Kitty Clark Cole Scholarship

The Kitty Clark Cole Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship for one year of in-state tuition (out-of-state students may still receive the scholarship, but will only be awarded the amount for in-state tuition). It is the intention of the donor to provide students with the freedom to reduce outside work activities, “thus providing more time to participate in student organizations and the marching band.” The donor believes that academic programs are enhanced through extracurricular experiences that develop leadership and team-building.

Kitty Clark Cole

An elective course “hooked” Kitty Clark Cole on nutrition and dietetics. She earned a B.S. in dietetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976. During her undergraduate years, Kitty worked at multiple jobs to help finance her education. She wanted to be a member of the UW marching band, but women weren’t allowed to be members at that time.

After graduation, she worked on the development of one of the first computerized diet analysis programs (NARS) under the direction of Professor Nancy Johnson. She also gained professional expertise and real job satisfaction as a nutritionist in the WIC (Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children) program. From 1977-85, she progressed through the ranks at Mead Johnson Company until she was a District Manager in Michigan.

She earned an M.B.A. at Michigan State University in 1990 and then worked as a marketing and strategic planning consultant. Later she turned her business knowledge and personal interests into ownership of a successful quilt shop.

Today, she is an active volunteer leader, proud wife, and mom of two teenage children. In addition, she is an athlete who runs marathons and a hunter. She says that she uses what she “learned at the University of Wisconsin every day of her adult life.” She wants future students to have a chance to take full advantage of their college education and participate in extracurricular activities as well as classes.

Criteria for Selection for the Kitty Clark Cole Scholarship

  1. A full-time undergraduate majoring in one of the options administered by the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Preference is given to dietetics majors.
  2. The recipients should have a record of enthusiastic involvement in a variety of extracurricular activities.
  3. Junior or senior in good academic status.
  4. Preference is given to female students.

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 Richard 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 Kitty Clark Cole and to submit a copy to the Department office.

For more information, contact:

Richard Eisenstein

(608) 262-5830

eisenste@nutrisci.wisc.edu