All Endowed Scholarships
75 YEARS OF BLACK EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to a rising senior to recognize outstanding achievement and/or contributions to campus diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
WILBUR M. AND MABEL M. ALLEN AND PHILIP AND KARIN PRATT SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to full-time students who are considering the ordained ministry and who demonstrate financial need. Pastor Allen was a 1930 Carthage graduate who served congregations in Indiana and Illinois. He and his wife, Mabel, celebrated more than 50 years of married life. Karin (Allen) and Philip Pratt, both members of the Class of 1967, are the daughter and son-in-law of the Allens. Philip had a career in retail business and Karin was a teacher.
ANTON B. AND ADELE R. ALTERA SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree in English. It was endowed by Virginia (Altera) Cornog ’74 and Robert Cornog, in honor of Mrs. Cornog’s parents. Robert Cornog was the chairman, president, and CEO of Snap-on Inc. from 1991 until his retirement in 2000. He continues to provide leadership to the College through his service as a trustee emeritus.
ALAN AND IRMA ANDERSON SCHOLARSHIP
Alan Anderson ’50 was the 17th president of Carthage. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Carthage in 1988 and was a member of the Board of Trustees. In 2004, he received the Carthage Flame award, the highest honor given by the College. He passed away in 2008. Alan dedicated his life to Carthage, and the College held a special place in his heart. He said, “Carthage provided for me an inspiration, an education, and an enjoyable and most fulfilling life. I shall be eternally grateful.”
Irma (Niekamp) Anderson ’48 received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1999. She graduated from Carthage with a Bachelor of Science in home economics. She taught high school home economics, worked as a hospital dietitian, and was active in civic groups and extremely visible on campus.
The Andersons have three children, Ross ’75, Jolene (Anderson) Morris ’77, and Jane (Anderson) Spencer ’80. Ross Anderson is a Carthage trustee and Jane Spencer is an academic advisor at the College. Four of their grandchildren also are Carthage graduates. The Alan and Irma Anderson Scholarship is awarded to children of Carthage alumni who maintain a 3.0 GPA or better. It was made possible by the generous support of Alan and Irma Anderson and family and friends.
IRMA (NIEKAMP) ANDERSON ’48 SCHOLARSHIP
In honor of the 150 Years of Carthage Women celebration, Albert Van Maren ’65 seeks to recognize and preserve the longstanding impact Irma (Niekamp) Anderson ’48 and the late Alan Anderson ’50 have had on Carthage and the students who have passed through its doors.
Following graduation from Carthage in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science in home economics, Mrs. Anderson worked as a hospital dietitian and taught high school home economics. In recognition of her commitment to the College, Mrs. Anderson received the 1999 Distinguished Alumni Service Award.
For over 75 years, she has continued to cherish and support her dear alma mater and frequents many campus events. She, along with her longtime friends, the late Beverly Keller ’61 and the late Ruth Johnson ’84, have proudly attended the ground breaking of every building project since the College move to Kenosha. Mrs. Anderson recently aptly named one of the kitchens in the Tower residence hall and has enjoyed baking cookies for the residents there.
Her late husband, Alan Anderson, was the 20th President of Carthage College and had served his alma mater for over 35 years with Irma always by his side; together they traveled throughout the United States recruiting students and visiting Carthage alumni.
Nineteen members of the Anderson extended family are all Carthage graduates.This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students based on financial need with preference for a legacy student with Carthage graduates as parents, and preference for a woman.
CLARENCE ANDERSON SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students based on financial need. Mr. Clarence Anderson was a Lutheran and a friend of Carthage who established the scholarship with a gift in 1983.
ARNESON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to full-time students who have graduated from St. Joseph High School in Kenosha, particularly those with financial need. The Arneson family owned and operated Arneson Foundry Inc. in Kenosha, where Mr. James Arneson was a manager and board member.
MARK BARMAK NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in nursing, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have demonstrated financial need.
This fund lifts up and celebrates the life, passion, and generous spirit of Mark Barmak, who passed away in 2019. In retirement, Mark served on the Board of Trustees and his philanthropy generously supported many causes at Carthage, including the Carthage Fund, capital facilities, and scholarships.
THOMAS R. BEAU MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student serving as a student manager for an athletic team. Tom graduated from Carthage in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry. He taught mathematics at North High School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and chemistry at Lakeshore Technical Institute in Cleveland, Wisconsin, before his death in 1975. The scholarship was established through the generosity of his wife, Nellie, along with family, friends, and classmates of Mr. Beau.
ELLA SUE BECK AND MILDRED BECK SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was made possible in June 1999 by a gift from the estate of Miss Ella Sue Beck, a 1929 Carthage graduate. It is named in her honor and that of her sister, Miss Mildred Beck.
EDGAR W. BELTER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to juniors or seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, a major in social work or psychology, and career plans that include service to persons experiencing substance abuse. It is named for the Rev. Edgar “Ed” Belter ’48, who was pastor of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Racine, Wisconsin, and co-founded The A-Center in Racine, the state’s first alcohol and other abuse center with a specific heroin treatment facility.
DONALD O. BENSON, SR. AND ANNE C. BENSON SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to sophomore or junior students who show potential, rather than proven, leadership abilities. Mr. Benson was a member of Carthage’s Class of 1971. He began collegiate coursework when he was in his 50s, while most of his peers were looking toward retirement, and went on to teach science at Oostburg (Wisconsin) High School.
SAMUEL H. AND HELEN E. BESS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to those students who demonstrate leadership potential and whose careers and lives would benefit the greatest from this award. Dr. Samuel H. Bess ’31 was a physician in the Freeport, Illinois, area for nearly 40 years and a Carthage trustee for 15 years. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1979. Helen (Ottman) Bess ’28 earned her bachelor’s degree in English and taught high school English for many years.
THE REVEREND JAMES P. BISHOP SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students who are considering a future in the ordained ministry, are planning to attend an accredited seminary after Carthage, or are planning a career in a church-related field, such as social services or education. The Rev. James P. Bishop was a pastor in California before coming to Carthage in 1961. He eventually became director of library services, and a professor of history and religion. Mrs. Marcia Bishop wanted to honor her husband’s legacy by creating this scholarship fund in his name.
DEXTER AND NANCY BLACK SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Dexter Black was a Racine native and Racine County district attorney from 1954 to 1960. He was appointed to the Carthage Board of Trustees in 1961, and served as board chairman from 1978 until his death in 1992. Mrs. Black commissioned this scholarship in memory of her late husband.
THOMAS AND KATHRYN BOLGER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to student(s) from McHenry County, with a preference for graduates of Marian Central Catholic High School.
The fund lifts up and celebrates the lives of Thomas and Kathryn Bolger, their enduring commitment to education, and their dedication to the community of McHenry County. Their daughter, Susan Hamar, along with her husband, Jeff, Carthage Class of 1980, have established this fund in their loving memory and to support the advancement of future generations of students from McHenry County.
MICHELE AND ROBERT BONN ATHLETIC ENDOWMENT
Income generated from this fund will be used at the discretion of the director of athletics for purchase and expenses related to the athletic department. Bob Bonn was director of athletics and chair of the Exercise and Sport Science Department at Carthage from 1992 to 2018. Dr. Bonn has taught, coached and directed at the high school and college levels. He earned his Bachelor of Science in physical education from the University of Connecticut, Master of Education from Springfield College, and Doctor of Education from Boston University. Michele Bonn served as the registrar and as director of advising services, and is a senior lecturer in the Exercise and Sport Science Department at Carthage. She previously worked as a teacher and coach at Pacific University. Mrs. Bonn earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Connecticut in 1975, and a Master of Science Teaching from Portland State University in 1986.
JOHN BOREN FOOTBALL ENDOWMENT
In honor of John Scott Boren ’71, who passed away unexpectedly in 1994, his wife, Karen, and his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Clark Boren, established this endowment fund to benefit the football program at Carthage. After learning of Mr. Boren’s death, many friends, football teammates, and brothers in Tau Sigma Chi contributed gifts to the endowment. Income generated from this fund is used at the discretion of the head football coach and director of athletics. One player each year receives the John Scott Boren Most Inspirational Player Award. The recipient is given a trophy, and his name is inscribed on a permanent plaque placed in the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center.
FRANK J. BORSH SCHOLARSHIP
Irene (Schuknecht) Borsh ’70 began her quest for higher education at the Racine Kenosha Teachers College when she was in her late 30s. After receiving her two-year degree in 1962, she attended Carthage for eight years while teaching in Racine. When her husband, Frank, passed away, she created through an estate gift, as a living memorial to him, a scholarship for graduates of high schools in the Racine Unified School District. Mrs. Borsh died in 2000.
HAZEL BOTHE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students in the music department, endowed with estate gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Werner Bothe, family members, and friends. Mrs. Bothe was active in music and took one summer music course at Carthage. Mr. Bothe was CEO and owner of Bothe Associates Inc., a precision tool-and-die company he founded in 1950. Both were Lutherans.
MERLE AND EUNICE BOYER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to a senior in the humanities or social science. Dr. Merle Boyer joined the Carthage faculty in 1943, taught courses in philosophy, religion, and psychology, and served as chair of the Division of Humanities. Dr. Eunice Boyer began teaching at Carthage part-time in 1946 and full-time in 1959, founding Carthage’s Social Work Department and serving as longtime chair of the Sociology Department. The couple was awarded the Carthage Flame, the highest award given by the College, in 1995. The Boyers passed away in 2008.
PATRICIA AND HAROLD BRAINARD SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students with junior or senior status in the Education Department. Mrs. Brainard earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the College in 1966 and a master’s degree in 1985. The Brainards were both educators in Waukegan, Illinois.
MELISSA BRANNON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was created in Melissa’s memory by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Brannon. Melissa Brannon died in 1977 during her freshman year at Carthage, following a long battle with leukemia. While at Carthage, Melissa majored in criminal justice. During J-Term she worked in the inner city neighborhoods of Chicago helping underprivileged youth. This scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate students who may be experiencing an illness or physical handicap. It is based on financial need and may be awarded to someone without an illness or disability, if the need arises.
JERALD C. BRAUER DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF LUTHERAN STUDIES
The Carthage Board of Trustees established this professorship in honor of Dr. Jerald Brauer ’43, a renowned church historian for half a century at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Dr. Brauer received his B.D. in 1945 from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in 1948 from the University of Chicago. He began his academic career at Union Theological Seminary in New York, in 1948, and went to the University of Chicago in 1950, where he spent the remainder of his career. He served as dean of the Federated Theological Faculty from 1955 to 1960 and dean of the Divinity School from 1960 to 1970. He was Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor in the Divinity School at Chicago from 1969 to 1991, and was named Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 1991. A noted lecturer, editor, and author throughout his career, Dr. Brauer held honorary degrees from Carthage, Miami University, Ripon College, and Gettysburg College.
He served on the Carthage Board of Trustees from 1959 to 1967, representing the Illinois Synod under a previous system of church representation on the board. As a trustee, he was active in the decision to move the College from Carthage, Illinois, to Kenosha. He was elected a trustee emeritus in 1990.
MURIEL N. AND JERALD C. BRAUER SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. Jerald Brauer ’43 taught at the University of Chicago Divinity School from 1950 until 1991, acting as dean from 1960 until 1970. He received an honorary doctorate from Carthage in 1957, was a trustee from 1959 until 1967, and was the Commencement speaker in 1980. He was invited to Rome as a Protestant observer of the 1964-65 sessions of the Vatican Council, and wrote three books. Mrs. Muriel Brauer attended Carthage from 1941 to 1943.
JOSEPH AND PHYLLIS BRAUN SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to rising sophomore, junior, or senior student(s) who are enrolled full-time and have demonstrated financial need; major in education and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher; and demonstrate a commitment to physical fitness.
The Duncan and Braun families established this fund with the purpose to lift up and celebrate the lives of Joseph and Phyllis Braun and their enduring commitment to education. Their granddaughter Erin (Duncan) Zematis graduated from Carthage in 2001 and is furthering the family?s legacy in education, serving as the Middle School English teacher at St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Kenosha, WI.
WALTER H. AND IRENE B. BRINKMAN SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Walter Brinkman was a Carthage graduate in the 1930s. He was a banker in Chicago. The scholarship was established through the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Brinkman.
ELIZABETH K. BROWN SCHOLARSHIP
Elizabeth “Betsy” Brown believes there is no greater tool of empowerment than education, and for the last 50 years, she has dedicated both her time and resources to organizations that share that belief, including Carthage College. Mrs. Brown has been a champion of Kenosha public libraries, improving the library experience for the whole family and increasing accessibility. She also supports the work of the Wisconsin Historical Society, and in her 80’s continues to volunteer her time a few hours a week at the Kenosha History Center. Additionally, Mrs. Brown gives to multiple schools and universities because she knows that there is no better economic equalizer than education.
With this scholarship, Mrs. Brown’s three daughters, Lucy, Sarah, and Amy, would like to honor their mother by continuing to support the causes she found most important. This scholarship will support a deserving Carthage student dedicated to making a positive change in their community. Preference will be given to a female student with financial need. Studnet must be a rising junior or senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
BETSY AND HOWARD BROWN SCHOLARSHIP
Elizabeth “Betsy” Kassel met her future husband, Howard Brown, in Middletown, N.Y., in 1959. Howard and Betsy Brown later would have three daughters and nine grandchildren. Betsy received the Outstanding Community Supporter Award, which is given to someone who makes a difference in the lives of Women and Children’s Horizons clients and Kenosha County as a whole. Howard was the publisher of the Kenosha News and president of United Communications Corporation. He was a trustee of the College beginning in 1987 and was presented with the Carthage Flame in 1998. Howard was a member of the Carthage Boosters Club and made regular contributions to the College. He served as the president of the Kenosha Christmas Charities Inc., known as the Goodfellows. He also worked with the Kenosha Youth Foundation, the Kenosha Jewish Welfare Fund, and the Kenosha Area Business Alliance. He served as a director of the First National Bank of Kenosha for 31 years. Mr. Brown passed away
HOWARD J. BROWN COMMUNICATION SCHOLARSHIP
The Howard J. Brown Communication Scholars Fund seeks to promote excellence in the field of communications at Carthage. The fund will award scholarships each year to outstanding rising juniors or seniors majoring or minoring in communication.
This scholarship was funded by a generous endowment gift from Roger Brown, as a way to celebrate and honor his late brother Howard Brown, who served as president of United Communications Corporation. Mr. Brown’s generosity and commitment to Carthage was boundless. As both Trustee and patron, he believed deeply in the College’s role in developing local communities. Mr. Brown also believed strongly that a free press is a foundational element of democracy.
DAVID AND LYN BRUNN SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by Lyn and David Brunn. Mr. Brunn joined the Carthage faculty in 1993 as a professor of business administration and accounting and soon after was named the Rogers Palmer Distinguished Professor of Business. In 1999 he received the Distinguished Teaching Award. Mr. Brunn had three decades of experience at Arthur Andersen & Co. Mrs. Brunn holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University. The Brunns have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.
BRUNSWICK CORPORATION / NIEMANN SCHOLARSHIP
William L. Niemann ’41 was employed by Brunswick Corp. in many different positions, including secretary, general counsel, vice president, and consultant. Mr. Niemann was credited with building Brunswick’s legal department and its international corporate expansion. Brunswick established this scholarship upon Mr. Niemann’s retirement from the company.
EDITH J. AND WILLIAM H. BULLAMORE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students in the Geography and Earth Science Department. Mr. and Mrs. Bullamore were lifelong residents of Kenosha. Mr. Bullamore operated an independent real estate and insurance agency. Mrs. Bullamore supported many educational and charitable organizations, and local churches. She established this scholarship shortly before her death in 1996.
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AWARDS ENDOWMENT
Faculty members in the Business Administration Department established this endowment as a way to recognize the accomplishments of selected business administration students.
DWIGHT W. BYRAM SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to sophomores and juniors who have declared majors in business administration, accounting, marketing, or international business. Wendell Byram ’59 was a parts supplier for AT&T and is the former president of Candela Electronics Inc. He and his wife, Melinda (Thunell) Byram ’61, established this scholarship in memory of Wendell’s father, Dwight.
ERIN CALTEUX WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL ENDOWMENT
This endowment fund is named in memory of Erin Calteux ’05, by her parents, Jeanne and David Calteux, family and friends. Erin was a member of the women’s volleyball team. She would have graduated in 2005 but died in an automobile accident. Each year an award is presented to the most inspirational volleyball player. Money from the fund is used to support the activities of the women’s volleyball team at the discretion of the head women’s volleyball coach and director of athletics.
F. GREGORY AND BARBARA CAMPBELL HERITAGE STUDIES ENDOWMENT
This fund recognizes the contributions of F. Gregory and Barbara Campbell. Mr. Campbell was the 21st president of Carthage. During his tenure, two major curriculum reforms restored structure and emphasized classical approaches to arts and sciences education. The Heritage Studies program is at the very heart of the Carthage experience bringing students a greater understanding of the history upon which our society is built, exposing them to traditions other than their own, and developing them as global citizens. Acknowledging the value of this program, the Clausen Family Foundation established the endowment to honor and recognize the superb leadership Greg and Barbara have provided to Carthage. A. W. (Tom) Clausen ’44 served as a member of the Carthage Board of Trustees. Mr. Clausen passed away in 2013. His widow, Helen, resides in Pennsylvania.
WILBUR D. AND MARTHA S. CAPPS SCHOLARSHIP
Following World War II, Mr. Capps was a member of the Prosecution Division of Supreme Command for the Allied Powers and was a prosecuting attorney in the Yokohama War Crimes Trial. For decades, he practiced law in Carthage, Illinois. He was a Carthage trustee from 1949 to 1992, and received an honorary doctorate from Carthage in 1965. Mrs. Capps taught English at Carthage High School for many years.
HARRY F. AND ELIZABETH LESHER CARLSON SCHOLARSHIP
Harry Carlson ’28 was a realtor in Rockford, Illinois. He played a major role in the development of Loves Park, Illinois, and other sections of the greater Rockford area. Elizabeth Carlson ’28 was an English teacher. She was on the Carthage Board of Trustees for 24 years and was named Alumni Council Representative Emerita of the Board in 1980. She was bestowed the President’s Medal of Honor in 1983. Mrs. Carlson’s family donated the stained glass in Ehrler Chapel in memory of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Martin Lesher.
THE CARTHAGE WOMEN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to a junior woman enrolled at Carthage. The Carthage College Women’s Club was founded in 1954, and included women employees and spouses of employees. The scholarship was established when the club dissolved in 1997.
CARTHAGE WOMEN WITH PURPOSE AND PASSION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
In recognition of the 150 Years of Carthage Women celebration, Mary Bishop, Trustee, established an endowed scholarship to encourage female students at Carthage to pursue their dreams with purpose and passion. Through this scholarship, Ms. Bishop wishes to acknowledge and celebrate the long history of successful women of Carthage, and to honor their role as forebearers and trailblazers. Ms. Bishop intends for this fund to preserve this legacy into the future, so that Carthage may continue to be a place for talented and driven women to develop their ideas and become the change-makers of tomorrow.
This scholarship will be awarded to a first-year female student who has a unique passion or standout achievement as identified through the admissions process and demonstrated financial need.
ALICE MOODY CHAPIN ARBORETUM ENDOWMENT
The designation of the campus as an arboretum was made to enhance Carthage’s park-like setting, and as a memorial to Mrs. Chapin ’35, who worked for 21 years in Caracas, Venezuela, for a petroleum company, before retiring to Pompano Beach, Florida. Carthage received a portion of Mrs. Chapin’s estate . The College Board of Trustees authorized a $250,000 distribution to provide funds for the future care and maintenance of the campus.
CHAPIN-TAGUE FUND FOR PRIZES IN CREATIVE WRITING
This fund is the combination of two endowments, one established by Wilma Tague and another through Professor Merle Chapin. The Chapin Prize in Creative Writing was established as a memorial to Prof. Chapin by Ms. Tague, his family and friends. Prof. Chapin also contributed to a fund for a prize for writing. Each year prizes are given in prose and poetry, with the competition open to all students of the College.
CHAPMAN EXECUTIVE-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
This endowment fund is used to bring corporate executives to Carthage and Kenosha for two- to three-day visits. Through this program, Carthage expands its relationships and contacts with regional, national, and global businesses, building bridges that lead to internships and employment opportunities for students.
Steve and Cindy Chapman are the donors for the Chapman Executive-in-Residence Program endowment fund established in 2005. The couple also provided generators for the Oaks Residential Village, the Campbell Student Union, and the Science Center, and were generous donors to the College’s swim team. Steve has been a Carthage trustee since 2005.
Steve is vice president and group vice president–China and Russia for Cummins Inc., a global power leader whose complementary business units design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Asian studies/political science from St. Olaf College and an MMP in management from Yale University. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and spends a significant amount of his time in China.
Cindy also is a St. Olaf graduate. The couple have two children, Nathaniel, a 2006 Carthage graduate, and Rebecca. Nathaniel was an accomplished swimmer while at Carthage.
CHAPMAN FAMILY MEN’S SWIMMING ENDOWMENT
In honor of their son Nathaniel ’06, an outstanding swimmer at Carthage from 2002 to 2006, Steve and Cindy Chapman established this endowment for the men’s swim team. The Firebird Award will be given each year to the outstanding men’s swimmer who embodies the five qualities of Nathaniel’s career and the ideal Firebird; consistently achieves a GPA of 3.5 or higher, demonstrates a strong work ethic as part of the team, scores at the NCAA championships, develops into and serves as an effective leader, and has an enjoyable demeanor. This fund is used at the discretion of the head coach and director of athletics in support of the men’s swimming program.
BLAKE R. AND MARIE E. CHILDREN SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a career in nursing, medical technology, or medicine. Marie Children was a friend of Carthage and a resident of Kenosha. She had requested that upon her death and that of her brothers, Lawrence Mason and Phillip Rinke, a scholarship be endowed in her name and that of her husband, Blake.
CHRISTMAN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FUND
This scholarship is designed for a student pursuing either an engineering or nursing degree who demonstrates financial need. Through this scholarship fund, the donors seek to help educate a new generation of nurses and engineers.
Members of 14 graduating classes have established scholarships in recognition of their classmates. This has been done by the classes of 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1942, 1951, 1964, 1965, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
CLASS OF 1957 SCHOLARSHIP / THOMAS BOWERSOX MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in recognition of the members of the Class of 1957, in celebration of their 50th class reunion in 2007. Additional contributions from class members were made in memoriam for Thomas Bowersox ’57, who died in 2011.
A. W. AND JOYCELYNN CLAUSEN SCHOLARSHIP
A. W. (Tom) Clausen ’44 earned his degree “in absentia” because he was working with the U.S. Army Air Corps. After he earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota, he joined Bank of America, working his way to president and CEO in 1970. Mr. Clausen was appointed president of the World Bank in 1981 by President Jimmy Carter, and held that position until mid-1986. At that time, he returned to the Bank of America, serving again as CEO until his retirement in 1990. Mr. Clausen passed away in January 2013. Joycelynn Clausen ’43, Mr. Clausen’s sister, went on to study voice at Juilliard School and enjoyed a career as a performing artist. She passed away in 2001. The A. W. Clausen Center for World Business honors Mr. Clausen.
A. W. AND MARY MARGARET CLAUSEN DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP OF POLITICAL ECONOMY AND WORLD BUSINESS
The A. W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professorship of Political Economy and World Business was endowed by A. W. “Tom” Clausen ’44 and his late wife, Mary Margaret (Peggy). It is intended to reward a distinguished professor who is an outstanding scholar and a stimulating, effective, and motivating teacher. The award emphasizes business, education, economics, political science, and public policy. Holding the chair of distinguished professorship reflects Mr. Clausen’s achievements as president of the World Bank and two-time CEO of BankAmerica Corporation. He served as a Carthage trustee, beginning in 1970, and later as a trustee emeritus. Mr. Clausen passed away in January 2013.
GEORGE AND VALBORG CROSSLAND SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Crossland graduated from Carthage in 1908 with a Bachelor of Science. He studied law at Drake University for one year before transferring to the University of Chicago Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1911. He was the attorneyadvisor in finance for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regional office in Chicago from 1935 to 1956. Mr. Crossland then spent a year in Washington as the chief of the SEC’s Branch of Interpretations and Review–Corporation Finance Division. While at Carthage, he was a member of the debate and football teams. He earned the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1970 for outstanding achievement in the field of law.
THE REVEREND J. E. AND MARY A. DALE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students who are children of Lutheran pastors. It was made possible by Mr. David E. Dale ’43, and his wife, Estelle, in memory of his parents, Rev. J. E. and Mrs. Mary A. Dale. David retired from a long career with Merrill Lynch & Co. He passed away in 2010 and Estelle died in 2013.
W. HOWARD DAWE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate men who are majoring in English and planning to teach. Mr. Dawe established this scholarship with a bequest from his estate.
DELTA UPSILON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF CARTHAGE COLLEGE ENDOWMENT
The Delta Upsilon fraternity was founded in 1834, and its Carthage chapter was chartered in 1992. It is a non-secret social fraternity that maintains one of the highest GPAs of all social fraternities at Carthage. The Delta Upsilon Alumni Association of Carthage College (DUAACC) has created this endowment primarily to fund a scholarship for a fraternity member during his junior or senior year. Additional money earned on the endowment is used for educational programs hosted by the DUAACC for current actives.
WILLIAM A. AND JUNE M. DIEHL SCHOLARSHIP JACOB AND SARA DIEHL SCHOLARSHIP
Rev. William A. Diehl ’48 was one of four children of Rev. Jacob Diehl, who served as Carthage’s 10th president from 1929 to 1933. Rev. Willam Diehl was a member of the Carthage Board of Trustees from 1970 to 1988, and participated on the search committee for President F. Gregory Campbell.
June (Thomsen) Diehl ’41 received her master’s degree in education from Western Michigan University. She taught high school English and Spanish in Carthage, Illinois, then taught grades 4 through 6 in Maywood, Illinois, and Kalamazoo, Michigan. “It’s a family thing for us,” the pastor said of Carthage. “My three sisters all went there. I met my wife there. My daughter (Jacqueline Day ’76) and granddaughter (Whitney Day ’04) went there.”
Mrs. Diehl passed away in 2005. After her death, Pastor Diehl established an endowment at Carthage in her honor to make the William A. and June M. Diehl Scholarship possible. The preferred recipients for this scholarship are students who are considering careers in education or ministry.
Pastor Diehl was the major contributor to the Jacob and Sara Diehl Scholarship. In 1975, Dorothea (Diehl) Yuvan ’36, the oldest of the Diehl siblings, created this scholarship as a memorial to her parents. The scholarship, awarded to students who are children of Lutheran pastors, was first endowed in 2003.
DR. DIETER AND NANCY JEDAN SCHOLARSHIP
Dieter ’69 and Nancy ’72 met during their undergraduate studies at Carthage College. Nancy returned to graduate school after having three children.
The Dr. Dieter and Nancy Jedan Endowed Scholarship is designed to help support and to be a blessing to a mother, returning to pursue higher education on either a full or part-time basis, with preference for full-time enrollment.
DISKERUD – ELLER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Clayton Diskerud ’59 was a criminal justice professor at Carthage, retiring in 1998 with emeritus status. He received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2003. Shirley (Eller) Diskerud ’59 received her master’s degree in education in 1979, and taught at Washington Middle School in Kenosha until her retirement in 1998. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1993.
ROBERT AND LOIS DITTUS SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Robert Dittus joined Carthage in December 1988 as vice president of business and finance after more than 25 years of experience as an operations executive at the Stroh Brewery Company, Advo Systems, Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co., General Mills Inc., and Shell Oil Co. During his tenure at Carthage, annual budgets consistently showed an operating surplus and the endowment quadrupled. Mr. Dittus also supervised construction and renovation projects totaling $70 million. In 2004, he received the Carthage Flame award. Mrs. Dittus taught school, later obtained a real estate license, and most recently served as a sales representative for Hal Leonard Music Co.
ROLF AND ELEANOR DOKMO ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Rolf Dokmo served the College as a member of the Board of Trustees beginning in 1940. He served on various committees and as vice president. In 1953, Mr. Dokmo was elected chairman, and served in that capacity until his death in 1961. Dr. Harold Lentz, Carthage president from 1952 to 1976, said in his book “The Miracle of Carthage” that when they first saw the Alford Park site, Mr. Dokmo immediately said, “This is it.” So, the renowned legacy of Carthage College began anew in Kenosha. Mrs. Dokmo was very supportive of Carthage at Lutheran synod meetings and was active in church and local civic organizations. Established by the Dokmos’ son and daughter-in-law, Richard ’59 and Judy (Ferron) Dokmo ’61, this scholarship recognizes students who have shown leadership ability, organizational skills, and a positive attitude toward Christian stewardship, exhibited by lifestyle choices and actions along with a desire to improve or excel.
DOMIN FAMILY SOCCER ENDOWMENT
This endowment was established with donations from Mike Domin and the Domin family. Mike Domin, from 1995 to 1997, was one of the best soccer players in the CCIW and NCAA. In 1997, he was the CCIW Player of the Year, and is one of the NCAA career leaders in assists. He was inducted into the Carthage Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. Mike was coached at Carthage by his brother Steve. As head women’s soccer coach from 1995 to 2004 and head men’s soccer coach since 1995, Steve has won a women’s CCIW championship in 2001 and men’s CCIW championships in 2007 and 2011. The Mike Domin Men’s Soccer MVP Award is presented annually to a deserving student on the men’s soccer team. Income generated from this fund will be used at the discretion of the head men’s soccer coach and the director of athletics.
RONALD J. AND WILMA G. DOPP SCHOLARSHIP
Ronald Dopp never visited the Carthage campus, and Wilma’s first visit came in the late 1990s. They first heard of Carthage through a colleague of Ronald’s at Clark Oil & Refining Corp., and began supporting the College in the 1970s. Prior to his death in 1986, Ronald established a trust to benefit Wilma during her lifetime, with Carthage listed among more than 20 beneficiaries of the trust. Wilma then included Carthage in her own estate.
DAVID J. DORAK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in David’s memory by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Dorak. David Dorak died in 1973 during his junior year at Carthage. He was outstanding in and out of the classroom, an exemplary athlete, a promising mathematics major, and a resident assistant. He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame posthumously as a charter member in 1984.
STEPHEN B. DOZIER SCHOLARSHIP
Stephen Dozier ’30 was a high school English teacher and football coach for 34 years in Murphysboro, Illinois. Carthage presented him with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1975. Mr. Dozier followed Carthage football, and was instrumental in recruiting Art Keller ’44, who coached football at Carthage from 1952 to 1982, and for whom the football field is named.
DR. JAMES AND SHIRLEY DUNCAN SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to rising sophomore, junior, or senior student(s) who are enrolled full-time and have demonstrated financial need; major in education and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher; and demonstrate a commitment to physical fitness.
The Duncan and Braun families established this fund with the purpose to lift up and celebrate the lives of Joseph and Phyllis Braun and their enduring commitment to education. Their granddaughter Erin (Duncan) Zematis graduated from Carthage in 2001 and is furthering the family?s legacy in education, serving as the Middle School English teacher at St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Kenosha, WI.
KARL AND LYDIA EASTERDAY SCHOLARSHIP
Annamae (Easterday) Flesher ’39 taught for 38 years in southern Illinois. She volunteered at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden in Springfield, Illinois, for many years. She established this scholarship in memory of her parents, Karl and Lydia (Engelman) Easterday.
DAVID AND DORIS EHLERT SCHOLARSHIP
Lifelong Lutherans, David and Doris (Prill) Ehlert established this scholarship in their names to support students with financial need. Doris attended Carthage in the 1950s, David attended Marquette University. Their son, Keith, is a 1980 Carthage graduate.
DONALD AND VIRGINIA EKEN SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by Donald ’65 and Virginia Eken of New Port Richey, Florida, and Joliet, Illinois. Don graduated from Carthage with a major in biology and history. Between the two of them, their professional careers in education extended over a six-decade period. Knowing the important role that good teachers play in successful public education, they established a scholarship that they hoped might assist in keeping this important ingredient alive, and also as a way to give thanks for their own educational experiences. This scholarship will support a sophomore and a junior student planning a career in education, with the scholarship following the students through their senior year.
WILLIAM AND AMANDA ELLER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship, established after the death of William and Amanda Eller’s daughter, Mary, is awarded to an undergraduate student preparing to teach children and youths with special conditions or learning disabilities. Pastor Eller was very involved in the move of Carthage to Wisconsin, was a trustee from 1960 to 1962 and was also a recipient of an honorary doctorate from the College. The four Eller daughters, Dorothy Marconi ’57, Darlene Bueker ’58, Shirley Diskerud ’59, and Mary Eller ’67, all have been generous supporters of Carthage throughout their lifetimes.
JAMES C. ELLIS AND MARY TICE ELLIS SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. James “Doc” Ellis ’22 was residing in Rockton, Illinois, when he decided to attend medical school. The residents of his town offered to finance his education in return for his service as the village physician, a position he held for 43 years. Mary Tice Ellis ’23, taught high school English. Carthage presented Dr. Ellis with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1972. All three of his children, David ’51, Cornelia Green ’59, and Paul ’57, graduated from Carthage.
LEONE AND HAROLD FERRON SCHOLARSHIP
In 2011 this was established as an annually funded scholarship. In 2013 it was fully funded as an endowed scholarship. The Ferrons’ daughter, Judy ’61, and her husband, Richard Dokmo ’59, chose to honor her parents with a scholarship awarded to students who have outstanding music ability or potential, along with a desire to improve or excel. Leone Ferron studied music at Lawrence University. She married Harold in 1935. She taught piano for many years and was an organist at Trinity Lutheran Church for more than 40 years. With the full Harold Ferron Orchestra, Harold and Leone entertained thousands during the 1940s and ’50s at high school proms, wedding receptions, and country clubs throughout central Wisconsin. In addition to daughter Judy, the Ferrons had a second daughter, Jean Bitter ’62, six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Harold died in 1997. Upon Leone’s passing in 2011, many people contributed to the scholarship.
DR. JAMES R. & CONSTANCE M. FERWERDA SCHOLARS FUND
This scholarship is designed for students with financial need and academic merit, who also embody a spirit of hard work and dedication to one’s community.
DORRIS A. AND RUTH L. FLESNER CHAPEL SERVICES ENDOWMENT
The primary purpose of this endowed fund is to provide funding for special chapel addresses delivered each academic year. This chapel services fund was established by the Rev. Dr. Dorris A. Flesner ’36 and Mrs. Ruth L. (Flack) Flesner.
REV. DR. ELLSWORTH AND KAY FREYER SCHOLARSHIP
A preference for this scholarship will be given to students who are the children of current or former firefighters, police officers, or paramedics, or to students who themselves serve in one of these areas. The Rev. Dr. Ellsworth Freyer ’58 served three Wisconsin churches, Resurrection Lutheran Church in Green Bay, Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Racine, and Christ Lutheran Church in Mequon, before retiring in 1997 after more than 30 years in parish ministry. Kay (Cleveland) Freyer ’59 served in a variety of roles, including many years as secretary at Christ Lutheran Church in Mequon. Pastor Freyer received an honorary degree from Carthage in 1990 and Mrs. Freyer received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1998.
JOHN AND JUDY FRITSCH SCHOLARSHIP
John and Judy (Ewig) Fritsch donated the organ in A. F. Siebert Chapel and supported the development and recent renovation of the Fritsch Meditation Chapel. The Fritsch classroom in the Hedberg Library is named in their honor. Mrs. Fritsch is a 1961 graduate of Carthage with a bachelor’s degree in home economics. She was Homecoming queen her senior year. Mr. Fritsch is a graduate of Purdue University and a trustee emeritus of Carthage. Preference for the scholarship is given to students from Libertyville (Illinois) High School.
EMMERT AND LEOLA GASSMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Emmert Gassman attended Carthage, but he earned his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1929. Mrs. Leola Gassman earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from Carthage in 1927. She went on to obtain a Master of Science in health and safety from Indiana University, and taught high school physiology and girls’ physical education for more than 40 years.
DR. PEARL E. GOELLER AND FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Ms. Pearl Goeller is the only person to earn three different degrees from Carthage. She received a Bachelor of Arts in 1920, Master of Arts in 1928, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 1971. Her first job with Carthage was as the secretary to the president. She began the job immediately after graduation in 1920, became registrar later that year, and served in that position until her retirement in 1963. She was the first woman administrator in the College’s history. Ms. Goeller was an honorary Homecoming queen in 1954. The College presented her with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1963. She attended 72 consecutive commencements until failing health forced her absence.
DR. PAUL G. GOERNER SCHOLARSHIP
Paul Goerner was born in Burlington, Iowa. He graduated from Carthage in 1938 and went to medical school at the University of Iowa. Dr. Goerner joined the U.S. Army and served as a lieutenant colonel in both active duty and the Reserve for 20 years. He was in private practice in St. Louis for a short time and briefly taught at Emory University. Most of his career was at the U.S. Veterans Administration hospital in Montgomery, Ala., where he retired as the chief of medical service. Dr. Goerner met his wife, Inez, when they were both 40. They spent their married life in Alabama and together traveled all over the world. He died in 2004. Inez passed away in 2013. There are no restrictions on this scholarship.
HERBERT H. GOODMAN SCHOLARSHIP
Herbert Goodman was a Wisconsin native who attended Carthage in the 1930s but never completed his degree. He worked as a janitor at a Puget Sound shipyard in Washington state for 52 years, until a stroke forced him into retirement. He had a sharp mind for business and lived a frugal life, amassing a fortune of $3 million. Mr. Goodman remained a bachelor his entire life, lived in a basement apartment, and rode his bike to work every day. He remembered Carthage in his estate.
KENNETH F. AND EDNA L. GROSS SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship was established in 1999 by Edna L. (Fisher) Gross ’38, who contributed a piece of farmland in Lee County, Illinois, to fund it. Her teaching career in Dixon, Illinois, schools included classes in home economics, biology, general science, and physical education. She served on the Alumni Council and was secretary in 1963.
This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in French and intending to become teachers, and who are studying in France. Dr. Irène (Gutkind) Kraemer was vice president and dean of Carthage’s School of Professional Studies and professor of modern language She was named the College’s Distinguished Teacher in 1984. She and her husband, Marty Kraemer, established this scholarship in 1996 to honor their parents. Dr. Kraemer passed away in 2004.
FRED O. HAAS SCHOLARSHIP
Fred and Catherine Haas set up a trust to provide several charities with financial assistance. Mr. Haas passed away in the early 1970s, and when Mrs. Haas passed away in 1996, she endowed a scholarship in his name.
RICHARD AND DIANE HALOM SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship, awarded to students in the history department, was made possible by the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Halom. Mrs. Diane (Clark) Halom graduated from Carthage in 1993 as a continuing education student with a Bachelor of Arts in history. Attending Carthage dramatically improved her self-image and confidence, and she was grateful to the College for helping her achieve her goals. Mr. Halom is a Lutheran pastor.
LARRY K. HAMILTON WOMEN’S AND MEN’S BASKETBALL ENDOWMENT
Larry Hamilton was a beloved professor of psychology and a coach at Carthage. From the time he played his first organized game at age 4, Larry’s passion was basketball. His fiercely competitive nature made him a standout player from grade school through college. He was a member of the University of Oklahoma’s 1953 conference championship baseball team, and later a successful coach. He coached Carthage basketball for 10 years, and coached the baseball team in 1961. In 1969, Larry retired from coaching and earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. Each year the Athletic Department presents the Larry K. Hamilton Award to a man and a woman student demonstrating high academic and athletic performance. Money from the endowment supports men’s and women’s basketball.
KENNETH AND JANICE HAMM SCHOLARSHIP
Kenneth Hamm ’47 served the College for 41 years as a professor of chemistry and head of the Science-Math Division, retiring in 1989. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1971. Janice (Van Zile) Hamm graduated from Carthage in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education. She taught fourth grade in the Racine Unified School District for 20 years. Dr. Hamm died in 2008. Mrs. Hamm passed away in 2013.
NANCY ROSS HANISCH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Betsy A. Hanisch ’81 received a Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2003. After graduating with degrees in sociology and social work, she began her career as a social worker. She later joined her family’s manufacturing business, Western Slate Co., as president and co-owner. In 1993, she established her own company, Fire Facilities Inc., which markets fire-training buildings and related products for the fire-service industry. She sold the firm in 2000 to devote herself full-time to philanthropic work. She works with numerous not-for-profit groups, and started Elmhurst (Illinois) Memorial Hospital’s Golf Classic.
Ms. Hanisch serves on Carthage’s ScienceWorks Advisory Board and the Career and Adult Education Advisory Committee, sharing her entrepreneurial experiences with current students. In 2002, her gift made possible the Hanisch Garden, a display of flowers, shrubs, and small trees adjacent to the west wall of the Hedberg Library. She is also a financial supporter of the Oaks Residential Village.
Ms. Hanisch endowed this scholarship, for an upperclassman majoring in marketing, in her mother’s name. Recipients must have a 3.0 grade-point average, and preference is given to women.
ELMER AND EUDORA HANKE SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Elmer Hanke joined the Carthage faculty in 1923 as a professor of music. He founded and directed the Carthage Choir, the second-oldest touring college choir in the nation. Both Mr. Hanke and his wife, Eudora, taught music at Carthage from 1923 until their deaths in 1958 and 1959, respectively.
BURDETTE HARRIS SCHOLARSHIP
Burdette Harris lived in Woodstock, Illinois, and worked in admissions at Carthage for more than 30 years. Mr. Harris received his Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Carthage in 1949 and taught at St. John’s Military Academy. He was a singer and musician, and directed the band at St. John’s. He and his wife, Joan Weems, had three children, Jeffrey, David, and Rebecca. All are Carthage graduates.
KATHY HARRIS SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. William “Bill” Harris established this scholarship in honor of his wife, Kathy, who died in 2004. Kathy was a dedicated teacher whose passion was working with kindergarten students. This scholarship is dedicated in Kathy’s memory by her son, Ben, and husband, Bill, to further a Carthage student’s educational pursuit. This scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate students based on financial need.
MAE AND JACK HARRIS SCHOLARSHIP
Jack Harris ’49 was employed by Carthage from 1950 until 1979 in several roles, finally as vice president for development. He left Carthage to become president of the Siebert Lutheran Foundation, one of the largest benefactors of the College, where he served from 1979 to 1993. He also serves as a member of the Carthage Board of Trustees, and received the Carthage Flame in 1994. Mae (Voth) Harris ’52 taught at Forest Park Middle School in Kenosha.
VERNA HEY AND WILLIAM J. HARSHMAN SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to full-time students residing in Adams, DeKalb, Hancock, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside, McHenry, or Lake counties in Illinois. Mrs. Harshman attended Carthage in 1920. Mr. Harshman was the head of presses at the Sterling, Illinois, Daily Gazette for 32 years. He then worked for Northwestern Steel and Wire for 17 years. He was dedicated to the idea of higher education, even though he did not have the opportunity to attend college. The Harshmans both felt the need to support those who were unable to afford higher education.
MISSY HAZELWOOD WOMEN’S GOLF ENDOWMENT
This endowment fund is named after Melissa Hazelwood ’01. Melissa’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hazelwood III, wanted to give back to Carthage and to the athletic program that gave so much to their daughter’s enjoyment of college. Charles has since passed away. Each year an award is presented to the outstanding scholar athlete on the women’s golf team. This fund is to be used at the discretion of the head coach and director of athletics in support of the women’s golf program.
HEDBERG DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES IN THE SCIENCES
Donald D. Hedberg graduated in 1950 with a degree in chemistry. After spending 10 years as an instructor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, he became president of Science Related Materials in Janesville, Wisconsin. In 1977 he started Lab Safety Supply Inc., a direct marketing company for safety products. Over the years, along with handling administrative responsibilities, Mr. Hedberg invented and designed numerous safety and environmental products. By 1991, the company’s sales grew to more than $117 million. In 1992 Mr. Hedberg sold the company to W.W. Grainger Inc. Mr. Hedberg is a Carthage trustee emeritus, founding chairman of the College’s Natural Sciences Advisory Committee, and serves on the advisory board for ScienceWorks. He remains active in small business, advising entrepreneurs and emerging companies on strategies for growth.
The Hedberg Distinguished Professorship for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Sciences fund supports a professorship in technology entrepreneurship, providing Carthage students, primarily those majoring in the sciences, with an understanding of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset, and exposure to entrepreneurial opportunities, with an emphasis on the life and business skills that will make them successful in technology business environments.
CHRISTEN P. AND ANNA J. HEIDE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship, made possible by the generous support of the Heide family in recognition of Christen and Anna Heide’s 50th wedding anniversary, is awarded to international students. Mr. Heide was a native of Denmark who moved to America as a young man. He worked at Nash Motors and was the president of Specialty Brass Co. Mr. Heide worked with other Kenosha business leaders to bring Carthage to Kenosha.
JANET L. AND STEEN W. HEIMKE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to juniors and seniors who are majoring in business. Steen Heimke ’67 worked 35 years for Belke Manufacturing Co. in Chicago, where he served as president. Janet (Belke) Heimke attended Carthage for two years, taking courses in business. She worked at Belke Manufacturing Co. with her husband.
WALTER O. AND ADELA E. HELWIG SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was made possible by the generous donations of Mr. and Mrs. John Koenitzer. Mr. and Mrs. Helwig were the parents of Joyce (Helwig) Koenitzer ’51. Mr. Helwig was the president of Helwig Carbon Products Inc. in Milwaukee. Mr. Koenitzer worked for Helwig Carbon for more than 40 years, assuming the CEO position in 1991. He was a trustee of the College and was presented with the Carthage Flame Award in 1992. Mr. Koenitzer passed away in 2008.
DONALD HENSEY SCHOLARSHIP
A gift from the estate of Donald Hensey ’50 established the scholarship that bears his name. Mr. Hensey was a retired schoolteacher who taught in the Kenosha Unified School District.
THE HOBBS-BURKEE COMPUTER SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP
Through this scholarship fund, Richard and Christine (Burkee) ’71 Hobbs seek to honor three generations of family members who have experienced the transformational power of a Carthage education. As the College celebrates 150 Years of Carthage Women, it is particularly fitting to honor the contributions of Christine, who became a Trustee of the College in 2016.
The Hobbs and Burkee relationship with Carthage began with Christine’s father, Wallace Burkee, who served Kenosha as a member of the City Council, as an alderman, and finally as mayor from 1967-1976. Mr. Burkee was instrumental in Carthage’s relocation from Carthage, Illinois to Kenosha, and he was enormously proud of the College and its role in the community.
It is no surprise, then, that Mayor Burkee’s daughter Christine—the first in her family to attend a four-year college—attended Carthage to pursue her passion as an artist and art teacher. Finishing her studies in three years, Christine developed her independence and overcame many unforeseen challenges before graduating and pursuing a career as an K-6 art teacher in the Kenosha Public Schools.
While Christine was in school, her mother Jean decided to finish her degree at Carthage by taking evening classes. Serving as the “First Lady of Kenosha” by day and taking courses at night, Mrs. Burkee displayed tremendous perseverance to finish her studies. Christine remembers her mother setting an alarm clock at 3:00 a.m. to do her homework.
Four decades later, Richard’s and Christine’s son Michael pursued his own passion at Carthage as a computer science major, a decision that would forever change his life. Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs hope that this scholarship will support future students who also find their calling in the computer science program at Carthage.
T. SHANDY HOLLAND SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students who are majoring in theatre and communications. “Doc” Holland, as he was known on campus, was a speech, communications, and theatre professor at Carthage. He began teaching in 1958, retiring in 1992 as the head of the Theatre Department. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991, was granted professor emeritus status upon his retirement in 1992, and was presented with the Carthage Flame in 1997. Mariclaire Holland, Doc Holland’s wife, taught speech and children’s literature at Carthage from 1958 until her retirement in 1991.
CAROL HOLM SCHOLARSHIP
Carol Holm ’56 attended Carthage on the Illinois campus. First employed as a Spanish teacher, she became a psychologist and worked with the hearing impaired. Carol was a longtime member of the Denhart Society. She passed away in 2015. This scholarship, established in 2016, was made possible by a gift from her estate.
ANNA, STEFAN, AND SUZANNE HRAJNOHA SCHOLARSHIP
Ms. Elizabeth Hrajnoha is a friend of the College from Chicago. She had no prior connection with Carthage, but she made a visit to the campus with a friend and a guest from Slovakia, and was impressed. Her gift to establish this scholarship recognizing her parents and stepmother followed soon after her visit. Ms. Hrajnoha was interested in supporting a Lutheran college and preserving her Slovakian heritage. A preference will be given to students of Slovak heritage.
CHARLES MELVIN HURD AND HARRIET HOWE HURD SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Hurd was a trustee of the College who represented the Michigan Synod of the Lutheran Church in America.
BERNICE IHLENFELD SCHOLARSHIP
Mrs. Bernice “Bea” (Hightower) Ihlenfeld attended Carthage College on the Carthage, Illinois campus. She graduated in 1934. During her years at Carthage, she won two Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s singles tennis championships and also met her husband, The Reverend Fred W. Ihlenfeld. After her husband’s death, Bernice began her career as a Physical Education teacher in Fargo, North Dakota. She earned her master’s degree from North Dakota State University and became the first female guidance counselor in the city school system. At the time of her retirement in 1974, she was an assistant principal at Fargo North High School. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Carthage College Athletic Hall of Fame. Bea remained active throughout her life. Age the age of 104, she passed away in October 2017. This scholarship was established with funds from her estate.
EDNA M. JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students who are planning to teach. Ms. Edna Johnson was an active Lutheran and a friend of the College who taught home economics in the Rockford (Illinois) School District for more than 45 years. She was always interested in the lives of staff and students at Carthage, keeping apprised of important happenings and events through mailings and publications from the College. At age 90, she was still asserting her independence by renewing her driver’s license once again. Ms. Johnson passed away in 2002.
EMMA JOHNSON MISSIONARY SOCIETY ENDOWMENT
This endowment was made in the memory of and to honor Dr. Emma Johnson, who graduated from Carthage College in 1924. In 1964, money was contributed to Carthage from the Emma Johnson Missionary Society of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois, for the purchase of religion books and as an endowed award of a religious book for one senior each year. The senior should be studying or be active in the field of religion. Basis for the award is character, religious leadership, and scholarship.
JOHN AND ELIZABETH JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were Lutherans from the Peoria, Illinois, area. They established this scholarship in recognition of the education their children received at Carthage.
SC JOHNSON DISTINGUISHED VISITING PROFESSORSHIP
Funded by Samuel C. and Imogene Johnson, of SC Johnson, this professorship brings scholars and leading figures from a broad spectrum of society to work with Carthage students for extended periods of time to enhance their understanding of the issues facing the greater world. Past distinguished speakers include Steve Allen (1999) and Col. Brian Duffy (2000).
Carthage has benefited enormously from the support of the Johnson family. Together with Tom Clausen, Sam Johnson co-chaired the College’s first national campaign in the early 1970s. The H. F. Johnson Center for the Fine Arts provides constant testimony to the generosity of the Johnson family. Mr. Johnson passed away in 2004.
THE KAELBER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by Don Kaelber, a member of the President’s Council in the 1980s under former Carthage President Erno Dahl, in memory of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kaelber. Mr. Don Kaelber is the president and treasurer of the Kaelber Co., a business that produces fire protection systems.
THE REVEREND OSCAR C. AND VICTORIA KAITSCHUK SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to pre-theological students, with preference given to students who are active in the athletic program. This scholarship was established by Robert Kaitschuk in memory of his parents, the Rev. Oscar Kaitschuk ’25 and Victoria Kaitschuk. Pastor Kaitschuk served the church for 45 years, 35 of them at Bethel Lutheran Church in Chicago.
KAPPA PHI ETA SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to a deserving member of Kappa Phi Eta, based upon financial need and merit. The scholarship was made possible by the sorority’s alumnae in honor of its 40th anniversary in 2005.
ARTHUR T. KELLER SCHOLARSHIP
Art Keller ’44 was the college football coach with the most wins in Wisconsin history. He coached for 31 years at Carthage, retiring in 1982 with a 178-86 record, a winning percentage of .670. Keller won eight CCIW championships and participated in two NAIA Division II championship games. He was named NAIA Coach of the Year four times and went undefeated in 1962, 1969, and 1971. In 1986, the College awarded Keller the President’s Medal of Honor. This scholarship was established by Mr. Richard D. Marconi, who attended Carthage in the early 1950s. He completed his degree at the University of Notre Dame but never forgot the influence of Coach Keller.
BEVERLY E. KELLER ’61 SCHOLARSHIP
In honor of the 150 Years of Carthage Women celebration, Albert Van Maren ’65 seeks to recognize and preserve the longstanding impact Beverly E. Keller ’61 has had on Carthage and the students who have passed through its doors.
Wife to legendary Carthage coach Art Keller ’44, Mrs. Keller served as a “mother away from home” for many student athletes. Alumni fondly recall her presence at every match, cheering on the football team with great passion.
Mrs. Keller was involved with the founding of the Kappa Chi Omega sorority, serving as its advisor for many years. Her leadership and mentorship had a positive impact on countless young women over the years.
Mrs. Keller’s perseverance in completing her undergraduate degree is notable; she worked persistently over 16 years while also raising five daughters: Martha ’77, Laura ’76, Julia ’72, Sharon ’70, and Carol ’67.
Mrs. Keller passed away in 2020 at the age of 96. This scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need with preference for a student who is dedicated to athletic participation or physical fitness and preference for a woman.
MARY KATHERINE KENT-ROHAN SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students who are planning to study abroad. Peggy R. Hedberg ’81 established this scholarship in memory of Mary Kent-Rohan, a German professor at Carthage, to honor the contributions Prof. Kent-Rohan made to her education and personal growth while at Carthage.
HARRIET AND JOSEPH KERN SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Kern was a bank vice president and Lutheran layman. Mrs. Kern had a close association with Carthage when the College employed her son-in-law, Mr. Robert Dittus, as vice president of business and finance. Mrs. Kern passed away in 2003. This scholarship was made possible by the estate of Harriet Kern and by Robert and Lois Dittus.
CLAYTON AND PEARL KESSELRING SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to full-time students from Kenosha County, based on financial need. Students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA. Mr. Kesselring attended Carthage from 1928 to 1930, majoring in history, but was forced to withdraw because of the Depression. He taught in a one-room schoolhouse for three years before he became a school supply salesman. Mr. Kesselring left the school supply market to work for Jostens, supplier of class rings, yearbooks, and other school-related memorabilia. In 1984, the College presented him with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
EWALD KESSLER SCHOLARSHIP
Students demonstrating financial need are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship was established by Ewald Kessler ’41, in 2008. Mr. Kessler grew up in Kenosha, where his father made mattresses for the Simmons Mattress Company. He came to Carthage as a freshman in 1937 at the urging of another Carthage student, Louis Piehl. Mr. Kessler had $25 to his name. After his first year, he was penniless, but hitchhiked back to campus and continued in school by doing campus work for Carthage faculty members Drs. Alice Kibbe and Robert Neumann.
After graduating, Mr. Kessler began a 40-year career in education, teaching biology, physical education, and social studies at schools in Sheridan, Somonauk, Leland and Morris, Illinois, before a 20-year stint as a guidance counselor in the Crystal Lake, Illinois, schools. Along the way he completed a master’s degree at the University of Illinois. While in Sheridan, he met his wife, Betty. They were married for 60 years before her death in 2004.
In fall 2008, one of Mr. Kessler’s grandchildren, Heather, came to Carthage from Crystal Lake as a junior. In 2008 Heather and her brother Alex honored their grandfather with a brick at the Sesquicentennial Plaza on campus.
THOMAS KIESO ’73 AND STEVEN HOPP BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to rising junior(s) or senior(s) studying business, who demonstrate outstanding achievement as determined by GPA. The ideal scholarship recipient(s) should understand the importance of working within teams, exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit, be committed to engaging in student life, and plan to remain engaged with and give back to Carthage after graduation.
Through this scholarship fund, Thomas Kieso ?73 intends to celebrate the friendship of Steve Hopp, while also supporting future aspiring business leaders. In 1990, Tom met Steve Hopp, and their friendship has lasted more than 30 years. Both serve on Carthage?s Board of Trustees.
JACK AND ANNETTE KILVER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by Jack and Annette Kilver, both 1952 graduates. Jack majored in business and Annette in science and education. In 1980, Jack retired as manager of Pisgah CO-OP Grain Elevator. Annette served as a teacher for learning disabled students. Together, the couple had three children, Lora Lacey, Blair Kilver, and Julie Cary ’82, several grandchildren, including Max Cary, a 2012 graduate who will continue the Carthage legacy which began with Jack’s great-grandfather, Delferd Walser, a Class of 1925 graduate. This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in biology or a business-related field who demonstrate a motivated and positive demeanor. Following a yearlong battle with lung cancer, Jack passed away on Christmas Day 2010 surrounded by his family.
KING FAMILY ENDOWED BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is intended to provide emergency scholarship assistance for students who themselves or an immediate family member faces unforeseen and/or extraordinary circumstances due to cancer.
Christine King ’97 hopes students who receive the scholarship will persevere through whatever extreme challenge they may face, not be afraid to ask for help when it is needed, and in turn, help others when they are able.
RALPH E. KLINGENMEYER DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP IN CHEMISTRY
This endowment was sponsored by the family of the late Ralph E. Klingenmeyer ’69, to honor Ralph’s accomplishments and the professor who changed Ralph’s life by inspiring him when he needed confidence from someone he respected. Ralph went back to college while he was working full time to support his family. While taking classes, he reached a point at which he was ready to quit, but his professor, Kenneth Hamm, encouraged him to stick with it. Ralph became a huge success, as part owner of the Perrigo Co., the world’s largest manufacturer of private-label drugs. This endowment honors a current professor who takes a special interest in helping students.
MERTON ELIHU KNISELY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to full-time students who are preparing for careers in medical science. Mr. Knisely was the former president and director of the Siebert Lutheran Foundation, and was named Wisconsin Lutheran Man of the Year in 1968. At St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, he served as administrator, president, and vice chairman of the hospital over a 30-year span. Although he never graduated from college because of the Depression, Carthage granted Mr. Knisely an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1984.
DAVID B. KNOWLES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. David Knowles attended Carthage and was majoring in history before his death in 1986. His parents, Leo “Slim” and Florence Knowles held Carthage in high regard, and chose to establish a scholarship in David’s memory. Howard Brown, who served as publisher of the Kenosha News and president of United Communications Corporation, was a contributor to this scholarship fund. Mr. Brown passed away in 2011.
INEZ G. KOCH SCHOLARSHIP
Mrs. Koch was a friend of Carthage College. She resided in Golden, Illinois, with her husband, Wendell L. Koch. Mrs. Koch was a homemaker and an assistant cashier at a regional bank until her retirement. She was a lifetime Lutheran. She named the College as a beneficiary of her estate to establish an endowed scholarship for students with financial need.
IRÈNE KRAEMER STARTING OVER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is named in honor of Irène Kraemer, who was both a professor and administrator at Carthage College for more than 30 years. As an adult student herself, Irène possessed the courage and spirit that so many women students have. As vice president and dean of the School of Professional Studies, she was famous for moving mountains to make sure all adult students got a fighting chance at an education, but always had a special place in her heart for the women. With Irène all things were possible and the word “no” was never a part of her vocabulary. She had a clear vision of what was necessary to support adult students returning to college, and with that innovative vision implemented many new programs for adult education. Dr. Kraemer passed away in 2004. This scholarship honors Irène Kraemer’s memory and gives financial assistance to a female adult student who exemplifies her spirit.
WILLIAM C. KRAUSS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in business. William C. Krauss ’16, was the business manager and treasurer of the College, and is credited with saving Carthage from bankruptcy during the Great Depression. He went so far as to personally assist students with financial support so they could remain at the College. He devoted his life to the success of Carthage and its students, setting an example of leadership and dedication.
KRESGE FOUNDATION SCIENCE INITIATIVE ENDOWMENT
The Kresge Foundation, an independent private foundation, was established in 1924 by Sebastian K. Kresge. It is located in Troy, Michigan. The Science Initiative was introduced in March 1988. This endowment was first to be used to bring the natural sciences department facilities and equipment up to a “state-of-the-art” condition as the faculty deemed necessary. Once this was completed, the finances were to be used to maintain and upgrade, as necessary, the science department’s equipment and facilities. As income exceeds those needs, endowment earnings are used to fund science scholarships, student research, and to ‘leverage future equipment grants.
KRUEGER FACULTY DEVELOPMENT ENDOWMENT
The Rev. Donald and the late Marilyn (Steube) Krueger, both 1950 Carthage graduates, created this fund to provide support for development of the faculty within the Humanities Division. The humanities represent the areas of study of Krueger family alumni. Donald is a retired pastor, and Marilyn was a retired third-grade teacher. Donald’s brother, Theodore A. “Ted” Krueger died in June 2000. Ted Krueger, had established the Mr. and Mrs. William McFetridge and Barbara McFetridge Scholarship at Carthage. Pastor and Mrs. Krueger used money from Ted’s estate to enhance the funding for the McFetridge scholarship and to create the Krueger Faculty Development Endowment. Their son, David Krueger ’79, also made contributions to the fund. Mrs. Krueger passed away in 2009.
KRUEGER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
George and Irene Krueger established this scholarship in recognition of the education their daughter, Christine ’71, received at Carthage. It provides financial support for students majoring in education or music.
CONRAD KUHL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students based on financial need.
BARBARA ANN KUMBIER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is established to benefit first generation undergraduate female students at Carthage College. Barbara, along with her husband John F. Kumbier, were able to provide financial support to their two daughters, Beth Ann Kumbier Barkhau `83 and Amy Jo Kumbier Findlay `95, who were both first generation students at Carthage.
Barbara Ann Kumbier, a lifelong Lutheran and long-time co-owner of Circle Incorporated, Burlington, WI, is a civic volunteer, and master gardener. Though Barbara aspired to attend college, she was unable to due to financial barriers. However, this did not prevent her from a lifelong love of learning, travel, and public service.
Barbara instilled a love of reading, exploration of science, religion, and the arts in her two daughters. She encouraged not only her girls to explore, embrace, and celebrate their gifts to the fullest and best of their abilities, she to this day encourages women of all ages to do the same. Barbara is a proud mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend to many Carthage alumni.
HERBERT C. KURTH SCHOLARSHIP
Herbert Kurth was the owner of Kurth Malting Co. in Milwaukee, and was appointed a trustee of the College in 1965. He created this scholarship to support minority students in the Milwaukee area. The scholarship is now given to two African-American students from any city or state.
THE FLORA TESTA LALLI SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship should be applied to an overseas experience such as College Year in Athens or Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies. Christine Renaud, associate professor of classics, made this scholarship possible in memory of her grandmother, who did not have a college education but was cultured and intelligent. Mrs. Lalli was an immigrant to the United States who taught herself English by listening to the radio and reading newspapers. She also instilled a love for Italy, her mother country, in her granddaughter, motivating Prof. Renaud to study overseas.
ANNA K. LARSEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to pre-theological students, and was made possible with a bequest from the estate of alumnus Bertel S. Larsen.
LESTER O. LEENERTS SCHOLARSHIP
Lester O. Leenerts ’39 worked for Purex Industries for more than 30 years. He began his career as a chemist, worked his way up to technical adviser in the corporate legal office, and was later named assistant to the director of research, Grocery Products Division. Mr. Leenerts was proud of his years at Carthage, and had many fond memories of the Illinois campus and the influence students, professors, and religious activities had on his adult life.
ELEANOR AND HAROLD LENTZ SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. Harold Lentz was president of Carthage from 1951 to 1976. During this time, he led the move of the College from Illinois to Wisconsin, quadrupled enrollment, and expanded the College’s facilities and assets by 600 percent. He wrote several books, including “The Miracle of Carthage,” the history of the College. Mrs. Lentz was an equal partner with her husband, helping him with every aspect of College affairs. She occupied an office across the hall from her husband during his tenure as president. She welcomed Carthage students into her home for various events. She co-wrote the book “Twenty-two Who Changed the World” with Dr. Lentz. Dr. and Mrs. Lentz were awarded the Carthage Flame in 1993. Mrs. Lentz died in 2002, and Dr. Lentz in 2004.
THOMAS W. LENTZ SCHOLARSHIP
Thomas W. Lentz is the son of Dr. Harold and Eleanor Lentz. Dr. Lentz was a former president of Carthage College. After attending Carthage College in 1959-’60, he earned degrees from Wittenberg University, Hamma School of Theology, and Yale Divinity School. He served as pastor of Lutheran churches in Ohio, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Miami.
In 1970, Thomas Lentz co-founded the CSS Publishing Co. He later acquired the Noonan Company, an office design and products company selling Steelcase furniture and IBM printers. He served as a board member and president of many business organizations, as well as the YWCA and the Lima (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. He has volunteered as a tutor for children in Ohio and St. Petersburg, Fla. He is a member of the Italian American Society of St. Petersburg and the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club.
Early in his career he moved his family to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, where he was the advertising consultant for the St. Thomas Daily News. He flew an airplane for his aerial photography business.
In 1999 he was appointed president of Emco Electronics Co. and was instrumental in establishing a U.S. division of the United Kingdom company. Following a merger in 2003, he was appointed chairman of Global Display Solutions Inc. (GDS) in Rockford, Illinois. In 2010 he was appointed to the board of directors of Global Display Solutions, an Italian-based holding company that owns manufacturing facilities in China, Romania, Taiwan, Italy, and the United States.
Tom is married to Martha Sue (Kantonen). They have two children, Thomas Jeffrey and Laura Elizabeth. As outdoors enthusiasts, he and his wife enjoy hiking, kayaking, bicycling, and motorcycling.
RALPH S. LEONARD SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship, established by Odelle (Monte) Leonard ’71 in memory of her husband, Ralph S. Leonard ’51, is awarded to students in theology or education who hold a 3.0 GPA or higher, and have the greatest financial need. Pastor Leonard received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Oberlin Graduate School of Theology, and a Doctorate of Ministry at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He also did graduate study at Lutheran School of Theology Chicago. He served parishes in Edgemont, S.D., and Chicago before being called in 1968 to Zion Lutheran in Rockford, Illinois, where he served until he was appointed Carthage’s first vice president for church relations in 1988.
He established the Torchbearer program, through which individuals in Lutheran congregations serve as ambassadors for the College. After his retirement, Pastor Leonard continued to work for the College, served as chaplain of the Greenfield (Wisconsin) police department, and was visitation pastor at Fox Point Lutheran Church in Fox Point, Wisconsin. He also led the Widow-Widower’s Grief Support Group at Fox Point Lutheran.
MARY L. AND HENRY A. LINK ENDOWMENT
Funds received from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. Link were placed into an endowment designated for use by the Music Department. Mr. and Mrs. Link began their financial support of Carthage when the College relocated to Kenosha. Their contributions continued until their deaths. Henry Link received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1924 and a Master of Arts from Northwestern University in 1940. He taught industrial arts in Kenosha at Washington Middle School for eight years and at Mary D. Bradford High School for 30 years before retiring in 1969. He was an active and prominent figure in the Kenosha community.
LUKAS FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was made possible by Mr. Mark Lukas ’70 and Ms. Charlotte (Titschler) Lukas ’70, in memory of Mrs. Lorraine F. Lukas, who died in a tragic car accident in 1977. Later the scholarship was expanded to acknowledge the memory of other Lukas family members who subsequently have died.
LUTHERAN BROTHERHOOD CHAPLAINCY ENDOWMENT
From 1991 to 1996, the Lutheran Brotherhood Challenge Grant Program was launched to stimulate major support for long-term capital and endowment needs of Lutheran higher educational institutions. These funds contribute toward chapel services, physical improvements, and speaker and performer events, and provide an overall expansion of chapel activities and more efficient chaplaincy budget.
LUTHERAN BROTHERHOOD SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by Lutheran Brotherhood, now Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and is awarded to Lutheran students enrolled full-time at Carthage.
NORMAN E. AND GRACE B. LUTZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Norman E. Lutz was a trustee of the College from 1977 to 1990, at which time he was granted trustee emeritus status. He began working at Snap-on Inc. as an accountant, worked his way up through the ranks, and eventually became chairman, president, and CEO of the company. Mrs. Lutz was a teacher in Kenosha and Racine for more than 20 years. She and her husband founded Pixie Preschool at Wesley and First United Methodist churches, the first licensed nursery school in Kenosha.
GLADYS D. LYNCH SCHOLARSHIP
Ms. Lynch was a friend of Carthage and a teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools system.
GLENN AND BARBARA MADRIGRANO BASEBALL ENDOWMENT
The fund is named in honor of Glenn and Barbara Madrigrano, major benefactors of Carthage athletics. Mr. Madrigrano is the owner of C.J.W. Inc. Each year the athletic department presents the Glenn and Barbara Madrigrano most inspirational player award. Other contributors to this fund include alumni, coaches, and friends of the Carthage baseball team. This fund is used at the discretion of the head coach and director of athletics in support of the baseball program.
JOSEPH F. AND SHIRLEY M. MADRIGRANO SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students of Italian descent or to one or more students from Kenosha. Joseph and Shirley Madrigrano have been longtime friends of Carthage. They have shown enthusiastic support for the sports program at Carthage with numerous contributions to the Booster Club. The Madrigranos have been supporting Carthage programs for more than 25 years. In 2010, to honor the family’s contributions, the College celebrated the renaming of South Hall to Madrigrano Family Residence Hall. Mr. Madrigrano passed away in 2012.
THOMASINA AND ALDO MADRIGRANO FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to a business major of Italian descent with senior standing, or to a student from Kenosha who demonstrates financial need and scholastic ability. Funding for this scholarship came from the estate of Aldo Madrigrano, Aldo’s wife, Thomasina, and their children, Gina Madrigrano Friebus ’76, Thomas Madrigrano, Katherine Madrigrano Comi ’81, and Aldo, who attended Carthage.
YURI MALTSEV DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS IN WORLD BUSINESS AND FREE ENTERPRISE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to rising sophomore(s), junior(s), or senior(s) majoring in business, economics, or political economy, as determined by grade point average, faculty recommendations, and/or other academic achievements.
The scholarship fund wishes to honor the contributions of longtime Carthage professor of economics, Yuri Maltsev. Prof. Maltsev joined the Carthage faculty in 1991, after defecting to the United States from Russia in 1989. During his time at Carthage, Prof. Maltsev has distinguished himself in many ways, authoring five books and hundreds of articles in U.S. and foreign publications. He has lectured at leading universities, corporations, banks, colleges, churches, schools, and community centers all over the world.
ELIZABETH MANCUSO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Elizabeth’s ambition was to become a medical technician. She was an inspiration to all her classmates, faculty, and staff at Carthage. Elizabeth was ill with leukemia for almost two years. She died on Good Friday in 1975, with just two years left to complete her degree. This scholarship was established in loving memory of Elizabeth and remains a testament to her life’s goals and perseverance in the face of adversity. The scholarship was established at the time of Elizabeth’s death by the late Paul Hansen, professor of chemistry, and friends and family. This scholarship is awarded through the Biology Department, with preference given to students planning to pursue a career in medical technology.
FREDERICK AND JEWEL MARKS SCHOLARSHIP
The Rev. and Mrs. Frederick Marks created this scholarship with an annuity gift in 2008. Pastor Marks graduated from Carthage in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history; received his master’s in theology from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1951; and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Carthage in 1981. Jewel (Beres) Marks graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Carthage in 1946. Pastor and Mrs. Marks both worked for many years with the Lutheran Church in America (LCA)/Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) establishing new churches around the Midwest. They are now retired and live in Racine, Wisconsin. They have established several charitable gift annuities, helping fund various projects around Carthage, such as the Hedberg Library, The Oaks student residential village, and this scholarship. They have two children: John and Joel, a 1978 Carthage alumnus.
STEVE AND MELISSA MAROVICH SPORTS INFORMATION ENDOWMENT
This fund established by Steve and Melissa Marovich will honor one or more students who are participants in the athletic program. Steve has been the Carthage sports information director since October 1994 and his wife, Melissa, has been his loyal volunteer assistant throughout that time. This fund is used at the discretion of the sports information director and the director of athletics in support of the sports information department.
ALBERT J. VAN MAREN ’65 SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to student(s) majoring in marketing or a related business field.
The fund serves to lift up and celebrate the life, accomplishments, and impact of Al Van Maren ?65, who embodies the transformative impact of a Carthage education. As a student of the Carthage, Illinois campus, Al immersed himself in all the College offered. He was a member of the College?s football team and first-ever wrestling team; he joined the Delta Omega Nu (DON) fraternity, and he majored in marketing. Al believed strongly in giving back, and was very generous to Carthage, in addition to serving as a longtime member and president of Carthage?s Alumni Council. He received Carthage?s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001 and the Carthage Flame Award in 2022, for outstanding service to the College and the community.
EDWIN MATTHAIDESS ENDOWMENT
This fund was established by Mary Katherine Kent-Rohan to help fund the German program at Carthage. The fund honors Edwin Matthaidess, who was a German professor at Carthage.
EDITH B. AND FRANK C. MATTHIES SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, or other factors that may be determined by the College.
RUTH MAXWELL DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP IN ENGLISH
Ruth Maxwell served as a faculty member for the Carthage English Department. Upon her death in 1997, her assets were divided, according to her wishes, among her family and various educational institutions. Her contribution to the Carthage English Department was to increase to students the offering of the best of literature that had stood the test of time, highly relevant for education in a technological society. The Ruth Maxwell Distinguished Professorship was established to honor Dr. Maxwell and her wishes.
MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM MCFETRIDGE AND BARBARA MCFETRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP
The Mr. and Mrs. William McFetridge and Barbara McFetridge Scholarship is intended for students planning to enter the ordained ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or its successors.
If you have ever driven past the Field Museum in Chicago, or traveled to Soldier Field to catch a Bears game, you would have seen McFetridge Drive, a memorial to William McFetridge. A prominent Chicago labor leader, Mr. McFetridge was once nominated to be U.S. Secretary of Labor.
This scholarship was established in 1998 by Mr. Theodore A. “Ted” Krueger to honor his father- and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William McFetridge, and one of their daughters, Barbara McFetridge Krueger, who died as a young adult. Theodore Krueger died in 2000. He was a member of Edgebrook Lutheran Church in Chicago. The Rev. Donald and the late Marilyn (Steube) Krueger, Theodore’s brother and sisterin-law, and both 1950 graduates of Carthage, contributed to this fund in his memory.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL JACK M. MEISS, BARBARA J. (MEISS) WELLING AND DR. GUY T. MEISS SCHOLARSHIP JOHN H. AND MARY L. (HALL) MEISS AND OLIVE C. (MEISS) PADRE SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. Guy T. Meiss ’58 established two endowed scholarships for College students. He earned his master’s degree in international communication at the University of Oklahoma and his Ph.D. in mass communication at the University of WisconsinMadison. Dr. Meiss is a retired journalism professor at Central Michigan University. He co-edited a three-volume book, and declared that the royalties of the book would go to Carthage. Jack Meiss and Barbara Welling are the brother and sister of Dr. Meiss, and all three siblings are named in the first scholarship. Dr. Meiss honors his grandparents, John and Mary Meiss, and his aunt Olive Padre with the second scholarship that was established in 2007.
MEN’S GOLF ENDOWMENT
This fund is used at the discretion of the head coach and director of athletics in support of the men’s golf program. Donations were made to this fund by alumni, coaches and friends of the men’s golf program.
MEN’S LACROSSE ENDOWMENT
This fund is used at the discretion of the head coach and director of athletics in support of the men’s lacrosse program. Donations were made to this fund by alumni, coaches and friends of the men’s lacrosse program.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL ENDOWMENT
This fund is used at the discretion of the head coach and director of athletics in support of the men’s volleyball program. Donations were made to this fund by alumni, coaches and friends of the men’s volleyball program.
R. WILLIAM MILLER SCHOLARSHIP
Have you ever had a teacher who inspired you to take chances, explore the ends of the earth, or maybe just explore who you are and what you can do? One such professor was William Miller, who came to Carthage in 1965. He was the founder and chairman of the Geography Department at Carthage.
Prof. Miller received the Carthage Outstanding Teacher Award in 1990, and was honored by the Association of American Geographers in 1995 for research accomplishments and excellence in the classroom. Prof. Miller was honored with the Carthage Flame in 1999, the highest honor conferred by the College. He died in 2000. Prof. Miller took great pride in his students’ accomplishments. He was equally proud of his wife, Marge, a retired Gateway Technical College teacher, and their children, and never missed an opportunity to say so. Three of his children are Carthage graduates: Rich Miller ’92, Anna Miller ’84, and Paul A. Miller ’87.
One of those Prof. Miller mentored was Kurt Piepenburg ’77. Mr. Piepenburg is the R. W. Miller Distinguished Professor in the Natural Sciences and professor of geography and earth science. For many years he served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, and was a major participant in the establishment of the R. William Miller Scholarship.
“Many people will remember Bill for the enthusiasm with which he monitored and promoted the progress of his former students,” former President F. Gregory Campbell said. “Bill will serve as a model for future Carthage professors.”
THE REV. DR. MELVIN AND LINDA MIRITZ SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in 2007 by the Rev. Melvin and Linda Miritz. Pastor Miritz serves as a visitation pastor at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Racine, Wisconsin. The couple wishes to support students planning careers as ordained ministers.
DIANNE MIZERKA SOFTBALL ENDOWMENT
Dianne Mizerka began to lay the foundation of Carthage’s women’s athletic program when she began teaching at the College in 1966. Dianne was inducted into the Carthage Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985 because she had developed and nurtured a department that continues to produce promising young women athletes.
Success followed Dianne’s teams throughout her coaching career. In the early years, as charter members of the Wisconsin Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WWIAC), Carthage competed against the large Wisconsin state universities and established a winning tradition that continues today in the CCIW.
After years of success, Dianne left coaching to teach students and direct the women’s athletic program. Each year an award is presented to the outstanding scholar-athlete on the women’s softball team. This fund is used at the discretion of the head coach and director of athletics in support of the women’s softball program.
DON L. MOLDENHAUER SCHOLARSHIP
Don Moldenhauer graduated the University of Iowa in 1954 with a degree in film and theater production. Following a short term of service in the military as a cinematographer, Don became a director and producer of evening news programming at television stations in Iowa and Illinois. In 1956, he joined the public relations staff at Carthage while it was still located at the Carthage, Illinois campus. He served the College in this capacity for three decades. Don and his first wife, Joy Peters, had two daughters, Karen Howell ’83 and Laura Bigirindavyi. Joy passed away in 1999. In 2001, Don married the Honorable Judge Mary K. Wagner. Don passed away in 2012. Memorial gifts were all donated to this scholarship, which provides financial assistance to students from Kenosha County.
MARTIN MONSON ENDOWMENT
Martin Monson was a well-rounded individual with a robust interest in sports, religion, music, finance and education. From 1946 to 1948 and 1957 to 1975, he served Carthage in many roles including College dean, men’s dean, counselor on veteran affairs, Education Department chair, professor of education and psychology, and dean of special schools (the College’s night school and summer school programs). He also served on the committee that planned the College’s move from Carthage, Illinois, to its current home in Kenosha. He died in 1980. Mr. Monson’s gift is designated for cash awards to outstanding students in elementary and secondary education, as identified by faculty in the Division of Education.
THE THOMAS AND SARAH MONTEMURRO SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded annually to a senior student who graduated from a Kenosha County high school and is majoring in business. Preference is given to persons of Italian descent. In 2012, Gina Madrigrano Friebus ’76, Thomas Madrigrano, and Katherine Madrigrano Comi ’81 established this scholarship in memory of their maternal grandparents, Thomas (1892-1959) and Sarah (1902-1990) Montemurro. The Montemurros immigrated to the United States at young ages. This loving and caring couple, who resided in Kenosha, raised five of their own children and also helped other family members raise their orphaned children. Mr. and Mrs. Montemurro were grandparents to 14 children, several of whom graduated from Carthage.
ERVA MOODY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established in February 1959, this scholarship is given to students who plan to enter one or more of the following fields: teaching, parish work, missionary work, or the ordained ministry. Miss Erva Moody, a graduate of Carthage, dedicated her life to aiding others in their times of need. Erva established and became the first president of the Carthage College Women’s League in 1945. Erva spent 25 years as a Lutheran missionary in China and Japan, and would later teach at Carthage.
Self-sacrifice and danger characterized her time as a missionary. She was imprisoned in a Japanese war camp and also endured Communist persecution for nine months before returning home. Back at home, she taught at Collinsville (Illinois) High School. Tragically, Erva lost her life in a car accident in 1958.
This woman, a pioneer of her times, faced danger and displayed a degree of faith and goodwill toward humankind, particularly youth, rarely witnessed in such crisis. Her example of fortitude, bravery, and grace keeps her alive in the hearts of those fortunate enough to be touched by her kindness.
ROBERT MORIN AND PHYLLIS KAYE SCHOLARSHIP
Although they were never married, Phyllis Kaye (better known as Renee) and Robert Morin were close friends and dancing partners during most of their late adult life. Renee was born in England, moved to Canada, and eventually the United States during the early part of World War II. Robert served with the Internal Revenue Service. This scholarship was established with an estate gift from Renee Kaye. Robert Morin died in 2002. Renee died in 2004.
MARTIN MORTENSEN SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in 1978 with funds from Mr. Mortensen’s estate, and is awarded on the basis of financial need.
This scholarship was established in 1983 by Irene Nydahl to honor her parents, Achton and Amanda Neergaard, her sister Mabel Neergaard, and her late husband, Allan Arhelger. Irene grew up in Kenosha as a Lutheran and attended Lawrence University, graduating in 1933. She taught at what was then Kenosha High School (now Reuther Central High School).
REVEREND CARL O. AND EDITH W. NELSON SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to deserving students planning to study for the Lutheran ordained ministry. Pastor Carl Nelson, of Madrid, Iowa, attended Augustana College In Rock Island, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Iowa before going on to Augustana Theological Seminary in Rock Island. He was the pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Springfield, Massachusetts, and associate pastor at Mount Olivet in Minneapolis, until his retirement in 1992. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Carthage in 2010. This scholarship honors his parents.
CARL WILBUR NELSON SCHOLARSHIP
Special consideration for this scholarship is offered to those participating or studying in the music field. Carl Wilbur Nelson ’36 served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and joined the CIA in 1946 as a communications officer, working in radio and electronic intelligence. The beginnings of his skill were fostered in a basement laboratory in the science building at a Carthage-sponsored radio station (WCAZ) that could reach as far as Australia. Because of his unwavering love of music, even in times of war, his widow, Rosemma Nelson, made a gift to establish this scholarship.
ERNEST AND EDNA NEWHOUSE SCHOLARSHIP
Ernest and Edna Newhouse shared their wealth with Carthage and three other colleges. Throughout their lives Mr. and Mrs. Newhouse were active in the Lutheran church. They were involved in the founding of California Lutheran University in 1959. After authoring “Speed, Power, and Economy,” which sold a million copies, the couple established Newhouse Automotive Industries, the world’s largest distributor of high performance and fuel economy equipment for race cars. From the birth of their business, Ernest and Edna again combined a love of everything automotive, economic, and involving the written word in two other books, “The Formula for Success” and “Ideas for Homebuilders.” In the 1990s, they responded to a Carthage ad for charitable gift annuities in The Lutheran magazine. They established this scholarship for students studying business or economics.
JACK AND BERNICE NEWKIRK SCHOLARSHIP
The Newkirks were married for 57 years until Mr. Newkirk passed away in 1997. Bernice died in 2011 at the age of 99. Bernice and Jack were longtime members of the Denhart Society. Remembering the College in their will, they sought to establish this scholarship for students seeking a degree in accounting or the medical field.
THEODORE AND MILDRED NICHOLSON SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Theodore “Ted” Nicholson was director of the Carthage food service program for 43 years, supervising the serving of more than 24 million meals before his retirement in 1989. He began his career with the College on the Illinois campus and continued after the move to Kenosha. Ted died in 1998, and much of the funding for the scholarship came as memorial gifts. Scholarship preference may be given to student food service employees or the children of former food service employees.
WILLIAM L. NIEMANN SCHOLARSHIP
William Niemann ’41 was raised in Arenzville, Illinois, and married Doris E. Greenstreet. He received an honorary Doctorate in Law in 1976 and served as a Carthage trustee from 1988 to 2011. At the time of his retirement from Brunswick Corp., he had served as vice president, general counsel and secretary. The Niemanns may be best known on campus for the state-of-the-art Niemann Media Center in the Hedberg Library, named in their honor. They also contributed to endowing the Jerald C. Brauer Distinguished Professor in Lutheran Studies position, and toward a planned performing arts center. Mr. Niemann died in 2011. Mrs. Niemann died in 2008.
HARRY AND LOIS NIESE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Harry ’67 and Lois ’69 (Spee) Niese have been longtime supporters of Carthage. Their son Todd attended Carthage, graduating in 1998. Harry’s brother, the late Randall Niese, graduated Carthage in 1980. The scholarship was endowed in May 2016.
THE REV. JACK AND MARIAN NITZ SCHOLARSHIP
The Rev. Jack Nitz, a 1956 Carthage graduate, is a retired ELCA pastor, and Marian is a retired church organist and choir director. They would like to assist Carthage students who choose the paths they took. The Nitzes prefer the recipients of their scholarship to be pre-seminary students who plan on attending an ELCA seminary or students who are preparing for vocations in church organ and music.
DR. HERMAN OGREN SCHOLARSHIP
Fredric ’69 and Pamela Carlson established this scholarship to honor Dr. Herman Ogren, a longtime biology professor who influenced the lives of many Carthage students — including Fred. Pamela and Fred both received advanced degrees at University of Illinois. While at Carthage, Fred majored in biology. He continued his education in the sciences and had a career in public health. Established in 2016, this scholarship aids students majoring in biology.
DUANE M. OLSON SCHOLARSHIP
The Duane M. Olson Scholarship was established in 2000. A paramount of philanthropy, Mr. Olson, of Boulder City, Nevada, left his entire estate to charity, including Carthage and the Sons of Norway. Gloria (Olson) Sturman ’71 is his only child. Mr. Olson died in 1998.
ERIC H. OLSON AND ANNA OLSON-THOM SCHOLARSHIP
The Eric H. Olson and Anna Olson-Thom Scholarship was established by Mr. Olson to remember his sister, Anna Olson-Thom, who passed away in 1987. Preference is given to students studying political science or the social sciences. Mr. Olson was a political science professor associated with Carthage for 33 years, retiring in 1986. After the College moved from Illinois, he was named chairman of the Political Science Department. He was a Kenosha County supervisor, and a local Republican Party officer. Mr. Olson died in 1989.
GEORGE AND HAZEL OSBORN SCHOLARSHIP
George Osborn ’22 and Hazel Osborn ’24 maintained a long-distance passion for Carthage when Mr. Osborn’s health forced them to move from Illinois to El Paso, Texas. Both taught school after graduating from Carthage. Originally a math major, Mr. Osborn worked for an oil company and later purchased a Harley-Davidson dealership. A teacher and a secretary in one of El Paso’s high schools, Mrs. Osborn also worked at the motorcycle dealership.
WILLEM J. OUDEGEEST SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Hugh ’66 and Mrs. Elizabeth ’65 (Dean) Foster have been long time supporters of Carthage College. They established this scholarship to honor their professor and friend, Dr. Willem J. Oudegeest. Dr. Oudegeest served the College as Associate Professor of English from 1960-1974. He retired in 1974 as professor emeritus. Born in the Netherlands, Dr. Oudegeest taught at the Gymnasium Prep School for 27 years before moving to the United States. (Gymnasium is German for secondary school.) While a teacher, in the Netherlands, he was actively involved in the underground Nazi resistance movement at great risk to his own livelihood and safety. This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in English and who demonstrate financial need, with preference given to students who intend to go into teaching.
MIRIAM E. OWSLEY SCHOLARSHIP
Miriam Owsley entered Carthage in 1910 and withdrew in 1914. Although she did not graduate from Carthage, Miriam was very involved during the time she spent there. Ms. Owsley also attended the Chicago Art Institute. Her health declined due to an unexpected and serious illness from which she never completely recovered. During the remaining years of her life, it was said that “her brave and sweet spirit was in inspiration to all, and while handicapped physically she always made the best use of her time.” Ms. Owsley lived in Carthage, Illinois, until the time of her death. This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need with preference given to students residing in or near Carthage, Illinois.
WILFRED A. AND HELEN M. PAGEL SCHOLARSHIP
Wilfred attended Carthage in the early 1940s for one year. He joined the U.S. Air Force during World War II, and fought as a bomber pilot in the South Pacific. After completing his military service, Mr. Pagel received his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His wife, Helen, grew up on a farm near Quincy, Illinois. After they married, the couple relocated to Fond du Lac, where Mr. Pagel worked for Mercury Outboard Motors until retirement. Although he only attended Carthage for a year, he was impressed with the College and followed the activities of faculty and students. Mr. Pagel passed away from a multiple-year battle with cancer in May 2010. Mrs. Pagel was involved with the Lutheran Church of America in the early 1980s, and served six years as the LCA representative on the Carthage Board of Trustees. This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in education, preengineering, or the natural sciences.
RONALD PALMEN ATHLETIC ENDOWMENT
The Ronald Palmen Athletic Endowment provides funds for discretionary use by Carthage’s director of athletics. It was established by Mr. Palmen’s wife, Kathleen (Hoffman) Palmen ’62. After graduating from Carthage in 1961, Mr. Palmen was a teacher for 10 years. He then entered the business world when he became president and part owner of Palmen Motors in Kenosha. Mr. Palmen passed away in 1990.
ROGERS PALMER DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP IN BUSINESS
The first endowed chair at Carthage, this award was funded by Rogers Palmer, a senior vice president of Snap-on Inc. in Kenosha, and his wife, Mary D. Palmer. Interest from the fund will be used every year to support the work of a distinguished member of the business faculty.
DR. CLIFTON E. PETERSON SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship is awarded to a full-time student who is from Wright, Franklin or Hancock counties in Iowa; or Ozaukee or Polk counties in Wisconsin. A retired orthopedic surgeon who spent his entire career in Kenosha, Mr. Peterson grew up in Dows, Iowa. Although his alma mater is Carleton College, Dr. Peterson has been a friend of Carthage for most of the College’s years in Kenosha.
FRANK AND CORINNE PETRETTI FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students with financial need who graduated from a Kenosha County high school with a grade-point average of B-plus or higher. It is dedicated to the memory of a builder-developer and his wife and business partner who pioneered Kenosha’s north side beginning in the 1950s and throughout the second half of the 20th century. Frank Petretti came to Kenosha from Lucca, Italy, in 1937, and working side by side with his wife, Corinne, moved from building custom homes to developing subdivisions, a shopping center, and apartment buildings. The Petrettis’ body of work includes more than 800 homes and 1,000 apartments. When the College moved to Kenosha in the 1960s, several faculty and staff were attracted to the newly built bungalows in the nearby Villa Capri subdivision, a Petretti project. They admired the quality of the homes as well as the builder’s drive and personality. Now, decades later, both staff and students are making comfortable homes in Petretti apartments that are within walking distance of campus.
SUSAN (WORLEY) PIETROWSKI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Susan (Worley) Pietrowski ’79 passed away in 1994 at the age of 37. A special education and elementary education major, she taught at Lake Zurich High School and at Paine Elementary School in Lake Zurich, Illinois, for 12 years. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Worley, endowed this scholarship in her name. The scholarship is awarded to a female student who has graduated from Lake Zurich High School.
PI THETA SCHOLARSHIP
In 2005 the sisters of Pi Theta celebrated their 40th anniversary. To honor their beloved sorority, Pi Theta alumnae created this scholarship, awarded to a deserving Pi Theta of junior or senior standing.
MARK S. MILLER AND ROBERT M. PLACKO SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is funded by Robert M. Placko ’72 & Diana L. Placko recognizing and honoring Professor Miller’s dedication and achievement in creating a powerful learning environment for Carthage students in the increasingly important field of Human Resources.
Since 2005, Professor Mark Miller has taught the Human Resources class at Carthage and has collaborated with Bob Placko to serve as a guest speaker in the class recognizing Bob’s 35+ years of Human Resources experience. It was this class that Bob took in 1971 as a Carthage junior (then called Personnel Management) that gave Bob the career direction to pursue his lifelong and successful career in HR.
This award shall provide recognition and financial assistance to a student(s) majoring in a Business field with a career goal of pursuing Human Resources.
MARY ETTA AND DR. RICHARD A. POWELL SCHOLARSHIP
Although Dr. and Mrs. Powell were not Carthage graduates, their loyalty and devotion to the College and the athletic program are beyond compare. For more than 20 years, Dr. Powell served as College and team physician. He walked the sidelines of hundreds of football games, both at home and away, just to be “on call” in case of an injury. He spent hundreds of hours establishing the College Health Center. As founder of the Booster Club, he motivated the Kenosha community to get involved with the athletic program. For his long and monumental service to the athletic program, Dr. Powell was inducted into the Carthage Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.
VERA K. PREIS ENDOWMENT
Money from this endowment is used to award outstanding students in English.
DOLORES R. PRELLBERG SCHOLARSHIP
Dolores (Ronk) Prellberg graduated from Carthage in 1950 with a major in education. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. She was also a music major at Carthage and continued to play the violin through much of her adult life. She and her late husband, Frederick, retired to Bella Vista, Arkansas. many years ago. She has five adult children. This scholarship is intended to support students majoring in music.
ALBERT AND MARION PUFAHL SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. A. J. Pufahl and Marian (Ward) Pufahl were prominent civic leaders. A woman ahead of her time, Marion (Ward) Pufahl ’17 was president of the Kalamazoo, Mich., branch of the American Association of University Women, vice president of the YWCA, and president of the Kalamazoo Business and Professional Women’s Club.
RAYMOND J. PUGESEK, JR. SCHOLARSHIP
Raymond J. Pugesek Jr. was best known on campus as director of financial aid for three years before his untimely death in 1992. Even though his tenure at Carthage was shortlived, Raymond always will be remembered for his vibrant optimism and effervescent spirit. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Poggendorf, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Pugesek Sr. and others made possible this scholarship for incoming or first-year students who reside in Illinois.
HENRY QUECKENSTEDT FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Elsie Queckenstedt was secretary to the superintendent of the Racine public school system, and made her first gift to Carthage in 1927 when the College was still located in Illinois. Miss Queckenstedt said that Carthage was her favorite charity. In 1991, she left nearly $2 million to the College in her estate, adding to gifts in memory of her father, Henry Queckenstedt.
ANNE RANDEL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students studying music and who demonstrate financial need. Mr. Nacy Edwin Randel was the husband of Mrs. Anne (Cernak) Randel. They wed in October 1945. After 21 years of marriage, Anne passed away in October 1966. It was Nacy’s wish that a scholarship dedicated to music students be established to honor Anne. The scholarship was established with funds from his estate and by many dear friends.
WARREN AND CAROL RECKMEYER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by Warren and Carol (Prange) Reckmeyer, both 1949 graduates. They are accomplished musicians who have spent their lifetimes sharing their love of music while teaching band students, directing choirs, and playing and directing instrumental music for church congregations and community organizations. With this scholarship, they hope to help Carthage students achieve their dreams with a career in music.
KATHRYN AND CHARLES REYNOLDS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Kathryn Reynolds graduated from Carthage College, in Carthage, IL, in 1949. She studied music and education, with a focus on her primary instrument, the pipe organ. After a short career in teaching, she accepted a position as a parish worker in Toledo, OH, where she met her husband Charles. To honor his wife Kathryn, Charles established the Kathryn and Charles Reynolds Endowed Scholarship Fund, to ensure that future generations of students have access to a Carthage education and that these students pursue lives of purpose and contribute to society.
RHINE AND UNGLAUBE SCHOLARSHIP
The Rev. John Rhine and Sarah Rhine were the parents of LaRue (Rhine) Unglaube ’64. Sarah Rhine also graduated from Carthage in 1964, seated beside her daughter. Her teaching career spanned four decades at schools in Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois. John Rhine served congregations in Nebraska and Illinois, concluding his ministry at Salem Lutheran Church in Mendon, Illinois. Carl and Magdalene Unglaube were the parents of James ’63, vice president emeritus for college relations at Carthage, and Robert ’67. Carl spent his entire adult life as a printer with the Milwaukee Sentinel and the Journal Company. James married LaRue (Rhine) Unglaube ’64, who served as director of information technology for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Robert married Beverly (Spencer) Unglaube ’67. The two of them had careers as teachers in Woodstock, Illinois.
PASTOR DUDLEY RIGGLE SCHOLARSHIP
Pastor Dudley Riggle, professor emeritus of religion and former campus pastor, developed Carthage’s chapel and religious life program after the College’s relocation to Kenosha in the early 1960s. He served as campus pastor through 1980, when he became professor of religion and later chaired the department. He developed and participated in the Carthage outreach program, through which members of the faculty made presentations in hundreds of congregations in Wisconsin and Illinois. For more than five decades, Pastor Riggle’s ministry, teaching, counseling, and service have shaped and enriched the lives of thousands of Carthaginians and members of the southeast Wisconsin community.
This scholarship will be awarded to full-time undergraduate students based on financial need (as determined by the FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and preference will be given to students who are planning and preparing for clergy or lay leadership roles in faith-based communities through their course of study and/or their participation in religious life programs and experiences at Carthage.
EVELYN A. ROGERS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is to be awarded at the discretion of the Office of Student Financial Services. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers made gifts to Carthage every year for 34 years and established this scholarship with a $100,000 estate gift. They were Lutherans from the Milwaukee area who had a strong desire to assist Carthage with its educational mission.
NELSON PETER ROSS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ross, the parents of Nelson Peter Ross, who is fondly remembered for his tenure as chairman of the History Department. Preference may be given to history majors.
ALICE (MACK) AND NEILL O. ROWE SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship came to Carthage as farmland from the estate of Alice (Mack) Rowe ’39 and Neill O. Rowe. This scholarship is given to one or more deserving students studying music. Mrs. Rowe was born in Illinois in 1918, and passed away in 2003 in Los Angeles. She worked in the entertainment industry as a voice teacher for 40 years after graduating from Carthage with a Bachelor of Arts in music.
TIMOTHY W. “COACH” RUCKS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students with financial need and who exemplify the qualities Coach Timothy W. Rucks instilled in each person he affected throughout his lifetime: Attitude, Character, and Enthusiasm.
Coach Rucks led the Carthage College football program for 18 years during a wonderful career as its head coach. Beginning in 2013, he served as an assistant athletic director and academic advisor. His mentoring and leadership impacted thousands of students over the years, and his presence on our campus will be greatly missed.
In 2004, Coach Rucks won the American Football Coaches Association North Region Coach of the Year and College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Bob Reade Football Coach of the Year awards. He also was named Wisconsin Private College Football Coach of the Year in 2009.
Coach Rucks played four years of football at Carthage under head coach Art Keller. As a senior in 1982, he was named first-team All-CCIW offensive tackle, He graduated in 1983 with a double major in English and political science. The Denver Gold selected him in the third round of the inaugural United States Football League draft. He later signed as a free agent with the National Football League’s New York Jets and played with them during the 1983 season. He received his master’s degree in college administration from Northeastern Illinois University in 1994.
Coach Rucks passed away unexpectedly March 10, 2015. This scholarship was established in his honor by many alumni, dear friends, and family members.
RUSSELL AND MARION RUTTER SCHOLARSHIP
Exemplary Christians, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Rutter were longtime friends of Lutheran Social Services and Carthage College. Mr. Rutter was honored with a Wisconsin Lutheran Man of the Year award. He was an insurance executive in Milwaukee, an active Lutheran layman, and recipient of an honorary degree from Carthage in 1982, recognizing his outstanding contributions to community life and Christian higher education in southeastern Wisconsin. Marion served for 11 years as a board member for Luther Manor in suburban Milwaukee.
RUUD ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP ALAN J. RUUD AND SUSAN B. STOVER SCHOLARSHIP
The Alan J. Ruud and Susan B. Ruud Stover Endowed Scholarship, established in 1988, is awarded to full-time sophomores, juniors or seniors studying business or education who have demonstrated financial need related to extenuating family circumstances. The Ruud Academic Excellence Scholarship was established in December 1997. The Ruud Scholars are selected through the College’s Lincoln Scholarship competition and offered full-tuition scholarships. To renew their awards each year, recipients must maintain a 3.25 grade-point average. Five students get renewable full-tuition scholarships every year.
Alan Ruud and Susan (Young) Ruud Stover ’69 owned and operated Ruud Lighting Inc., a Racine-based company specializing in the fabrication and direct marketing of light fixtures.
Susan Stover graduated magna cum laude from Carthage with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education. She played a vital role as a member of the Board of Trustees and received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989 for her service to the College and achievement in her profession. She says, “Although one usually thinks of the college years as preparing for a career, those of us who experienced the ‘Carthage commitment’ realize that a Carthage education means so much more than that. A degree from Carthage signifies excellent skill training, but it also reflects a faculty which fosters creativity and encourages an appreciation for the arts and the development of spiritual values. The ‘Carthage commitment’ means developing the whole person to face the future…whatever that future may hold.”
Alan Ruud graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1968 and received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He has been named Racine County Small Business Person of the Year, and together Alan and Susan were named the 1991 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs of the Year. Ruud Lighting Inc. is responsible for the lighting along Campus Drive and around the Oaks.
GLENN A. AND ELEANOR S. SATHER SCHOLARSHIP
Glenn and Eleanor Sather are the parents of Andrew Sather, who studied theatre at Carthage in the early 1980s and has great appreciation for the nurturing he received from Dr. T. Shandy “Doc” Holland. Eleanor served as a public school teacher in Minneapolis and Madison, Wisconsin. Glenn, after completing a doctorate in chemical engineering, served a career-long appointment to the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Andrew went on to complete his undergraduate education in theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursued a career as a lighting technician, and now resides in New York City and works on Broadway. Glenn and Eleanor Sather established this scholarship as an expression of thanks for Andrew’s educational experience at Carthage.
JUDITH SCHAUMBERG SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by Judith Schaumberg in 2008. Dr. Schaumberg served as chair of Carthage’s Education Division, professor of education and a member of the faculty from 1990 to 2008, and as the College’s first provost from 2008 to 2010. Carthage will use funds from the Judith Schaumberg Scholarship to assist students planning a career in teaching who are able to demonstrate their intention to use reading and learning strategies in their teaching.
GRACE C. SCHEEL SCHOLARSHIP
Students who participate in the voice or instrumental music programs are eligible for this scholarship, established in memory of Ms. Grace C. Scheel by her cousin, Mrs. Harriet Kern, and Mrs. Kern’s family. Mrs. Kern had a close association with Carthage when the College employed her son-in-law, Mr. Robert Dittus, as vice president of business and finance. While he served the College, budgets continually showed a surplus and the endowment quadrupled. He also taught courses in business administration, giving students a first-hand perspective of the inner workings of the business world. The scholarship was funded with gifts from Robert and Lois (Kern) Dittus (Harriet Kern’s daughter), and James Dittus (Harriet Kern’s grandson).
LOIS A. SCHMIDT SCHOLARSHIP
Ms. Lois Schmidt ’72 received Carthage’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2003. Although her passion for theater and language arts led her to Manhattan, she rose through the ranks of the world’s financial marketplace, becoming a managing director of corporate governance for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) where she oversaw the staff responsible for ensuring listed company compliance with the NYSE requirements regarding corporate governance. Prior to joining the NYSE in 1999, Ms. Schmidt was employed by the American Stock Exchange for more than 20 years in a variety of positions dealing with listed company regulation. While working at the American Stock Exchange, she earned her Master of Business Administration in finance from the Stern School at New York University. More recently, Ms. Schmidt has been employed at Kean University in New Jersey.
GWENDOLYN BRAUN SCHMIEDESKAMP SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students pursing degrees in organ or voice in the Music Department. It was established by Mr. and Mrs. Warren Braun in memory of his sister, who graduated from Carthage in 1937 with a degree in music. Mrs. Schmiedeskamp taught high school English and music for 32 years, and taught fourth grade for 15 years before retiring.
CEOLA ERLSTEN YEAGER SCHOENIG SCHOLARSHIP
Not many people can claim they rode to Carthage on a wagon pulled by two mules or that they began their Carthage careers with a mere $2.50 to their name. However, Ceola Schoenig ’33 gave what little she had in order to study at Carthage. Through correspondence with Pearl Goeller, the registrar at the time, a scholarship was arranged for her. She taught high school math in Illinois and took up real estate in her later years. Because financial aid changed the course of her life, Mrs. Schoenig sought to bestow that same opportunity on future generations of students. Students pursuing degrees in organ or voice are nominated and selected by the Music Department.
SCHUBERT CLUB MUSIC EDUCATION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is designed for students pursuing a major in Music Education. Through establishing this scholarship with residual funds from the Schubert Club, the Representatives honor the deep and lasting impact the Schubert Club had in Kenosha and the surrounding communities. For over 100 years, the Schubert Club offered music scholarships, performances, service, and support, to students and adults in Kenosha and the surrounding communities. This endowment will ensure the Schubert Club, and its support for music education and performance will live on in perpetuity by providing financial support for students studying Music Education.
SCHUMACHER / BRODERDORF SCHOLARSHIP
The Schumacher / Broderdorf Scholarship was established by Dr. Diane Muri to honor her parents and aunt and uncle. The purpose of the endowed fund is to assist students with financial need, with preference given to minority women. After retiring from the federal government in 1995, Diane returned to her native Wisconsin to become public health administrator for the city of Racine. While working in Racine, she served on a city panel that reviewed public perceptions of local government. The city-wide survey research for this review was conducted by Carthage students under the direction of business administration professor Robert Grant. The panel was very impressed with their professionalism and work. Her continuing interest in higher education and this experience led her to direct her gift to Carthage.
Diane received her undergraduate and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Hawaii and Doctor of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. She is a member of Carthage’s Natural Sciences Advisory Committee.
LOREN H. AND VICKIE SEMLER BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP
This fund was established by Loren H. Semler Jr. ’65 and Vickie (Myers) Semler ’67. Loren has served the College as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1989. The Semler Fitness Center is named in their honor. Together, the Semlers have three children: Christine (Semler) D’Amico, Katherine (Semler) Felton ’88, and Loren Semler ’96. Money from this endowment will be used to increase the financial aid packages of current Carthage students whose financial need has increased during their enrollment at Carthage. These grants will be distributed to students whose family financial difficulties threaten to disrupt their education at Carthage.
MARTHA SHIPPERT SCHOLARSHIP
African-American or pre-theology students are given priority for this scholarship, established in 1983. Ms. Martha Shippert, a 1921 alumna of Carthage, sought to alleviate the financial disadvantage of African-American students. She showed meticulous care for detail during the course of her life, and her deep religious convictions fueled her desire to see financial aid directed to where it was needed most. She died in 2001.
MARIE AND JOHN SLADEK SCHOLARSHIP IN FINE ARTS / NATURAL SCIENCES
This scholarship honors Marie and John Sladek, parents of Carthage trustee John Sladek Jr. ’65. As noted by John and Celia Sladek when setting up this scholarship, “both of John’s parents had wonderful artistic skills, loved our nation’s resources, appreciated the performing arts, and promoted music as an important discipline in society. Dad was medically inclined and held executive positions at several pharmaceutical firms including Lakeside Laboratories (then in Milwaukee) and Baxter Travenol in Deerfield, Ill.” John Sladek Jr. has described Carthage as one of the best experiences of his life. Both Mr. and Mrs. Sladek serve on the neuroscience faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
EDWARD AND ALICE SMEDS SCHOLARSHIP
This endowed fund provides scholarship support linked to internship opportunities for Carthage students. Edward and Alice (Lawler) Smeds both graduated from Carthage in 1957. In 1990, Ed received the Distinguished Alumni Award. A trustee emeritus, he began his service with the Board of Trustees in 1990 and concluded as chairman after more than a decade in May 2011. Ed had a long career with Kraft Foods, serving over time as president and chairman of its Asia/Pacific, Australia and Canada regions, and as president of customer service and operations. He also served for a number of years as chairman of the board of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Alice taught school in Rantoul, Illinois, following her graduation.
EDWARD AND ALICE SMEDS MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TENNIS ENDOWMENT
Smeds is a well-known name around campus. The addition to the campus of the Smeds Tennis Center in 1999, made possible with a gift from Edward and Alice (Lawler) Smeds, further solidified the Smeds’ commitment to the College. Ed and Alice continue to assist the College and the men’s and women’s tennis programs by creating this endowment. It will be used to support men’s and women’s tennis, at the discretion of the head coach and director of athletics.
LOUIS W. SMITH, JR. SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Louis Smith is a 1967 graduate of Carthage. He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from Northwestern University. Mr. Smith was employed as senior scientist for General Telephone and Electronics Data Services, working on the international switching program. He accumulated 25 patents.
KARL L. SOLUM SCHOLARSHIP
Mrs. Myrtle K. Solum, who died in 1982, left the College funds from her estate in memory of her deceased husband, Karl J. Solum. Her generosity in the memory of her late husband will enable countless students to afford and attend Carthage.
THE REV. DONALD SONDROL SCHOLARSHIP
The Rev. Donald Sondrol graduated from Carthage in 1957. He furthered his education at Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary and received his master’s degree from Montana State University. As a lifelong learner, Rev. Sondrol continued to take classes at universities in England, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, and France. A pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he served several congregations in the Midwest. After retirement, he served as a Sunday supply pastor for 34 Lutheran and Episcopal congregations. Rev. Sondrol passed away in 2015.
WILFRED J. AND MARIE SONNTAG SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship was established with funds from the estate of Wilfred J. Sonntag ’26. Mr. Sonntag was chief purchasing agent for the Austin Co. Ltd., the Canadian arm of a Cleveland-based international engineering and construction firm. He passed away in 1984, and Mrs. Sonntag died four years later. Because Mr. Sonntag found success through his Carthage education, he contributed a sizable portion of his estate to allow a new generation of students to get a foothold on the path to success.
LILI SOROKIN SCHOLARSHIP
Ms. Peggy R. Hedberg ’81 endowed this gift to provide financial assistance for Carthage students who wish to study abroad. The scholarship honors Professor Lili Sorokin for her contribution to Ms. Hedberg’s education and personal growth while she was a student at Carthage. Prof. Sorokin taught at Carthage for many years.
FRED W. AND MARGUERITE SPANGLER SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. Fred W. Spangler earned his undergraduate degree from Carthage in chemistry and his master’s (1942) and Ph.D. (1944) in chemistry from the University of Illinois. He worked for Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York, in organic chemistry and photography for 37 years before retiring in 1982. While a student at Carthage, he was a member of Theta Chi Delta and Beta Beta Beta. During his lifetime Dr. Spangler enjoyed playing the organ, church activities, wine making and landscaping. He passed away in 2013.
Marguerite “Margaret” (Thomas) Spangler ’40 graduated from Carthage with a degree in music. Mrs. Spangler played the organ and directed and sang in church choirs for more than 40 years. She provided music programs in nursing homes and was a weaver. She died in 2008. In addition to this named scholarship, the Spanglers helped to establish the Class of 1940 endowed scholarship.
JOHN R. AND MARGARET O. SPANGLER SCHOLARSHIP
Rev. John R. Spangler ’43 and Margaret Elizabeth (Obermaier) Spangler have been constant supporters of Carthage and all its endeavors. After serving parishes in Indiana and Illinois for many years, Rev. Spangler retired from active ministry in 1983. After her husband’s battle with Parkinson’s disease, which led to his death in 2002, Margaret established this scholarship in 2005 to affirm the significance that Carthage had in her family’s life.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES SCHOLARSHIP
Mrs. Dorothy (Richmann) Fink ’41 received financial aid through contact with a student secretary named Mary Newcomer, who guided her through the financial aid process. Only through Ms. Newcomer’s support was she able to remain at the College. Mrs. Fink established this scholarship so she could repay the College for the support that allowed her to attain her career goals, and to offer the same opportunity to other students at Carthage. Students majoring in music, foreign language, pre-medicine (including sports medicine), and biology will be given preference.
W. CARL AND ESTHER C. SPIELMAN SCHOLARSHIP
The donor for this gift was Mrs. Miriam (Spielman) Cotanch ’41, the daughter of W. Carl Spielman, a history and economics professor at Carthage. Her mother, Esther Spielman, arranged for numerous students to obtain local jobs — frequently in her own home. Additionally, she urged them to pursue scholastic venues for financial aid. On Sunday evenings she would often invite college couples over for waffle suppers. The scholarship was Prof. Spielman’s last request. This scholarship is awarded to the outstanding juniors majoring in the social sciences, as voted by the faculty of the social sciences.
GRACE C. STABER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship to honor Mrs. Grace Staber was established by Walter Drum (Mrs. Staber’s brother) and Kenneth J. Drum ’62 (her nephew). Ken Drum retired in 1994 after 19 years as president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. Recipients must be female high school students.
RONALD AND BARBARA STAMER SCHOLARSHIP
Created in 2007, the Ronald and Barbara Stamer Scholarship provides support to students with financial need. Ronald is a 1957 Carthage graduate who retired from a career with 3M Corp. Barbara taught home economics. They have three children, including Russell, who is a member of the Carthage Class of 1983.
DONNA WOLF STEIGERWALDT / JOCKEY INTERNATIONAL, INC. SCHOLARSHIP
Mrs. Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt and Jockey International Inc. established this scholarship to provide financial assistance to deserving students from Kenosha County. Mrs. Steigerwaldt and Jockey International, which she led as chairman for many years, have been instrumental in the development of Carthage. Mrs. Steigerwaldt was a significant donor to Carthage during her lifetime, and her legacy continues through the Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Foundation, her husband, William, and her daughter Debra (Steigerwaldt) Waller ’78. Co-workers said Mrs. Steigerwaldt set the tone for the company, and that it was her “confident and gracious leadership that made Jockey International successful.” She was a member and chairman of the Carthage Board of Trustees, and was the first recipient of the Carthage Flame award in 1989, the highest honor Carthage bestows. She died in 2000. Debra Waller served as Board of Trustees chairman from 2011 to 2013.
JOHN AND EVELYN SUSINA / BARBARA SUSINA STEWART SCHOLARSHIP
The Rev. William M. Stewart ’64 established this scholarship in 2002 in memory of his wife, Barbara (Susina) Stewart ’64, and her parents, John and Evelyn Susina, whose wisdom and foresight made this endowment possible. William is a Lutheran pastor. Barbara was an elementary school teacher until her death in 2000.
CHRISTINE SWANNELL SCHOLARSHIP
For almost 37 years, the passion Miss Christine “Chris” Swannell felt for teaching was a perfect match to the compassion she felt for her students. For many of those years, she worked with special needs students, celebrating their progress and achievements, always focused on what they could do rather than on their limitations. She encouraged and challenged all her students to do more, do better, do it all. Miss Swannell’s affection for Carthage grew stronger over time, and she deeply cherished the friendships made there. Almost 45 years after graduation, she still relished the weekend get-togethers with classmates, filled with laughter and plenty of “remember whens?” As Torchbearer for the class of 1973, she encouraged many young people to consider going to Carthage. Her friends and family are certain that she would be so very pleased to know that the scholarship in her name will be helping students continue on their Carthage path. Christine passed away in 2016. Gifts from her estate established this endowed scholarship in 2018. This scholarship is awarded to students with preference given to students planning careers in teaching.
THORBERG SWENSON SCHOLARSHIP
Ms. Thorberg Swenson was an active Lutheran and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois. She made an estate gift honoring her mother, Alma Christine Swenson, for Carthage to use in helping students meet their financial needs.
JON SWIFT MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY / TRACK AND FIELD ENDOWMENT
This endowment was established in honor of Jon Swift, men’s cross country coach, with donations from members of his teams. Jon Swift served as the Carthage men’s cross country coach from 1964 to 1971 and in 1983. His teams won the CCIW championship in 1966 and 1967 and finished third in the 1971 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Championships. The Jon Swift Men’s Cross Country MVP Award is presented annually to a deserving student on the team. Income generated from this fund will be used at the discretion of the head men’s cross country/track and field coach and the director of athletics.
J. BANNEN SWOPE SCHOLARSHIP
Pastor Swope retired after 47 years of full-time service in the Lutheran Church. For 43 of those years, he served in Chicago Heights, Illinois, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Two of his sons graduated from Carthage. Bannen Y., who is now deceased, graduated in 1936, and Paul H. received his degree in 1942.
THE TANCK/HEROLT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was endowed by Joyce (Tanck) Herolt ’68 and Douglas Herolt ’68 in memory of their parents Geraldine and Edgar Tanck and Jerry and Helen Herolt, who were very encouraging and supportive parents as Joyce and Doug pursued their degrees from Carthage. Geraldine Childs Tanck graduated from Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, with an RN-BS degree in 1940. For a couple of years, she nursed at the Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. When World War II broke out, she joined the Navy as a 1st Lieutenant, teaching corpsmen at both Great Lakes and Treasure Island, Calif., until the end of 1945. Marriage to Joyce’s father, Edgar Tanck brought her to Kenosha where she nursed at both St. Catherine’s and Kenosha Memorial Hospitals, retiring in the early 1970s. This scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing a nursing degree.
TARBLE FAMILY CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is open to California residents attending a high school or college in California. Carthage will award up to 10 Tarble Family California Scholarships to incoming freshmen or transfer students from California. The Tarble family has supported Carthage since the 1970s, with total gifts to Carthage exceeding $20 million.
TAU DELTA PSI SCHOLARSHIP
Members and alumni of Tau Delta Psi fraternity at Carthage established this scholarship in October 1985 during the tenure of organizational president Henry R. Carstens ’86, who was in Tau Delta Psi during all four years at Carthage.
ALOIS H. TENNESSEN SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need or other factors that may be determined by the College.
RALPH J. AND MARGARET TENUTA SCHOLARSHIP
Ralph Tenuta is a lifelong Kenosha resident. He is chairman and, he jokingly adds, “retired elder” of Tenuta’s Delicatessen. Currently a trustee emeritus, he was elected a Carthage trustee in 1993. In that role he sought to build ties between Carthage and nearby communities. He organized the Carthage Business and Professional Coalition, whose campus luncheon series has brought dozens of prominent speakers and thousands of guests to the College. In 2006, Mr. Tenuta received the Carthage Flame award at Commencement exercises.
Mr. Tenuta and his wife, Margaret, were married for more than 54 years. Their seven children include Paul Tenuta ’93. Mrs. Tenuta served as a director for the former St. Catherine’s Hospital and on the board of the Women’s Health Council at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha. She died in March 2010.
The Ralph J. and Margaret Tenuta Scholarship is awarded to students entering Carthage who have graduated from one of the public or private high schools in Kenosha.
DOROTHY MYHRE TOLLESON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Students are nominated and selected by the English Department based on excellence in expository writing. Dr. Floyd Tolleson, an English professor at Carthage for 11 years, established this scholarship to honor the memory of his wife, Dorothy. He passed away in 2003. Professor Mary Katherine Kent-Rohan and her husband, Gerald Rohan, began donating to this scholarship after Mrs. Tolleson passed away.
JOY VALENTINE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in 2009 by the estate of Joy Valentine, who graduated from Carthage in 1962. She was a retired elementary teacher in the Rockford (Illinois) public schools. She died in 2008; however, her legacy of teaching children will live on in the students who receive her scholarship in the years to come.
VALOR DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP IN THE HUMANITIES
The Valor Distinguished Professorship, endowed by Miss Lorraine Sinkler and Mrs. Valborg Crossland, is dedicated to the teaching of history, literature, religion, and philosophy, subjects which fall under the Division of Humanities at Carthage. A Valor Distinguished Professor is an eminent teacher-scholar in one of these fields. Mrs. Crossland’s late husband, George Crossland, was a 1908 Carthage alumnus.
This scholarship is awarded to veterans of the U.S. military or their children. Carthaginians have fought for America in every conflict since the Civil War. The College is proud to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the military, and their families. This scholarship was established through the generosity of the Rev. Frank O. ’42 and Jean Vavrin and other donors who support their vision for a scholarship to support veterans and their families.
FRANK AND RUTH E. (WUERZBERGER) VORPAHL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to full-time sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are studying English or geography. One student from each department will be chosen annually to receive scholarship support. Mrs. Vorpahl graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in English. While a full-time student, she worked part-time as a secretary for one of the college’s deans to support herself and fund her education. Mr. Vorpahl attended a one-room school in rural Racine County and graduated from high school in 1921. He began as a bookkeeper at First National Bank in Racine and retired in 1972 as senior vice president. Mr. Vorpahl established this scholarship in memory of his wife.
Katinka H. Waefelaer willed her estate to the trustees of Carthage “to be used by such trustees to establish a fund to be known as The Waefelaer Fund…” The Waefelaer Fund provides an alternative loan fund for students who do not qualify for some federal loan programs, and is administered by Carthage’s Office of Student Financial Services.
WAGNER BROTHERS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in 1984 by Erhardt Wagner ’23 and Herbert “Hub” Wagner ’25. Both went on to earn graduate degrees. Erhardt earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a doctorate from the University of Michigan, both in mathematics. Hub earned master’s degrees in history from the University of Illinois and in physical education from Columbia University. Hub returned to Carthage in 1927, where he served in many different roles: associate professor of history, athletic director, and head coach of basketball, football, and track. During the Great Depression, Hub and many others at Carthage, sometimes without a regular salary. Hub received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1983 and was inducted into the Carthage Hall of Fame in 1984. After completing graduate school, Erhardt spent his career as an actuary in the insurance business.
WAGNER FUND FOR FACULTY DEVELOPMENT ENDOWMENT
Herbert “Hub” Wagner ’25 starred in Carthage football and basketball. He earned master’s degrees in history from the University of Illinois and physical education from Columbia University. From 1927 to 1943, he served his alma mater as head coach of basketball, football, and track, as athletic director, and as a professor of history. He went on to serve for 20 years as Dean of Boys at Rock Island (Illinois) Senior High School. In the 1970s, he returned to Carthage to serve as a roving ambassador. In 1983, he received the Carthage Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 1984 he was inducted into the Carthage Hall of Fame.
Olive Torgeson came to Carthage in 1932 as Dean of Women and served in that position for two years, teaching as well in the social sciences. She left Carthage as she assumed duties with her national sorority, Alpha Xi Delta. In 1935 Olive and Herbert were married. Olive’s only jewelry that day was a pendant she received as a gift from the women of Denhart Hall. This fund recognizes their contributions and was established by Axel C. and Ann Wagner Bundgaard. Ann is the Wagners’ daughter.
The purpose of this fund is to provide support for faculty development activities.
WALKER MANUFACTURING SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to full-time students from Racine County. Walker Manufacturing is a subsidiary of Tenneco Inc., and a major supplier of a wide range of automotive and heavy-duty truck parts for the transportation industry.
GEORGENE L. WALL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to worthy young people who are members in good standing of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois. If there are no eligible students from the Rockford church, any worthy Lutheran from other congregations may be chosen. Mrs. Wall was a friend of the College and a member at Trinity. Trinity Lutheran Church of Rockford is proud to sponsor a scholarship in her name.
MILDRED AND DELFERD WALSER SCHOLARSHIP
Delferd Walser ’25 began serving on the Alumni Council in 1956 and was named a trustee of the College in 1964. In 1976, the College presented him with the Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 1982, he received the President’s Medal of Honor for distinguished leadership and service to the College. Mr. Walser worked at Wright Chemical Corp. for 30 years, retiring as vice president. Mildred (Jenses) Walser attended the University of Chicago, earning her tuition as an employee in the typing and mimeograph office. She graduated in 1924 and went on to teach shorthand and typing at Sullivan High School in Chicago. She retired in 1962, after more than 40 years of teaching. Although Mrs. Walser never attended Carthage, she became friends with many Carthage graduates.
ALBERT AND MARY KIMBROUGH WEBB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Mrs. Webb graduated from Carthage in 1939 with a Bachelor of Arts in home economics. She earned her Master of Science in education from Southern Illinois University, specializing in guidance and counseling. In the early 1940s, Mrs. Webb came to Carthage to teach home economics for part of a year. Afterward, she moved to Alton, Illinois, where she was a counselor at North Junior High School. Mrs. Webb now lives in Lincoln, Illinois. Mr. Webb was a grain elevator operator in rural Illinois.
WEIGHTMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to full-time students on the basis of financial need or other factors that may be determined by the College.
DAVID AND HEATHER WIERS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to juniors or seniors majoring in business, marketing, accounting, or economics who also have a declared major or minor beyond one of these four disciplines. David Wiers ’98 majored in business administration and marketing and minored in English and economics. A longtime member of the Alumni Council, David served as its president and is an emeritus member. David and Heather are the parents of three children.
KATHLEEN WIERS AND BERNICE MCCORKELL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors with a minimum 3.25 GPA, and who are pursuing career interests in education, social work, speech therapy, or audiology.
In honor of the 150 Years of Carthage Women Celebration, David Wiers ?98 seeks to recognize and preserve the long standing impact Kathleen Wiers and Bernice McCorkell have had on thousands of students throughout Wisconsin.
This scholarship will provide scholarships for multicultural students, with a preference for those who identify as Black, African American, Multiracial, or who demonstrate a commitment to the African American community through membership in a student group that builds community and awareness around African American identity. The founding donor, Mr. Hoyt Harper II, created this fund with the intention of inspiring others to join in supporting students and creating a diverse set of leaders with a liberal arts foundation. A member of the Carthage Board of Trustees, Hoyt graduated Carthage in 1977. Mrs. LeAnn Pederson Pope ’79, a retired attorney now pursuing a master’s degree in theological studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, joins him in this effort.
CARRIE (MILLS) AND GARY WILLIAMS ENDOWMENT FOR THE STUDENT ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Established in 2012 by Carrie (Mills) Williams ’98 and Gary Williams ’96, the primary purpose of this endowed fund is to recognize the men and women who receive the annual CCIW Merle Chapman Leadership Award by providing program money in their name for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at Carthage. An assistant football coach for 10 seasons and an academic advisor, Gary also served as Carthage’s associate athletic director for education services. Carrie, a former Firebirds basketball player, is also a member of Kappa Phi Eta. Gary and Carrie have two daughters.
WILSON FAMILY & FRIENDS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to student(s) with financial need who are pursuing a major in business, the natural sciences, computer science, pre-law, pre-med, engineering, or other professionally-focused fields, and who possess a spirit of philanthropy. Gary and Cindy Wilson, as well as their family and friends, believe in the transformative power of a Carthage education to expand students’ horizons and propel them into meaningful lives and successful years. Gary and Cindy have given generously to Carthage, and Gary joined the Carthage Board of Trustees in 2008.
DR. ROBERT D. WOLFF SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship, established by Mrs. Carol (Piper) Wolff ’47, and her daughter, Mrs. Sheri (Wolff) Travlos ’76, assists students majoring in music with a primary interest in organ or an emphasis in church music. The scholarship honors Dr. Robert D. Wolff ’43, a Carthage faculty member from 1944 to 1955 who taught organ and music theory. From 1963 to 1987, he taught classes at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virgina. Dr. Wolff received a Master of Arts in music from Northwestern University in 1948, and a Ph.D. in education from the Teachers College at Columbia University in 1961. He passed away in 2003.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK AND FIELD ENDOWMENT
This fund is used at the discretion of the head coach and director of athletics in support of the women’s cross country and track program. Donations were made to this fund by alumni, coaches and friends of the women’s cross country and track program.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE ENDOWMENT
This fund is used at the discretion of the head coach and director of athletics in support of the women’s lacrosse program. Donations were made to this fund by alumni, coaches and friends of the women’s lacrosse program.
WOMEN’S SOCCER ENDOWMENT
This fund is used at the discretion of the head coach and director of athletics in support of the women’s soccer program. Donations were made to this fund by alumni, coaches and friends of the women’s soccer program.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING ENDOWMENT
This fund is used at the discretion of the head coach and director of athletics in support of the women’s swimming program. Donations were made to this fund by alumni, coaches and friends of the women’s swimming program.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO ENDOWMENT
This fund is used at the discretion of the head coach and director of athletics in support of the women’s water polo program. Donations were made to this fund by alumni, coaches and friends of the women’s water polo program.
PENELOPE (PENNY) WOODWARD SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Through this scholarship fund, Gregory Woodward, who served as College president from 2012 through 2017, honors the deep and lasting impact his wife Penny had at Carthage College. This scholarship is designed for students studying music education, making music more accessible to students as she did during her life.
ZALOKAR WOMEN’S TENNIS ENDOWMENT
Ron Zalokar and Diane Zalokar ’75 established this endowment in support of the women’s tennis program. Ron was the first women’s tennis coach at Carthage, from 1981 to 1997. He was also Carthage’s football defensive coach for 18 years, wrestling coach for 13 years and track coach for 13 years. Diane worked as an accountant for 19 years at the Racine Country Club. She was a longtime member of the Alumni Council. The Zalokars enjoyed following sports at the College. Ron and Diane died in 2010. The Ron and Diane Zalokar Scholar Athlete Award is presented annually to a deserving student on the women’s tennis team. This fund is used at the discretion of the head coach and director of athletics in support of the women’s tennis program.