Scholarships honor Matthew Koenigs and Darlene Simonson
The University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac Foundation awarded more than $32,000 in scholarships to 34 students for the 2014-2015 academic year. When the Foundation received its charter in 1974, its purpose was to provide student scholarships, support professional development of faculty and staff and other educational projects. Those goals are being helped this year through two new scholarships: the Matthew Koenigs Awesome Scholarship and the Darlene Simonson Memorial Scholarship.
Matthew Koenigs attended UW-Fond du Lac before he died tragically in a car accident on August 24, 2012. He was a charismatic, positive people person and a friend to all. His parents wanted to honor his generous spirit by establishing a scholarship in his memory. One of the criteria for the recipient is volunteer work, as Matt was generous with his time and money. The name, The Matthew Koenigs Awesome Scholarship, reflects his
encouragement to others to “Be Awesome.”
Darlene Simonson taught for 30 years at Rosenow School in Fond du Lac. She valued education and the power it has to change lives. Her family established the memorial to continue helping students as she did throughout her life, both as a teacher and as a mentor. The Darlene Simonson Memorial Scholarship provides a way for her family, friends, and former students to honor her legacy.
Fundraising efforts that support these and other UW-Fond du Lac Foundation goals include the Annual Campaign and the Corks & Forks Fundraiser, which has been held in spring each year since 2012.