NWTC students and donors honored tonight at annual banquet
450 people will gather tonight, September 20 at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay to celebrate education, philanthropy, and dreams of a better life as the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) Educational Foundation celebrates its annual Donor Recognition and Scholarship Award Banquet.
For one family, it is a night to honor their son.
Jim and Jodi Julius’ son, Devin, graduated from NWTC in 2014 with a degree from the College’s Gas Utility Construction and Service program.
“He so loved taking his classes,” said Jim Julius. “He knew exactly what he wanted to do after his first day at NWTC.”
A month after graduating, Devin’s young life was cut short in an instant. The 18-year-old was killed in a motorcycle crash.
Following their son’s death, Jim and Jodi started what would become an annual golf outing to celebrate Devin’s life and raise money for a scholarship bearing his name.
“We could not be more excited and proud of the way family and friends come together each year to remember and celebrate Devin's life,” said Jim Julius.
Each year, the Julius’ award two $3,000 scholarships to Gas Utility students.
Cade Klimek is one of this year’s award recipients.
“ I am honored and humbled to receive the Devin Julius Memorial Scholarship,” said Klimek. “It has lightened the financial burden of attending college. I never would have guessed that I would be chosen to receive something like this and really couldn't be more thankful. I couldn't believe it when I read the email that I was chosen for this Scholarship.”
“We knew that Devin would want us to help other students that don't have the financial means to take this wonderful program,” said Julius.
Klimek added, “my family is grateful that I was awarded the Scholarship because I am the oldest of 3 children and saving for college is difficult.”
“It gives us great pleasure to help out each year and to know that we are helping someone and honoring Devin at the same time,” said Julius.
Jim and Jodi along with over 100 donors will be at the NWTC Donor Recognition and Scholarship Award Banquet.
“Meeting the recipients of the scholarship is something I wish everyone at the outing could do. It is so satisfying,” said Julius. “Every year, I think back to Devin's struggle to spend money on more school or to start working on a job he might not like or take him where he wanted to go in life.”
Roughly $350,000 in scholarships to over 450 students will be recognized and celebrated at the banquet. The average award per student is $800. Annually the NWTC Educational Foundation scholarship awards over $600,000 to over 750 students.
The scholarships are provided through the generous support of more than 200 donors. This event brings together hundreds of scholarship recipients and donors for a night of shared success and celebration.
About the NWTC Educational Foundation: Founded in 1970, the NWTC Educational Foundation is a public, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial support to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College students and to the College through scholarships and other funding. By doing so, the Foundation promotes the value of technical college education within the community and supports the College's vision and mission.