Scholarships available to undergrad and graduate students

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Latest News

The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation has a variety of scholarships opportunities now available to help local undergraduate and graduate students for the 2019-20 schoolyear.

Each scholarship has distinct eligibility requirements, so students will need to carefully review each one before applying. Brief descriptions of eleven scholarships are provided below.

Undergraduate and graduate students may also be eligible for other scholarships, based on their chosen field of study. For more information about these additional scholarships and the scholarships described below, visit www.fortfoundation.org and follow the links to the scholarship pages. Here students can see descriptions of all of the Foundation’s scholarship offerings and will be guided to ‘Fort Scholarships’ — an online application website that will walk them through the application process.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is February 15, 2019.

For more information, contact Sue Hartwick, the Community Foundation’s program administrator, at (920) 563-3210 (office), (920) 222-1191 (mobile) or via email at facf@fortfoundation.org.

Scholarships available only to graduate students include the following:

Walter and Louise Buell Graduate Scholarship

The Walter and Louise Buell Graduate Scholarship is intended to help local students who are pursuing graduate studies at an accredited college or university, in a program leading to an advanced degree. In 2019, up to $17,500 will be available for these awards.

Applicants must be residents of the Fort Atkinson area or graduates of Fort Atkinson High School who are, or will be, enrolled in a graduate program. The number of awards given per year and the amount of each award will be based upon the number of applicants and the quality of their applications.

Ralph and Clara Rutledge Memorial Scholarship

The Ralph and Clara Rutledge Memorial Scholarship is intended to support graduates of Fort Atkinson High School or residents of the Fort Atkinson area who are accepted into a graduate school at an accredited college or university in a program leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, or a professional degree.

Selection is based on academic excellence, good citizenship, and involvement in school and community activities; this merit-based scholarship does not consider financial need. In 2019, up to $7,000 is available for awards.

Jane Shaw Knox AAUW Graduate Scholarship

The Jane Shaw Knox AAUW Graduate Scholarship is offered to women who are pursuing a graduate degree at an accredited college. Applicants must be either graduates of Fort Atkinson High School, residents of Fort Atkinson, or be employed in Fort Atkinson. Preference will be given to women who have financial need, have family financial responsibilities, or who are returning to higher education after an absence.

Scholarships available to either graduate or undergraduate students include the following:

Robert and Judith Knapp Scholarship

The Robert and Judith Knapp Scholarship provides financial support for graduates of Fort Atkinson High School or residents of Fort Atkinson who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in mathematics, mathematics education, physics, physics education, engineering, engineering education, music performance, or music education at a college or university.

Applicants must have at least sophomore standing at the time of application and have earned a minimum 3.0 gradepoint average in their post-secondary studies. In 2019, $4,000 will be available for awards.

Eileen Harrison Education Scholarship

The Eileen Harrison Education Scholarship is available to residents of Fort Atkinson, employees of the Fort Atkinson School District or graduates of Fort Atkinson High School who are currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in education at a college or university. Undergraduate applicants must be accepted to the School of Education by their college or university. Graduate students may be full-time or part-time students.

Applicants must have a cumulative gradepoint average of at least 3.0 and be in good academic standing. In 2019, an award of $2,000 will be available.

Medical Careers Scholarship

The Medical Careers Scholarship is available to former graduates of Fort Atkinson High School who at the time of application hold at least sophomore standing at their college or are in a graduate program. The applicant must be pursuing a program or degree in a medical field and be enrolled, or plan to be enrolled in a college or university within the State of Wisconsin. They also must, at the time of application, have a cumulative gradepoint average of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale.

In 2019, up to $8,000 will be available for awards.

Jim and Lee Vance Scholarship

The Jim and Lee Vance Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance to various categories of Fort Atkinson students who wish to continue education after high school and are pursuing educational paths similar to the educational experiences and interests of local attorney Jim Vance and his late wife, Lee. Students should review the various criteria for this scholarship in the description provided on the Foundation’s website. In 2019, up to $12,000 will be available for awards.

Gene Halker Memorial Scholarship

The Gene Halker Memorial Scholarship offers financial assistance to residents of Fort Atkinson or graduates of Fort Atkinson High School who are pursuing either an undergraduate or graduate degree in the fields of economics, business, literature, or any related field. Undergraduate applicants must be full-time students at a four-year degree granting college or university with at least junior standing in the next academic year.

Applicants must, at the time of application, have a minimum gradepoint of 3.0 in their post-secondary studies. In 2019, an award of $1,000 will be available.

Phyllis Zeimen Family Scholarship

The Phyllis Zeimen Family Scholarship offers financial assistance to former graduates of Fort Atkinson High School who are either undergraduates enrolled full-time in a four-year college program with at least freshmen status at the time of application, or graduate students who are enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a graduate program at an accredited college or university in a program leading to an advanced degree, i.e. masters, doctorate, or professional. Graduate students may be full- or part-time but must be making steady progress toward a degree.

To be eligible, applicants must, at the time of application, have a cumulative gradepoint average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. There is no restriction as to the field of study, but preference will be given to qualified applicants who are pursuing veterinary or pre-veterinary studies. Financial need will be considered. In 2019, $4,000 will be available for awards.

Scholarships available only to undergraduate students include the following:

Orrin and Margaret Bull Scholarship

The Orrin and Margaret Bull Family Scholarship provides financial assistance to a graduate of Fort Atkinson High School who is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, has completed at least one year of undergraduate work, and is preparing for a career in either education or environmental sciences (i.e., conservation, ecology, forestry, recycling, alternative energy, etc.).

At the time of application, applicants must have a cumulative gradepoint average of at least 3.0 in their post-secondary study. A $500 award will be available in 2019.

Pay It Forward Scholarship

The Pay It Forward Scholarship is intended to assist residents of Fort Atkinson or graduates of Fort Atkinson High School who are enrolled at a four-year college or university and will have at least junior standing in the next academic year.

Applicants must have a gradepoint average of at least 3.0 and be in good academic standing in their undergraduate program. The applicant’s financial need is a serious consideration. In 2019, $2,500 will be available for awards.