Dear students and families,
Thank you for submitting your thoughtful application for our first-ever Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Inc. Premier Scholarship.
We received over 300 outstanding applications! A Selection Committee of 15 diverse and dedicated judges spent several weeks online reviewing the applications. The time they invested personally reading each application was significant. The judges shared that they were both impressed and overwhelmed with the quality of your application! You should be proud and grateful for
the excellence you are demonstrating in your academic performance, your community service and your daily interactions with those around you. You make a difference in your family, community and rural Wisconsin. Thank you for honoring us with your story.
Parents, your children are doing remarkable work. You richly deserve to be proud of them. They reflect your values, work ethic and high expectations. Thank you for serving as tremendous role models for these young people.
We are thrilled to celebrate you all!
It is also our honor to announce that the 2020 Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Inc. Premier Scholarship has been awarded to Peyton Mykel-Marie Clark from Ontario, Wisconsin. Peyton graduated from Brookwood High School and her parents are Todd and Tracy Clark. She will receive up to $2500/semester towards her tuition for up to four semesters for a
total award of $10,000. Peyton is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education at Western Technical College. She is deeply involved in her family dairy, beef and crop farm and looks forward to bringing agriculture into the classroom upon her graduation as she teaches in her home rural area.
Because you were all so tremendous, our Selection Committee asked if there was any way the WROF, Inc. could provide more than one award. In light of this, I invited our Board to consider providing a personal financial investment to allow us to make additional 2020 awards. Several members of our WROF Board of Directors generously provided gifts to fund nine additional $1000
Therefore, in addition to Peyton, I am delighted to share the recipients of the first-ever 2020 WROF, Inc. Board Scholars. Each of these students will receive a $1000 award this year to use towards their education this fall. The students, and their Board scholarship donor, are:
- Archie Cooley, Mount Hope – The Brett Renk/Renk Seed WROF Board Scholar
- Katherine Eugster, Stoughton – The Pat Duffy/Duffy Grain WROF Board Scholar
- Zachary Fehrman, Bowler - The Charles P. Crave WROF Board Scholar
- Kelly Hueckman, Prentice - The Curtis Hanson, Midstate Equipment WROF Board Scholar
- Jeremiah Ihm, Lancaster – The Mary Elvekrog WROF Board Scholar
- Kendra Jentz, Bloomington – The Pat Duffy/Duffy Grains WROF Board Scholar
- Dylan Nitchey, Clayton - The Curtis Hanson, Midstate Equipment WROF Board Scholar
- Savannah Siders, Mishicot - The Jim Caldwell, Citizens Bank WROF Scholar
- Melissa Srnka, Algoma - The Joan Behr WROF Board Scholar
The WROF also provides over 60 awards through over 30 colleges, tech schools and leadership programs throughout Wisconsin. Please be sure to consider applying for one of our scholarships directly through your college or program.
You are outstanding. Please know that. And you are living in this most unique time in our history. Thank you for making a difference in the vitality of rural Wisconsin and for honoring us with your participation in this award opportunity. We have every faith that you will move rural Wisconsin forward in new and wonderful ways. We celebrate you and your accomplishments. Shine