With high hopes and a challenge, the Stout University Foundation hopes to bring more top-performing freshmen to campus via a new scholarship program.

The Stout Scholars Scholarship is available to students who score 26 or higher on the ACT, rank among the top 10 percent of their graduating class and have a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

The $5,000 scholarships are renewable for up to four academic years. Candidates must complete the Stout University Foundation application and participate in an on-campus interview.

To help lead the merit-based initiative, the Alumni Association and Stout University Foundation boards have been challenged by Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen to contribute a combined $10,000.

Support is being sought from alumni, friends, corporations, organizations and other foundations.

Sorensen also has challenged university staff and faculty leaders to contribute a cumulative $10,000. Upon successfully meeting the challenge, Sorensen will personally contribute $10,000.

The combined $30,000 is a small portion of what is needed long-term for the renewable Stout Scholars program. The university’s goal is to award five new $5,000 scholarships each year.

Your help is needed now more than ever to ensure future students have the same UW-Stout educational experience as you had. A return envelope has been included in this issue of Outlook.

The Stout University Foundation sponsors scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students through a highly competitive process. More than $600,000 was given last year to UW-Stout students.

Summer Outlook 2012