Open, Post-Secondary Scholarship Application 2019-2020

Teacher Education Scholarship Application 2019-2020

Student Teacher Scholarship Fall 2020 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, Post-Secondary 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.
Teacher Education Scholarship Guidelines

Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance 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, 2020 to be eligible for the Fall of 2020.
  • 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, 2020.
  • 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.

Information Flyer

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.

2019-2020 WiRSA Scholarship Winners

Region 1: Kyra Saylor | Necedah High School

I plan on attending UW- Eau Claire in the Fall of 2020 and major in Communication Sciences and Disorders to pursue a job as a speech pathologist. All I want to do is make a difference in a child’s life. I want them to feel confident and happy about the progress they have made and who they have become. I just want the fulfillment of watching a child grow and learn and being part of the process. My love for helping others comes from my family who has taught me the importance of getting a good education, building character, and paying it forward. Growing up in a rural area, I have grown to value the importance of a strong, supportive community. With this I have gotten involved by being a student athlete, joining many clubs, and volunteering any chance I could whether it was my local food pantry or coaching youth athletics. I am so blessed by the opportunities that I’ve had but aspire to do so much more. I know from my experiences during my time at Necedah Schools, I will excel in my future endeavors.

Region 2: Cody Pierce | Mineral Point High School

My name is Cody Pierce, and I am a senior at Mineral Point High School.  During my high school career, I have been involved in band, choir, musical theater, student council, Key Club, FBLA, forensics, math team, mock trial, SkillsUSA, golf, and National Honor Society.  Several highlights of my high school career include attending Badger Boys State, being chosen Best All-Around Junior Student as well as a senior Student of the Month, never missing a day of school, and becoming valedictorian.  I’ve also enjoyed getting to know people in our close-knit rural community through volunteering for such activities as city band, goodwill choir tours, community suppers, and community cleanup.  I am looking forward to attending a four-year college in the fall, where I will major in computer science and minor in astrophysics and/or musical theater.

Region 3: Kathleen Zimmer| Flambeau High School

My name is Kathleen Zimmer and I am a senior at Flambeau High School. I have been very involved throughout high school being in over 20 organizations such as band, forensics, Academic Decathlon, and National Honor Society. Agriculture has been a big part of my life. I grew up on my family’s dairy farm and started helping raise livestock after we sold the dairy operation. I became involved in FFA and started showing pigs at the Rusk County Junior Fair. My experiences in agriculture and FFA encouraged me to pursue a degree in Agricultural Business at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls. I also plan to minor in Spanish. Growing up in a small community has shown me that a great support system can get you to where you want to go. rounded out my schedule. I am looking forward to attending UW-La Crosse in the fall, where I plan to major in finance and management, as well as complete a music minor. My dream is to continue with my education in healthcare administration to become a hospital administrator someday. 

Region 4: Jenna Springer | Florence High School

My name is Jenna Springer, and I am from Florence, Wisconsin. I will be furthering my education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in the Fall of 2020. I plan to major in Environmental Engineering. Growing up in a rural area and school has allowed me to get involved in many activities and has sparked my interest in protecting and improving the health of the environment. It is also my goal to participate in a co-op or internship during my time at UW-Platteville. Throughout high school, I have been involved in volleyball, basketball, and softball, where I have been a team captain for all three sports. I have also been a member of TORPEDOs, National Honor Society, and an officer for Student Council. I am very excited to begin my post-secondary education in Environmental Engineering and get involved in more clubs and organizations.

 

At Large Region 2: Elizabeth Forehand | Richland Center High School

My name is Elizabeth Forehand and I am graduating from Richland Center High School. I will be attending UW-Platteville Richland next fall, where I will be majoring in English and minoring in Secondary Education. Throughout high school, I participated in volleyball, basketball, and softball. I was also involved in band, choir, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, science club, key club, student council, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. My sophomore and junior year, I served as Class President and this year I was voted Vice President. Outside of school, I am involved with Kiwanis and a member of Grace Community Youth Group. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that I have had attending a rural school and I am excited to use the tools that RCHS has given me. To one day teach of Richland Center High School, would be a dream come true. 

 

 

At Large Region 3: Maggie Conlan | Unity High School

My name is Maggie Conlan and I am from Balsam Lake, WI. I am a Senior at Unity High School and will soon be attending Marquette University to pursue a degree in Biomedical Sciences on the Pre-Physician Assistant track. Growing up in a rural community and attending a rural school has given me so much that I will be forever grateful for. Building relationships with my teachers has allowed me to be successful inside and outside of school. Whether getting extra help or going to my teachers for advice, they were always there by my side cheering me on. I have been heavily involved in extracurriculars including 4-H, Student Council, Forensics, and School Plays that have taught me timeless life lessons. As I enter the next chapter of my life I can be grateful for the ways growing up in a rural community has shaped me into the person I am today. 

 

 

Region 1: Madeline Buechel | Elkhart Lake-Glenbeaulah High School

My name is Madeline Buechel and I am graduating from Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School. I have had the opportunity to grow up in a rural community where I have been able to develop many lasting relationships of support with neighbors, teachers, and community members! Throughout high school, I have been active in Family, Career, and Community Leader of America, Student Council, National Honor Society, Poetry Out Loud, volleyball, The American Red Cross, Lakeland Mathematics Meet and the English Academic Team. I plan on attending a Lakeland University and receive a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, as well as become certified in Special Education. I want to be an inspiring teacher to students to help them realize their dreams are achievable.  

 

Region 2: Gracey Mlsna | Cashton High School

Gracey will be attending UW- La Crosse to major in elementary education. 

 

Region 3: Kaitlyn Webster | Gilman High School

My name is Kaitlyn Webster, and I am from Gilman, Wisconsin. This fall I will be attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to major in Agricultural Education and minor in Animal Science and Spanish. My passion for agriculture started at a young age as my parents raised my sister and I on our family owned dairy farm on the outskirts of our small town. Throughout high school I was involved in multiple clubs including NHS, FFA, Student Council and Band. I also played Varsity Softball and competed in the NASP Pirate Archery Club. Although at the time I felt stuck in a tiny town with nothing to offer, as I graduate from GHS and look into the future, I see the huge impact that the community has made on my life. I have been blessed to grow up in a town of a whopping 410 people, and I hope every person will have the chance to live in a rural town and cherish those lifelong memories that are easily made there. 

 

Region 4: Kyli Blume | Marathon High School

My name is Kyli Blume and I am a senior at Marathon High School. Growing up in a rural community with my six siblings has been a tremendous blessing for countless reasons. The interdependence of such a community has been truly beneficial throughout my life. It has allowed me to be involved in many different things such as volleyball, basketball, and track. I have also been an active member in various clubs, serving as the president for both Future Business Leaders of America and National Honor Society during my senior year. I also have been a class officer for all four years of high school. Next year, I plan to further my education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I will be pursuing a degree in secondary education. Through being a religious education teacher, helping out the special education program at my school, and being involved in teacher aiding, I have been able to solidify my love for helping others. I only hope that one day I can use my career path to give back to the rural community that helped me become who I am today.   

 

At Large Region 2: Sophia Sander | Cuba City High School

My name is Sophia Sander. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin called Cuba City. I am very active in community service and helping others. Growing up in a close-knit community taught me to stand up for others and to always cheer for the underdog. I am the President of our school’s LEO Club and NHS chapter as well as being Vice President of our Chemistry Club. I served three years as my class President and Student Council President. I also am a three-sport athlete, participating in volleyball, basketball, and track and field. I will be attending the University of Wisconsin Platteville to pursue an Elementary Education major with a Spanish minor.

 

At Large Region 4: Evelyn Sanda | Drummond High School

 My name is Evelyn Sanda and I will soon be a graduate from Drummond High School. This fall, I plan to further my education at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and major in Elementary Education. Growing up in a rural community has provided me with many personal values that I will keep with me as I enter this next chapter of my life. Throughout my high school career, I have played a very active role in extracurriculars, leadership councils, and community service events. I am eager to begin my career and make a positive impact on my community!

 

Region 1: Kaylie Schelinske | UW-Stevens Point

My name is Kaylie Schelinske and I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. I am majoring in Elementary Education and have a minor in Spanish. I am originally from Plymouth, WI and graduated in 2016 from Plymouth Comprehensive High School. I am currently student teaching in Rio Elementary. During third quarter I am teaching second grade and fourth quarter, I will move to fourth grade.  I am excited to be entering the field of education and positively impact the future generation to become the best versions of themselves.

 

Region 2: Jenna Hamilton| UW-Platteville

My name is Jenna Hamilton, and I am a senior studying Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (6-12/13) Education at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. Currently I am student teaching at Westby Middle School in fifth grade until the end of quarter three and will finish out quarter four at Cashton Elementary in second grade.  

As my college experience comes to an end, I am always asked the question, “Where do you want to teach after you graduate?” My response is, I want to be a member of a rural educational team where I can make a difference in the lives of our students every day! I relate back to my personal experiences of attending a rural school and all the phenomenal educational experiences I was fortunate to have. Those experiences solidify my decision; I want to teach at a rural school. My personal experiences of growing up in rural Wisconsin and graduating from the Kickapoo Area School District, gives me an invaluable insight as to how it feels and what the setting looks like for students in the classroom, with extra-curricular activities and in the community.  Teaching is such a rewarding profession, and I hope to make a positive impact on my future students just like my teachers did for me.  

 

Region 3: Alison Berreth | UW-Eau Claire

My name is Ali Berreth and I am currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire studying Early Childhood and Special Education. I love academics, being in the school’s marching band, and working with children. I have officially started student teaching and I am so excited to graduate soon and begin my career as a teacher! I have gotten the pleasure to have many different experiences in early childhood centers, general education classrooms, special education programs, and now a student teaching placement in a rural school. I have always had such a passion for education, and I am excited to bring my passion to students and to be a part of many student’s lives and watch them grow and learn.

 

Region 4: Kiersten Rogowski | UW-River Falls

My name is Kiersten Rogowski and I am from Mosinee, WI. I grew up in a rural community where I was homeschooled for the first few years of my education, and later enrolled in the Mosinee Public School system. From my experiences in both homeschooling and the agriculture program at MHS, I found my passion for Agricultural Education and its importance in our everyday lives. This led me to the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and the Agricultural Education major. I am currently placed at Edgar High School to complete my student teaching requirement for my last semester as a UWRF student. One of my goals as a future educator is to help provide agricultural experiences to all students with or without a background in agriculture. After graduation I hope to stay in central Wisconsin area to help provide these experiences to future generations.