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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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Board bids farewell to retiring director, Phil Niemeyer

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Board bids farewell to retiring director, Phil Niemeyer

At their final meeting in 2016, the Board of Directors of the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation said goodbye to retiring director, W. Phil Niemeyer.  Niemeyer was appointed to the Foundation board in 2011 and served a five-year term culminating with his service as chairman in 2015. Throughout 2016, he has continued to attend and contribute to Foundation meetings in an advisory role as past chairman. Pictured here, current Foundation Chairman, Dean Brown, left, presents a plaque to Niemeyer, right, acknowledging his six years of outstanding service to the Foundation.

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2017 Scholarship Season Now Open!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on 2017 Scholarship Season Now Open!

Fort Scholarships – the local, online scholarship application website sponsored by the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation – is now open and accepting applications for the 2017 scholarship season. Local students will find Fort Scholarships to be a very convenient one-stop shop where they can review the eligibility requirements for a whole host of local scholarships and then apply for those for which they qualify. Housed on the site are all the scholarship offerings of the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation, plus many of those offered through Fort Atkinson High School. To access the Fort Scholarships website, students should start their scholarship search at www.fortfoundation.org, the website of the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation, where they will find a comprehensive listing of all...

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Foundation publishes 2015-16 Annual Report

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Latest News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Foundation publishes 2015-16 Annual Report

The Community Foundation’s 2015-16 Annual Report is hot off the presses!  Highlights include grant and scholarship distributions totaling $681,691 and the creation of two new scholarship funds – the Make A Difference Scholarship and the Jim and Lee Vance Scholarship funds.  Read the full report here

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Foundation awards Karrels AP Computer Science Scholarships

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Foundation awards Karrels AP Computer Science Scholarships

At the August 2016 school board meeting, teachers Aaron Chamberlain and Dean Johnson presented 15 students with the Foundation’s $1,000 Ed Karrels AP Computer Science Scholarship.  These stellar students earned this award by successfully completing the computer science AP class at Fort Atkinson High School and also by passing the computer science AP test with a score of 3 or higher. This unique scholarship, established in October 2011, is funded by a gift to the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation by Edward Karrels, a former graduate of Fort Atkinson High School who parlayed his computer science degree into a rewarding career at Google. Mr. Karrels set up this scholarship to encourage Fort Atkinson students to explore the field of computer science.  We are grateful for his ongoing support...

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Early Literacy Stations for Public Library

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Early Literacy Stations for Public Library

Thanks to matching grants from the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation and the Friends of the Dwight Foster Public Library, our local library is now offering two new, award-winning Early Literacy Stations to help young learners get ready for the educational world ahead them.   We’d like to thank youth services librarian Minetta Lippert and library director Kelly TerKeurst for bringing this grant opportunity to us.  And thanks also to the Friends of the Library for all you do to make our library such a special place.

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