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Youth Scholarship

Sydney Olmsted, a senior at Appleton East High School, is the 2019 winner of the Youth Scholarship Award. Danny Damiani/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Youth Scholarship Award

This award recognizes a youth who has a proven passion for volunteering, and who has demonstrated exceptional leadership as a volunteer and/or 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.

Award sponsor since 1998:

Who qualifies?

We’re looking for students who meet the above criteria and who also demonstrate above average performance in school and/or extra-curricular activities. Candidate must reside or do the majority of his or her volunteer work in Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca or northern Winnebago counties.

Nomination form


  • Must be a graduating high school senior.
  • Award can be earned for a single act of volunteerism or a number of volunteer efforts.
  • Student should also show exceptional leadership as a volunteer and/or in promoting volunteerism.

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!

Past Recipients

2019: Sydney Olmsted
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