Open, Post-Secondary Scholarship Application 2019-2020

Teacher Education Scholarship Application 2019-2020

Student Teacher Scholarship Application 2019-2020

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 Jan. 15, 2020 to be eligible for the Spring 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 January 30, 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.

2018-2019 WiRSA Scholarship Winners

Region 1: Lily Wagner | Westfield High School

My name is Lily Wagner and I am from Westfield, WI. Growing up on a small farm in this rural community has enabled me to develop a plethora of life skills, along with a value for agricultural practices. During my time at Westfield Area High School, I have been involved in cross country, basketball, track, and softball. I have also been active in band, choir, school musicals, forensics, math team, student council, and National Honor Society. Outside of school, I am also involved in 4-H and my church. After high school, I will be attending UW-Madison on a pre-vet track with a plan to double major in Neurobiology and Spanish. I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities and experiences my rural community has allowed me to be involved in, and I know I will utilize the skills I have gained in college and beyond.

Region 2: Payton Zurfluh | Albany High School

My name is Payton Zurfluh and I am a senior at Albany High School. I will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall of 2019. I plan on pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and continuing my education to become a Physician Assistant. I am eager to make a difference in my community by helping treat, diagnose and save the lives of patients. Being able to attend a rural school these past four years has provided me an abundance of opportunities and relationships. I have been very active in NHS, Student Council, volleyball, and basketball while also volunteering in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, youth JCL basketball tournaments, The American Heart Association Heart Walk and Red Cross Blood Drives. Participating in these has given me the chance to learn vital roles such as teamwork, communication, support, honesty and loyalty while always pushing myself to be the best example to others. I am excited to take these skills that I have learned from my rural school and community and apply them in my future at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Region 3: Hunter Adams | Bruce High School

My name is Hunter Adams, and I am currently a senior at Bruce High School. Growing up in a rural community, surrounded by family and friends who have helped shape me into the person I am today, has truly been a blessing. I have enjoyed being active as a leader in my school, serving as class president, student council president, and the Lakeland Conference Honor Society president as well. Attending Badger Boys State last summer and being appointed Chief of Staff to the newly appointed governor there, was an amazing experience. You can often find me in the music room at school, or playing piano and singing at many community events, as music is a passion of mine that has opened many doors for me to serve and be involved. Community service is very important to me. My time spent volunteering at our local hospitals has been very rewarding and has given me great experience in a medical setting. Playing football, forensics, drama club, community theater, community chorale, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and math club are some of the other activities that have 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: Alison Peters | White Lake High School

My name is Alison Peters and I am a senior at White Lake High School. Throughout high school I always strive to be the best I can be. I participated in many different activities through the years such as: Student Council, National Honor Society, Band, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, SADD, Yearbook, 4-H Member, and FFA Member. These activities have taught me lessons. I learned how to be a leader through 4-H and Student Council with being the president of both. Also, through these activities I have been able to give back to my community which is very important to me. Every year I put in at least 75 hours of community service. I have volunteered at my local food pantry and I have volunteered at our 4th of July Celebration. Along with these activities I have been honored to be one of the students that are on high honors. I have maintained a 3.9 GPA all through high school and with a finishing weighted GPA of 4.465. I was also named the Salutatorian of White Lake High School Class of 2019. After I graduate, I will be attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a major in Animal Science. Once I have achieved my bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls I plan to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary Medicine School to hopefully obtain my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. This has been my dream from a very young age.  

 

At Large Region 2: Ayden Fleeharty | Kickapoo High School

Next fall, I plan to attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to major in actuarial science, with a minor in accounting. Additionally, I will be competing for the UWEC Blugold Track and Field team. After obtaining both a degree in actuarial science and a suitable job, I hope to travel the world and someday open an adoption/rescue center for abandoned cats and dogs, all while continuing to advance my chosen career. 

 

 

Region 1: Courtney Vander Galien | Randolph High School

My name is Courtney Vander Galien and I am a senior at Randolph High School. I plan on furthering my education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, this fall. I will be majoring in Elementary/ Early Childhood Education and minoring in Special Education. During high school, I had the ability to help in a middle school classroom, where I secured my love for teaching. In the past four summers, I was a lifeguard where I was able to teach swimming lessons. I participated in volleyball, basketball, and softball while being a class officer all four years. Growing up in a small town was truly a blessing in my eyes. I may not have realized it while I was growing up but living in a small community truly made me a better person. I had an entire town who watched me become the woman I am today, and I would not have traded it for the world.

 

Region 2: Isabelle Sander | Cuba City High School

My name is Isabelle Sander and I am a senior at Cuba City High School. I carried a 3.99 GPA and am a State decorated musician, Class President, Leo Club President, FCCLA President, 4-year state qualifier for solo acting (forensics) and Poms Dance Captain. Future plans include attending the University of Wisconsin Platteville to double major in history education and musical theater.

 

Region 3: Alyssa Underwood | Colby High School

My name is Alyssa Underwood and I attended Colby High School. The rural area of Colby has laid the foundation for my self-esteem and team building skills that I can take with me in my personal and future professional life. During my four years at CHS, I was involved in multiple clubs including NHS, SADD, FBLA and Student Council. I also was a varsity athlete in three sports, volleyball, basketball, and softball. I will be attending UW La Crosse in the fall in hopes to become a speech pathologist and be able to work in a school setting. I first became interested in education by being a teacher assistant in a first-grade classroom for two years. After job shadowing the elementary speech pathologist, I found a field I was very interested in. I really want to improve the life of others by helping them strengthen their language, articulation, and communication skills, particularly children who are behind in their language development or speech.

 

Region 4: Celeste Teichmiller | Lakeland Union High School

Celeste Teichmiller grew up in Minocqua, Wisconsin and attended Lakeland Union High School where she participated in many activities. She was the captain on the Girls Swim team and Nordic Ski team, President of National Honor Society, Student School Board Representative for Student Council as well as a leader in other clubs such as Ignition, Model United Nationals and Visual Arts Classic. Growing up in a rural community brings many opportunities to experience and explore the outdoors. Celeste enjoys biking, paddle boarding, kayaking and hiking in her free time. Celeste is also a volunteer at the Lakeland Star School/Academy where she works with students that have special needs. In the fall of 2019, Celeste will be attending the University of Wisconsin La Crosse to earn a degree in Special Education.

 

At Large Region 2: Michaela Acherman | Mineral Point High School

My name is Michaela Acherman, and I am from Mineral Point, Wisconsin. I hope to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in the year 2023 with a degree in elementary education. During my high school years, I was a member of National Honor Society, FBLA, Key Club, Forensics, Band, Choir, Musical Theatre, and Book Club. I was also a football cheerleader. My favorite activities are spending time with my family and singing.  My parents were my most significant influence in pursuing a degree in elementary education. My parents are the kindest, most patient people I have ever met. Their students love them and admire them greatly. I would love it if someday I could be just as incredible teachers as they are. Also, my former teachers inspired me to become a teacher. There were times when school wasn’t the easiest for me, and it was the teachers that helped me and made every day brighter. I have always loved children and hope to be a positive influence on them. As a teacher, I will strive to help my students to reach their highest potential. It is also my goal to use my own life experiences to be a better teacher. To me, teaching is the most fulfilling job I could have.