Joe and Pat Heim

Supporting Their Passions

Joe and Pat Heim

Pat and Joe Heim's gifts will go toward supporting their passions at UW-L—students studying abroad and students participating on the pompon team.

Joe and Pat Heim have been a part of the UW-L family since 1967. Thanks to some creative estate planning, as well as the generosity of Joe's former students who started a graduate scholarship fund in his name many years ago, they will be a part of the UW-L family forever.

Joe and Pat are combining two gifts—a paid up life insurance policy and their living trust—to establish two new scholarship funds at UW-L.

As long-time international travelers and scholars, one fund will support UW-L students studying abroad, as well as international students coming to La Crosse. "International study is clearly one of the things the university excels in and we've seen firsthand the lifelong impact it can have on students," they agree.

The other scholarship fund will support Pat's passion: the pompon team. Pat was an active member of the team while a student at UW-L. She is setting up the first scholarship ever to support the poms. "I have so many fond memories from my involvement and I want to support those who also enjoy giving back to the school the way I did as a student," she notes.

Like the Heims, you too can support the causes you're passionate about at UW-L. To learn more about making a lasting impact on our students, contact Gregory Reichert at or 608.785.8672.