Local students first to receive $5,000 ST Paper Scholarships
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced the names of 10 students — five continuing students and five incoming freshmen — who have been selected to receive scholarship awards of $5,000 each through the newly established ST Paper Scholarship Fund.
The Oconto Falls-based papermaker established the program earlier this year to provide assistance to individuals from the six-county area north and northwest of Green Bay who are attending their regional university.
Fall 2011 new freshmen receiving awards are:
• Jennifer Drewiske, De Pere, 2011 graduate of West De Pere High School
• Samantha Iwen, De Pere, 2011 graduate of De Pere H.S.
• Chelsea Patek, Green Bay, 2011 graduate of Green Bay East H.S.
• Brittany Schmidt, Crivitz, 2011 graduate of Crivitz H.S.
• Molly Vlietstra, Wittenberg, 2011 graduate of Wittenberg-Birnamwood H.S.
Continuing students at UW-Green Bay receiving awards are:
• Katelyn Bennett, Goodman, 2008 graduate of Goodman-Armstrong Creek H.S.
• Anne Farrell, Green Bay, 2010 graduate of Green Bay Southwest H.S.
• Jenna Kerin, Green Bay, 2009 graduate of Green Bay East H.S.
• Ashley Skalecki, Green Bay, 2009 graduate of Ashwaubenon H.S.
• Joshua Temple, Gillett, 2008 graduate of Gillett H.S.
A $5,000 scholarship is sufficient to cover the majority of a full-time student’s tuition at UW-Green Bay for a full year.
Recipients of ST Paper Scholarship Fund awards were chosen by the UW-Green Bay Office of Financial Aid. Criteria included graduation from a high school located within Brown, Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto or Shawano counties; a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; and demonstrated financial need, with preference given to those who indicated they are first-generation college students, defined as neither parent having a four-year degree. Potential applicants were notified of the opportunity if their information in the UW-Green Bay database matched the basic criteria.
Sahil Tak, vice president of ST Paper, says the decision to fund college scholarships at UW-Green Bay is in keeping with the company’s mission of giving back to the community, and in doing so providing support to make higher education more affordable. He has indicated that ST Paper hopes to renew funding on an annual basis with the intent of building an ongoing scholarship program.
ST Paper LLC owns and operates a tissue-making facility on the banks of the Oconto River in Oconto Falls, a rural community of about 2,800 residents located 30 miles north of Green Bay. The mill employs nearly 100 workers. ST Paper recycles wastepaper to create parent rolls that are sold to tissue and napkin converters.