Lois J. Skatrud Theatre Scholarship

This campaign ended on March 06, 2020, but you can still make a gift to University of Wisconsin-Parkside by clicking here!


No matter the size, your gift makes a difference. Hey Rangers, let's see how much we can raise in 24 hours to support Parkside students.

Give to support student success

Lois J. Skatrud Theatre Scholarship
479 Donors
$143,923 Donated

Become an advocate and show your support today!

Everybody needs help at some point in their life. On March 5, we need yours. Parkside Day is a 24 hour challenge to raise dollars for student scholarships and other projects on campus. 

The College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) is asking for your support of the Lois J. Skatrud Theatre Arts Scholarship to provide support to students in UW-Parkside. Longtime theatre creator and enthusiast, Lois J. Skatrud, created a scholarship to support students who dream of pursuing an education in the theatre arts. You can help make Lois’s dream a reality by contributing to the Lois J. Skatrud Theatre Arts Scholarship Fund. 

UW-Parkside students rely heavily on financial aid and scholarships as they earn their degrees. A scholarship can be the difference between graduating and not graduating. 

So how can you be a part of Parkside Day?

Be a Difference Maker 

Make a gift to support student scholarships. Your gift can unlock even more dollars for you area of support and you can track our progress online throughout the day. A gift of any size makes a difference. For every 5 donors our scholarship receives, another $250 will be given by the UW-Parkside Foundation Board of Directors to the Lois J. Skatrud Theatre Arts Scholarship.

Be an Advocate 

Help us spread the word! You can support student success and earn prizes by signing up online and sharing activities with your social networks.

Be a Ranger 

Show us your Ranger Spirit. Make sure you're following us on social media so you don't miss out on anything!


Born in 1933 during the Great Depression, Lois was a ray of sunshine for her mother, Ruth Shultz. Lois was a natural entertainer who on her fifth birthday was featured in the local press as the family’s own “Shirley Temple.” She pursued her love of theatre after high school with the Maskers Club of Manitowoc and played a host of different roles. Lois married Glenn Skatrud, who served as a United Methodist Pastor for nearly 50 years, in 1957 and together they had six children—it was truly “A Wonderful Life.” In 1987, she started a children’s theatre troupe, the Milton Optimist Club’s Kids on Stage, in Milton Wis., and devoted enormous time and energy to them. She codirected for 27 years and worked with nearly 1,000 children. Lois is remembered by children as the energetic emcee who presented each show dressed as Raggedy Ann.



US Donor Map

Donor affiliations

25% Alumni

Show Alumni

7% Parents

Show Parents

13% Faculty/Staff

Show Faculty/Staff

32% Friends

Show Friends

Donor list

Shelly Melendez
Lesley Walker
Edson Melendez & Edson Melendez
Darleen A Chiappetta
Oliver J. Johnson & Matthew Chavez
UW-Parkside Foundation
Ruth Frear & Ruth Frear

No Matches
UW-Parkside Foundation gave $500 because 2 donors made a gift in 1 day.

Parkside Sunglasses! Vision 2020: You Make the Future Bright. Get ready for that bright future with your new shades!