Joanne and Robert Bauer Scholarship
Going back to high school when she was president of the 1,000-student Home Economics Association, to years of involvement at UW-Stout including 1959 homecoming queen, Joanne Bauer ('60) never shied away from leadership opportunities, including during her 32-year career as a teacher.
To honor that legacy, her husband Robert has donated $500,000 to establish the Joanne and Robert Bauer Scholarship, which will provide $1,500 awards to 10 students annually in the Stout Ambassadors program or in Alpha Phi, Joanne’s sorority.
Joanne, a home economics education major who died in 2021, was involved in four student organizations on campus and was a residence hall counselor. “Her leadership skills continued to be developed at UW-Stout,” said Bob, a retired dean from UW-Green Bay.
“We wanted to do something that would advance the skills that Joanne believed in strongly,” Bob said, noting that they settled on the donation before her passing. “We’re hoping the endowment will help students step forth and become real leaders.”
Joanne remained connected to UW-Stout over the years as part of reunion committees, and she and Bob supported the university previously with other donations.
UW-Stout no longer offers a home economics education major but has an undergraduate program in family and consumer sciences education.