University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Fund a Scholarship


Your gift to an existing scholarship — or creation of a new fund — enables us to continue to attract highly talented students with the potential to make an impact in the arts world.

Scholarships ensure that the Peck School of the Arts remains accessible to all regardless of their financial situation. Recipients contribute to the professional achievement of their class and provide the foundation on which the School’s ranking and reputation are built.

Donors may create scholarship funds as an endowed fund or as an operating fund.

Endowed & Named Scholarship Awards

Joe Aaron Scholarship
Established in 2007 in Joe Aaron's (BA '51) honor by his daughter Marlene Lauwasser, family and friends to provide scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in music education or music performance. The fund will be fully endowed through a planned bequest from Ms. Lauwasser. Mr. Aaron studied music education and performance at Milwaukee State Teacher's College, a predecessor to UWM.

Leonard Adams Memorial Fund
Established in 2011 in Leonard Adams' memory by his wife Cheryl Adams to support the UWM Youth Jazz Ensembles program. Mr. Adams was a longtime bassist with the Milwaukee band Streetlife and valued opportunities for children to learn how to make music.

Art & Design Alumni Scholarship
Established in 2009 by Visual Art alumni to provide scholarships to students in the Visual Art Department.

Art & Design General Scholarship
Established in 1998 by multiple donors to provide scholarships to students in the Department of Art & Design.

Band Scholarship
Established in (date) by multiple donors to provide scholarships to students in the Band program.

Kaye Berigan Music Scholarship
Established in 2004 by Douglas Berigan (BA '93) to honor his father, Kaye Berigan (BS '61) and his long music performance career.

Bradley Foundation Music Scholarships
Established in 1997 through the generosity of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to provide scholarships to music students. One-third of the funds are set aside for students majoring in piano.

Werner and Jermaine Buchel Foundation Scholarship
Established in 2009 through the generosity of the Werner and Jermaine Buchel Foundation to provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the Theatre Department.

Ed Burgess Legacy Scholarship
Established in 2011 following the death of Dance Department Chair Ed Burgess to provide scholarships and awards to undergraduate and graduate students in the Dance Department. Mr. Burgess had been a Professor in the Peck School's Dance Department since 1989 and had been chair since 2003.

John Colt Memorial Art Fund
Established in 1999 in John Colt's memory by his wife Ruth Kjaer and friends to support visual arts programming and to provide funding for an annual guest lecture. Mr. Colt was a Professor in the Visual Art Department from 1957 to 1990.

D'Addario Music Foundation Scholarship
Established in 2010 by the D'Addario Music Foundation to provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the Guitar Program.

Dance Scholarship
Established in 2001 by multiple donors to provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the Dance Department.

Dance Teacher Certification Scholarship - Inactive
Established in 2009 by Marcia Parsons to provide scholarships to students in the Dance Department teaching certification program.

Dean's Scholarship
Established in 2003 by multiple donors for students studying at the Peck School.

Professor Thomas L. Dvorak Music Scholarship
Established in 2007 by multiple donors in honor of retired Professor Thomas L. Dvorak to provide scholarships to undergraduate music students whose primary instrument is a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. Professor Dvorak headed the UWM Bands program from (date) to (date).

Excelencia en la Música Scholarship
Established in 2010 by multiple donors to provide scholarships to undergraduate students in the Music Department, with a preference to students of Hispanic heritage.

Dr. Henry and Julia Freund Scholarship
Established in 2003 by the estate of Julia Freund to provide scholarships to students majoring in music.

Friends of Music Scholarship
Established in 1992 by multiple donors to provide scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in music.

Herschel Burke Gilbert Family Scholarship
Established in 1997 by Herschel Burke Gilbert ('39) and his wife Gertrude Gilbert to provide scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in conducting, composition, viola, or violin. Mr. Gilbert (1918-2003), a Milwaukee native, studied violin at Milwaukee State Teacher's College and graduated in 1939. He had a successful career as a composer, arranger and orchestrator for films and television.

Greater Milwaukee Foundation Adelaide F. Banaszynski Memorial Fund Scholarship
Established in (date) by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Adelaide F. Banasyznski Memorial Fund to provide scholarships to... Ms. Banasynzski was...

Greater Milwaukee Foundation Nancy McClellan Music Scholarship
Established in (date) by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Nancy McClellan Music Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to... Ms. McClellan was...

Greater Milwaukee Foundation music Scholarship
Established in (date) by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Music Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to...

Greater Milwaukee Foundation Dorothy G. and Ruth M. Smith Fund Scholarship
Established in 2009 by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Dorothy G. and Ruth M. Smith Fund to provide scholarship support for undergraduate and graduate students in the Art & Design Department.

Gerald Grose Music Scholarship
Established in 2006 by the estate of James J. Magnino to provide scholarships to students majoring in or intending to major in music.

Anita Hankwitz Kastner Music Scholarship
Established in 1991 through a gift from Anita Hankwitz Kastner (BA '25) to provide scholarships to students who are Wisconsin residents studying in the Music Department. Ms. Hankwitz Kastner was a Professor in the Music Department from (date) to (date) where she taught (subject). She received her BA in Music Education from Milwaukee State Teacher's College in 1925.

Jan Jones Hartford Scholarship
Established in 2004 in honor of Jan Jones Hartford (BS '57) by husband Lincoln Hartford, family and friends to provide scholarships to students majoring in vocal music education. Ms. Jones Hartford was an alumnae of UWM's music education program and devoted her life to choral music directing and teaching in public schools, church ministries and community choirs.

Jane E. Heinemann Scholarship
Established in 2007 through a bequest by Jane Heinemann to provide scholarships to female students majoring in elementary music education with a concentration in general music studies. Ms. Heinemann was a Professor in the Music Department where she taught piano from 1955 to her retirement in 1986.

Koeppen-Gerlach Endowment Fund Scholarship
Established in 1996 by Frederick Gerlach to provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students studying at the Peck School.

Frederick R. Layton Scholarship
Established in 1984 through the generosity of the Layton School of Art and Design to provide scholarships to incoming freshmen intending to study visual art.

Frederick R. Layton Graduate Fellowship
Established in 1984 through the generosity of the Layton School of Art and Design to provide financial aid to students in the Master of Fine Arts program.

Harold A. Levin Class of '46 Scholarship
Established in 1993 through a bequest by Harold A. Levin to provide scholarships to students studying at the Peck School. Mr. Levin received a BA in Education from the Milwaukee State Teacher's College in 1946.

Lutheran Community Foundation Rodney C. Johnson Scholarship
Established in 2007 by the Lutheran Community Foundation Rodney C. Johnson Fund to provide scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students in the Music Department.

Gilbert H. Meisel Music Scholarship
Established in 1991, and later supplemented through a bequest by Gilbert H. Meisel to provide scholarships to students majoring in music. Mr. Meisel loved to play the piano and during his lifetime, he donated funds and a concert grand piano to UWM's Music Department.

Moebius Merit Award
Established in 1992 through a bequest by Carl S. Moebius and Janet S. Moebius to provide scholarships to students in the Music Department. Mr. Moebius was a founding member, director and Vice President of the UWM Foundation and was elected Distinguished Director in 1989. He was granted an honorary degree from UWM in 1985. Ms. Moebius was a member of the UWM Foundation's Donor Relations Committee.

Music Alumni Scholarship
Established in 1992 by multiple Music Department alumni donors to provide scholarships to students in the Music Department.

Music General Scholarship
Established in 2004 by multiple donors to provide scholarships to students majoring in music.

Robert A. Nelson Film Scholarship
Established in 2011 by multiple donors to honor the legacy of Professor Emeritus Robert A. Nelson. The scholarship will benefit undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Film.

J. Thomas and Hazel Oakes Scholarship
Established in 1991 through the proceeds of a pooled income fund donated by J. Thomas Oakes and his wife Hazel Oakes to provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the Music Department. Mr. Oakes (BA Music Education '31) died in 1990.

Orchestra Scholarship
Established in 1992 by multiple donors to provide scholarships to students in the Orchestra program.

Peck School of the Arts Music Scholarship
Established in (date) by the estate of Paula Uihlein to provide scholarships to students in the Department of Music.

Corliss Phillabaum Theatre Prize
Established in 2010 by an anonymous donor to provide scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in theatre. Professor Emeritus Phillabaum taught theatre history in UWM's Department of Theatre from 1964 to 2004.

Piano Scholarship Awards
Established in 2000 by multiple donors to provide scholarships to students majoring in piano.

Rath Foundation Merit Scholarship
Established in 2000 through the generosity of the Rath Foundation to provide scholarships to undergraduate students studying at the Peck School.

Laurence Rathsack Art Scholarship
Established in 1998 and supplemented through a bequest from Laurence Rathsack ('43) to provide scholarships to students majoring in painting and drawing. Mr. Rathsack received a degree in teaching from Milwaukee State Teacher's College (MTSC). He was a member of MSTC and UWM's art and design faculty from 1956 until his retirement in 1988.

Shannon Rorabeck Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1998 in memory of Shannon Rorabeck by her family and friends to provide scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in art. Ms. Rorabeck was a student in the Art & Design Department when she passed away in 1994.

Schoenleber Foundation Scholarship
Established in 2008 through the generosity of the Schoenleber Foundation to provide scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students studying in the Theatre Department.

Bernardine G. Sherman Music Education Scholarship
Established in 2006 through a bequest from Bernardine G. Sherman to provide scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students studying music education.

Ermenc Slovenian Arts Fund Scholarship
Established in 1981 following the death of Frank Ermenc to provide scholarships to students studying music with an interest in ethnic music. In addition to scholarships, the fund promotes ethnic music education at UWM through expansion of Slovenian music at the school library and funds for special events. Mr. Ermenc and his wife Mary had a deep interest in Slovenian culture.

Gertrude Gates Stillman Fund Scholarship
Established in 2011 by friends and family to honor Gertrude Stillman when she retired from (?) at UWM. The scholarship provides support to students studying in the Music Department. An organ room in the music building named for Mrs. Stillman honors her gift.

Georgia Karides Suchy Music Scholarship
Established in 2000 by Raymond and Georgia Karides Suchy to provide scholarships to students studying music composition and technology. Professor emeritus Georgia Karides Suchy taught music composition in the Music Department from (date) to (date). She received a BS degree in Music Education from Milwaukee State Teacher's College in 1945.

Theatre Scholarship
Established in 2007 by multiple donors to provide scholarships to students in the Theatre Department.

Theatre Scholarship In Honor of Cynthia Poulson
Established in 2006 by multiple donors to provide scholarships to students in the Theatre Department. (Who was Cynthia?)

Elsa Ulbricht Memorial Scholarship

Mary E. Van Deven Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1993 by the estate of Mary E. Van Deven to provide scholarships to students majoring in visual art. Ms. Van Deven received a BS degree in 1952 from Milwaukee State Teacher's College.

Viennese Ball Music Scholarship
Established in 1997 by multiple donors to provide scholarships to students in the Music Department.

Esther Claire Waldheim Scholarship

Walrus Club Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2008 through the generosity of the Walrus Club to provide scholarships to students studying fine arts and performing arts.

Woodmansee Music Scholarship
Established in 2005 through a bequest from Webster and Winifred Woodmansee to provide scholarships to students in the Music Department.