One way community foundations support their communities is by offering scholarships to local high school students. Two geographic affiliates with the Community Foundation recently featured students who received scholarships in their annual reports.
The Clintonville Area Foundation awarded Jordan Lehman, a graduate of Clintonville High School, with two scholarships in 2022:
- A $2,500 Walter and Mabel Schultz Scholarship for students pursuing a career in the agricultural field or natural resources.
- A $500 Jerry Wagenson Memorial Scholarship for students seeking a degree in an agriculturally related field.
Lehman is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in equine science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and plans to work as an equine vet tech or equine nutritionist. The daughter of Shane and Jody Lehman, she is an accomplished barrel racer and plans to continue training horses and barrel racing in college.
“I am so grateful to have help as I pursue a degree in an agriculturally related field. I have dreamed of working with equine in a professional career and I am looking forward to all that UW-River Falls can teach me,” Lehman said. “I thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for the financial support to pursue my dreams. I promise to work hard and honor the purpose of the scholarship.”
The Chilton Area Community Foundation awarded three separate scholarships to Brooklyn LaViolette, the 2022 Stockbridge High School valedictorian:
- A $1,000 Katie Hemauer Memorial Scholarship
- A $3,750 Violet and Ruben Laack Memorial Scholarship
- A $1,000 Edward J. Casper Family Scholarship
She will attend Northland College in Ashland where she plans to major in natural resources with an emphasis on fish and wildlife.
LaViolette said she is grateful to receive the scholarships so she can better focus on her studies rather than worry about finances. She said her philosophy is to work hard so “you can do the things you dream of and live life to the fullest.”