Along with Seichter and Frank, presenting messages were scholarship donor and application reviewer Rod Hennig, a 1985 hotel, restaurant and tourism management major; and student Willa Rodencal, of Waukesha, a junior in retail merchandising and management, which has been renamed fashion and retail.
The Rod and Sharon Hennig Endowed Scholarship represents their “strong belief in education and philanthropy. We want to be able to help others have a little less financial stress during their time at Stout,” Rod said.
Rodencal received three awards: the Lynn Quadracci Blum and Dennis Blum Endowed Scholarship; the Foundation Board Scholarship; and the WestAIR Annual Scholarship.
“Receiving scholarships has been a great help in being able to afford to go to college. Scholarships have allowed me to focus more on going to school and making the most of my college education,” she said.
As a result of earning scholarships, Rodencal has become involved in campus activities, including being a Stout Ambassador.
Foundation has supported students for nearly 60 years
Established in 1963, the Stout University Foundation Scholarship Program has helped 10,882 students receive a college education. Through the financial support of alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the university, the program has given students more than $15.6 million over the years.
Willie Johnson, vice chancellor for University Advancement and Alumni Relations, said donors are making a difference in students’ lives.
“Our generous donors have helped make it possible for hundreds more UW-Stout students to achieve their goals and realize their dreams,” Johnson said. “On behalf of UW-Stout and the Stout University Foundation, we extend our most sincere appreciation.”
Stout University Foundation staff are available to discuss with alumni, friends and external partners how to establish a scholarship and how to donate. The Foundation is at the Louis Smith Tainter House, 320 S. Broadway St.