The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation recently awarded Walter and Louise Buell Graduate Scholarships, totaling $17,500, to 14 Fort Atkinson students. These scholarships are possible thanks to Louise Buell who directed that, upon her death, the residue of her estate be given to the Community Foundation with half of that gift to be used for scholarships.
Buell Graduate Scholarships are available to residents of Fort Atkinson or graduates of Fort Atkinson High School who are enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, in a graduate program at an accredited college or university, leading to a masters, doctorate, or professional degree. The recipient may be a full or part-time student but they must be making steady progress toward a degree.
Selection is based on academic achievement, potential for success in their chosen field, community involvement, citizenship, and the need for financial assistance.
For more information about the Buell Graduate or any of the Community Foundation’s other scholarships, contact program administrator, Sue Hartwick, at (920) 563-3210 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students earning Buell Graduate Scholarships in 2018 are:
Adam Flyte, a 2006 Fort Atkinson High School graduate, has been awarded a $3,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship. After graduating from UW-Eau Claire in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education, Flyte taught English in two local school districts.
In 2017 he made the decision to enroll in a master’s program in exercise and sport studies at Smith College in Northampton, MA, where he also serves as an assistant coach on the cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field teams. Upon graduating in May 2019, he aspires to find a position as a collegiate coach.
Emilie Bakken has been awarded a $2,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship.
A 2010 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Bakken earned her degree in education from UW-Madison in 2014. Since 2015 she has been a seventh grade English teacher at Black Hawk Middle School in Madison.
The fact that most of her students are not proficient readers has inspired her to enroll in Edgewood College to obtain a master’s degree in education with certifications to be a reading teacher and reading specialist. This dedication to her students is why her Edgewood professor described Bakken as an “extraordinary person” who is also an “exceptional graduate student.”
William Cook has been awarded a $2,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship.
A 2013 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Cook earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the spring of 2017. He is now working on a doctor of physical therapy degree at the University of Utah.
Upon graduating in May 2020, he hopes to practice as a physical therapist while also getting involved in coaching or training athletes at a local high school, college, or youth program.
Andrew Dahl, a 2014 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, has been awarded a $2,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship.
Graduating from UW-Eau Claire this past spring with a degree in chemistry, Dahl is now pursuing a graduate degree in optometry at the Southern College of Optometry (SCO) in Memphis, TN. Upon graduating in the spring of 2022, he hopes to serve as an optometrist in a group-practice setting in a mid-sized, Midwestern town, using his skills and abilities to their full potential to help the community in which he lives.
Jeremy Pinc has been awarded a $1,500 Buell Graduate Scholarship.
A Fort Atkinson resident, Pinc was recruited into UW-Madison’s fine arts program where he is now pursuing a master’s degree in painting.
Described by an art professor at UW-Madison as “one of the most talented local painters that I can think of currently working in Wisconsin and beyond our region,” Pinc hopes to use his studies to help re-establish figurative painting to the forefront of contemporary art and also to create a bridge between modernism and graffiti.
Lucas Springstroh has been awarded a $1,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship.
A graduate of St. Norbert College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2011, Springstroh has been employed for the past six years as a fourth-grade teacher at Purdy Elementary School in Fort Atkinson.
He is now pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration at Viterbo University and hopes someday to serve students as a school principal.
Carly Wallace, a 2013 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, is the recipient of a $1,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship award.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in economics at DePauw University in 2017, Wallace enrolled in the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University where she is now studying health law. Upon graduating in 2020, she hopes to serve the health care field by using the knowledge and perspective gained from law school to help health care providers offer the best possible care to their patients.
Nate Kelty has been awarded a $1,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship.
A 2014 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Kelty recently graduated from UW-Whitewater with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and administration, concentrating in legal affairs.
He is now enrolled at UW-Madison where he is pursuing a master’s degree in public affairs, specifically focused in the fields of political science and public administration. He hopes to graduate in the spring of 2020.
Shannon Lyon has been awarded a $1,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship.
A 2000 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Lyon earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls in 2004. Since 2007, she has been an agriculture teacher at Fort Atkinson High School where she also serves as a FFA advisor.
After teaching for over a decade, Lyon recently decided to pursue a master’s degree in career and technical education at the University of Wisconsin–Stout.
Richelle Rottmann, a 2000 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, has been awarded a $1,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology at UW-Whitewater in 2004, Rottmann worked at The Fireside Theatre while raising her three children. This year, she will return to UW-Whitewater to pursue a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in school guidance counseling.
Receiving $500 Buell Graduate Scholarship awards are Hannah Foley, a 2013 Fort grad pursuing a master’s degree in public health at Xavier University; Shalane Hundt, a 2011 Fort grad heading into her final year at Marquette University Dental School; Elizabeth Winiecki, a 2009 Fort grad now teaching in the Waunakee School District, pursuing a master’s degree in literacy at Concordia University; and Bethany Woychik, a Fort Atkinson resident and Fort HealthCare employee pursuing a master’s degree in social work