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Fund helps area children pursue the arts

Area children and the community are two important things to Les and Dar Stumpf of Kaukauna. Together, they have created a youth arts grant program in support of young people in the Fox Cities area who are interested in music, drama, dance and visual arts.

Les and Dar Stumpf

“We wanted to give young people the chance to use their unique talents to better themselves and continue a sharing and caring philosophy,” said Les.

The Stumpfs established the Les and Dar Stumpf Youth Arts Scholarship with the Community Foundation in 2007. Since then, the fund has awarded $65,978 in grants that have benefitted 180 students.

“We feel that God has given us great blessings and that we are on this earth to share, care and nurture wherever we can,” Dar said. “The Community Foundation has given us the tools to that end.”

The grants provide financial assistance to students in kindergarten through high school to help them with things like lessons for dance, singing, choir and band instruments. They have also been used for music and art camps.

Eligibility: Students entering kindergarten through 12th grade who reside in one of the following school districts: Appleton, Hortonville, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, Menasha or Neenah and will be participating in an art discipline.  Applicants must have a financial need to be considered.

Award Amount: Scholarship amounts will vary, not to exceed $500 per child per year.

Application Deadline: Next year’s due date is April 1, 2019.

For more information regarding this and other scholarships or to obtain scholarship forms, please visit the Community Foundation’s website at or contact us at [email protected] or 920-702-7619.

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