2013 Spirit of Excellence Award presented to Judith Berger O'Brien
Understanding the financial challenges of attending college for many students, Judith Berger O’Brien wanted to make a difference. While scholarships and grants often help with tuition costs, many students struggle to cover the cost of textbooks, essential for success in the classroom.
Berger O’Brien established the Berger Book Fund in honor of her late husband Joseph S. Berger, Sr. and his father Joseph S. Berger, Jr. who were a driving force behind the efforts to establish a University of Wisconsin campus in Fond du Lac.
Through this fund, students who might otherwise have difficulty in purchasing required books receive assistance.
She was awarded the UW-Fond du Lac 2013 Spirit of Excellence award in recognition of her continuing support of UW-Fond du Lac students through this fund.
The award was presented by UW-Fond du Lac Dean John Short at the university’s Corks & Forks event in March 2013.
Previous UW-Fond du Lac Spirit of Excellence Awards have been given to Harold “Danny” and Charmaine LaShay and founding campus Dean Bill Henken.