A love of learning lives on Kristine A. Mason Scholarship Fund supports SOE students with financial need
ome people leave a mark that lingers long after they’re gone.
“I look forward to making those gifts every year,” says Jane Schley, ’78, Mason’s longtime partner and the benefactor of the scholarship fund. “Kris was an amazing woman who loved learning. She came from a poor family. It’s nice to know that she will live on through the gifts, and that because of the scholarship fund, students don’t have to go through the financial hardship she went through.”
Kristine Mason was one of those people. Mason, ’73 & ’79, had an impactful career as a media specialist in the Eau Claire Area School District, inspiring hundreds of students — many from underprivileged backgrounds — to love reading and learning. Mason died in 2001 at age 50, but her spirit lives on through the Kristine A. Mason Scholarship Fund, which supports School of Education students with financial need.
Schley and Mason first discussed the idea of creating a scholarship fund when they were young women.
They had met at UWL’s Sanford Hall in 1974, when Schley was a first-year student and Mason was a graduate student.