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Rutledge Scholarship recipients announced

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Rutledge Scholarship recipients announced

The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation recently awarded three Ralph and Clara Rutledge Memorial Scholarships, totaling $6,500, to former Fort Atkinson High School graduates Eric Bender, Olivia Hartwick and Myles Gasper. Ralph and Clara Rutledge were long-time residents of the Fort Atkinson area. While they didn’t have children of their own, they lived near the old high school on South High Street and maintained an interest in local students. As part of their estate planning, the Rutledges chose to endow a scholarship fund through the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation. Rutledge Memorial Scholarships are available to residents of the Fort Atkinson area or graduates of Fort Atkinson High School who are enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, in a graduate program at an accredited college or...

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Harrison Scholarship awarded to Congdon

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Harrison Scholarship awarded to Congdon

The Directors of the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation have awarded a $2,000 Eileen Harrison Education Scholarship to Devin Congdon. A 2010 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Congdon earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2014. For two years following graduation, she worked in management positions in the fitness industry. However, missing the chance to work with younger children, Congdon made the decision to go back to school to earn her teaching license. She is now enrolled in the middle childhood/early adolescence licensure program at UW-Whitewater with an expected completion date of May 2018. While taking classes at UW-Whitewater, she is also working as an ELL aide at Luther Elementary School in Fort Atkinson. The...

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Gasper awarded Knapp Scholarship

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Gasper awarded Knapp Scholarship

The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation has awarded a $2,500 Robert C. and Judith L. Knapp Scholarship to Myles Gasper. Gasper, a 2011 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, recently earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering mechanics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his scholarship application, Gasper noted that the main thing he learned during his undergraduate years as a Badger was that “there is always more to learn.” Therefore, this fall he will be enrolling as a graduate student in the UW’s School of Engineering to pursue a master’s degree in engineering mechanics. Gasper’s particular field of interest is structural engineering, specifically the area of stress analysis. As an engineering co-op student, he was able to intern for a total of almost two years at UTC...

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Four students earn Vance Scholarships

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Four students earn Vance Scholarships

The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation is pleased to award scholarships to four local students from its Jim and Lee Vance Scholarship Fund. The Vance Scholarship Fund was established at the Foundation in 2015 thanks to a sizable bequest from the estate of the late Lee Vance. Working with her husband, Jim, Lee had planned to establish a fund at the Foundation that would provide scholarships for Fort Atkinson area students. This is a unique scholarship fund in that, in addition to being residents of the Fort Atkinson area or graduates of Fort Atkinson High School, eligible students also must be either attending one of the colleges the Vances attended or pursing a degree in a field related to the Vances’ fields of study. Additionally, the fund supports women over the age of 25 who have gone...

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Dr. Michael Bender joins Foundation Board

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Dr. Michael Bender joins Foundation Board

The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Bender has been appointed to serve a five-year term on the organization’s Board of Directors.  He was nominated by the Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce and will be replacing Dean Brown who has completed his term and who will spend 2017 serving the board as past chairman. “We are thrilled to have Mike join the Foundation board” declared Foundation Chairman Chris Rogers.  “His extensive involvement with our community, both through his work and his volunteer experience, will make him an extremely valuable board member.” Bender earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Marquette University before heading to dental school at the University of Minnesota.  He came to Fort Atkinson in 1987 to join the...

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Foundation receives Deets Memorial Gift

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Foundation receives Deets Memorial Gift

The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation gratefully announces receipt of a gift made by the family of Corliss Deets in memory of the former Barrie School principal.  The memorial gift of $1,500 was directed by the family to the Foundation’s Barrie School Scholarship Fund where it will help provide matching funds to allow three Barrie School graduates to receive $1,000 Fred and Helen Rose Inspire-a-Dream scholarships. Deets, who passed away this past November at the age of 86, spent 33 years working in the Fort Atkinson School District, finishing his career as principal at Barrie School, where he is still fondly remembered.  Fourth-grade teacher Bobbie Rawinski reminisced, “Corliss was the principal that hired me eons ago.  He believed that all kids could learn and we needed to figure out...

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Hannah Church Scholarship established at Foundation

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Hannah Church Scholarship established at Foundation

A scholarship in memory of Hannah Church will be offered to this year’s graduating class at Fort Atkinson High School. Established at the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation from many memorial gifts made by family and friends, this new scholarship fund will offer financial assistance to a graduating senior at Fort Atkinson High School who has been involved in the school’s show choir program. Hannah was a 16-year-old junior at Fort Atkinson High School in October 2016 when her life was cut short by a tragic car accident. At Fort High, Hannah was well-known for her love of show choir where her spirit, leadership, initiative and personality made a positive impact on everyone around her. To honor her memory, Hannah’s family established this scholarship to assist students like Hannah who...

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Fort Tree Fund grant announced

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Fort Tree Fund grant announced

The Community Foundation is happy to announce a grant of $50,000 has been awarded to the City of Fort Atkinson to help the city and the newly-reorganized Beautification Council purchase and plant hundreds of new, large trees in the wake of the emerald ash borer infestation. This is a matching grant so every dollar that is raised from the public will be matched by a Foundation dollar, up to $50,000. To help facilitate the raising of matching funds, a new Fort Tree Fund has been established at the Community Foundation and it is now accepting tax-deductible donations from the public. Giving levels have been established as Sprout, $10 to $99; Sapling, $100 to $299; and Forest, over $300. Anyone wishing to help with the project can simply send a check made out to the Fort Atkinson Community...

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