Bull Family Gift to Scholarship Fund

Fort Atkinson Community Foundation

What a great photo of Orrin and Midge Bull!  Midge passed away this past March and we recently received a generous gift of $20,000 from her estate to augment the Orrin and Margaret Bull Family Scholarship Fund here at our Foundation.

Midge had set up the fund with us back in 2011 in order to provide financial assistance to a former graduate of Fort Atkinson High School who was currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in either education or environmental science.

Since the family would like this scholarship to make a real difference, pending board approval, the one-year award amount in 2020 might be as much as $5,000!

The 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.

Margaret, or Midge as everyone called her, 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.