Compas receives Knapp Scholarship

The Board of Directors of the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded a $3,000 Robert and Judith Knapp Scholarship to John Compas.   Compas, a 2015 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, will be a senior this year at UW-Madison where he is double majoring in computer science and computer engineering.

After graduating in May 2019, Compas hopes to combine the abstract problem-solving of computer science with his engineering training to pursue a career creating original products. He is especially interested in using his training to solve global problems and help communities in impoverished areas. Already, as an undergraduate at UW-Madison, Compas spent two years working with and leading a team of Engineers without Borders to improve the water quality and distribution in a small, rural community on the coast of Ecuador. He is considering continuing this type of work with a two-year stint in the Peace Corps after graduation.

The Knapp Scholarship Fund was established at the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation in 2007 by Dr. Robert and Judith Knapp of Fort Atkinson who wanted to offer financial assistance to students such as Compas who have great potential for success. The scholarship is available to residents of Fort Atkinson or graduates of the Fort Atkinson High School who have completed at least two years of full-time college study, or are in graduate school, and are pursuing studies in mathematics, physics, engineering, or music.

For more information about the Knapp Scholarship, or any of the Community Foundation’s other scholarships, visit Questions may be directed to the foundation’s administrator, Sue Hartwick, at (920) 563-3210 or via email at