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Nicolet College - Nicolet Foundation sets record for scholarship awards

Nicolet College Foundation sets
record for scholarship awards


Posted Jan. 3, 2011

The Nicolet College Foundation enjoyed a very successful year in 2010. So successful, in fact, that it was able to award a record-setting $192,687 in student scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year. In all, 213 Nicolet students received Nicolet scholarships to help fund their education.

“In these challenging economic times it is so vitally important to help students as much as possible to get a college education,” said Roxanne Lutgen, executive director of the Nicolet College Foundation. “Setting a record in total scholarships awarded is a true testament to our many donors who recognized the need and rose to the challenge. These scholarships not only benefit the students but also the residents of the Northwoods who depend on the many skills and services Nicolet graduates provide.”

Last year, in 2009-10, $175,562 was awarded to 181 students in scholarships.

The past year also saw the Foundation reach another milestone. The Foundation topped the $1 million mark in total donations since the start of A Day for Nicolet fund raiser in 2001.

In 2010, A Day For Nicolet generated $129,319 for student scholarships which will be awarded in the 2011-12 academic year. “The Foundation is grateful for the support of all businesses, organizations, and individuals who have made our scholarship program so successful,” Lutgen said.

In addition to A Day for Nicolet scholarship funds, the Foundation received in-kind gifts to benefit program areas, buildings for live-burn training and specific gifts. Through specific gifts, the Foundation was able to provide tutoring and mentoring services, assistance with testing fees, and books.

In an endeavor that benefited the broader community, the Foundation made a donation of 465 linear feet of 2”x 6” redwood to the Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association to help with the construction of a bridge at Perch Lake Park in Oneida County. The Foundation received the redwood as a donation from a benefactor in 2007.

“In the future the Foundation will continue to play an increasingly important role in student success especially with our growth in enrollment,” Lutgen added.

This spring the Foundation will hold its Annual Fund Drive. Anyone wishing to contribute during this event can contact Janet Neurauter, Foundation coordinator, at (715) 365-4518, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4518, or by email at, or visit her office in University Transfer Center Room 209 on the Rhinelander campus.