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May 22, 1998


An Eau Claire resident who plans to major in elementary education and minor in Spanish has been selected to receive a four-year full tuition scholarship to attend UW-River Falls.

Renee Kohlhepp, a senior at Memorial High School, has been named the recipient of the 1998-99 Chancellor's Scholarship for Excellence by UW-RF Chancellor Gary A. Thibodeau.

The scholarship is given annually to an incoming freshman who has demonstrated both academic excellence and leadership in school and community activities. The award provides four years of full tuition and fees.

The selection process for the scholarship begins in the spring when the freshman applications are reviewed for ACT scores of 28 or higher, according to Dave Woodward, UW-RF scholarships coordinator.

Applications for the scholarship are then sent out to students inviting them to send letters of recommendations and examples of leadership abilities. A University scholarship committee reviews the applications and chooses the recipient.

Kohlhepp was selected based on her academic class ranking of first of 405 students and her student activities that included president and co-leader of Pleasant Hill Go-Getters 4-H Club, sophomore representative of the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Program, selection as the WEAU-TV 13 Excellence in Education student from Eau Claire Memorial High School during her senior year, and student council class representative during her junior and senior years.

Barbara Cizek, a guidance counselor at Eau Claire Memorial High School, was among the many nominators who pointed out Kohlhepp's accomplishments and future potential.

"Renee demonstrates diligence, hard work, extreme self-discipline, responsibility and clear-cut organization," said Cizek. "She epitomizes the well-rounded 'model student'-a young woman strong in intellect and humble in spirit-truly mature beyond her years."

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