Scholarship fund builds on DeWitt's passion for teaching

February 28, 2014

Cal DeWitt retired in 2012 after more than 40 years of teaching environmental studies at UW-Madison and the Nelson Institute, but his legacy lives on through the Cal DeWitt Scholarship Fund.

Revered across campus as an exceptional, highly engaged professor, his popular course Environmental Studies 126  Principles of Environmental Science, and his weekly "Coffee with Cal" discussion sessions, inspired thousands of students.

For at least one of those students, Neil Peters-Michaud, DeWitt had an especially lasting impact. His enthusiasm, mentoring and support of a class project formed the catalyst behind Peters-Michaud (pictured at left with DeWitt) founding his own environmentally focused company in 1999, Cascade Asset Management.

To honor DeWitt and ensure that future generations can benefit from his devotion to environmental education and a rewarding college experience, Peters-Michaud gave a generous gift to the Nelson Institute to establish the Cal DeWitt Scholarship Fund. The annual scholarship will support undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree administered by the Nelson Institute. The goal is to grow the fund to $10,000.

If you would like to support the Cal DeWitt Scholarship Fund, please donate online or by mail. We also welcome checks made to the Nelson Institute, with a note directing the gift to the DeWitt scholarship. Checks can be mailed to: Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Attn: DeWitt Fund, 550 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706.