At University of Wisconsin Law School, we are fortunate to have many generous scholarship donors. Our donors come from all over the country, with diverse backgrounds, careers and interests. What they hold in common is a deep connection to the Law School and the desire to support and encourage the next generation of Wisconsin Law students. Learn about some of our scholarship awards, and the people who make them possible, below.
The George A. and George R. Affeldt Memorial Scholarship was created by family and friends in 1952 to honor the Affeldt family legacy at the University of Wisconsin Law School and in the Wisconsin legal community. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1909, George A. Affeldt practiced in Milwaukee and founded Affeldt & Lichtsinn in 1931. A revered attorney, George A. Affeldt argued over 40 cases in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and served as a court commissioner. His son, George R. Affeldt, was a 1948 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a member of the 1941 National Championship UW Men's Basketball team. George R. Affeldt served as the President of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, a board member of the UW Foundation, and a member of the UW Athletic Board. He was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University in 1980, the highest honor bestowed by the Wisconsin Alumni Association. David A. Affeldt (UW Law School - 1979), grandson of George A. Affeldt and son of George R. Affeldt, joined his father after graduating from the Law School. Steven A. Affeldt (Valparaiso Law School - 1982) and John A. Affeldt (UW Law School - 1985) each joined the family firm Affeldt Law Offices, S.C. after completing their law degrees.
The John P. Andersen Memorial Scholarship was endowed in 2013 by Mr. Andersen’s sister, Elizabeth Andersen. The scholarship supports law students with physical disabilities.
The Justice William A. Bablitch Fellowship honors the life and memory of its namesake, a 1968 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Justice Bablitch led a long career of public service. He began his career as one of the first volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps in the late 1960s. Justice Bablitch went on to serve as a Portage County District Attorney and a Senator in the Wisconsin State Senate. As a Senator, he revised sexual assault laws and authored the first campaign reform laws in the state. In 1983, Justice Bablitch was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where he spent the next 20 years of his career, before retiring in 2003.
The Angela and Jeffrey Bartell Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of its namesakes, two University of Wisconsin Law School alumni. Jeffrey Bartell received his law degree in 1968. He began his career as a Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General, arguing cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bartell then served as Wisconsin Commissioner of Securities, before opening the Madison office of Quarles & Brady where he worked for 25 years. Angela Bartell received her law degree in 1971. She began her career as a law clerk in the Western District of Wisconsin to the late Hon. James E. Doyle. She then practiced at the Madison office of LaFollette, Sinykin, Anderson & Doyle (now known as Godfrey & Kahn) before beginning a 30-year career as a Circuit Judge in Dane County, Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. Bartell now operate Bartell Dispute Services, providing mediation and arbitration services. The Bartell Scholarship supports a student with exceptional promise and preparation for law school, but whose economic circumstances are a significant obstacle to obtaining their degree.
The Jacob and Rosa Beuscher Scholarship was created in memory of its namesakes. Jacob Beuscher was a 1930 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Beuscher spent the majority of his career as a University of Wisconsin Law School faculty member, teaching and researching in the areas of land use and water rights law. Rosa Beuscher was an artist and long-time member of the Law School community. The Beuscher Scholarship supports foreign law students with financial need.
The Joseph and Helen Blatecky Memorial Scholarship was created through the will of Helen Blatecky to honor her husband, Joseph. From 1929 through 1933, Mr. Blatecky earned three degrees from the University of Wisconsin, including a law degree. The Blatecky Scholarship supports students with financial need who have demonstrated a high level of scholarly achievement.
The Richard B. Bilder Scholarship was created in honor of Richard B. Bilder, Foley and Lardner-Bascom Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Professor Bilder was educated at Williams College, was a Fullbright Scholar at Cambridge University in England, and received his law degree from Harvard University Law School. He served as an attorney in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State before joining the Law School Faculty in 1965, where his expertise includes international and foreign relations law, international organizations, admiralty law, contracts and torts. He has served as Vice President of the American Society of International Law, on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, and on the Executive Council of the Law of the Sea Institute, among other positions. His scholarship supports students who have a demonstrated interest in public international law.
The John Hunter Burlingame Scholarship was established in 2014 by a gift from Scripps Networks Interactive. Mr. Burlingame, a 1963 graduate of UW Law, was a director of both E.W. Scripps Company and Scripps Networks Interactive. Prior to this, Mr. Burlingame practiced law at Baker & Hosteltler. This scholarship, honoring his career, is granted based on merit and demonstrated academic ability.
The Leroy J. and Mary Burlingame Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Mr. Leroy Burlingame. Leroy Burlingame graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1924. The Scholarship is awarded to deserving law students based on merit.
The Class of 1961 Scholarship was established by the University of Wisconsin Law School graduates of 1961 in honor of their 50-year class reunion.
The Class of 1982 Scholarship was established by the University of Wisconsin Law School graduates of 1982 in honor of their 10-year class reunion. The scholarship supports students engaged in the Law School’s Legal Education Opportunities Program.
The George E. Cleary Scholarship honors its namesake, a 1914 University of Wisconsin Law School graduate. Mr. Cleary was a leading New York tax lawyer and founder of the international law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. The scholarship was created by Mr. Cleary’s law partners in honor of the 25th anniversary of the founding of his firm.
The Michael J. Cleary Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Catherine B. Cleary. The scholarship is named in honor of Ms. Cleary’s father, Michael J. Cleary. Mr. Cleary graduated from the Law School in 1901. He led a distinguished career, becoming President of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. He also served the UW in multiple capacities, including as a member of the UW Board of Regents. His daughter, Catherine Cleary, was a 1943 University of Wisconsin Law School graduate and a trailblazer for women in business. She served as Assistant United States Treasurer and as Chairman, President and CEO of First Wisconsin Trust Company. She was the first woman board member of General Motors, AT&T, Kraft, First Wisconsin Corporation, Northwestern Mutual Board of Trustees, and Kohler Company. She was named one of ten leading women in big business in America by Fortune Magazine, and was inducted into the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame.
The Robert E. Cook Law School Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of its namesake, a 1950 graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Cook grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Before law school, he served for three years as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After graduating from UW, Mr. Cook worked for several years as a special agent with the FBI. He then spent more than 40 years as a well-known trial lawyer in Milwaukee, at the law firm Cook & Franke. Mr. Cook was President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and served on the Board of Governors of the state of Wisconsin. The Robert E. Cook Scholarship supports U.S. military veterans who have served at least six months in active military service.
The Francis and Judith Croak Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Croak. Mr. Croak received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1953. After serving in the Army, he has engaged in a variety of litigation matters throughout his career and has concentrated his practice in the areas of corporate, construction and administrative law. Mr. Croak serves on several large charitable foundation boards and has taught courses in procedure, evidence and trial practice at the University of Wisconsin and Marquette University law schools. The Francis and Judith Croak Scholarship supports students who are Wisconsin residents.
The Carl Dietze Law Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of its namesake, a 1915 University of Wisconsin Law School graduate. Mr. Dietze was a tax attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as an avid golfer. During his lifetime, Mr. Dietze played golf on over 1,000 courses, in every state in the United States and many countries around the world. He was inducted into the Wisconsin State Golf Association Hall of Fame, honoring distinguished amateur golfers, in 1969.
The Martha Helen and Walker George Dollmeyer Law Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Mr. Walker Dollmeyer. Mr. Dollmeyer was a 1924 graduate of the UW-Madison College of Engineering. He left this scholarship as a memorial to his wife. The scholarship is awarded to a law student, with preference given to students from Henry County, Illinois, where Mrs. Dollmeyer was raised.
The Ronold A. and Myrtle S. Dreschler Scholarship was established to honor the life and career of the Hon. Ronold Dreschler, a University of Wisconsin Law School graduate who went on to serve as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge for nearly 20 years. The scholarship supports qualified and competent students who have financial need.
The Christine Ebert Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Christine Ebert, a 1996 graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School. Ms. Ebert was a role model for her family, friends, and colleagues, with a strong dedication to volunteering in the community. Ms. Ebert’s parents, John and Judith Ebert, established the scholarship to celebrate her spirit of volunteerism and commitment to public service. The scholarship is awarded to a female student who embodies these ideals, and who is returning to law school after some life experience. Ms. Ebert’s family hopes that the scholarship will inspire students to “reach for their highest goals, all the while remembering those less fortunate and in need.”
The Robert F. Froehlke Law Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of its namesake, a 1949 graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School. A World War II veteran, throughout his career Mr. Froehlke served as Assistant Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Army, and Chairman of the Board for the Institute of Defense Analysis. After resigning as Secretary of the Army in 1973, Mr. Froehlke served as President of Sentry Insurance Company. This scholarship supports Wisconsin residents.
The Goodman Family Scholarship was established by Mr. Jonathan Goodman, a 1976 graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School. As a practitioner in both Wisconsin and Florida for the past forty years, Mr. Goodman has built a reputation for himself as a leading expert in title insurance matters and in representing debtors in Chapter 11 reorganizations and bankruptcies. Mr. Goodman has extensive experience both as a litigator and advisor, in and out of the courtroom, and has been appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court as a referee to judge attorney-discipline matters on the court’s behalf. The scholarship carries the family name, as Mr. Goodman's son, Derek Goodman, is a 2011 Wisconsin Law School graduate. This scholarship supports students with demonstrated financial need, with a preference for students from underrepresented minorities or challenging socioeconomic backgrounds.
The Laurence C. and Isabel Feistl Gram Family Scholarship was created by the Gram family to show appreciation for the role the Law School played in their lives. Two generations of the Gram family were University of Wisconsin Law School graduates. Laurence C. Gram graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1927. Laurence C. Gram, Jr. also graduated from the Law School before going on to serve 25 years as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge.
The Wilson B. Greaton, Jr. Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of its namesake. Mr. Greaton graduated from University of Wisconsin Law School in 1956, and then went on to practice at his firm Greaton & Greaton in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He describes his gift as a “thank you for a wonderful legal education.” The scholarship is awarded to students with financial need, who would not be able to afford their education without assistance.
The Hagenah Law Review Scholarship is made possible by alumnus William J. Hagenah. Mr. Hagenah graduated from the Law School in 1905. He went on to serve as Deputy Commissioner of Labor for the State of Wisconsin, and as the legal expert for the Railroad Commission of Wisconsin. Mr. Hagenah later opened a private practice, Hagenah and Erickson, which specialized in the field of public utility regulation. The scholarship supports students who are members of the Wisconsin Law Review.
The Ernest O. Hanson Law Scholarship was established in memory of Ernest “Ernie” Hanson, a 1940 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Hanson grew up on farmsteads in Montana and Viroqua, Wisconsin. He worked his way through both undergraduate and law school at the UW. After graduating law school, Mr. Hanson served over 65 years at the same law firm in La Crosse, which was then known as Hale, Skemp and Hanson. The Ernest O. Hanson Law Scholarship supports students from rural communities who intend to practice in Wisconsin.
The Clarence R. Hicks Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Professor Judith Hicks Stiehm, in honor of her uncle Clarence Raymond Hicks. Mr. Hicks was a 1915 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Commerce. He was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar after completing a legal apprenticeship and passing the bar exam in the 1930s. He was a loyal supporter of the Law School, and participated in many Law School activities. Mr. Hicks specialized in income tax law, serving small banks throughout the state. Mr. Hicks’ son, Robert S. Hicks, was a University of Wisconsin Law School graduate, as well as a CPA. The Hicks family sponsors scholarships in five different schools at UW-Madison. This scholarship provides assistance to students attending the Law School who are graduates of a Wisconsin high school.
The Jay Thorpe Holmes Great People Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of its namesake, a 1967 graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Holmes retired as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Bausch & Lomb. He was also a member of the Board of Directors. In his retirement, Mr. Thorpe maintains a mediation practice. He is a certified federal court mediator and certified Florida Supreme Court mediator. Mr. Holmes is also a member of the University of Wisconsin Law School Board of Visitors. The scholarship supports students who would not otherwise be able to afford law school.
The Daniel W. Howard Scholarship was created in memory of its namesake. Mr. Howard was a 1941 University of Wisconsin Law School graduate, who spent his career practicing bankruptcy in the Milwaukee area. The scholarship supports students at the Law School with financial need.
The Roy Stanley Ihlenfeldt Memorial Scholarship was donated by friends of Judge Dale Ihlenfeldt upon his retirement. Judge Ihlenfeldt was a 1949 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and a bankruptcy judge in Milwaukee for nearly 30 years. He requested that the scholarship be named in honor of his father, Roy Stanley Ihlenfeldt.
The Raymond T. Jackson Memorial Scholarship was created by the bequest of Ms. Ethel Curry Jackson, in honor of her husband, Raymond T. Jackson, a 1917 graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School. This scholarship supports deserving students.
The Claude J. Jasper Memorial Scholarship was donated by friends and family of Mr. Jasper in his honor. Mr. Jasper received his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1933. He went on to practice law for many years, specializing in transportation regulation. He also served as chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
The OK Johnson Jr. Law School Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of OK Johnson, Jr., a 1955 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Through his scholarship, Mr. Johnson wishes to celebrate experiences that go beyond the standard academic curriculum and contribute to the development of the individual’s personality and character. He believes law school should be enjoyable, and that students should participate in the myriad of social activities and civic and volunteer groups on campus. The OK Johnson Jr. Law School Scholarship supports Wisconsin residents in their second or third year of law school who are not in the top 25 percent of the class.
The Robert C. and Pamelia Kelly Law Scholarship was donated by the Kelly family. Mr. Kelly was a 1950 graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School. Mrs. Kelly graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly have created scholarships that support students at the Business School, the Law School, and the School of Education.
The John A. Kidwell Student Support Fund honors the memory of University of Wisconsin Law School Professor John A. Kidwell. Professor Kidwell joined the Law School faculty in 1972, and was a faculty member for more than 30 years. His areas of expertise included contracts, torts, and intellectual property. In 1992, Professor Kidwell received the Emil H. Steiger award for teaching excellence. He received the Teacher of the Year award from the Wisconsin Law Alumni Association in 1997. Professor Kidwell was a beloved member of the Wisconsin Law School community.
The Kemper K. Knapp Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of its namesake. Mr. Knapp received his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1882. Upon his death in 1944, Mr. Knapp left the bulk of his estate to the University of Wisconsin, with one of his stated goals to support law scholarships. At the time, his bequest was the largest ever received by the university. The Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Committee has generously supported law students for many years, awarding the first law scholarships in 1945. These scholarships support the Law School’s Legal Education Opportunities Program.
The Francis J. Larkin Memorial Scholarship was established by the generosity of E. Marilyn Larkin in 1996 as instructed in her will. The scholarship honors the memory of her late husband, Francis J. Larkin. Ms. Larkin was born in Hillsboro, Wisconsin in 1916. She moved to Beloit, Wisconsin in 1925 and graduated from Beloit Memorial High School. She enjoyed creative writing, especially short stories and poetry, and published many articles about her Czech heritage. In 1939 she moved to San Francisco and worked as an Office Manager for the Beverage Industry News. On December 12, 1941 she married Francis James Larkin, a patent attorney she met through a mutual friend. His work took them to Ohio for two years and then to Elmwood Park, Illinois for the next 25 years until he retired in 1972. They returned to Beloit in 1979 and Francis died in 1982. The scholarship is awarded to deserving students who demonstrate the interest and qualifications to practice in the patent law field after graduation. Rock County residents are given priority and second, State of Wisconsin residents.
The Legal Education Opportunities (LEO) Enrichment Fund supports the Law School’s program for recruiting and retaining law students of color and students from traditionally underrepresented groups. The LEO Program began in 1967, with LEO alumni now numbering well over a thousand. Each year, the LEO fund supports scholarships for students participating in the program.
The R. Arthur Ludwig Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of its namesake. A 1955 University of Wisconsin Law School graduate, Mr. Ludwig practiced in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor’s rights. The scholarship supports law students with degrees in accounting and related disciplines.
The David Marks and Mary Grimord Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 by David Marks, a 1982 graduate of UW Law, and his wife Mary Grimord. The gift to establish this fund was in response to the Law School’s need to attract and support the top students.
The Joseph A. Melli Scholarship was created by the Madison firm Melli Law, in honor of their founder’s retirement. Mr. Melli graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1950. In 1958, he founded Melli, Smith & Shiels, which is known today as Melli Law. Mr. Melli practiced employment and business law. He was also active in the legal community, serving as President of the University of Wisconsin Law School Alumni Association, Director of the State Bar of Wisconsin Labor and Employment Law Section, and President of the Senior Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
The John W. and Brigid G. Miller Law School Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of its namesakes, two University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni. John Miller received his law degree in 2006 and subsequently worked for his family’s business, Miller- St. Nazianz. Brigid O’Brien Miller is a 1998 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism and Mass Communication and has spent the majority of her career in public relations. The Millers sit on several charitable boards in the greater Milwaukee area and are very involved in the community. The John W. and Brigid G. Miller Law School Scholarship assists students from Wisconsin whose personal and family resources are not adequate to cover the costs involved in attending law school.
The Frank and Mary Nikolay Law School Scholarship was created by Mr. and Mrs. Nikolay to assist Wisconsin residents with financial need. Mr. Nikolay received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1948, after serving in the Navy on active duty during World War II. Mrs. Nikolay is also a UW grad, receiving her Bachelors of Science in Education from the UW-Madison in 1954. After law school, the Nikolays returned to his hometown of Abbotsford, Wisconsin, where Mr. Nikolay opened Nikolay Law Office.
The Mary B. Orvis Scholarship was created by its namesake, a 1907 UW-Madison graduate, in honor of her father, William H. Orvis. William Orvis was the Assistant State Law Librarian in Wisconsin in the late 1800s.
The Christian J. Otjen Law School Scholarship was created in memory of Christian J. Otjen, a 1916 University of Wisconsin Law School graduate. The scholarship is awarded to Wisconsin residents with merit and financial need.
The Phillip Owens Memorial Scholarship honors Mr. Owens, a graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Owens practiced in Portage, Wisconsin, at the law firm Rogers & Owens. His scholarship supports students from northern Wisconsin, with a preference for students from Columbia County.
Donald R. Peterson was a 1955 graduate of the University of Wisconsin's Business School and a 1958 graduate of its Law School. Don maintained a long and respected legal career. Specializing in civil litigation defense, Don was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was regarded as one of Milwaukee's best defense attorneys. Don won countless trials during his 57-year legal career, including the last case he ever tried, in 2015 at age 82. Don received a scholarship when he was a student at the Law School, and was always grateful for it. It was one of Don's wishes to provide a similar scholarship opportunity for future law students. In honor of Don and in his memory, the family and friends of Don have created the Donald R. Peterson Scholarship Fund to honor the life and career of their beloved husband, father, and friend. The scholarship is available to a second- or third-year law student who is in the top 50% of the class and who is interested in pursuing a career in civil litigation. Although not a requirement, preference will be given to students who attended a high school in Wisconsin.
The Lloyd Winston Pullen Scholarship honors its namesake, a 1905 University of Wisconsin Law School graduate. Mr. Pullen was born in Evansville, Wisconsin, and upon receiving his law degree, he moved out west to Nevada during the Gold Rush of the early 1900s. There he operated the Binzel-Pullen-Somers Company, a brokerage firm for mines. The Lloyd Winston Pullen Scholarship is awarded to Wisconsin residents.
The Vaughn B. Rasmussen II Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of its namesake. Mr. Rasmussen received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969, his master's from the University of Wisconsin School of Business in 1972, and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1972. While in law school, Mr. Rasmussen was president of the Student Bar Association. After graduation, he worked in the banking industry throughout the country, finishing his career as head of US Bank’s special assets unit. Mr. Rasmussen maintains a strong connection with and commitment to the Law School, and the Admissions and Financial Aid Office was recently named in his honor.
The Dorothy Raymond Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Dean Margaret Raymond and Professor Mark Sidel. The scholarship is named for Dean Raymond’s mother, to honor the role her mother played in her life and her mother’s commitment to education. The Dorothy Raymond Scholarship supports students who would be unable to afford a legal education without financial assistance.
The Mary and Edward W. Reisner Scholarship was made possible by the generosity of family, friends and colleagues of Edward J. Reisner, Emeritus Assistant Dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Reisner graduated from the Law School in 1972 and served as a Staff Attorney and Legislative Counsel at the State Bar of Wisconsin before joining the Law School administration in 1976. Mr. Reisner worked for the Law School for 30 years. This scholarship in the names of his parents was created to honor his retirement. Mary and Edward W. Reisner, persons of modest means, helped their son become a first generation college and law school graduate, and their scholarship continues to aid current students achieve their educational goals.
John W. Reynolds, Green Bay, Wisconsin native son, was born on April 4, 1921. He always remained loyal to his Wisconsin roots and after attending Green Bay East High School went on to receive his Ph.B in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. After serving for four years in the U. S. Army he returned to the University of Wisconsin and received his law degree in 1949. This began a long and loyal affinity for the University, which continued throughout his lifetime.
After practicing law in Green Bay he served as District Director for the Office of Price Stabilization and United States Commissioner for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. During this time he became involved with a young, idealistic political group, participating in the revival of a dispirited Democratic Party. At the age of 38 he ran successfully for the office of Wisconsin Attorney General and served from 1958 to 1962. After this he went on to be elected Governor and served the state until 1965.
In 1967 he was appointed United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was known as being astute, keenly insightful, compassionate and unfailingly kind. He had a strong and steady vision of public service and an even stronger vision of justice and equality. His rulings show the fairness and clarity he brought to the bench. They were accompanied by the wit, warmth and charm he brought to the courtroom. He enjoyed a rewarding life of service, being the only person in Wisconsin history to serve as Attorney General, Governor and United States Federal Judge.
The Bette Salmon Scholarship was donated in honor of Ms. Salmon. The scholarship supports students who, like Ms. Salmon, return to higher education after an absence of approximately 15 years or more, while they pursued a career, raised a family, or the like.
The Shapiro Memorial Scholarship was donated by the Shapiro family in loving memory of Max M. Shapiro. Mr. Shapiro immigrated to the United States from Russia with his family in the early 1900s. With only an eighth-grade education, but armed with hard work and innate business acumen, Mr. Shapiro became a successful businessman. He began Midwest Tire and Auto stores with a small automotive supply store in Racine, Wisconsin, eventually growing his business to 27 successful locations. Mr. Shapiro’s family believes he would have aspired to be a lawyer, had he had the educational opportunities. With this scholarship, they hope to help other students achieve their educational goals. Mr. Shapiro’s scholarship assists law students with financial need.
The Abe Sigman Scholarship was established in 1975 to celebrate Abe Sigman’s 50th year practicing law. Made possible by the generosity of his children, Myra Taxman and Leah Temkin, along with their husbands, Royal Taxman and Blair Temkin, the scholarship recognizes Mr. Sigman’s dedication to the principles of law, his clients, and his community. This scholarship supports law students who are Wisconsin residents and who have demonstrated scholarship and character.
The Gwynette Smalley Law School Scholarship was created in memory of Gwynette Smalley, a 1922 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Smalley served as an assistant district attorney before forming a law partnership in Racine, where he practiced for over 40 years. This scholarship provides merit-based support for highly promising law students, with a preference for Wisconsin residents.
The Cody Splitt Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Esther Cody Splitt and Harley Splitt. A WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy’s WAVE Corps, Ms. Splitt graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1949. She dedicated her subsequent career to family law and was named a Woman of Distinction in 2013 by the Mid-Day Women’s Alliance. The Cody Splitt Scholarship supports students who have maintained high academic standing, who have financial need, and who are interested in using their legal education to help people with their personal needs or problems.
The Stearns-Shaw Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Denis W. Stearns, a 1992 University of Wisconsin Law School graduate. Mr. Stearns established the Stearns-Shaw Fund with his partner (now husband), Thomas Shaw, and in the memory of his mother, Julie Stearns. The Scholarship is provided to students who have a well-established track record of engagement in activities that advocate for and support the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, and who are likely to use a legal education to further such work. Through the Stearns-Shaw Scholarship, the Julie Stearns Memorial Award, and the QLAW Book Award, Mr. Stearns intends to help enhance the Law School’s impact and profile as an institution strongly supportive of the members, rights, issues and interests of the GLBT community, not only as an institution, but also through teaching, research, public interest work, advocacy and outreach.
The Frederick C. Suhr Law Scholarship was established by its namesake, a 1936 University of Wisconsin Law School graduate. Mr. Suhr practiced at the Madison law firm formerly known as Boardman, Suhr, Curry & Field, where he focused on real estate, corporate law, tax law and estate planning.
The Alex Temkin Scholarship honors Mr. Temkin, a 1939 graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming student with outstanding academic promise and an indication of financial need.
The Paul Van Valkenburg Scholarship was created by H.D. Hudson Company to honor Mr. Van Valkenburg. After graduating from University of Wisconsin Law School in 1959, Mr. Van Valkenburg worked for over 40 years with the Minneapolis law firm Moss & Barnett. He served on the board of H.D. Hudson Company, and was active in his church and community.
The Vlahadamis Law Firm Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 by Gus Vlahadamis, a 1992 UW Law graduate who also holds a BBA and MBA from the Wisconsin School of Business. The scholarship supports Wisconsin born students who were born and raised outside of either Milwaukee or Dane Counties, and based on both financial need and merit. Gus wishes to support students who have expressed an interest in returning to rural Wisconsin to practice law. Gus maintains the Vlahadamis Law Firm today and practices in Texas.
The Dorothy Walker Memorial Scholarship honors its namesake, a 1921 graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School. Ms. Walker practiced law for nearly 50 years in Portage, Wisconsin. She began her career as District Attorney of Columbia County, serving two terms. She spent the rest of her career as a trial attorney with her own practice. This scholarship supports students from Columbia County, Wisconsin.
The John J. Walsh Scholarship was established by the family and friends of John. J. Walsh, who received his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1938. The scholarship celebrates Mr. Walsh’s service to the legal profession, and to the athletic program at the University of Wisconsin, where he served as boxing coach from 1933 to 1958, leading the Wisconsin boxing team to eight team championships. The John J. Walsh Scholarship supports students who lettered in intercollegiate athletics at their undergraduate college.
The John Wattawa Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Wattawa, a 1921 graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School. The scholarship is awarded to deserving students with financial need.
The Wisconsin Law Alumni Association Gargoyle Scholarship was established by the WLAA to support students at University of Wisconsin Law School. The WLAA was formed in 1934 and is the official alumni organization of the Law School. The WLAA has an alumni base of over 14,000 living alumni.
The George and Lillian Young Scholarship was established by friends and family of the Youngs. The scholarship honors George Young, Dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School from 1958 to 1968. Mr. Young received his law degree from University of Wisconsin Law School in 1941. The scholarship is awarded to worthy law students with financial need.
The Donald Norman Zillman Scholarship was established by Theodore W. Zillman to honor his eldest son. Donald Norman Zillman graduated from University of Wisconsin Law School in 1969, where he was editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Law Review. Since his graduation, Mr. Zillman has become an expert in military law and energy law, writing over 50 law review articles and 12 books in those areas. Mr. Zillman has served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps; taught on several law faculties including Arizona State University, University of Utah, and University of Maine; and served as the Dean of the University of Maine Law School, Interim Provost of the University of Maine, and President of the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The scholarship is awarded to a staff member of the Wisconsin Law Review who ranks in the top 10 percent of his or her law school class.