Welcome to the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance

The Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) was formed to help rural school districts address the unique issues that affect rural schools as they seek to achieve the highest quality education for every student. Our members include a cross section of educators, school board members, rural community members, business leaders and other concerned individuals who want a strong voice for rural schools. WiRSA is supported by the Wisconsin Cooperative Education Services Agency (CESA) districts, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the UW System and rural school districts.

WiRSA Conference 

October 30-31, 2017

Glacier Canyon Conference Center
45 Hillman Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

(800) 867-9453 or (608) 254-1020

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A conference for administrators, board members, teachers, CESA employees, higher education professionals, public library administrators, elected officials and citizens interested in rural school and community issues.

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2015-2016 WiRSA Scholarship Winners

Alyssa Sabel

Region 1

Oakfield High School

Alyssa plans to attend UW Oshkosh and dual major in Elementary/Special Education. read more

Alyssa Plemel

Region 4

Niagara High School

Alyssa will be attending UW Madison to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering. read more

Natalie Gawron

Region 2

Black River Falls High School

Natalie will be attending UW Green Bay as a Human Biology major with plans of continuing her education into graduate school for physical therapy. read more

Jessica King

At Large

De Soto High School

Jessica plans to attend UW Eau Claire for Biology with a focus in pre-medicine. read more

Emily Amundson

Region 3

Frederic High School

Emily will be attending UW River Falls to major in Mathematics Education. read more

2016-2017 WiRSA Scholarship

About the WiRSA Scholarship

In recognition of the tremendous efforts put forth by the Wisconsin’s rural schools to provide their students with quality education in an ever-changing environment, it is with pleasure that the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) offers an annual scholarship program.

To qualify, participating schools must be current paid members of WiRSA.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to five graduated high school seniors. Each recipient will receive a one-time cash scholarship of $500 to be used by the student to help defray the costs of post-secondary education and related expenses. A written essay is required for the application that expands on the following information:

  • the benefits of attending a rural school
  • your college and career goals
  • the value of growing up in a rural community and what personal values you have gained from your experience