Helping students achieve their educational dreams
2015 Hilbert High School graduate Kylie Sweere hopes to develop the work ethic of the late Violet and Ruben Laack. Ruben worked at his cheese factory into his 70s and Violet coached forensics into her 80s. Kylie is studying English and marketing at UW-Oshkosh with one of the $3,000 scholarships awarded at all six Calumet County public high schools from the Violet and Ruben Laack Memorial Scholarship Fund, established from part of the Laacks’ $1.2 million estate gift to the Chilton Area Community Foundation, one of our partner families of funds.
Walking out onto the stage at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in October of 2015, Austin Larson’s strides were measuring how far he’s come. For five years, he played with the Fox Valley Symphony’s Youth Orchestra. This day he was opening the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra’s (FVSO) season as guest soloist.
“Playing with the FVSO was a dream come true. I had a great time making music with so many old teachers and friends,” Austin said. His skill as a horn player earned him a number of scholarships, including $5,000 from the Miller Family Music Education Scholarship and $500 from the Albert H. Schulze Memorial Music Scholarship, both managed on behalf of donor families by the Community Foundation. The Miller scholarship is for graduates from the Fox Cities or Door County pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music education or performance. The other scholarship Austin received honors Albert Schulze, who taught music at Neenah High School from 1958 until he retired in 1975, never missing a day of school. Austin was appreciative of both. He received a number of scholarships of various sizes to attend the University of Cincinnati’s School of Music. He is now assistant principal for horn with the Colorado Symphony in Denver. Each scholarship made reaching that goal a little easier, he said.
Each spring we need many volunteers to help with more than 40 separate scholarship programs, which involves reviewing multiple scholarship applications. If interested, please contact our Donor Services and Scholarship Manager Iida Berg at 920.702.7629.