Our Donors

We celebrate you – our donors – who give graciously to our students and programs. You help transform lives by partnering with the Foundation to encourage, support, and promote the educational goals of our students. Your philanthropic investment allows them to enhance their lives through education, training, and experience to realize their dreams.

We invite you to meet a few of the people who have chosen to contribute to the Nicolet College Foundation. Each individual and organization has different reasons for making a contribution. These donors share why it’s so important to them to support the Nicolet College Foundation.

You are a true hero to Nicolet College students

When we asked our donors to help provide emergency assistance for Nicolet students, Michael Wells was one of the first people to respond. As an alum, Michael and his wife, Susan, felt compelled to help current students, and adds, “We made a donation to the Foundation for the Student Emergency Assistance Fund because I was deemed essential at my job, so I never had a loss of income during the pandemic. We felt the least we could do was help out.” 

Michael graduated from Nicolet College with a CIS Network Specialist associate’s degree in 2003. Looking back, he says, “Nicolet was the best choice for me and my family. I attended UW-Oshkosh right out of high school but never finished. When my former employer closed the doors, I lost my job, and it was the logical choice to finish up at Nicolet.” 

One of the students you helped is Brigette Ryan. She lives in Vilas County and was enrolled in her final semester of the Early Childhood Education program last spring. Her family of five planned on living on her husband’s income while she went back to school, but the Safer at Home Order meant her husband could no longer work. Brigette explains, “I applied for assistance because I was worried about how we were going to make ends meet when the pandemic hit. This assistance allowed me to feel comfortable that I could at least put food on the table for my family. Thank you for giving
so selflessly.” 

Brigette earned her associate’s degree at the end of the spring term. She looks forward to fulfilling her dream of working in a school district, but for now she is putting her Nicolet College degree to use by homeschooling her three children. “Nicolet has always been a big supporter of their students, but the emergency funds that were set up really prove that you care about your students in all aspects of their lives!” Brigette adds. 

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scholarship recipient and family

We felt the least we could do was help out. Hopefully it made things a little bit easier for someone.

Michael Wells, Nicolet College Alum and Donor
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Brian Wendt, President, Superior Diesel

Superior Diesel president Brian Wendt believes his company’s partnership with the Nicolet College Foundation is a collaborative way to support the educational community. “I believe anything can be achieved if a person has the right attitude. But an individual must take the initiative to find a mechanism that continually stretches or challenges him or her to learn more and pursue their passion. There is no better way to do that than by taking courses at Nicolet College,” says Wendt. Superior Diesel’s new endowment solidifies the company’s commitment to students by providing them with scholarship funds to be used in any Nicolet College program.   This summer Superior Diesel and Nicolet College worked together to provide credit opportunities to high school and college students enrolled in the company’s internship program. This program gives students an inside look at the diesel engine manufacturing industry. Joining forces with Nicolet College in this program is a smart investment. “The college is an exceptional resource located right here in our community. Nicolet has a great ability to work with people and come up with creative ideas to help businesses solve a problem, address a concern, or develop a curriculum to help students prepare for what is needed in the workforce.”

–Brian Wendt, Superior Diesel President

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Foundation Donor, Paul Marquardt - Northwoods Auto Techs and employee/Nicolet grad

“I couldn’t imagine Rhinelander without Nicolet College.”

– Paul Marquardt, owner of Northwoods Auto Techs
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Owner of Northwoods Auto Techs working on car with employee

Paul Marquardt has come a long way since he started working for Vern Kohlbeck at Northwoods Mobil in 1979. At the time, Paul was a Rhinelander High School student and, looking back, readily admits he didn’t even know how to change oil.

“Vern taught me about customer service and automobiles, as my mentor, for a decade. He took a risk on me by selling me his shop.” Vern must have known what he was doing because almost 30 years after that sale, Paul still owns, what is now, Northwoods Auto Techs and employs six people. One of those employees is Lucas Price, a Nicolet College graduate.

Lucas completed his associate degree in Nicolet College’s Automotive Technology program in May of 2018, but he’d already been working for Paul for the past year. Paul shared, “It proves that the programs at Nicolet work. Lucas came in here with the necessary skills as a technician and I can help him develop those skills. We created a positive work culture and my goal when he graduated was that he’d want to stay with us, and he has.”

Paul cares about this community. One of the ways he gives back is with contributions to the Nicolet College Foundation. “I wanted to pay it forward. Somebody took a chance on me years ago. Vern did that for me. Once we were in a position to help someone else achieve their goals, it seemed like a good fit.”

Paul contributes to a scholarship in Vern’s name every year. “If we’re making an impact on one person’s life, it’s well worth it. It’s a good feeling and it’s the right thing to do. I don’t think I’ve ever considered not giving.”

– Paul Marquardt, Master Technician/Owner, Northwoods Auto Techs and Nicolet College Foundation Donor

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Nicolet College Foundation Donors

“We believe in the opportunities Nicolet Provides students”

After the death of George’s mother, Grace Juetten, we established the Culinary Arts scholarship in her memory. Grace was actively involved in scholarship support for the Rhinelander Community. We decided to ensure these scholarships continue after our deaths by including a bequest to Nicolet College in our estate plan. We encourage others to consider the Nicolet College Foundation in their estate plans. It’s a wonderful way to ensure financial support isa available for students to achieve their dreams.

–Sondra and George Juetten

Are you interested in becoming a donor?

To discuss a gift that changes the lives of Nicolet College students, please contact
Heather Schallock, Nicolet College Foundation executive director

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Heather Schallock

Heather Schallock

Executive Director, Nicolet College Foundation
Red Oak Center - 103
P: 715.365.4518
800.544.3039 ext 4518

E: hschallock@nicoletcollege.edu