College of Letters & Sciences
Department Staff

Geography, Geology & Environmental Science

Contact Information

Margo Kleinfeld
Department Chair & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-1087
Location: Upham Hall 120A
Jeff Olson
Master Adviser & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-5271
Location: Upham Hall 112
Patricia Filipiak
Department Associate
Phone: 262-472-1071
Location: Upham Hall 120

Scholarships & Awards

Fischer Scholarship

The Fischer Scholarship Program is supported by a trust fund established by Professor Warren Fischer, who along with Mrs. Rose Fischer, taught for many years on the UW-Whitewater campus. Grants have been awarded from this fund each semester since 1978. The Fischer's goal was to improve the quality of geographic education.

Additional information regarding the Fischer Scholarship Program can be obtained by contacting the Department of Geography, Geology & Environmental Science in Upham Hall 120 or calling (262) 472-1071.

Scholarship Eligibility for New Applicants

  1. Must be a declared major in geography, geology, or environmental science or a minor in geography or GIS and have completed 12 credits toward their degree;
  2. Must be a full-time student taking at least 12 credits during the semester that the scholarship is in effect;
  3. Must take at least one geograpjhy, geology, or environmental science course unless major or inor has been completed;
  4. Must be sponsored by a GGES faculty person who will direct education-related work in support of the scholarship's mission.

For scholarship renewal, applicants must meet the same requirements as for new applicants, above.  In addition, applicants must have completed 12 units toward the degree during the preceding semester including at least one geography, geology, or environmental science course, performed their assigned duties effectively, maintained an acceptable GPA and contributed to the educational goals of the department, and received sponsorhip from a GGES faculty person.

Scholarship Forms:

Silver-Savage English/Environmental Scholarship

The Silver/Savage Environmental Scholarship is given by ardent supporters of liberal education, Donna Silver and George Savage: Donna, through her work at UW System and George, as Languages & Literatures faculty at UW Whitewater. This scholarship is made possible through George's mother, Nellie Savage, a teacher, church elder, leader of the local American Field Service, and world traveler. Nellie married Dr. William C. G. Savage, a veterinarian, whose interest in science and nature began early as an avid birdwatcher. This scholarship is created in the spirit of consilience between the two cultures, humanities and sciences.  The award will be granted for the academic year following the application. The award will be judged by the Chair of Language & Literatures and one faculty member, one Environmental Studies/ Science or Biology faculty, and a representative of the Silver/ Savage family.

Approximate Award Amount: $3,000 tuition credit.
Not Renewable.


  • The application, completed online:
  • The candidate must be a full-time second, third or fourth year student (or transfer student) who is a declared English Major with a declared Environmental Studies minor, or Biology major/minor or Geography/Geology major/minor (Or, a declared Biology or Geography/Geology Major with a declared English major or minor). Candidates should be demonstrably good students with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • The candidate must submit an updated résumé and academic transcripts.
  • The candidate must submit a brief (100-300 word) statement about how the applicant sees his or her English major being enhanced by a minor or second major in Environmental Studies/ Science or Biology.
  • At least one letter of support from an English teacher/ professor and/ or and Geography, Geology, and Environmental Studies/ Science or Biology teacher/ professor. This letter should focus on the student's academic potential within the professor's discipline and should be sent directly the Scholarships Committee.
  • Deadline for all materials: February 22.

Y.W. Folk Memorial Scholarship 

Dr. Joseph and Eva Fok dedicate this scholarship to the memory of Joe's father, Y.W. Fok. Joe Fok, a 1971 graduate of UW-Whitewater, was an Obstetrics and Gynecology physician in the Madison, Wisconsin area. The scholarship will be awarded to full-time UW-Whitewater sophomore, junior or senior students who are pursuing a major in the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Geology/Geography). An overall academic GPA of 3.5 or above is required. Preference will be given to those who are active in organizations. The scholarship may be renewable, but must be applied for each academic year.

Y.W. Fok Memorial Scholarship

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