December 10, 2018

Pope Wright Memorial Scholarship extends legacy of former professor, supports underrepresented students

Former art professor, Pope Wright, works with art students on the shore of Lake Superior in 2011.

Former art professor, Pope Wright, works with art students on the shore of Lake Superior in 2011.

The scholarship is a continuation of the one-time memorial scholarship established by friends and family of Wright when he passed in 2015.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior Foundation has announced the continuation of the Pope Wright Memorial Scholarship as part of its efforts to extend the legacy of former professor, William “Pope” Wright Jr. and support underrepresented minority groups.

The scholarship was established as a one-time memorial scholarship by friends and family of Wright when he passed in 2015 and an award was made to a UWS student last year. Now, as part of the recent naming and dedication of the William “Pope” Wright Jr. Student Center on campus, the UW-Superior Foundation is continuing the scholarship and inviting people to contribute to the fund.

Two scholarship awards will be made annually to an incoming freshman or transfer student and one to a returning student with the following criteria for both:

  • Full-time, Underrepresented Minority Student (preference given to African American or Native American Students)
  • 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  • Student must demonstrate financial need

“We are excited about the continuation of the Pope Wright Memorial Scholarship,” said Jerel Benton, UWS Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity. “This scholarship continues the university’s strides toward access and success of underrepresented students. Scholarships like this affirm to underrepresented and underserved students that they belong at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.”

Gifts can be made to the Pope Wright Memorial Scholarship online at uwsuper.edu/give.

Former art professor, Pope Wright, works with art students on the shore of Lake Superior in 2011.

Former art professor, Pope Wright, works with art students on the shore of Lake Superior in 2011.

UW-Superior students have many scholarship opportunities through funds established by alumni and friends of the university through the UW-Superior Foundation. Check out the UW-Superior Foundation scholarship list for more information.

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