In the spring of 2014, the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation awarded $230,000 in scholarships to 59 Fort Atkinson graduates and residents for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.
Students earning financial support from the foundation range from outstanding high school seniors to dedicated graduate students to determined older adults going back to school to learn new skills and improve their credentials.
The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors would like to express their enormous gratitude to all the thoughtful and generous people who have created, or donated to, our scholarship funds. These investments in our citizens, made one person at a time, open up wonderful educational opportunities for our residents and lift our entire community. We love where we live.
Below are just some of the 2014 recipients. For a complete list click here.
A lifelong interest in maps and a fascination with the ways they can be used to portray our world has led Enrika to pursue a master of science degree in geographic information systems at the University of Redlands in California. A 2007 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Enrika graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in geography. After working for the U.S. Geological Survey at its Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center, she is now back in school seeking to gain GIS training to help address environmental issues.
A 2010 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Dustin graduated in May 2014 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with bachelor's degrees in both accounting and finance. He will be continuing his studies at Whitewater in the upcoming school year as he pursues a master's of professional accountancy degree which he expects to receive in just one year. After earning his MPA, he hopes to begin a career in public accounting.
A 2004 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, John graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies. After a 5-year stint working as a project designer with Waggonner & Ball Architects in New Orleans, John is now back in school pursuing his master's degree in architecture at Yale University. Upon graduating in May 2016, John plans to return to New Orleans as, he noted, "nowhere is there a city more in need of good design."
A 2010 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Ellen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2014 with a degree in nutritional science. While in college, she participated in a number of undergraduate research projects and internships all related to her interests in eye care. In the fall of 2014, Ellen will begin a 4-year Ph.D. program in vision science and optometry at Pacific University in Oregon.
Brian is a 1999 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School and is currently finishing up his doctorate degree in pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating from the UW in May 2015, Brian hopes to complete a general first-year residency in acute care and also a second, more specialized residency in oncology or pediatrics to further improve his clinical judgment and help him identify and recommend therapeutics with the greatest value to his patients.
Bethany is returning to Wisconsin from China in August 2014 to enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. A 2006 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Bethany graduated with a degree in anthropology from Wheaton College in 2010. After working for two non-profit organizations, she traveled to China to teach English as a second language. Once she earns her law degree in 2017, she hopes to specialize in immigration or international law.
A 2008 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Lydia majored in both journalism and international studies at University of Madison where she graduated in 2012. After working as a journalist for two years, this fall she is headed to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to pursue a master's degree in urban planning. She plans to focus on revitalization and economic development, and hopes someday to be able to aid not only small towns, but many cities and regions struggling to make the transition from dying industrial bases into more modern technology and service-based economies.
A 2007 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Nate graduated from Washington University in St. Louis where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. He is currently a second year Ph.D. student at Yale University where he is studying combustion diagnostics in an effort to help find solutions to help mitigate pollutant production and provide a more efficient use of fuel sources. Upon earning his degree, Nate hopes to join an industrial research and design team to develop the next generation of power-producing combustion devices.
In 2014-15, Margaret will be a junior at Butler University in Indianapolis where she is pursuing a degree in elementary education with licensure in special education, reading, and early childhood education. A 2012 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Margaret returns to Fort Atkinson during breaks from school and continues her volunteering at Parents’ Cooperative Preschool. Here she is already noticing how her education courses have enhanced her abilities as a volunteer teacher’s aide in the classroom. Upon graduating from Butler University, she hopes to return to Wisconsin to teach.
The son of Robert and Wendy Chady of Fort Atkinson, Owen will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall. Though undecided on his specific path, he plans to pursue a degree in the medical field. In his application he noted that ever since childhood he has “dreamt of curing people and helping them through difficult points in their lives.” Now he hopes that a career in medicine will give him the chance to fulfill that dream. While in high school, Owen was very active in athletics – especially soccer and baseball - and worked at Vos Sentry Foods.
Mark is a 2007 Fort Atkinson High School graduate. After graduating magna cum laude in 2011 from Northwestern College in Minnesota, Mark entered a doctor of physical therapy program at the University of Minnesota. He plans to graduate in May 2015 and begin working as a physical therapist. As part of his work, he hopes to continue to volunteer his services to help those living in underprivileged areas as he has throughout his college career.
Deilee is enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she is working on her masters of business administration degree. She received her bachelor's degree in human resources and family studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree in counseling psychology from Bethel University in St. Paul. After years of working in university and non-profit settings in the New York area, she and her young family moved to Fort Atkinson where she became an active volunteer. She hopes to use the new knowledge and skills she develops in the MBA program to build partnerships between government, non-profit and for-profit organizations in her new home of Fort Atkinson.
In the fall of 2014, Anthony will be starting his final year as an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater where he is double majoring in economics and finance, earning a 3.78 gradepoint average in these rigorous major fields. After graduating from Whitewater in May of 2015, he intends to pursue graduate work in economics, focusing on political economics and public policy, with research interests in healthcare and education. Anthony is spending the summer of 2014 serving a summer internship at the World Bank in Washington D.C. He is a 2010 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School.
Tyler is currently enrolled at Yale University where he is pursuing a Masters of Medical Science (Physician Assistant) degree. A 2006 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, he earned a bachelor of science degree in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Tyler's interest in the PA field stems from the PA's role as an autonomous healthcare practitioner who still has the ability to ask for help from a supervising physician if needed. Upon graduating in December 2015, he looks forward to joining his passion for science with his commitment to compassionate patient care.
A 1994 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Melissa is returning to school at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to earn a master of science degree in clinical mental health counseling, which she hopes to complete by May 2016. She earned her bachelor's degree in German literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked in non-profit, educational and business settings. Her experience in training and education has contributed to an interest in seeing people learn and improve their relationships with others. Upon receiving her degree, she hopes to work with families affected by, and individuals who have, a mental illness.
Andrew, the son of James and Marge Dahl of Fort Atkinson, recently graduated from Fort Atkinson High School with the Class of 2014. This fall he plans to major in biology or chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His career goal to become a pharmacist or pursue some other occupation in the science field. At Fort high school, Andrew was active in numerous organizations while also being a three-sport athlete, competing in volleyball, basketball and tennis. He has been recruited to play tennis for the Blugolds of UW-Eau Claire.