Alumnus Passes on Love of Athletics
Scholarship Helps Student-Athletes Thrive
Over 50 years ago, David Bogenschild '59 proudly competed in a Green Gulls uniform as a medal-winning swimmer and multi-event track athlete for the Milwaukee State Teachers College (MSTC). The Green Gulls were the official mascot for UWM's predecessor institutions from 1927 to 1956.
David has recently chosen to honor this legacy by endowing the David C. and Erika G. Bogenschild Green Gulls Scholarship for UWM students participating in intercollegiate athletics. The scholarship's impact will be further enhanced through an estate gift from David. After David's passing, the UWM Foundation will receive his home, and use its sale proceeds to build the scholarship endowment.
David graduated from UWM with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. At UWM, he lettered eight times in swimming and track, and served as captain of the swimming and track teams.
In 1972, David married Erika Gierl Bogenschild, a 1954 MSTC graduate.Erika also received her Master of Science from UWM in elementary education in 1963 and a Ph.D. from UW-Madison. Together, David and Erika devoted their lives to education, with David spending 32 years teaching and coaching in the Brown Deer schools. In 1995, David was honored as a member of UWM's Bud K. Haidet Athletics Hall of Fame.
After Erika's unexpected passing in 2008, David began to consider his own legacy. His financial planner suggested that he create a scholarship for UWM athletes, in light of his own athletic leadership, the deep meaning of team sports in his life and his desire to make these opportunities available to today's students. The scholarship creates a special preference for athletes like David.
David describes the gratification he received in meeting the first recipient of his new scholarship this fall, women's cross country runner Leah Holmes '17.
"I am very excited about helping student athletes thrive at UWM," he says."Athletics has given me some of the best memories of my life, and I want to help others experience the joy and camaraderie of competitive team sports. UWM made it possible for me to pass this forward."