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Youth Scholarship

Sydney Olmsted, a senior at Appleton East High School, is the winner of the Youth Scholarship Award. Danny Damiani/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Youth Scholarship Award

This award recognizes a youth who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in promoting volunteerism in the Fox Cities. A $1,500 scholarship is presented to the recipient’s two- or four-year college of choice and $1,000 is given to the recipient’s Fox Valley charity.

Our 2019 winner is Sydney Olmsted!
Sydney received a $1,500 scholarship and directed her $1,000 prize to Pillars Adult & Family Shelter in Appleton.

Watch Sydney’s Award Video, filmed and produced by video production students at University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley and Instructor Tom Frantz:

Read more, Celebrating Sydney Olmsted: Youth Scholarship Award Winner!

Award sponsor since 1998:


  • Must be a high school senior.
  • Award can be earned for a single act of volunteerism or a number of volunteer efforts.

Who qualifies?

An individual who meets the above criteria and who shows exceptional leadership in promoting volunteerism. Candidate must reside or do the majority of his or her volunteer work in Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca or northern Winnebago counties.  Nomination form

View Past Recipients

2018: Rachel Miserlian
2017: Kaylie Bittner
2016: Leah Witthuhn
2015: Candice Zehner
2014: Jack Hogerty
2013: Riley Chelsky
2012: Michael J. Quesnell
2011: Maria Peeples
2010: Sarah Backer
2009: Emily Mulloy
2008: Sarah Wydeven
2007: Erik Kingsley
2006: Anni Krysik
2005: Nicole Wydeven
2004: Bethany Vande Hey
2003: Sarah Tolly
2002: Katie Jadin
2001: Sarah Heyerdahl
2000: Molly Quigley
1999: Melissa Verkuilen
1998: Teresa Talens