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In Their Own Words: Donor Stories

Each and every day, our donors have a significant impact on our learners, our businesses and our communities by lending their support to the NTC Foundation. Their generosity takes many forms and provides for the success of our College, our learners and ultimately our communities.

  • Scott and Lucas Gast Scholarship

    The Scott and Lucas Gast scholarship awards funding to students with financial need who display academic excellence, strong citizenship and character, and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to society.

  • Crosby Family Endowed Scholarship

    Mary Ann Crosby knows first-hand how a scholarship can change a life. When attending Merrill High School, her late husband, Jack, received the Leonard N. Anson Memorial Scholarship, a full four-year scholarship to Notre Dame.

  • Mark & Laurie Matthiae Scholarship

    Mark & Laurie Matthiae

    Mark and Laurie Matthiae co-founded Crystal Finishing Systems, Inc., of Weston in 1993. An aluminum extrusion and fabrications manufacturer and finisher, it has grown from a small shop with five full-time employees in 1994 to one of the nation’s 5,000 fastest-growing privately-owned manufacturing companies, now employing more than 430.

  • Judy Foster Memorial Fund

    Carl & Judy Foster

    Carl and Judy Foster dedicated their lives to teaching. Before retiring a few years ago, Carl taught technical education at the middle, junior, and high school levels. Judy, who passed away in 2002, spent the last 15 years of her teaching career working in NTC’s Learning Center, where she helped nontraditional students obtain an education. The Fosters’ children have followed in their parents’ footsteps: their two sons are teachers, and their daughter is currently pursuing her degree in social work.

  • Spencer Campus Scholarship

    Staci Rothamer, Marcia Draeger, Vickie LaVenture. Cynthia Smith, James Zoellner

    With a population of just over 1,900, the village of Spencer is a small, tight-knit community where residents look out for one another. In 2002, five co-workers at NTC’s Spencer campus began a tradition that exemplifies the spirit of the small town.

  • Sunrise Funds

    Marianna Ruprecht, NTC Learning Center Instructor

    Sometimes, all a person needs is a second chance. That’s why an anonymous donor couple established the Sunrise Fund scholarship in 2006. Each year, the fund provides a scholarship to help someone who has been through Marathon County's judicial system pursue an education from Northcentral Technical College.

  • Ernie Tervi “Pay it Forward” Scholarship

    Everyone at NTC is better for having known Ernie Tervi, who managed the College’s bookstore for thirty-four years. Whether spearheading the Look Inside scholarship fundraising campaign or allowing students from the Criminal Justice program to “rob” the bookstore as part of a class exercise, Ernie was a shining example of “paying it forward.”


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