Wisconsin Geospatial News

Major donation establishes Geospatial Analysis and Technology Scholarship at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently announced the establishment of the Brady Foust Geospatial Analysis and Technology Double Major Scholarship.  The scholarship is made possible by a $1 million donation from Jeanne Foust, and her husband Dr. Brady Foust.

Each Foust scholarship recipient will receive $10,000 a year for a total of $40,000 over four years. Two scholarships will be available to students entering UW-Eau Claire in 2022-23 and two more to students entering in 2023-24. Recipients must major in the geography and anthropology department’s geospatial analysis and technology program while maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

Brady Foust taught in the geography department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 1971 to 2008. After retirement, he was one of three founders of HazardHub which was established six years ago. It quickly became one of the leading providers of geospatial hazard data to the insurance industry. It was purchased by Guidewire Software in August 2021. Jeanne Foust had a 30-year career at Esri. She retired in 2021.

The Fousts’ also donated $1 million to Pablo Center at the Confluence, a regional center dedicated to the visual and performing arts.  That donation will permanently rename the Graham Avenue Gallery the Brady & Jeanne Foust Gallery.

Sources: UW-Eau Claire, Pablo Center at the Confluence