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Applications for UW-Green Bay Phuture Phoenix Scholarships due April 14

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Area high school seniors have until noon Monday, April 14 to apply for a $1,350 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phuture Phoenix Scholarship.

Scholarships are made available to qualified students who plan to attend UW-Green Bay in the fall of 2014. The $1,350 scholarships are renewable for each year a student attends UW-Green Bay.

“College access is more critical today than ever, because our world and our workplaces are changing so rapidly, so dynamically,” said Phuture Phoenix Director Kimberly Desotell. “Through the Phuture Phoenix program, we are saying that we will help students reach for their dreams. We are thrilled to be entering our fifth year of awarding scholarships to Phuture Phoenix participants.”

Scholarship awards will be based upon the applicants’ prior involvement in the Phuture Phoenix program through mentoring, tutoring or participation in the annual October Tour Day as a fifth-grader. The scholarship also will be based on financial need and proof of admission to UW-Green Bay.

The awards are made possible through the generosity of local donors supporting the Phuture Phoenix program. Applications are available online at www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix/scholarships/application.asp.

The award-winning Phuture Phoenix program is a university/community enterprise that began in 2002 from an extended conversation between Cyndie Shepard, the wife of former chancellor Bruce Shepard, and University Trustee Ginny Riopelle about establishing a mentoring program that could help students in high-needs schools stay on course for college.

It has since served almost 13,000 school children from elementary schools with significant low-income populations. And Phuture Phoenix has been replicated at Silver Lake College, UW-Eau Claire and Western Washington University.

The cornerstone event of Phuture Phoenix is an autumn tour of the campus for nearly 1,400 fifth-graders attending high-needs schools in the area. Hundreds of UW-Green Bay student volunteers host the tours.

Since its inception, the Phuture Phoenix program has grown to be much more than a field trip. Each year several hundred UW-Green Bay students visit local middle and high schools, serving as positive role models and mentors for more than 1,000 students from high-needs schools. More information about the program is available at www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix.

The Phuture Phoenix program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay aims to increase the odds that disadvantaged students will graduate from high school and also pursue higher education. Phuture Phoenix involves bringing area fifth-graders from Title I elementary schools from throughout Northeastern Wisconsin to spend a day on campus as a means to envision themselves as future college students. Phuture Phoenix mentors—UW-Green Bay student volunteers—continue contact with many of these students in Phase II of the program. The mentors work closely with students in grades 6-12, tutoring and mentoring them. Since its inception in 2002, Phuture Phoenix has connected with nearly 13,000 students, encouraging them to do well in school and dream of a future they may not have considered by moving on to higher education. The program was designed because Northeastern Wisconsin has a lower percentage of students in the state graduating high school and going on to higher education.

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