The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation recently awarded Walter and Louise Buell Graduate Scholarships, totaling $16,000, to ten 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 2017 are:
Lucas Springstroh has been awarded a $4,000 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 five years as a teacher at Purdy Elementary School in Fort Atkinson.
This summer he enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Wisconsin Principal Licensure program at Viterbo University. His long-term goal is to one day serve as a school principal.
Shalane Hundt, a 2011 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, has been awarded a $2,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship.
Hundt earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2015 and was immediately accepted into Marquette University’s School of Dentistry. This fall, she will begin the third year of a four-year program, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2019.
Carly Wallace is the recipient of a $2,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship award.
A 2013 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Wallace recently earned her bachelor’s degree in economics at DePauw University. This fall, she will enroll in the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University where she intends to specialize in health law.
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. This fall he is enrolling at the University of Utah to begin work on a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree
Kaitlyn Hollman is the recipient of a $2,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship award.
Hollman, a 2013 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, graduated from Evansville University this past spring, earning a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. She has been accepted into Evansville’s graduate school and this fall will begin pursuit of her doctorate in physical therapy.
Leah O’Connell, a 2010 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, has been awarded a $1,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship.
O’Connell earned her nursing degree from Winona State University in 2014 and has been employed as a cardiac nurse at Florida Hospital Tampa since 2015. While working, she has gone back to school at the University of South Florida to earn her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree which will allow her to practice as a nurse practitioner. She hopes to graduate in May of 2019.
Amy Flessert, a 2004 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, has been awarded a $1,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship.
Flessert earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 2008 and later, a master’s degree in English and composition from Marymount University in Virginia. She is now enrolled at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in composition and rhetoric, while working full-time as an instructor of English at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the second largest community college in the United States.
Sara Hyatt is the recipient of a $1,000 Buell Graduate Scholarship.
Hyatt, a 1998 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, earned her bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her certificate in art education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is now pursuing a master’s degree in art education at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Martha Kotz, a 2011 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, has been awarded a $500 scholarship.
Kotz earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now, while working as a substitute teacher in the greater Madison area, she also is pursuing a master’s degree in secondary history education at Cardinal Stritch University.
Bethany Woychik is the recipient of a $500 Buell Graduate Scholarship.
Woychik, a Fort Atkinson resident and employee of Fort HealthCare, recently earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is now pursuing her master’s of social work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.