Editor’s Note: This story was written by the UW-Superior Foundation office as part of the Together We Are Superior ad campaign.
Scholarship support, undergraduate research opportunities, access to cutting-edge technology, dedicated professors and exceptional instructors, well-equipped science labs and art studios, stand-out athletics, and diverse student organizations – at UW-Superior, we believe these are necessary to providing a remarkable student experience.
It was exactly for these reasons that the Foundation designed Together We Are Superior, a campaign to raise $20 million to support you, the students of UW-Superior. Since it kicked off in October 2020, the campaign has already raised $15 million, much of which supports student experiences and scholarships.
“By supporting this campaign and our university, we’re really creating an excellent experience – if not a superior experience – for our students,” says Shaye Moris, Foundation Board President and Class of 1994 alumnae.
Each year, the Foundation awards over $900,000 in scholarships to help defray the costs of education, knowing that many students must work significant hours to pay for college. The campaign will increase the number and dollar amount of scholarships available to support more students. All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships available through the Foundation every February.
Many other hallmarks of a UW-Superior education – undergraduate research, athletics, student organizations, great learning spaces, and so much more – are included in the campaign. Each year, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) and other research opportunities are possible thanks to the generous support of alumni and community members.
“At UWS, we’re able to educate the whole student,” says Harry Anderson, Dean of Students and 2001 alumnus. “We know that education happens in the classroom but also outside of the classroom, so from student employment opportunities to a participant in intramurals, we’re really designing experiences for students to gain skillsets throughout their educational journey.”
The campaign is continuing to raise funds for all activities and programs that impact student life. Funds raised will support instructors as they educate students, athletic and intramural programs, and every component of a UW-Superior experience. The Foundation is proud to support students by ensuring a quality education in the classroom and out in the community.
Given the challenges that arose due to the pandemic, the Foundation has also made it a campaign priority to increase support to students through the Yellowjacket Emergency Fund, which provides financial assistance to students involved in emergency situations.
“While past fundraising campaigns have focused on infrastructure and facilities, this one focuses on people, programs, and the future, and it couldn’t come at a more opportune time,” says Ephraim Kotey Nikoi, communication professor. “Funds will support students who depend on scholarships to continue their education, as well as faculty research and professional development, which translates directly to our students’ education and increases the visibility and reputation of our great university.”
Learn more about the ways the Together We Are Superior campaign is impacting your student experience on the website. Students are always welcome to come by the Foundation Office in Old Main 237 to learn more.