Ralph Kauten presents the Ralph Kauten Endowed Scholarship to Elizabeth Roneker from Maynard, Iowa, at the Upper Iowa University Honors and Awards banquet last April.
FAYETTE, Iowa (August 28, 2013) – Elizabeth Roneker, 2012 graduate of West Central High School and current sophomore at Upper Iowa University, was recently honored with the Ralph Kauten Endowed Scholarship for the second year in a row. Roneker was the first to receive this award as an incoming freshman for the 2012-2013 academic year. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman from the West Central, North Fayette or Valley school districts, and is renewable if the student continues to maintain the academic criteria.
Kauten attended Upper Iowa University in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and was a graduate of West Central High School located in Maynard, Iowa. Now a Madison, Wis., businessman, Kauten and his wife, Erica, established this scholarship as a way to give back to the institution and to recognize the value of assisting young people obtain their college degrees. "The offering of a scholarship to Upper Iowa was the triggering event to launching my career, and the rest of my life. Receipt of a scholarship made it possible for me to attend college, so I feel it is appropriate to provide other young people the same opportunity," Kauten said. "Education has made a major difference in my life, and I want others to have those same life-changing opportunities."
Once an accounting major at UIU, today Kauten is chairman and CEO of Quintessence Biosciences, a company which is working to improve the lives of cancer patients by developing new drugs based on Evade™ Ribonuclease technologies. Kauten has served as co-founder and leader in a number of biotechnology companies including Promega Corporation, PanVera Corporation, and Mirus Bio Corporation. Designated as an Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, Kauten serves on boards of directors and advisory boards for companies in the biotechnology industry and in other industries.
His wife, Erica, originally from Los Angeles, Calif., served as the Wisconsin State Director of the Small Business Development Centers, a network of 12 service centers and three specialty centers located at four-year University of Wisconsin campuses.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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