Orrin and Margaret Bull Scholarship awarded to Taylor Bauer

The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation is pleased to award a $5,000 Orrin and Margaret Bull Family Scholarship to Taylor Bauer.  [Orrin and Margaret are pictured here]

Bauer, a 2012 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2018.  She is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she has been working on her licensing and certification to teach PK4-12 physical education, health education, and adapted physical education.  This fall, she will be completing her student teaching in Lake Mills and will graduate in December 2020.

The Orrin and Margaret Bull Family Scholarship was established at the Community Foundation by Margaret Bull in 2011 to provide financial assistance to a former graduate of Fort Atkinson High School enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the fields of education or environmental science.

When Margaret, or Midge as everyone called her, died in 2019 at age 92, the Foundation received a generous gift of $20,000 from her estate to increase the fund and increase the award amount.

The scholarship’s school and subject fields are, of course, related to the story of the Bull family.  Orrin, who had predeceased Midge in 2009, graduated from UW-Whitewater and then went on to earn his master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was a teacher at both the junior and senior high school in Fort Atkinson, and for many years prior to retirement, he worked as a guidance counselor at the high school.  In that role, he organized and promoted the scholarship program.  In addition, Orrin was an early promoter of recycling and environmentally-friendly practices.

Midge was a native of Whitewater, graduating from both Whitewater College High School and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she was trained as a teacher and librarian.

Orrin and Midge raised four children, all of whom graduated from Fort Atkinson High School.

For more information about the Bull Family Scholarship, visit the Community Foundation’s website at www.fortfoundation.org.  Questions may be directed to Sue Hartwick, the Community Foundation’s executive director, at (920) 563-3210 (office) or via email at facf@fortfoundation.org.