Nomination Scholarships for Biological Systems Engineering

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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+Dick J. & Grace B. Stith Scholarship

About the Donor
In memory of her husband, Dick J. Stith, an emeritus professor in the Biological Systems Engineering department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Grace B. Stith established a scholarship to honor his life and work. One of his many research interests included home maintenance and heat loss and the beginning studies of solar power.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to undergraduate students in CALS majoring in Biological Systems Engineering.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Don S. Montgomery Scholarship

About the Donor
The retail lumbermen and the manufacturers of building materials in Wisconsin established this scholarship to honor Donald S. Montgomery, who did so much for the lumber industry. A lifelong Wisconsinite, Mr. Montgomery knew and loved the lumber industry and served as secretary of the Wisconsin Retail Lumbermen’s Association.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to students enrolled in Biological Systems Engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Preference is given to juniors for use in their senior year. Recipients must be Wisconsin residents.

Total Awardable Amount: $2,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Ervin W. Schroeder Biological Systems Engineering Scholarship

About the Donor
This CALS scholarship is provided in honor of Ervin W. Schroeder. Schroeder was born on September 25th, 1908, in Fort Atkinson, WI. He received B.S. degrees in agriculture and in mechanical engineering from UW-Madison in 1933 and an M.S. degree in agricultural engineering at Penn State University. Schroeder was a professor of Agricultural Engineering from 1936-1946 at Penn State and was professor and head of Agricultural Engineering at Oklahoma State University from 1947 until retirement in 1974. He was internationally recognized and participated in many consulting trips to Lebanon, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Colombia to help change agriculture on a global scale.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to an undergraduate student within the department of Biological Systems Engineering. Minimum GPA is 3.5.

Total Awardable Amount: $750

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Gail Edwin & Janice Faye Janssen Biological Systems Engineering Scholarship

About the Donor
Gail Janssen attended the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course from 1949 to 1950 and later returned to the University to obtain his engineering degrees. He was a design engineer to the assistant chief engineer at Gehl Brothers. Janssen was a member of the CALS Board of Visitors and received a Distinguished Service Award from the College of Engineering and an Honorary Recognition Award from CALS. This scholarship was established by Gail Jannssen ’50, ’60, ’62 and Janice Janssen to give back to the university.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to undergraduate students in CAL majoring in Biological Systems Engineering.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,000

Total Number of Awards: 1

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+Gary and Barbara Krutz Scholarship Fund

About the Donor
This scholarship was established by Dr Gary Krutz ’67, ’69 MS and Barbara Krutz ’67. Gary majored in Mechanical Engineering and Biological Systems Engineering. Barbara majored in Elementary Education. Gary was a design engineer at Ford Tractor Division and also worked as a Professor at Purdue University. Gary co-wrote a book called, “Dream Happy, Be Great,” that encourages children to respect all people and help build a better society. Gary also holds several patents. Barbara works as a teacher at Birmingham School.

Eligibility Criteria
This scholarship is open to undergraduate students in the department of Biological Systems Engineering

Total Awardable Amount: $250

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Gurine Gulsteen (Gjermundson) Research Fellowship

About the Donor
This CALS scholasrhip is provided in honor of Gurine Gulsteen.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to students for research and study who are working to solve practical problems that WI farmers confront in daily lives. All CALS Graduate Programs.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Ham Bruhn Biological Systems Engineering Scholarship

About the Donor
Hjalmar (Ham) Bruhn, during his 44-year career at UW-Madison, work extensively on machinery design work that includes a tree planting machine design incorporated into planters to this day. He grew up on a farm near Spring Green, WI where his interest in how machines and engineering could assist in agricultural production and efficiencies. He taught more than 4,000 short-course, undergraduate, and graduate students during his career on the UW-Madison campus.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to undergraduate students in the department of Biological Systems Engineering. The department of Biological Systems Engineering nominates students for this award.

Total Awardable Amount: $3,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+John Deere Scholarship

About the Donor
Founded in 1837, John Deere has delivered products and services to support those linked to the land. It manufactures agricultural, construction and forestry machinery; diesel engines; drivetrains used in heavy equipment; and lawn care equipment. Their scholarship program creates a pipeline of strong candidates for internships and future full time employment.

Eligibility Criteria
Information to come.

Total Awardable Amount: TBD

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Lynndon & Norma Brooks Scholarship

About the Donor
This scholarship was created by the late Lynndon Brooks ’48, ’49, ’58 MS and Norma Brooks ‘49. Both Dr. and Mrs. Brooks are graduates of UW-Madison. Lynndon received a BS in Agricultural Engineering, a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and an MS in Agricultural Engineering. He served on the faculty in the Department of Agricultural Engineering from 1950 until his retirement in 1987. Norma received her BS in Family and Consumer Education and was a home economics teacher in the Verona, Oregon and Milwaukee school districts. She was also an instructor of home economics and clothing/textiles at the MATC-Madison campus for over 30 years, until her retirement in 1985.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to undergraduate students in CALS majoring in Biological Systems Engineering (BSE). Recipients are selected based on academic performance, jobs held while attending UW, community, university and department leadership, and club activities. Preference is given to Wisconsin residents and students at the sophomore/junior level. The Department of BSE nominates students for this award.

Total Awardable Amount: $2,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Madison West Kiwanis - Dickson Scholarship

About the Donor
Information to come.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to CALS undergraduate students who are Wisconsin residents and majoring in one of the following majors AAE, ABM, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, BSE, Dairy Science, Food Science, Horticulture, Nutri Sci-Dietetics, Soil Science. Sophomore, Junior , or Senior status. FAFSA required. Activity Score 2.

Total Awardable Amount: $7,500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Orrin I. Berge Scholarship

About the Donor
The Orrin Berge Scholarship Fund was established by the Wisconsin Power Equipment Retailers Association (renamed as Midwest Equipment Dealers Association). The scholarship is named for Emeritus Professor Orrin Berge, a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Engineering who made many outstanding contributions to the development and use of agricultural power equipment, safety, and foliage practices in Wisconsin.

Eligibility Criteria
Scholarship given to a student majoring in Biological Systems Engineering, with a preference given to a student majoring in machinery systems. Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Robert H. & Willa Meier Scholarship

About the Donor
This scholarship was established by Robert H. and Willa Meier. Robert placed great value on the education and training he received from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Madison. As a tribute to Professor Floyd W. Duffee, he established the Duffee-Meier Scholarship in Biological Systems Engineering in January 2001. In 2004, the name of the fund was changed to the Robert H. and Willa Meier Scholarship Fund through a request from Willa Meier, Robert’s widow. Willa graduated with a B.S. In Home Economics from UW-Madison in 1944. Robert received his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering (now Biological Systems Engineering) in 1943.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to freshmen from Wisconsin. Scholarships are based on good academic standing, leadership ability and/or financial need. Minimum GPA of 2.0. Minimum financial rating of 1 and minimum activity rating of 2.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Roger W. Ambrose Scholarship

About the Donor
This CALS scholarship is provided in honor of Roger W. Ambrose Scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to seniors majoring in Biological Systems Engineering. Recipients must exhibit outstanding scholarship, participation in extra curricular activities, and financial need. Minimum GPA of 3.2. Minimum financial rating of 2 and minimum activity rating of 1.

Total Awardable Amount: $500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Wisconsin Agricultural Engineer Scholarship

About the Donor
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. From the funding collected at the 1983 ASABE summer meeting, the Wisconsin Agricultural Engineer Scholarship was established to aid future agricultural engineers secure their University education.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to juniors or seniors majoring in Biological Systems Engineering. Scholarship levels will remain at the $1000 level until notified by Dr. Marsh Finner.

Total Awardable Amount: $4,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Wisconsin Biological Systems Engineering Scholarship

About the Donor
Dr. Marshall F. Finner, left campus in the early 2000s, after spending undergraduate thru retirement at the University of Wisconsin. He was a Professor, in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and Emeritus Director of CALS Agricultural Research Station. During his lengthy career he taught, published papers, and developed equipment to further advance the BSE field. He set up this scholarship to support the future of the students in the department.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to juniors or seniors pursuing a degree in Biological Systems Engineering. Consideration may be given to academic merit, financial need, extracurricular activities and contributions or demonstrated leadership within the department.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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