UW-Parkside students benefit from B&G Club donor
In a business setting, this would be called a "win-win-win" situation. Monday's signing of a $10,000 check to the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha by Dr. Wilbur Nimmer helps the Club's scholarship fund, helps UW-Parkside, and helps students Jasmine Minett and DeAngelo Finley immediately and will help others in the coming years.
"We wanted to take this opportunity to thank one of our scholarship donors for helping our students," UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford said moments before Dr. Nimmer took marker in hand to sign the giant facsimile check that read "Pay to the Order of Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha" with "University of Wisconsin-Parkside Student Scholarships" in the note. The funding provides $1,000 scholarships to Boys & Girls Club alumni.
"This is the first time we've been able to fund two scholarships for former Boys and Girls Club members to attend UW-Parkside," said Boys & Girls Club Chief Professional Officer Wally Graffen.
For Jasmine Minett, a UW-Parkside junior, the scholarship will help her continue to pursue a degree in criminal justice. For DeAngelo Finley, who attended the signing ceremony with his mother, the funds will help him toward a career in physical therapy involving "lots of science classes," he said. Finley starts classes Tuesday.
After signing the check, Dr. Nimmer talked briefly about wanting to help young people succeed after he grew up in difficult financial circumstances.
"It is a pleasure to be able to do this," Dr. Nimmer stated.
Thanks to Dr. Nimmer's generosity, the community has a win-win-win situation to celebrate.
In the photo, Dr. Nimmer, center, is flanked by UW-Parkside students DeAngelo Finley and Jasmine Minett and by Boys & Girls Club Chief Professional Officer Wally Graffen and UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford.