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Carmen Witt

Louise Julia Neitge (1905-2004) was born on a farm in northwest Wisconsin. She set her sights on enrolling at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she majored in zoology. In 1927, she was offered the opportunity to pursue graduate study, but needed to pay her debts and cover other living expenses. Louise went on to become a high school teacher in Viroqua, Wisconsin.


In 2005, her daughter, Carmen Mather Witt, UWM Dean of Students from 1979-1996, established this scholarship in her mother’s name to ensure that Wisconsin women could follow her mother’s dreams in the study of biology at the graduate level.