Foundation receives $30K grant to award nursing scholarships

By UW-Manitowoc

The Adam Steel Family Scholarship Fund of Lakeshore Community Foundation has awarded a grant of more than $30,000 to the UW-Manitowoc Foundation, Inc. This grant will be used to provide scholarships to students enrolled in nursing, health care, or medical technology programs, with preference being given to nursing students.

The University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc is proud and honored to receive this grant, according to Dr. Martin Rudd, Regional Executive Officer and Dean. “We are grateful because it will allow the students who receive the scholarships to fund a meaningful portion of their tuition costs,” he said. “The University of Wisconsin Colleges campuses, including the UW-Manitowoc, have the lowest cost of tuition in the UW System.  The cost of acquiring a college education today encourages making smart choices and these scholarships will make UW-Manitowoc even more accessible.

Those studying for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing complete their first two years at UW-Manitowoc and then transfer to complete the nursing degree at a four-year program of their choice.

Dr. Rudd noted that there is currently a shortage of qualified nurses. “Because of the growing need, degree-bearing nurses are in demand and this demand will only continue to grow. In fact, nurses are near the top of the list when it comes to employment growth,” he said.

The Adam Steel Family Scholarship Fund was created by a gift from the Joseph and Marion Steel Giedemann estate. The fund is administered by the Lakeshore Community Foundation. Maud and Adam Steel lived in Manitowoc until their deaths in 1967 and 1970, respectively. Adam was a marine superintendent at Manitowoc Shipbuilding. Maud was a former grade school and high school teacher. The Steel Family participated in many local and civic organizations and their legacy lives on.

Scholarship recipients must complete at least one semester at UW-Manitowoc and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The recipients must also reside in Manitowoc County. Awards will be based on the criteria listed as well as individual need.

The first recipients of the Adam Steel Family Scholarship Fund of Lakeshore Community Foundation will be announced at UW-Manitowoc’s scholarship and awards luncheon on May 5.


Roxanna Strawn