Abrams Scholarship Hits $50,000, Thanks to Students’ Donation

A symbolic donation by a group of University of Wisconsin-Stout students has pushed a special scholarship fund to the $50,000 mark.

The UW-Stout student chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers recently donated $100 to the John Leon Abrams Memorial Scholarship to help it reach the milestone funding level in less than one year.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to make this donation in the name of a Stout alumnus who died for our country. This scholarship will help plastics engineering students shape their future and prepare them for a career in the field,” said Dayton Ramirez, of Lone Rock, the chapter vice president.

The SPE chapter, which has 36 members, recently was named one of two outstanding chapters of the year at an annual conference in Cincinnati. The chapter also received a Certificate of Merit this spring from the Stoutreach Service Council for volunteering with STEM Career Day and three local Science Olympiad events.

The Abrams scholarship fund benefited from a second symbolic donation of $132 to move it closer to the $50,000 goal. That donation was made by the scholarship’s memorial committee.

The scholarship was created in 2012 by eight members of the Sig Tau Gamma fraternity, of which Abrams was a member. The group started the committee to honor their friend, who died in action in 1968 in Vietnam.