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.


2016 WiRSA Conference: Please contact Kim Kaukl if you have any ideas on themes or topics.

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.


Nov. 9-10, 2016


Holiday Inn and Convention Center 1001 Amber Ave Stevens Point, WI 54482

(715) 344-0200

Click here for more information…

2014-2015 WiRSA Scholarship Winners

Hannah Dorshorst

Region 1

Auburndale High School

Hannah will be pursuing an educational degree at UW Madison. She hopes to someday obtain a master’s degree in School Psychology. read more

Carolyn Peterson

Region 3

Granstburg High School

Carolyn’s career goal is to obtain a master’s degree in occupational therapy from UW La Crosse. She also wants to pursue a minor in art. read more

Johanna Meister

Region 2

Darlington High School

Johanna plans to attend UW Platteville to major in Mechanical Engineering. She says, “growing up ‘rural’ does not mean that I miss out on opportunities…” read more

Sadie Duckert

Region 4

Coleman High School

Sadie plans to attend UW Madison but hasn’t declared on a course of study. Sadie states, “leaving the quiet woods and familiar landscape will be difficult at first…” read more

Eryn Mares

Region 3

Unity High School

Eryn will be attening UW Eau Claire in the fall and says her loves of science is leading her toward pursuing a degree in the field of biology. read more

2015-2016 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