Industrial Technologies Scholarships

Industrial Technologies Scholarships


1982 Mechanical Design Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled at Western for 12 or more credits in the Mechanical Design Program
B. Program GPA-minimum 3.0



ACRO Club Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in the Air Conditioning or Refrigeration Servicing program, having completed one semester-minimum of 12 credits earned, six of which must be in occupational specific courses.


About This Scholarship

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Organization is a student club at Western Technical College, which was started over ten years ago.
The purpose of the club is to raise money to sponsor a field trip to an air conditioning and refrigeration facility each year so students may become familiar with modern equipment. The money raised by the club also helps assist students in attending workshops and seminars on advancements in modern technology, refrigeration and air conditioning.
In the 1987-88 school year, ACRO members, on the advice of the faculty, voted to donate money to the Foundation to create an endowed scholarship for a student in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Servicing programs. Roger Horstman, assisted by the faculty in the two programs, is the advisor.



Allan Rusch Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a continuing student enrolled for nine or more credits
B. First Priority - will be given to a student enrolled in the Mechanical Design Program.
C. Second Priority - will be given to a student enrolled in the Electronics Program


About This Scholarship

Allan Rusch earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial education and a Master of Science degree in vocational education, both from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He also attended Kansas State and the University of Illinois, between 1958 and 1964. Allan taught high school math, science and industrial arts in the Wisconsin communities of Minong, Abbotsford, and Medford. In 1964, he moved his family to Onalaska to work at the Trane Company in La Crosse.
In 1969, he became an instructor of mechanical design at Western Wisconsin Technical Institute (Western) where he worked until retiring in May 1990. Allan took great pride and personal interest in his students and their achievements.
Allan's wife, Phyllis, Western staff, and friends established the Allan Rusch Endowment. Allan passed away on March 21, 1999.



Alton Olson/Holmen American Legion Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. First Priority: Holmen High School graduate accepted in the Electronic Servicing Program at Western to be enrolled for 12 or more credits
B. Second Priority: Holmen High School graduate enrolled for 12 or more credits in the Electronic Servicing Program at Western
C. Must have completed one semester-minimum of 12 credits earned, credits must be in occupational specific courses. Award is distributed after fulfilling first semester requirements.
D. Must have financial need



Alvin and Edna Leeman Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in one of the following programs: Visual Communication or Electronics
B. Must have completed one semester-minimum of 12 credits earned, six of which must be in occupational specific courses


About This Scholarship

The Edna and Alvin Leeman Scholarship was started in 1976 to recognize the broadcast achievements of Al Leeman, long-term chief engineer for WKBT-TV and WKBH Radio.
It was through the efforts of Al Leeman that radio was brought to La Crosse nearly 50 years ago and television to the area in 1954. Mr. Leeman has been recognized by his peers throughout the state of Wisconsin and nationally for his contributions to the broadcast industry. WKBT-TV established this scholarship to give future engineers of the broadcast industry a place to study and to learn. Alvin Leeman died November 8, 1992.



Audrey Hegland Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in Machine Tool program at Western Technical College
B. Must be a non-traditional student (24 years of age or older)
C. Program GPA Minimum 3.00



Automotive Skills USA

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a student enrolled in the Automotive Technician Program at Western Technical College;
~ 2- Second year automotive students must have completed the first year of the Automotive Technician Program and enrolled for 12 or more credits in the second year;
~ 2- First year automotive students must have completed the first semester of the automotive Technician Program and enrolled for 12 or more credits in the second semester;
B. Must have financial need;
C. Must be an active member of the Automotive Skills USA Club;
D. Program GPA - 2.5 or higher



Bronno De Boer Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

Machine Tool Scholarship



Career in Carpentry Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a student enrolled for 12 or more credits in the Wood Tech Program at Western Technical College;
B. Program GPA - 3.0 or higher.



Charles and Kathryn S. Welch Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Female Student preferred
B. Enrolled as a full-time student in one of the following programs:
--Air Conditioning - Any Electronics Program - Mechanical Design - Automotive Mechanics
C. GPA - must be 2.0 or higher



Chart Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in the Welding program at Western Technical College
B. Program GPA >=3.0



Dahl Automotive Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be full-time in the Automotive Technician program;
B. Must have Financial Need
C. Must have completed one semester-minimum of twelve credits earned, which six must be in occupational specific courses



Dick and Carol Cantlon Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in the Wood Tech program
B. Must be a member of the VICA Skills USA club
C. Program GPA - 3.0



Dick Kopenski Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a second year student enrolled as a full or part-time student in the Electroneurodiagnostic Program and registered for the last semester of the program
B. Must be a member of Wisconsin Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists (WiSET)
C. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA



Diesel and Heavy Equipment Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a second year student enrolled for 12 or more credits in the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Program at Western
B. GPA 2.5 or higher



Dustin A. Rozmenoski Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled full or part-time at Western
B. Preference will be given to a student enrolled in the Machine Tool Tech program and Physical Therapy Assistant Program
C. Must be a current resident of Jackson County
D. Minimum GPA or 2.0


About This Scholarship

Note from Dustins mom (Mary Jo Rozmenoski) -

Dustin was killed in a traffic accident in 6/05. As his mother, I know that he valued the apprenticeship opportunity and the involvement and support from D & S Manufacturing, Western and DWD. In his memory, we are sponsoring a scholarship with his field as a priority through WTC Foundation and BRF area foundation.
Thank You,

Mary Jo Rozmenoski



Edward J. Quillin

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be from La Crosse, Houston, Winona, Vernon, Monroe, Trempealeau, or Jackson County and be enrolled for 12 or more credits
B. First Priority: a student in the Culinary Management Program
C. Second Priority: a student in the Marketing Program with interest in the foods area
D. Must have completed one semester-minimum of 12 credits earned, six of which must be in occupational specific courses
E. Academic excellence minimum-3.0


About This Scholarship

The supermarket business today is not what it was when Ed Quillin began his first IGA store in 1945. "It is a fast-changing, highly technical industry now," Quillin said. "It presents many challenges and still interests me."
Quillin, whose sons now operate the six-store chain that dominates the La Crosse market, has retired from the business. He continues to own and operate Center Q, a shopping center on La Crosse's south side. He became interested in funding scholarships for Western Technical College students after his son, Phillip, president of Quillin IGA stores, taught a class in Supermarket Management at the College. "Some of the people he taught became our employees," Ed Quillin said.
Quillin has endowed the Edward J. Quillin Scholarship Fund through the Foundation to award grants to students in Western Technical College's Food Marketing Program who intend to go into Supermarket Management. "This is my way of giving something back to the food industry," Quillin said. "It's been good to me."



Eversole Automotive Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a student enrolled in the Automotive Technician Program at Western Technical College
B. Must have completed the first year of the Automotive Technician Program and enrolled for 12 or more credits in the second year
C. Must have financial need
D. Minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher



Fred Nelson Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must have completed one semester-minimum of 12 credits earned, six of which must be in occupational specific courses
B. First Priority: student from Vernon County enrolled for 12 or more credits in an agriculture program
C. Second Priority: student enrolled for 12 or more credits in an agriculture program
D. Third Priority: student from Vernon County enrolled for 12 or more credits in a business program
E. Fourth Priority: student from Vernon County enrolled for 12 or more credits in one of the college programs


About This Scholarship

Fred Nelson sees an important link between the economy of Viroqua and Western. "The more skilled and better educated people we have, the more prosperous a community we have, meaning a higher standard of living for all of us," said Nelson, former owner and president of Nelson Agri-Center in Viroqua. "I think it all starts with education."
In 1981, supporting his belief in education, Fred Nelson established an endowed scholarship for students in agribusiness programs at the college. Nelson has been a major donor of the Western Nelson Outreach Center in Viroqua, which was named after him. He also served as treasurer of the Foundation Board of Trustees.



Fred Zabel Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a student enrolled for 6 or more credits in the Wood Tech Program at Western Technical College
B. Must have financial need



Frederick Reiman Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in the Air Conditioning or Refrigeration Servicing program
B. Must have completed one semester-minimum of 12 credits earned, six of which must be in occupational specific courses


About This Scholarship

The Frederick A. Reiman Scholarship was started in 1989 at the time of his retirement, after 51 years at the W. A. Roosevelt Company. The management of the 120 year-old distributor of plumbing, heating, electrical, and refrigeration supplies wished to honor Mr. Reiman for starting the company's commercial refrigeration and air conditioning department in 1938, for its growth and particularly for his interest in education.
Mr. Reiman attended both Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin. For many years he was actively involved with the La Crosse Taxpayers Association, La Crosse Jaycees, Holy Cross and Aquinas PTA. Reiman was an organizer and charter member of the local unit of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society begun in 1946.
Throughout his business career he encouraged technical and sales people to continue their education. The Reiman scholarship was established to continue that encouragement and support.



George Smith S & S Cylce Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. An Aptitude test must be taken to determine eligibility of this scholarship.
B. Must be enrolled for 6 or more credits in Mechanical Design Technology or Machine Tool Operation Program - awards will be based on number of credits per semester.
C. Student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher;
D. Scholarship is renewable each semester until program is completed and based on the review of the scholarship committee.
E. After a student qualifies for this scholarship, they must complete a scholarship application.



Gunter Gerske/Nothern Engraving Corporation Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits in one of the following programs at Western Technical College:
B. First Priority: Electronics
C. Second Priority: Mechanical Design
D. Third Priority: Machine Tool



Harold E. Craig Family Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled full-time in the Machine Tool Technician program
B. Must have completed more than 24 credits in the Machine Tool Technician program
C. Must be a resident of Houston, La Crosse, Juneau, Monroe, Trempealeau or Vernon County for more than one year;
D. Must be a High School or HSED graduate;
E. First priority will be given to spouse and children of current employees of C & C Machine;
F. Program GPA - Minimum 3.0 or higher


About This Scholarship

Strong Work Ethic …Harold Craig starting working at a very early age. By age 12, he was on his own, working on a farm. At age 16, he began a long and varied career in the manufacturing industry. He started out as a machine operator at Trane Company during the height of Word War II. At age 17, he joined the Navy for three years. When he returned from the Navy, he completed his high school education at La Crosse Central, and became a machine tool apprentice for the Franklin Iron Works, located on the Northside of La Crosse. In 1957, he started working for Northern Engraving Company in Winona, Minn. as a machine maintenance foreman and was quickly promoted to plant superintendent. In 1959, he moved to Aurora, Ill. to work as the plant maintenance superintendent for All Steel Equipment, a manufacturer of steel office furniture. Harold returned to La Crosse in 1972 to work in management at UOP Norplex. And, in 1976, he joined his brother Fred in the family business, C & C Machine. C & C Machine was established in 1970 in a garage on Copeland Avenue. In 1972, a new facility was built at 159 Buchner Place. The complex has since grown to include seven buildings and 27 full-time employees.
Honored Community Member …Harold was very active in the La Crosse community. In the early 1980s, he joined the Chamber of Commerce where he served on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Transportation Committee. In 1995, he received the President's Award from the Chamber of Commerce. In 1996, he received the Chambers Environmental Stewardship Award. He also became active in the county government, serving as the La Crosse County Harbor Commission Chair. In recognition for his efforts in 1999, the County dedicated the Harold E. Craig Fleeting site on the Mississippi River (south of La Crosse). He was also involved in the Minnesota/Wisconsin Bounty Area Committee for 10 years, serving twice as the chair. When the Rotary Club North was formed, he joined and served as president as well as other offices. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of the establishment of the Mildred Craig (his mother) Logan Scholarship Endowed Fund for disadvantaged students.
Continuing the Legacy …Harold passed away at Christmas in 1998, leaving his legacy of commitment to his country, community and family. Our family has established this scholarship in recognition of his lifetime of dedication.



Hoffman Construction Company

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a resident of Jackson County
B. Must have financial need
C. Must be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in one of the following programs:
1st priority–Diesel/Heavy Equipment
2nd priority-Welding
3rd priority-any program in Industrial Technologies
4th priority-any needy student.



HSR Associates Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

Must be enrolled for 6 or more credits in the Mechanical Design Program



J.Rohrer/Kiwanis Club Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in one of the following programs:
Visual Communications
Electronic Servicing
Graphic Design
Electronics
Mechanical Design
Biomedical Electronics
Electromechanical Technology
B. Must be accepted or enrolled in any program at Western Technical College for 12 or more credits
C. Must be from Juneau County
D. Must have completed one semester - minimum of twelve credits earned, which six must be in occupational specific courses.


About This Scholarship

In December of 1978, the La Crosse Kiwanis Club Board of Directors voted to endow a scholarship in memory of Joseph H. Rohrer.
He was president and general manager of WLCX Radio and WLXR-FM at the time of his death, November 24, 1977. He was very active in business and community affairs and served as president of the La Crosse Kiwanis Club in 1976. His accomplishments were numerous: Greater La Crosse Chamber of Commerce, Man of the Year 1964, Festmaster-Oktoberfest 1971, and Jaycee Boss of the Year Award receiving this honor twice. He had been a resident of La Crosse since April 1957.



Kathyrn S. Welch Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Female student preferred
B. Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in one of the following programs:
Air-conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology
Mechanical Design
Quality Assurance Technician
Any electronics program
Industrial Engineering Technician
Automotive (two-year program)
C. Must have completed one semester-minimum of 12 credits earned, six of which must be in occupational specific courses



La Crosse Area Builders Association/Auxiliary Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a full-time student enrolled in one of the following programs:
Award One: Wood Tech student
Award Two: Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology, Architectural Technology, or Wood Tech student
B. Must have completed one semester - minimum of 12 credits earned, of which six credits must be in occupation specific courses
C. First priority will be given to a student participating in the La Crosse Area Builders Association (LABA) Student Chapter as well as LABA events



La Crosse ASHRAE Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in the two-year Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology Program leading to an Associate Degree
B. Must have completed one semester-minimum of 12 credits earned, six of which must be in occupational specific courses


About This Scholarship

The La Crosse Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc., (ASHRAE) is Premier Chapter of this international technical organization of over 50,000 members from 120 nations. ASHRAE is dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of heating, refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation, their allied arts and sciences, and related human factors for the benefit of the general public. The endowment is intended to fund scholarships for students pursuing an associate degree leading to a career in the Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Industry.



Landscape Horticulture Club Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a high school graduate
B. Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in the Landscape Horticulture Program
C. Must have completed one semester-minimum of 12 credits earned, six of which must be in occupational specific courses.
D. Program GPA-minimum 3.0
Priority will go to individuals that volunteer for public service in community, clubs or college.


About This Scholarship

The Landscape Horticulture Club is a student club at Western Technical College, started in 2008. The purpose of the club is to promote the Landscape Horticulture program at Western, heighten community awareness, and support Green Industry initiatives. Part of this involves fundraising to raise money to sponsor field trips so students may become familiar with the latest trends in landscaping. Part of the money raised by the club also goes back to the community as a donation to non-profit organizations. In March 2009, the club voted to start an annual scholarship to recognize exceptional students.



Lunda

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a resident of Jackson County
B. Must have financial need
C. Must be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in one of the following programs:
1st priority-Diesel/Heavy Equipment program
2nd priority-Welding
3rd priority-any program in Industrial Technologies
4th priority-any needy student.



Machine Operation Tool and Die Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

Must be accepted or planning to enroll full-time in the Machine Tool Technician or Machine Tool Operatation program



Machine Tool Advisory Committee Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be accepted or plan to enroll full-time in the Machine Tool Technician or Machine Tool Operation program
B. Must be a resident of Houston, La Crosse, Juneau, Monroe, Trempealeau or Vernon County for more then one year



Mary Nell Atkinson Endowed

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be accepted or enrolled in one the following programs: Electrical Engineering Technology, Electro-Mechanical Technology, Electronic Servicing Technician, Electronics, Bio-Medical Electronics
B. Must be a US citizen
C. Must be accepted or enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits at WTC
D. Must be age 28 or older
E. Program GPA - minimum 3.0



Mike & Lori Roach Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a Full-Time Student
B. Must be enrolled in HVAC or Electronics program
C. Minimum GPA or 3.0



Mike Soller Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a full-time student enrolled in one of the following manufacturing programs: Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heat Servicing Technician, Machine Tool, Welding or any electronics program
B. Must have completed one semester - minimum of 12 credits earned, of which six credits must be in occupation specific courses
C. First priority to a female student



Mr. and Mrs. Frank Neumann Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a high school graduate
B. Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in Electromechanical Technology
C. Must have completed one semester-minimum of 12 credits earned, six of which must be in occupational specific courses
D. Must be a 15-year resident of La Crosse or Vernon County
E. Program GPA-minimum 3.0


About This Scholarship

"Frank," as he was known by most of his business associates, graduated from Central High School in 1931. He took an electrical course and attended night classes at La Crosse Vocational and Adult School (now Western Technical College). He worked as an electrician for Electric Supply Company before he founded his own electrical contracting business in 1946. He was a member of the National Electrical Apprentice Board of Western Technical College.
He was active in Free Masonry and Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knight Templary of the State of Wisconsin. He died June 25, 1995, of malignant mesathelioma.
Franklin's wife, Gretchen was secretary-treasurer of Neumann Electric Company until their retirement in 1975. They were married sixty and one half years. They have two sons, Eugene and Franklin G. and two great-grand sons. This scholarship was initiated by his family in memory of the outstanding achievements in the electrical field in the La Crosse area.



Nancy Mills Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled full-time
B. First Priority: Food Production Specialist Program
C. Second Priority: Culinary Management with a Food Production Degree
D. Third Priority: Second year student in the Culinary Management Program



Robert Maas Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

Must be a full-time student enrolled in the Mechanical Design Program


About This Scholarship

Robert Maas retired as Program Head of the Mechanical Design Program in May of 2000 after 36 years of service. Bob had a total dedication to technical education. His leadership and futuristic vision of technology and the changing world made the Mechanical Design program a quality program.
Bob has inspired many individuals at Western through his teaching, guidance and friendship. Bob saw the potential in everyone and all they did. His dedication as a teacher taught students how to set their goals high, work hard and achieve those goals. He gave many students the foundation that they needed to build a great career on. His hard work and dedication to the Mechanical Design program at WWTC has guaranteed every employer an excellent source of qualified, well-trained employees. He truly had a gift to teach and guide.
Bob has inspired so many lives, his family, friends, graduates and colleagues have established an endowment fund in his name. The scholarships will be awarded to students who seek a career in the Mechanical Design Program.



Rocky and Toots Pennel Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits in the Culinary Management Program
B. Must have financial need
C. Must be from La Crosse, Vernon or Monroe County



Scott and Melissa Erdman Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a student enrolled for 12 or more credits in the Wood Tech Program at Western Technical College
B. Program GPA: 3.0 or higher
C. First Priority: Student who has served in the military with honorable discharge or active reserves



Shirley Lotze Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a student in one of the food service programs
B. Must be enrolled for six or more credits
C. Must have completed one semester-minimum of six credits earned in occupational specific courses
D. Program GPA - minimum 2.5
E. First Priority: Nontraditional student


About This Scholarship

Shirley Lotze was a born teacher. She returned to college at a time when it was an exception rather than a rule, to earn her bachelor's degree.
Shirley was an innovative person who was responsible for the development of food service programs at Western Technical College. She provided leadership in curriculum development for the programs on the local and state level. She was dedicated to teaching and demonstrated this by her willingness to help students understand procedures and how to implement them in the workplace. She always emphasized quality and work ethics. She took great pride in seeing graduates become successful in their chosen field.
Shirley loved to travel and see how foods were prepared and served in other parts of the country. In addition to tasting foods, she enjoyed flowers and visiting botanical gardens. She was an ardent gardener and nourished her profession and students with the same care she gave her plants.
Shirley was a lady who had definite goals and a keen sense of humor. She died September 13, 1992.
Shirley's peers, former students, friends, work associates, and family honored her interest in the welfare of students by establishing this memorial scholarship.



Society of Manufacturing Engineering La Crosse 096

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Chapter 96
B. Program GPA - minimum 2.0
C. First Priority: Enrolled in an Industrial Technology program at Western for 6 or more credits
D. Second Priority: Enrolled in a program at Western for 6 or more credits



TCI Architects/Engineers/Contractor-Frank Kistler Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in the Wood Tech program
B. Must have completed one semester-minimum of 12 credits earned, six of which must be in occupational specific courses
C. First Priority: a student with a parent that is a member of a trade union


About This Scholarship

Frank Kistler, TCI's Director of Field Operations, along with a developer from Missouri, perished together on Tuesday, November 29, 1994 in a tragic plane explosion. They were en-route from La Crosse, Wisconsin, to a construction site in Kalispell, Montana, where TCI was building a new Wal-Mart.
The impact of Frank's loss on the business and civic communities he served with heart, soul, and might could never be measured. It is impossible to replace Frank Kistler. The only thing that can be done is to practice what Frank taught us. The means and methods of construction Frank shared with his superintendents and the standards of excellence he brought to the field will continue through the disciples who looked to him as a role model, farsighted problem solver, mentor and friend.
To insure Frank's techniques live on, TCI and Frank's family have set up this scholarship in his memory. Frank wanted young people to know about the promising future, which could be found in this industry. Through a construction related scholarship, we hope to make one of his wishes come true.



Toby Hendrickson

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in one of the following graphic arts programs:Graphic Design or Visual Communications
B. Must have completed one semester-minimum of 12 credits earned, six of which must be in occupational specific courses


About This Scholarship

Toby Hendrickson joined the Western Technical College staff as graphics instructor and department head in 1969 and served as chairperson of the Graphics Division from 1977 until his death on August 21, 1986.
Toby was one of those rare persons who placed education and students above everything else. He organized the first Western Technical College student chapter of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) in 1974 and recruited volunteer faculty advisors from the industrial departments to assist him in this endeavor. Through his leadership, many students participated and won awards in state and national competitions.
Toby was also very active in the community. He organized the Hiawatha Valley Printing House Craftsmen's Guild Chapter in the La Crosse-Winona Region in 1970, and was instrumental in revitalizing and reorganizing the La Crosse Advertising Club in the 1984-85 school year.
The Madison Chapter of Printing House Craftsmen named him man of the year in Wisconsin Graphic Arts in 1970, and the La Crosse Advertising Club gave his name to their annual club scholarship.
Scholarships for Western Technical College students were especially meaningful to Toby and personally supported by him. Western Technical College staff and students, friends, admirers, and family endowed a scholarship in his memory.



Weihrouch Agribusiness Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. First Priority – New Student
B. Second Priority – Continuing Student
C. Planning to enroll or be enrolled for 12 or more credits in the Agribusiness and Science Technology Program
D. Must have financial need
E. Program GPA – minimum 2.0


About This Scholarship

Walter Weihrouch firmly believed in education all of his life. He became an instructor in agriculture after graduation from college. He retired as chairman of the Agriculture Division at Western Technical Collge after 14 years of service.. He served from 1968-1970 as a member of the Board of the Western Wisconsin Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education District prior to his employment at Western Technical College.



Western Automotive Staff Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a student enrolled in the Automotive Technician Program at Western Technical College
B. Must have completed the first year of the Automotive Technician Program and enrolled for 12 or more credits in the second year
C. Program GPA 2.5 or higher
D. Must have financial need



Western Welding

Scholarship Criteria

A. Applicant must have completed or will complete a second semester of welding, or an articulated welding course (Tech-Prep Welding)
B. Prior to enrolling at Western, applicant must possess a high school diploma/GED
C. Must have financial need (attach a copy of your financial aid form, available from the Guidance Counselor's Office)
D. Based on a 4.0 GPA scale, applicant must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher
E. Must be accepted into the Western Welding program
F. Applicant must complete the (AWS) American Welding Society Scholarship Application(When submitting for the Western Welding Scholarship, include a copy of the AWS Scholarship Form)
G. Recommendation from shop instructor



Wieser Brothers General Contractor Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled full-time in the Wood Tech Program
B. Mandatory class attendance by applicant with no unexcused absentees
C. Program GPA - minimum 3.0


About This Scholarship

For the Wieser brothers, it only seems right that they give back to the institution that helped them get started. That’s why when the Foundation put out the plea for scholarship donations, the brothers came through and established an endowed scholarship to help future students in the Wood Tech program.
For Jeff ('83) and Brian ('86), both graduates of Western’s Wood Tech program and La Crescent, Minn. Natives, the decision to establish a scholarship was easy. As owners of Wieser Brothers General Contractor, Inc., they see the value that grads of the Wood Tech program bring to their business. “Graduates of that program just seem to have a better start,” says Jeff. Approximately 80-90 percent of their carpenters are grads. They hire on average two to three of our graduates each year, and most of them go on to become superintendents at Wieser Brothers. And three of their project managers are from the Western Wood Tech program.
But aside from the benefit they see as a business, there’s a personal reason too. “We’re just such firm believers in what the college does,” says Jeff. Brian continues, “We want to give back to the college what they gave us.” They both believe Western gave them the base they needed to help achieve their goals. After graduating from the Wood Tech program, both started as apprentice carpenters, graduated to journeyman carpenters and then became job superintendents before starting Wieser Brothers in 1994.
“When I was there, I remember people who couldn’t afford a lot of things,” says Jeff. “We believe in giving everyone a chance for an education so they can reach their own dreams.” And thanks to their scholarship, students in the Wood Tech program will now have that chance.



William and Elizabeth Brendel Family Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a full-time student, enrolled in an Industrial Technology Program at Western Technical College
B. Must be involved in community or college activities; Good standing in their program.



William Welch, Sr. Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in an Associate Degree Electronics Program or Diploma Electronic Servicing Program
B. Female student preferred
C. Must have successfully completed all first-year occupational specific courses.


About This Scholarship

William G. "Bill" Welch, Sr. came to the La Crosse Vocational School in 1960 while he was still employed by Southern Minnesota Supply Company to start an evening program in electronics. In 1961 he was employed by the school full-time to organize and start a two-year Electronics program. Bill used his 22 years of education, military and business experience as the major resource to initiate this successful program. This program was one of the first programs to be offered as an associate degree program at the school.
Bill taught Electronics for nine years before he became chairman of the Trade and Industry division. He continued to teach one course each year. Many vocational and associate degree programs were developed, under his guidance, for the Industrial Division.
Bill was instrumental in doing the research necessary to develop the Biomedical Electronics program, the first in Wisconsin and one of the early programs in the United States. He was very active in state and national organizations that promoted technical education. He was also active in the promotion and development of training programs for area industries.
Bill retired as Dean of Technology at Western Technical College in June of 1986. His son, William Jr., continues to teach in the Electronics programs at Western Technical College.



Wing/Schaefer Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled full-time in the Wood Tech program
B. Must have completed one semester - minimum of 12 credits earned, six of which must be in occupational specific courses
C. Program GPA - minimum 3.0



Winona Heating and Ventilating Co Inc Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be enrolled for 12 or more credits in the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technician program at Western Technical College
B. Must have completed one semester of Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technician program
C. Must be a resident of Western Wisconsin, Southeast Minnesota or Northeast Iowa - 100 mile radius of La Crosse, Winona, Decorah and Rochester
D. Program GPA 3.0 or higher



Wisconsin Crop Production Association Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

Must be enrolled in agribusiness program



Wood Technics Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

A. Must be a full-time student in the Wood Tech program
B. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.0