Karen Spector Scholarship Fund in Dietetics

The Karen Spector Scholarship Fund in Dietetics was established through the University of Wisconsin Foundation in memory of Karen Rae Spector. Also developed in memory of Karen Spector is the Karen Spector Reading Room.

Criteria for Selection for the Karen Spector Scholarship

A full time undergraduate student in her/his senior year of the Didactic Program in Dietetics. Qualifications that were attributes of Karen Spector including creativity, imagination, self-initiative and independence. Recipients shall be individuals who give that extra measure of hard work that makes an impact on others, who make the world a better place because they do a bit more, and who reflect the attitude that one person can make a difference.


Karen Spector Scholarships will be awards of $1000 or greater, depending on endowment earnings.

Application Procedure

Students should follow the steps listed below to apply for this award:

  1. To apply, access the CALS Scholarship application through your student
    center.  Go to MyUW and enter the Online Application in the Services tab, or click Scholarships@UW-Madison in your Student Center. Match yourself
    to scholarships in the My Scholarship Matches tab.
  2. Submit a typed cover letter of 200 words describing the student’s career goals, plan for achieving these goals, and a list of extracurricular activities to Rick Eisenstein in the Department of Nutritional Sciences by February 1st.
  3. Funds will be awarded at the beginning of the fall semester. The recipient of the scholarship will be asked to write a thank-you letter to Dianne and Jerry Spector and to submit a copy to the Departmental office.

Past Karen Spector Scholarship Recipients

2014 Danielle Felber (North Potomac, MD)
2013 Kali Deans (Naperville, IL)
2012 Brianne Gohlke (Janesville, WI)
2011 Madeline Martini (Mundelein, IL)
2010 Karen Peterson-Lienau (Mazomanie, WI)
2008 Kara Gunderson (Spring Valley, WI)
2007 Ashley Huser (Junction City, WI)
2006 Katrina Zenker (Neenah, WI)
2005 Alicia Birr (Two Rivers, WI)
2004 Maria Anne Propp (Verona, WI)
2003 Kristin King (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
2002 Megan Dennis (Fond du Lac, WI)
2001 Kristine Laack (West Allis, WI)
2000 Alison Jean Ackerman (Monroe, WI)
1999 Kelly Marie Laschkewitsch (Stewartville, MN)
1998 Michelle Ann Richter (Fond du Lac, WI)
1997 Amy Ruth Radke (Cedarburg, WI)
1996 Neha N. Patani (Fond du Lac, WI)
1995 Tracy Blake Husting (Glendale, WI)
1994 Julie Kathleen Kramer (New Berlin, WI)
1993 Jacquelyn Ann Gelman (Great Falls, VA)
1992 Brenda Sue Schiessl (Milwaukee, WI)
1991 William G. Kingsbury-Paredes (Madison, WI)
1990 Susan L. Ruuehla (Bovey, MN)
1989 Charlene Joy Koppa (Wausau, WI)
1988 Carla Sue Crosby (Jefferson, WI)

To make a donation:

To make a gift in memory of Karen to the Karen Spector Memorial Scholarship Fund, please send your gift to the address below. Please indicate Fund No.12043151 in the correspondence.

UW Foundation – Karen Spector Memorial Scholarship Fund
U.S. Bank Lockbox
P.O. Box 78807
Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807

Alternatively, you may make a gift online with the UW Foundation.

For more information, contact:

Richard Eisenstein
(608) 262-5830