarship continues his passion for Bellin College student success.

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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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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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United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church of Green Bay Scholarship
The purpose of United Methodist Women includes ministering to women and children through mission. This scholarship helps us achieve that purpose.

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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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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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