Paying It Forward With Scholarships

July 22, 2016

A pioneer faculty member of both UWM and its business school, Professor Emeritus Jerry Leer helped develop the accounting program’s reputation for quality graduates. Known for his tireless drive to attract the best students to the accounting major, he demanded that his students perform at the highest level.

When Leer retired in 1983, his former student Peter Tellier created a scholarship that would honor this revered professor and preserve the memory of Tellier’s father, Roy. For more than 30 years, a small number of sustaining donors have helped build the fund, and by 2015, the Leer/Tellier Scholarship had awarded165 scholarships totaling $889,000.

Former student Ron Krizek and his wife, Marjorie, created their own scholarship to help students in the accounting and finance fields. “Jerry Leer once told me he wished more people would remember the help they got as students and in turn help others,” says Ron Krizek. “Marjorie and I hope our scholars will choose to help others when they are able.”

David Schmidt received the Krizek Scholarship and the Lubar Scholarship while earning his degree. Established by Sheldon and Marianne Lubar in 2006, this scholarship has helped more than 200 business students and is the largest scholarship fund at the Lubar School.