(WAUSAU, Wis.) – Northcentral Technical College (NTC) and the NTC Foundation are pleased to announce an exciting new scholarship opportunity for women from Merrill and its surrounding communities pursuing a degree at NTC. The Charmaine Whitburn Women’s Leadership Scholarship will annually provide a $1,500 scholarship for a full time student enrolled at NTC. The scholarship was established to honor Charmaine Whitburn through the support of Merrill School District students and advancement of young women in leadership.

“We are proud to support the educational and career advancement of Merrill High School’s brightest young women leaders through our new scholarship,” said Charmaine Whitburn. “It is an honor to partner with NTC, a local leader in higher education, to administer this scholarship on behalf of our family in support of women pursuing leadership opportunities.”

The Charmaine Whitburn Women’s Leadership Scholarship is designated for a new, full time student enrolled in any associate degree or diploma program at NTC who is in good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.25. The recipient must be a graduate of Merrill High School who exhibits strong leadership involvement while in high school. Preference is given to female applicants with a demonstrated financial need. 

The Charmaine Whitburn Women’s Leadership Scholarship is made possible through a generous $20,000 donation from Gerald and Charmaine Whitburn. Gerald Whitburn served on the NTC Foundation Board from July 2008 – February 2012 and was chair of the Government Relations/Capital Projects Committee. 

“We are incredibly thankful for the generosity of the Whitburn family,” said Dr. Lori Weyers, President, NTC. “Jerry and Charmaine recognize the importance of giving back to our community and are stewards of education.”

The first recipient of the Charmaine Whitburn Women’s Leadership Scholarship will be recognized at the Merrill High School Scholarship Event on Wednesday, May 26. 

“We are honored that the Whitburn family selected Merrill High School graduates as the recipients of their scholarship,” said Dr. John Sample, Superintendent, Merrill Area Public Schools. “This scholarship will create pathways for our young women leaders to pursue a technical college education and advancement in leadership.” 

For more information on scholarship opportunities available at NTC, please visit https://www.ntc.edu/students/financial-aid/grants-scholarships/foundation-scholarships. For more information on how you can give back to students in need through a donation or the establishment of a scholarship, please visit https://www.ntc.edu/give

Photo Caption: Dr. Lori Weyers addresses guests at NTC's 2019 Scholars & Donors event.


Northcentral Technical College (www.ntc.edu) is north central Wisconsin's premier two-year college of choice and is a resource for all District residents. It provides individuals, organizations and businesses with quality skills training in a wide range of programs designed to build a competitive, technologically advanced workforce in today's rapidly changing global environment. NTC has six convenient campus locations in Wausau, Antigo, Medford, Phillips, Spencer, and Wittenberg, as well as a Public Safety Center of Excellence in Merrill, a Wood Technology Center of Excellence in Antigo and an Agriculture Center of Excellence just north of the Wausau Campus in the Village of Maine.  The Wausau Campus also features a Center for Health Sciences, Center for Business & Industry, Information Technology & Entrepreneurial Center (iTEC), STEM Center, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center of Excellence, SPOONS restaurant, Studio Max Salon + Spa and a Center for Geriatric Education.