Open, WiRSA Scholarship Application 2020-2021

Post Secondary Teacher Education Scholarship Application 2020-2021

Student Teacher Scholarship Fall 2021 Application

Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Scholarship

In recognition of the tremendous efforts put forth by 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 one graduating high school senior from each of the four membership regions of Wisconsin as specified in the organization’s bylaws. An additional at-Large scholarship will be given to the next highest scoring applicant. Each recipient will receive a one-time cash scholarship of $750 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
Open, WiRSA Scholarship Guidelines
  • To qualify, participating schools must be current paid members of WiRSA.
  • The scholarship will be awarded annually to one graduating high school senior from each of the four membership regions of Wisconsin as specified in the organization’s bylaws. An additional at-Large scholarship will be given to the next highest scoring applicant.
  • There will be no discrimination made as to this scholarship based on race, color, religion, national origin or sex, either by WiRSA or participating member schools.
  • Each recipient will receive a one-time cash scholarship of $750 to be used by the student to help defray the costs of post-secondary education and related expenses.
  • The funds will be distributed directly to the recipient upon submittal of a first semester transcript and second semester class schedule.
  • Each school is responsible for distributing to its students information pertaining to the scholarship application, rules and guidelines.
  • Each school must screen and evaluate its own applicants, based upon criteria set forth on the WiRSA Scholarship Application Form and then choose a single semi-finalist be forwarded to WiRSA for consideration (each school may submit only one entry for consideration).
  • Entries must be emailed or postmarked to the WiRSA Director no later than Feb. 15 of each year in order to be considered.
  • WiRSA will appoint a scholarship committee consisting of members of its board of directors to determine the winners of the scholarship and one alternate for each region.
  • If a student from a WiRSA board member’s school district is a semi-finalist for the scholarship, that board member will be excluded from any and all aspects of the judging process.
  • The superintendents of the school districts attended by each of the regional winners will be notified in writing of the award being made to their students.
  • The scholarship will be announced by April 15 of each year.
  • Whenever possible, a representative from WiRSA will attend the school awards ceremony to award the scholarship to the winner in each region.
  • All application and essays shall be submitted to the executive director of WiRSA.
Post-Secondary Teacher Education Scholarship Guidelines

Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Post-Secondary Teacher Education Scholarship

In recognition of the tremendous efforts put forth by 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. This year a second set of scholarships will be offered to students entering the field of Teacher Education. To qualify, participating schools must be current paid members of WiRSA.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to one graduating high school senior from each of the four membership regions of Wisconsin as specified in the organization’s bylaws. An additional at-Large scholarship will be given to the next highest scoring applicant. Each recipient will receive a one-time cash scholarship of $750 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.
  • Why you are choosing the field of Teacher Education?
  • The value of growing up in a rural community and what personal values you have gained from your experience.

Guidelines

  • To qualify, participating schools must be current paid members of WiRSA.
  • The scholarship will be awarded annually to one graduating high school senior from each of the four membership regions of Wisconsin as specified in the organization’s bylaws. An additional at-Large scholarship will be given to the next highest scoring applicant.
  • There will be no discrimination made as to this scholarship based on race, color, religion, national origin or sex, either by WiRSA or participating member schools.
  • Each recipient will receive a one-time cash scholarship of $750 to be used by the student to help defray the costs of post-secondary education and related expenses.
  • The funds will be distributed directly to the recipient upon submittal of a first semester transcript and second semester class schedule.
  • Each school is responsible for distributing to its students information pertaining to the scholarship application, rules and guidelines.
  • Each school must screen and evaluate its own applicants based upon criteria set forth by the WiRSA Scholarship Application Form and then choose a single semi-finalist to be forwarded to WiRSA for consideration. (Each school may submit only one entry for consideration).
  • Entries must be emailed or postmarked to the WiRSA Director no later than February 15 of each year to be considered.
  • WiRSA will appoint a scholarship committee consisting of members of its Board of Directors to determine the winners of the scholarship and one alternate for each region.
  • If a student from a WiRSA Board Member’s school district is a semi-finalist for the scholarship, that board member will be excluded from any and all aspects of the judging process.
  • The superintendents of the school districts attended by each of the regional winners will be notified in writing of the award being made to their students.
  • The scholarship will be announced by April 15 of each year.
  • Whenever possible, a representative from WiRSA will attend the school awards ceremony to award the scholarship to the winner in each region.
  • All applications and essays shall be submitted to the Executive Director of WiRSA.
Student Teacher Scholarship Guidelines

Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Student Teacher Scholarship Guidelines

In response to the tremendous need for educators in rural areas, it is with pleasure that the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) offers an annual scholarship program specifically for Student Teachers. To qualify, the applicant must be student teaching (interns are not eligible for this scholarship) at a participating member schools that is in good standing.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to one student teachers from each of the four membership regions of Wisconsin as specified in the organization’s bylaws. Each recipient will receive a one-time cash scholarship of $750 to be used by the student to help defray the costs while student teaching and related expenses. A written essay is required for the application that expands on the following information:

    • Why do you want to teach in a rural school?
    • What impact can you have on rural students?

Guidelines

  • To qualify, must student teach at current paid WiRSA member school.
  • The scholarship will be awarded to one student teacher from each of the four membership regions of Wisconsin as specified in the organization’s bylaws. If any of the four scholarships are left over due to lack of applications from a region the next highest score(s) will be granted the remaining scholarship(s)
  • There will be no discrimination made as to this scholarship based on race, color, religion, national origin or sex, either by WiRSA or participating member schools.
  • Each recipient will receive a one-time cash scholarship of $750 to be used to help defray the costs of student teaching and related expenses.
  • The funds will be distributed directly to the recipient upon submittal of confirmation of student teaching placement.
  • Each university’s School of Education and WiRSA Members School is responsible for distributing to its student’s information pertaining to the scholarship application, rules and guidelines.
  • Entries must be emailed or postmarked to the WiRSA Director no later than Aug 18 to be eligible for the Fall Scholarship or January 8 for the Spring Scholarship.
  • WiRSA will appoint a scholarship committee consisting of members of its board of directors to determine the winners of the scholarship for each region.
  • Regional winners will be notified directly by email.
  • The scholarship winners will be announced by September 1 for the Fall Scholarship and by February 1 for the Spring Scholarship.
  • All application and essays shall be submitted to the executive director of WiRSA.
  • Any placement changes must be reported and may impact the validity of the award.
Bucky's Tuition Promise Scholarships

Bucky’s Tuition Promise  

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is proud to partner with the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance and recognize the WiRSA scholars attending UW-Madison. The Office of Student Financial aid at UW-Madison is also pleased to provide special designation to the Bucky’s Tuition Promise recipients who are attending from WiRSA member schools.

Five Bucky’s Tuition Promise recipients will be chosen amongst our membership schools; one from each of the four WiRSA regions plus a fifth at large member.

To be eligible, students interested in attending the UW-Madison on this program must have their FAFSA in by December 1. 

Even if you have not received an acceptance letter, turn your FAFSA in by this date to remain eligible.

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The College Board Opportunity Scholarship

The College Board Opportunity Scholarship program is a $25 million commitment to encourage more students to take the steps necessary to get into college. This first-of-its-kind national scholarship program lays out six simple steps that all students can take to get into college. Each step will earn a chance for a scholarship; doing all six will earn a chance to win $40,000 for their college education:

  1. Build their college list
  2. Practice for the SAT
  3. Improve their SAT score
  4. Strengthen their college list
  5. Fill out the FAFSA
  6. Apply to college

The six steps highlighted by College Board Opportunity Scholarships help students plan by making a good starter list of schools, prepare so they can take their best shot at getting in, and pay for college by earning scholarships and applying for financial aid. A video explaining the program is available here.

2020-2021 WiRSA Scholarship Winners

Region 1: Aneta Gibur | Adams Friendship High School

My name is Aneta Gbur and I am currently a senior at Adams-Friendship High School. Throughout my time in high school, I’ve been involved in girl’s volleyball, basketball, and soccer. I’ve been an active member of the student council, 2021 class officer, link leader, and senior NHS officer. Academically, I’ve been on the highest honors roll throughout the entirety of high school and finished as Salutatorian of my class. Growing up in a small community motivated me to work hard and obtain the best grades I can get, as well as embrace any opportunities presented my way.  I am and will be forever thankful for how growing up in Adams-Friendship shaped me into the person I am today. As I’m eager to seek more opportunities in my future endeavors, I plan to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison this upcoming fall. I intend to major in Industrial Engineering with hopes of pursuing a future career revolving around the STEM field. I wish to one day take my experiences and aspirations and implement change in whichever environment I end up in, and pay forward the support I have received.

Region 2: Emily Cody | Mineral Point High School

My name is Emily Cody. I was raised in Mineral Point, which is also where I go to high school. Growing up in this rural community has taught me grit, zest, and integrity. Character is something that is hard to be taught, and I am blessed to have been raised into a family and community who have been great role models. My grades have been my number one priority throughout high school. While maintaining good grades, I have been very active. I am a member of Future Farmers of America, Skills USA, Youth Group, Key Club, and National Honors Society. I also was an athlete in track and field, cross-country, and basketball. I am now committed to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My goal is to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. With my determination and with the support of my family and community, I am confident I will be able attain any job that my heart desires.

Region 3: Abigail Schradle | Clayton High School

Abigail Schradle, daughter of Jeremy and Amanda Schradle, has been named the Salutatorian of the Clayton High School Class of 2021.

Abbie has been involved in several activities throughout high school. Some of these activities include National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Kinship, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council, Student Government, Prom Committee, and the Red Cross Blood Drives held at the school. In addition, Abbie tutored the Middle School Special Education class during her senior year.

Abbie has been involved in athletics by participating in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She has been a team captain for both volleyball and basketball her junior and senior years. She was awarded an All-Conference award for basketball during her senior year. Abbie has also been a part of many successful state teams in volleyball and basketball, as well as regional and sectional finalist teams in softball.

Abbie was a member of the Clayton High School Choir where she was very successful, earning many first-place awards in Solo Ensemble, including a first-place award at the state level. Additionally, she performed in the Lakeland Conference Honor’s Choir during her sophomore and junior years.

Outside of school, Abbie is very involved in her faith. She volunteers many hours at her church as well as being a Sunday School Teacher. Abbie loves to spend time with her family and friends. She hopes to work this summer as a Nursing Assistant after recently becoming certified.

After graduation, Abbie plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to pursue a degree in Nursing.

Region 4: Makenna Guden | Edgar High School

My name is Makenna Guden from Edgar High School and I plan on attending UW- Superior in the fall of 2021. Growing up in a rural community and K-12 school with thirty-five kids in my graduating class, the most valued aspect to me is all the relationships that have been created. Not only is the education top-notch, with teachers always available for one-on-one help, but there is also a rich social life, helping us make life-long friends and connections. With this, I have gotten involved by being a student-athlete, joining many clubs, and volunteering any chance I could in my community. I plan on majoring in Pre-Medicine at UW-Superior, and soon after, applying for Dental School somewhere else. One way I hope to benefit those around me with my dedication to excellence is through my career choice. Pursuing a career in the healthcare field, specifically orthodontics, has always been a dream of mine. With a desire to make a difference, I get excited about the opportunity in the future of giving people the confidence to smile when they were embarrassed before. As well as, eventually, building a non-profit community of dentists and hygienists motivated and dedicated to partner with local clinics with the intention of strengthening and empowering comprehensive care to children and their smiles. Making a difference in less fortunate communities near and far will allow me and the organization to expand our limits and lend a helping hand whenever the opportunity arises. I am beyond excited for this next chapter of my life! However, once a wildcat, always a wildcat.

 

At Large Region 1: Lauren Hayes | Wild Rose High School

My name is Lauren Hayes, and I am from Wild Rose High School. In the fall of 2021, I am going to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and I plan to major in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I have always had a passion for working with people – especially kids. I wish to provide these children with the opportunity to flourish. I wish to help them learn that their disability isn’t going to stop them from reaching their potential. The most rewarding part of becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist will be watching kids grow and succeed. In my time at Wild Rose, I have participated in a variety of activities: Key Club, Spanish Club, Letterman’s Club, National Honor Society, theater, volleyball, and golf. I am also one of my class representatives for Student Senate and my class Vice President. My dream is to become a Speech-Language Pathologist in a rural Wisconsin school district and help children use their voice and be strong for themselves.

 

 

At Large Region 4: Connor Romandine | Oconto Falls High School

My future education goal is to study musical theatre and earn my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Montana in Missoula.  I plan to maintain academic excellence while participating in many activities both in school and in the community. After earning my Bachelor’s degree, I would like to pursue a professional career in musical theatre and share my talents throughout the world.

This would include being a summer musical theatre director for Missoula Children’s Theater, becoming a professional /singer for Disney World in Florida, and being selected as an actor/singer on Broadway for a New York production or traveling troupe.  I know that the road to success will be filled with challenges and disappointment, but I am eager and ready to embark on this journey to pursue my dream.  

 

 

Region 1: Sadie Eckerman | Mauston High School

Sadie will be attending the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Majoring in Elementary Education.

 

Region 2: Samantha Meier | Cuba City High School

My name is Samantha Meier and I will be graduating from Cuba City High School this spring.  I have served as Class Treasurer for four years and Student Body President for one year as well as President of the LEO Club. I have participated and lettered in volleyball and track. I have had the opportunity to coach middle school girls volleyball for the last two years. My plan is to attend the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and major in Business and Marketing Education Comprehensive Emphasis (BSE). My goal after college is to teach high school business classes. The value I see in a rural school is how strong the community aspect is. Growing up in a rural school has also made me want to come back and teach in a rural school. I want that feeling where you know everyone and everyone knows that you can count on your community if you need help.

 

 

Region 3: Catie Clement | Abbotsford High School

 

 

Region 4: Adrienne Brady | Tigerton High School

My name is Adrienne Brady, and I am graduating from Tigerton High School. I have enjoyed growing up and attending a school in a rural community because the students, teachers, neighbors, and community members build lifelong relationships. I have been active in Spirit Club, Letterwinners Club, National Honor Society, the Math Team, the Yearbook Editor, Class President, band, volleyball, basketball, and softball during high school. I plan to attend the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and earning a double major in elementary education and special education. I want to make a difference and inspire the next generation.  I know I can share my knowledge to create a better future for our world.

 

At Large Region 1: Lucas Bousley | Southern Door High School

My name is Luke Bousley and I am a graduating senior at Southern Door High School in Brussels, Wisconsin. I have attended Southern Door School since I was in four-year-old kindergarten and learned to appreciate the opportunities of being educated in a rural school. Throughout high school, I have been involved in many extracurricular activities including: Boys Swim Team, Cross County, Fishing Team, Community FAB Lab Night, Wisconsin Technology Education Association, and National Honor Society. I am currently accepted and plan to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stout to pursue a degree in Technology Education. My career goal is to complete my teaching certification in Technology Education and I hope to secure a teaching position in a rural school here in the Midwest. I truly value the experiences Southern Door provided me and believe being educated in a rural school shaped who I am today.

 

At Large Region 3: Morgan Moline | Pepin High School

My name is Morgan Moline. I am a senior at Pepin High School in Pepin WI. This fall I will be attending the University of Minnesota Duluth majoring in physical education & health with a minor in coaching. I am very excited to be spending the next 4 1/2 years in Duluth working towards my teaching and coaching career.

 

Region 1: Andrew Reinemann | UW-Oshkosh

My name is Andrew Reinemann, and I am pursuing a Masters’s degree in Education with an emphasis in School Counseling at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. In 2019, I graduated from St. Norbert College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Currently, I am interning as a Student School Counselor at Stockbridge School District! I am originally from Howards Grove, Wisconsin where I grew up and learned to love rural communities. As I continue in my education and in my internships, I grow more and more passionate about helping children and adolescents in all aspects of their lives. I hope to one day, use my experiences to help those students in a rural community and truly make a difference in their lives, just as my teachers and counselors did for me!

 

Region 2: Miranda Myszka | Viterbo

My name is Miranda Myszka and I am a senior at Viterbo University majoring in English Education. I hail from Edgar, WI where I graduated from Edgar High School. I am currently student teaching in De Soto High School for third quarter. During fourth quarter, I will move to teaching middle school. I am enthusiastic to start my teaching career, and I cherish the mentorship and relationships I will develop along the way. 

 

Region 3: Kashes Franz | UW-Stout

My name is Kashes Franz. I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. I am majoring in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Special Education. I am from Fountain City, Wisconsin, and graduated in 2017 from Cochrane Fountain City High School. I am currently student teaching at Osseo-Fairchild Elementary School in a kindergarten classroom. Next quarter, I will be student teaching at Spring Valley Elementary School in a first-grade classroom. I am looking forward to the day where I can teach, encourage, and inspire children. Many teachers throughout my life have been a big inspiration to me. They have taught me much more than the academic part of school, but also valuable life lessons. I want to make a difference in children’s lives and help guide them to make the right choices in life, to motivate and inspire them.

 

Region 4: Leah Hoogland | UW-Stevens Point

My name is Leah Hoogland, and I’m from a small town called Catawba in northern rural Wisconsin. I am a senior at UW Stevens Point. My major is Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and I am student teaching this semester near my hometown at Phillips High School in Phillips, WI. Attending a rural district, the Prentice School District, as a student and now student teaching in another rural district has only fueled my passion for educating the members of a rural community myself. I wasn’t always sure I wanted to be an educator, but after being introduced to Family and Consumer Sciences, I knew I wanted to share the important life skills that are included in this content area with students who really need and can use utilize this information.

Being raised in a small, close-knit community has taught me the importance of taking initiative, working together, and being kind. I have taken these lessons with me throughout my college experience and used them to become the leader I am today. As I graduate this semester, I look forward to searching for a job in a rural Wisconsin community to continue sharing my talents and making a difference in the lives of students.