Tradition of Giving: Hill Family

Hill family photo A family's appreciation for UW-Stout's quality education moved them to establish an endowed scholarship.

For Stephen and Mary Hill's family, the decision to establish an endowed scholarship that will continue their tradition of giving was quite personal.

The family's relationship with UW-Stout was born in the 1930s, when Stephen's mom graduated. Decades later in 1967, Stephen and Mary met there as undergrads, as did daughter Katie and her future husband, Brandon, in the 1990s. Daughter Rebecca also completed her graduate work there in the 2000s. Together they earned an impressive mix of bachelor's and master's degrees that has led to successful careers.

"Based on our family history and the quality of education we all received at UW-Stout, we felt compelled to establish a scholarship to help current students," Mary says. "We are committed to helping others complete their education at UW-Stout to also obtain satisfying careers. We believe Stout does an excellent job at training students for the real world."

Stephen, Mary, Katie, Brandon, and Rebecca and husband David fund the Hill-Johnson-Crislip Family Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student wishing to develop further knowledge and skills in career areas that the family has specified. Their partnership with the Stout University Foundation will leave a legacy for years to come.