Nomination Scholarships for AGR

We are now accepting nominations for CALS departmental scholarships. The deadline for departmental nominations is April 6, 2020. Please convene your department’s scholarship committee as soon as possible to ensure the completion of the nomination process by April 6.

Your department can nominate students for each scholarship listed below. You will also be able to view the scholarship criteria, the total available funds, and number of awards you can make for each scholarship. When you have decided on a student, or students, for a given scholarship, fill out the form on the right with the required information and click submit. Once the name is entered, it will bounce directly back to this page, so you may continue your awarding.

We are aware that some departmental funds have multiple purposes as described in the fund’s Memorandum of Agreement. The spending of these funds for scholarship purposes is left up to the discretion of the department.

Please keep in mind that donors want to know that their gifts are being spent in the way they intended. Proper donor stewardship, which includes spending the money available, leads to continued giving. Please make every effort to spend the amount available unless there are specific reasons within your department not to.

If you are not the scholarship representative for your department, please let us know so we may update our records.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or see scholarships missing from your list.

Sincerely,

Karen Martin
CALS Scholarship Director

Sue Ryan
Assistant CALS Scholarship Director

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+Alpha Gamma Rho Alumni Scholarship

About the Donor
Through the generosity of Alpha Gamma Rho alumni, this scholarship was created. Funds will support scholarships for students who are members of the Alpha Gamma Rho Iota Chapters.

Eligibility Criteria
Students must be members of the Iota Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho.

Total Awardable Amount: $7,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

+Chamberlin Rock Scholarship

About the Donor
John and Wendy Damm met on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in the late 60s and early 70s. John is an alumnus of CALS and a member of Alpha Gamma Rho. Wendy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing and worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Chamberlin Rock was the site where John proposed to Wendy in 1972.

Eligibility Criteria
Scholarship must be a junior or senior studying the field of: Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Sciences, or Forest Science and allied subjects. Recipients must have a 3.5 grade point average or higher to be eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship is renewable.

Awarded to CALS students with demonstrated need who are not part of a pre-health track.

Total Awardable Amount: $4,500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Dale Bruhn Scholarship

About the Donor
Dale Bruhn is an alum of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity (part of a network of Ag-oriented fraternities) as an Agricultural Education student in the 1940’s. For 46 years Dale served as secretary-treasurer of the UW Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho called Iota.

Eligibility Criteria
CALS student must be in AGR with preference given to Juniors or Seniors. Preference is also given to students who exhibit leadership (activity level 2). GPA is not a consideration for this scholarship.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Karl and Ruth Drye Family Scholarship

About the Donor
Karl Drye graduated with a BS in Meat & Animal Science in 1966, and then earned a MS in Food Science in 1966. His wife, Ruth, graduated with BS in Nursing in 1966 and then worked as a registered nurse for many years. Along with their scholarship in CALS, they also support a scholarship in the School of Nursing. As life-long supporters of the UW-Madison, Karl and Ruth seek to help grow tomorrow’s leaders.

Eligibility Criteria
Scholarship recipients must be undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who are members of the Iota Chapter of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Although not a requirement, preference is given to those majoring in either Biochemistry, Biological Systems Engineering, Food Science, Genetics or Microbiology.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Robert H. Miller Scholarship

About the Donor
A native of Janesville, Wisconsin, Robert attended UW-Madison and graduated with honors in 1952 with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Education. He went on to earn his M.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1959 and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in 1967. Robert is the former Director of Tobacco and Peanuts, Analysis Staff, Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He retired in 1996 after 33 years with the USDA, 28 of those years he worked with tobacco.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to students who are members of AGR – Iota Chapter. GPA is NOT a consideration for this scholarship. This scholarship is renewable.

Total Awardable Amount: $2,500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Russell J. Schuler Agribusiness Scholarship

About the Donor
Russell Schuler established the Russell J. Schuler Agribusiness Scholarship because “the great blessings in my life that were a result of others giving me the opportunity to receive a UW degree. This gave me the opportunity to share and aid students in financing their education.” Throughout his career, Russ was in contact with UW-Madison staff and alumni. This led to many opportunities in his career and professional development. Russ was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor degree in Agricultural Economics and is a member of the University Foundation’s Bascom Hill Society and the Middleton Society. He served on the University Board of Visitors.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to students pursuing an agricultural degree with a business management emphasis (AAE, ABM, BSE). Recipients must be members of Alpha Gamma Rho – Iota Chapter.

Total Awardable Amount: $2,500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Thomas P. and Gail G. Schomisch Scholarship

About the Donor
Gail Schomisch ’66 created this scholarship, named in honor of herself and her late husband, Thomas P. Schomisch. Tom grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Kiel, Wis., and graduated from St. Gregory High School, St. Nazianz, WI. After earning a B.S. degree in Dairy Science (1966) and M.S. degree in Agricultural Journalism (1967) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he was named the first Director of Public Relations for Lake to Lake Dairy Cooperative, Manitowoc. In 1974, he accepted a position with the U.W. Center of Cooperatives, U.W. – Extension on the UW-Madison campus where he developed education programs for cooperative directors, employees and managers. Upon completing a Ph.D. in Mass Communications in 1983, he also joined the faculty of the U.W. Agricultural Journalism Department. Professor Schomisch taught advertising, market research and marketing campaign courses. Gail majored in Education. Gail owned and operated BUS’N, a local bus tour company based out of Verona, Wisconsin. She has also worked as a substitute teacher and career day coordinator for the Verona Area School District.

Eligibility Criteria
This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are members of Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR). Preference is in the order given: Life Sciences Communication majors, Agricultural and Applied Economics majors, NAMA members, Dairy Science majors.

Total Awardable Amount: $500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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