CALS awards scholarships to students for summer 2016 study abroad

Students from the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) preparing to study abroad this summer were among those awarded scholarships at the spring 2016 International Division Scholarship Award Ceremony on April 19, at the Gordon Dining and Event Center.

The event – hosted by the UW–Madison International Division and organized by International Academic Programs (IAP), the Division’s study abroad unit – brought together students, parents, donors, UW–Madison faculty and staff.

Students, donors, parents, UW faculty and staff were invited to celebrate the generous financial aids given to students planning to travel abroad for academic programs or internships.

Susan Huber Miller, CALS director of International Education and Study Abroad, presented awards to CALS students.

Recipients of CALS scholarships -- Front row, from left: Natalie Rehn, Payton Koechell, Kyle Chang, Megan Gannon. Back row, from left: Andrew Delaitsch, Alec McCann, Timothy Krueger, Hazel Schira.

Recipients of CALS scholarships — Front row, from left: Natalie Rehn, Payton Koechell, Kyle Chang, Megan Gannon. Back row, from left: Andrew Delaitsch, Alec McCann, Timothy Krueger, Hazel Schira.

The Oscar N. & Ethel K. Allen Memorial Endowment for Daughters of Demeter Study Abroad Scholarship is named for Oscar and Ethel Allen, researchers, authors, and graduates of UW-Madison in bacteriology. Their far-reaching contributions on the UW–Madison campus include assisting the Daughters of Demeter organization with extra-curricular funding opportunities.

Recipients: Andrew Delaitsch, of Ellicott City, MD, studying in Germany; Runyu Hong, of Dalian, China, studying in Germany; Hazel Schira, of Mosinee, WI, studying in China; Maria Weber, of Minocqua, WI, studying in China

The Oscar N. & Ethel K. Allen Memorial Study Abroad Internship Grant was made possible by the generosity of Oscar and Ethel Allen, researchers, authors, and graduates of UW-Madison in bacteriology.

Recipients: Kyle Chang, of Rochester, MN, studying in Thailand; Evan Heiderscheit, of Holmen, WI, studying in England; Timothy Krueger, of Madison, WI, studying in England

The Neil & Audrey Barrows Study Abroad Scholarship was established by Dick Barrows, a former Associate Dean of CALS, in honor of his parents.

Recipients: Payton Koechell, of Oshkosh, WI, studying in Northern Thailand

Support for Biochemistry students in the SCORE/SUPERG program was provided by the Jerome J. Stefaniak Biochemistry Scholarship Fund. This fund was established to attract and retain excellent graduate and undergraduate students in biochemistry.

Recipients: Clare Kai Cimperman, of New Berlin, WI, studying in England; Andrew Delaitsch, of Ellicott City, MD, studying in Germany Evan Heiderscheit, of Holmen, WI, studying in England; Runyu Hong, of Dalian, China, studying in Germany; Timothy Krueger, of Madison, WI, studying in England; Hannah Mast, of Menomonee Falls, WI, studying in England; Matthew Ritger, of Kiel, WI, studying in England

The Daughters of Demeter Education Fund Study Abroad Scholarship is sustained by The Daughters of Demeter, an organization of those who share an interest in agriculture and a commitment to education and service.

Recipients: Maggie Agnew, of Fall River, WI, studying in Northern Thailand; Therese Renaud, of Merrill, WI, studying in Northern Thailand; Mackenzie Sachs, of Green Bay, WI, studying in Nepal

The Endowment of Undergraduate Excellence Fund was created through the generosity of multiple donors in 1997 at the UW Foundation.  This fund is used to support CALS students in a variety of ways to enhance their undergraduate experiences beyond the classroom.

Recipient: Megan Gannon, of DePere, WI, studying in Northern Thailand

William F. Renk, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Farm and Industry Short Course Program, formed the William F. Renk & Company with his sons in 1934. Renk also was founder and chairman of the first family farm corporation in the United States, and served as the state’s Commissioner of Agriculture in the 1930s. The William F. Renk Study Abroad Scholarship, established by the Renk family, recognizes his achievements in agriculture and service in Wisconsin.

Recipients: Matthew Buettner, of Rochester, MN, studying in US; Elizabeth Endres, of Waunakee, WI, studying in Switzerland; Nicholas Hill, of Wauwatosa, WI, studying in Costa Rica; Anna Kleinhans, of Sheboygan Falls, WI, studying in Switzerland; Alex Klimenko, of Merrill, WI, studying in Uganda; Alec McCann, of Janesville, WI, studying in US; Jackson Moran, of Edgerton, WI, studying in Nepal; Sagar Patel, of Bartlett, IL, studying in Tanzania; Emily Schilling, of Oconomowoc, WI, studying in US; Tiffany Yang, of Sheboygan, WI, studying in Thailand

The George W. & Dorothy D. Sledge Study Abroad Scholarship recognizes Dr. George W. Sledge, who served as a CALS faculty member for 39 years and as CALS Associate Dean and Director of Academic Affairs for 28 years. The scholarship also honors his wife, Dorthy D. Sledge, who served as president of Daughters of Demeter and as president of the University League.

Recipients: Lauren Jorgensen, of Stillwater, MN, studying in Nicaragua; Erlanda Pociute, of Golden Valley, MN, studying in Austria

The Douglas D. Sorenson Study Abroad Scholarship honors Douglas D. Sorenson, who earned his undergraduate degrees in Soil Science and Agronomy, and his M.S. in Soil Science at UW–Madison.  After teaching at Mazomanie High School, he returned to the UW-Madison to earn his M.S. in Agricultural Journalism, and worked on and off campus within the Ag Journalism field.

Recipient: Natalie Rehn, of Oak Creek, WI, studying in Austria

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