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Hong Rost Fund

Hong’s husband, Rusty, family and friends established this fund in loving memory of his wife, Hong, who passed away on June 19, 2014, from injuries sustained in a tragic automobile accident. 

Hong Xiang Rost (1959–2014) came to Wisconsin from China in 1991 and graduated with her master’s degree in 1994 from UWL.  She worked at UWL as Assistant Director of International Education from 1995 to 2010.  In big and small ways, she helped every international student during that entire time frame achieve their educational objectives. 

This fund will serve as a vehicle to connect international alumni and UW-L.  Hong was a visionary. Students, Faculty, and staff responded enthusiastically to Hong’s hard work, imaginative ideas, encouragement and help for them to pursue their own opportunities. Hong was not afraid of change—in fact that’s what energized her. She was always asking others to think about how to improve the office’s services to the students. Hong’s high energy, generosity, faith and sincere interest in people have left a permanent mark of inspiration in all who knew her. 

The social media and on-line comments of people from around the world on news of her death show how much they as individuals were impacted by Hong’s life.  Many of these alums have gone on to successful careers; some have taken over family businesses.  Every one of these alums (or others) may still become Founders of the Hong Xiang Rost International Scholarship.   A founder is any individual who commits to donating a minimum total of $500 over a 5 year period. It is hoped that this scholarship fund will generate significant additional giving from international alums and that this Fund will aid in UWL recruiting of international students. Founders to the Fund, and all alums, can personally help in such recruiting efforts by sharing their wonderful experience at UW La Crosse with potential international students.  

Please join Hong’s husband, Rusty, family and friends in remembering Hong by becoming a founder of the Hong Xiang Rost International Scholarship.  

You can make a gift at Donate to University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Foundation, Inc. and support the purposes and programs of UW-L.In the gift designation area, choose existing scholarship fund and designate the Hong Rost Scholarship.  Thank you!


International students who will be enrolled at UWL can apply HERE for Hong's scholarship.


Learn more about the life of Hong Xiang Rost and the impact she had on people around the world.


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