To commemorate young bike racer Matthew Wittig, who died earlier this month after a crash in a Wisconsin Cup criterium, the University of Wisconsin has announced the Matthew James Wittig Cycling Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin.
The annual scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate University of Wisconsin Student, male or female, who actively participates in the UW Cycling Club. This scholarship will function as an endowment such that after the initial instalment, the scholarship will sustain itself for the lifetime of the University of Wisconsin. Beginning this coming fall, a UW Cyclist will receive the Matthew James Wittig Cycling Scholarship every year for the lifetime of the University of Wisconsin. Recipients will be selected by a committee of UW Cycling Club Officers, select UW Cycling Alumni, the Wittig family, and the UW Foundation staff.
Scholarship coordinators have set a fundraising goal of $10,500 by the end of this cycling season. Proceeds from the Matthew James Wittig Wisconsin/IL State Time Trial Championships will benefit the scholarship, and private donations are strongly encouraged.
Announcing the scholarship, organizer Jeff Rose said, "I am pleased to say that 24 hours after the establishment of this endowment we are already at 25 percent of our fundraising goal."
Donations in the form of cheques made out to the 'UW Foundation' with "Matthew James Wittig Cycling Scholarship" on the memo line, can be sent to the following address:
M. J. Wittig Cycling Scholarship
c/o Jeff Rose
1339 Rutledge St., Apt. 1
Madison, WI 53703
For more information, contact Jeff Rose at email@example.com