Dr. Jim & Shirley Mootz Family Scholarship
In February 2017, the Dr. Jim and Shirley Mootz Family Scholarship was established in the Winona State University Foundation to encourage and support freshman who demonstrate financial need.
1. Each recipient must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time at Winona State University (minimum of 12 credits per semester, Fall and Spring)
2. Each recipient must be a US Citizen with a high school diploma
3. First time award recipients must be a Freshman
4. Each Freshman recipient must have an ACT score of 25 or higher
5. Each Freshman recipient must have a minimum class rank of the top 25% of their graduating class
6. Each recipient must demonstrate high financial need as determined by WSU’s financial aid office
Background and Motivation
A lifetime of working with young people in the field of education has cemented for us that attending an institution of higher learning after high school opens many doors in one’s life.
Having raised five children, all with bachelor’s degrees from colleges and some with advanced degrees, we certainly understand the cost of college and feel fortunate that we are able to assist students at Winona State University with this scholarship. We hope this scholarship will help an academically qualified student with high financial need to pursue their goal of graduating from Winona State.
While my personal life experiences include; bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics, master’s degree in school counseling, and a doctorate in counseling psychology and higher education, one must also mix in study time and time management to reach academic goals. Besides this scholarship, Shirley and I stand ready to assist the student’s progress at WSU in any way the student fells comfortable.
I have been a high school science teacher, high school counselor, college professor, Director of a College Counseling Center, Director of College Admissions and Financial Aid and Assistant to the President for Special Projects. All these career opportunities have allowed us to be in constant contact with young people and now we would like to give back a scholarship to make college a little less financially burdensome, for all that young people have given us and enriched our lives.