UWL senior says scholarships released financial weight, paving the way for entrepreneurial ambitions
Olivia Steingraber says scholarships — including a large gift from a UWL alum her freshman year — have given her more freedom to explore during college. Now, only a year away from graduation, her creativity and business goals may help her soar above the uncertain job market of a global pandemic.
“I'm forever thankful to the UWL alum who saw the potential in me,” she says.
Today the UWL senior and marketing major is growing an online retail store she launched in early 2020 with a friend, UW-Madison student Megan Kronsee. They sell T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants with embroidered wording.
Steingraber says their product helps meet needs of the times — not only for loungewear. They also see a need for more human connection. Their clothes inspire meaningful conversation with messages such as “More grace” and “We can’t do this alone.”
Steingraber is paying her own way through college with scholarships, loans and full-time work. Although she still fears a difficult job market post-graduation, she is comforted by the work she is doing now to save and plan ahead. UWL donors supporting her educational foundation paved the way for her business plan.
“The support that I and so many other students receive is incredibly valuable,” she says. “Donor support helps foster us to grow and reach our full potential at this university.”
Each year, the UWL Fund supports:
- Scholarships to students
- Small grants to faculty and staff for professional and program development
- Research opportunities for faculty and staff
- Recruiting and retaining educators
- Special funding needs for campus building projects
- New programs or projects that represent new ideas and unique initiatives.
The UWL Fund is supported through:
- phonathons (fall/spring)
- direct mail appeals to alumni, parents and friends
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