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Thanks to a gift of $5 million from the estate of alumna Dorothea Harju, the Harju Center for Equity in Education at UW-Stevens Point has been established in the School of Education, focused on addressing educational inequities in Wisconsin. By supporting diverse and first-generation elementary education teachers, the Harju Center will help level the education playing field for Wisconsin children.

The Harju Center for Equity in Education will support rural education and prepare elementary education teachers. This includes 10 scholarships, which will first be available for students enrolling for fall 2022, and those at branch campuses in Wausau and Marshfield who major in elementary education at the main UW-Stevens Point campus.

The scholarships awards will be $1,000 each (equally divided between the fall and spring semester). Two additional scholarships will be specifically awarded to incoming transfer students from our branch campuses.

This scholarship does not require an application. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduate from a Wisconsin high school
  • Declare a major in Elementary Education
  • Have plans to become a classroom teacher
  • Be admitted to UWSP for Fall 2023 as a first-year student or transfer
Priority will be given to admitted students prior to December 1, 2022. However, selection will continue until all 10 scholarships have been awarded.

Students will receive a paper letter through the mail if they are awarded this scholarship along with instructions on how to accept or decline the scholarship offer.

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