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Scholarship Endowment Honors UWM Experience

Ed Vander Grinten

From left: Jerry Leer Professor, Paul M. Fischer, Ph.D., ’65 and Certified Public Accountant, Ed Vander Grinten ’66, ’70

Ed Vander Grinten's life changed when his teacher and mentor, accounting professor Jerry Leer, recommended him for an accountant trainee program at UWM's Department of Housing. While still an undergraduate student, Ed became the business manager for UWM dormitories, charged with setting up and maintaining all financial records.

The position's responsibilities allowed Ed to apply classroom theory to real world business, built his confidence, and laid the foundation for his successful career as a certified public accountant.

Ed has chosen to express his gratitude to Professor Leer and UWM's Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business by making an estate gift to endow the Edward L. Vander Grinten '66, '70 Scholarship Fund at the UWM Foundation. The scholarship will support graduate and undergraduate students majoring in accounting who hope to become certified public accountants.

"I owe my success to the remarkable training I received at UWM, both in the classroom and through my campus employment," Ed says. "It gives me great satisfaction to think I will help future students manage the rising cost of receiving such a great education."

Like many students at the time, Ed chose to attend UWM so he could save money by living at home. He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting in 1966 and his MBA in 1970. He opened his own public accounting practice in 1976 and continues to serve clients 38 years later.

"Ed Vander Grinten's generous gift helps us ensure that our accounting program will continue to flourish in the future," Dean of theLubar School, Timothy Smunt says. "Generations of accounting students will know of Ed's legacy and be inspired to follow in his footsteps."

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