Local Blugold Scholarship

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Encourage our local, high-achieving students to take a closer look at UW-Eau Claire by donating to the Local Blugold Scholarship. They can stay close, yet go far with unique opportunities for internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, service learning and cultural immersion. And attending UW-Eau Claire increases the odds students will live and work in the area after they graduate, contributing to the vitality of the Chippewa Valley.

The fact that Eau Claire was so helpful in offering financial aid ultimately drew me to stay here instead of going to the other universities I was accepted at. I am so grateful because it means that I can go to college with less anxiety about the impeding mountain of student debt. The Local Blugold Scholarship truly helped ease the worry of my family, so that I would not be dreading college and its expenses. Instead, I’m excited for its opportunities.

Memorial High School Student

This unique scholarship:

  • Is available starting for the incoming class of 2018
  • Open to graduates from a qualifying high school within a 30-mile radius of Eau Claire (home-schooled students should contact Admissions to discuss eligibility)  
  • Will be given to students with an ACT score of 25 or greater (or SAT equivalent) and be in the top 25 percent of high school class (or have a 3.5 GPA if high school class is unranked) at the point of admission. 
  • Automatic award (no application necessary) of $6,000 ($1,500 a year; renewable for an additional 3 years) with a 3.25 total college GPA

The Local Blugold Scholarship is a great way for local businesses to do gift challenges.  Jeremy Kachmar ‘97, MEPH, owner of The Nucleus Cafe and Racy D’Lene’s Coffee Lounge did a gift challenge in 2016.

“As a recipient of many scholarships, I know how important these awards are to incoming students who need financial support to attend college,” said Kachmar. “We decided to do a challenge gift in hopes that more people will support the Local Blugold Scholarship and future students of UWEC.”

Check out more Local Blugold Scholarship information.

Donating to the Local Blugold Scholarship is easy. Give online, call 715-836-5630, or send checks payable to UW-Eau Claire Foundation with "Local Blugold Scholarship" in the memo line to UW-Eau Claire Foundation, P.O. Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

UW-Eau Claire alumnus Christian Dooley at his employer, JAMF Software

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The Local Blugold Scholarship soon will provide incentive for college-bound students from the Chippewa Valley to make UW-Eau Claire their college of choice, at the same time increasing the odds those students will stay in the region after graduation.

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Jeremy Kachmar

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