List of Scholarships

Scholarship applications are available through local schools; check your high school's guidance office or your college or university's financial aid department to see what scholarships are available and how to apply.


The AAUW La Crosse Branch Fund provides scholarships and grants to programs that assist women, girls, and education.

Scott and Heidi Blanke Family Fund

The Blanke Fund provides scholarships for nursing students at Western.

Borton Construction Scholarship-Holmen High School 

Borton Construction Scholarship-Logan High School 

Borton Construction Scholarship-Onalaska Luther High School

The leadership of Borton Construction is dedicated to exceed customer expectations and supports continued education in construction related fields such as engineering, drafting, design, or other trade areas.

Valerie Burman Art Plus Scholarship

Available for graduates of Logan, Central and Onalaska high schools who plan to attend a unviersity and double major in art plus a practical field, such as business, education, engineering or science/health care.

William S. Case Scholarship

Nellie L. Case established this fund through her will in memory of her son, William. William S. Case Scholarships are given to needy area students who desire to study chemistry at UW-La Crosse and Viterbo.

James R. Conway Class of '55 Logan High School Scholarship

The James R. Conway Class of 1955 Logan High Scholarship extends significant scholarship support each spring at Logan High as two renewable scholarships and three one-time scholarships are issued.

Coulee Region Engineering Scholarship

This fund is an outgrowth of an annual scholarship, awarded by the Western Chapter of the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers. The scholarship provides support for graduating seniors who plan further study in one of the engineering fields.

Ruth M. Dalton, M.D. Fund

A designated fund that assists Franciscan Skemp Foundation, La Crosse Symphony, Riverfront Foundation, and Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland Council for the Juliette Low Scholarship at Viterbo University.

Carol Dobrunz Memorial Scholarship

Carol Dobrunz was a proud Logan alumnus who was inducted into the Logan High School Wall of Fame in 1998.  This scholarship benefits an outstanding female leader at Logan. 

Family Playhouse Scholarship

The Family Playhouse Theater Scholarship was established by the Theater Board of Directors as it dissolved in 2002. Each spring the Family Playhouse Scholarship is available to assist a deserving area high school graduate who has some interest in theater or performance.

D. E. Field Scholarship

D.E. Field served as Logan High School’s first principal from 1928-1966. This scholarship is awarded to a Logan High School senior who plans to enroll in a four year college or university.

Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation

A supporting organization, recognized by the IRS as a 509 (a) (3), the Robert and Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation was established through Mr. Franke’s will and benefits several charitable organizations and many programs that improve the health and wellbeing of people in need. The Franke Foundation is under the oversight of a five member board of directors.

Ernest and Olive Gershon Scholarship

The Ernest and Olive Gershon Fund provide scholarships to non-traditional female students who have academic promise and face financial challenges.

Norman L. Gillette, Sr. Family Fund

This fund was established to serve a wide spectrum of community needs. Norman L. Gillette, Sr., began the Pepsi-Cola distributorship in La Crosse in 1937. He established this fund as a way to “give back to the community.”

Glendenning Family Fund

The Glendenning Family Fund was established by Jack and Rosanne Glendenning to celebrate the success of Inland Printing and to share with the community that has blessed them and their family. 

Kent Grimslid Memorial Music Scholarship

This scholarship honors a young man who loved music and assists Onalaska graduates who demonstrate musical ability,  participate in music, and plan to attend a four-year college.

Neil P. Hengst Extra Effort Scholarship

The Neil P. Hengst Scholarship assists La Crosse area high school graduates who have physical or mental disabilities and plan to attend a college, university, or technical school. 

Ann Henke Scholarship

This memorial scholarship will be awarded to graduates of Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School. Ann was the librarian at GET high school and then the library media director for the district.

Hood-Weese-Miller Scholarship

This fund provides scholarships for Logan High School seniors who have shown outstanding academic performance.

Betty and Dale Kendrick Art Scholarship

The Betty and Dale Kendrick Scholarship for Studio Art in Painting is a designated fund that provides financial assistance for an art major in UW-La Crosse's Art Curriculum in Studio Art (painting). Dr. Kendrick taught Painting and Art Education at UW-L for 30 years, retiring in 1990. The Kendricks operated Behind-The-Brewery Gallery from 1970 to 2011.

Jason David Koppelman Scholarship

This scholarship was set up in memory of 19-year old Jason who was killed in a car accident in 1989. Jason had a passion for film and dreamed of making movies.

Mitchell-Kruck Scholarship

The Mitchell-Kruck Scholarship provides a scholarship for graduates from De Soto High School who attend a university in the University of Wisconsin System or technical college in the Wisconsin Technical College System.

La Crosse Community Foundation

The General Fund of the Community Foundation provides scholarships at area schools. 

Jay F. Leinfelder, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

John and Barbara Leinfelder established this scholarship to honor their son, Jay.  The scholarship assists a graduating senior athlete at Aquinas who exhibits leadership skills.

Harold E. Lemke Fund

This fund was established to provide scholarships for Onalaska students and to support projects of benefit to the City of Onalaska.

Logan High School Math and Computer Science Scholarship

In 2002, a local family established this scholarship for a student who has graduated from Logan High School, is a full-time undergraduate at UW-La Crosse, and exhibits a serious interest in computer science.

Logan Opportunity Scholarship

This scholarship was established with the transfer of assets from a private family foundation and supports Logan graduates who show academic promise and face financial difficulties. The Logan Opportunity Scholarship Fund welcomes additional gifts.

Lommen Boys and Girls Club Scholarship

The Lommen Boys and Girls Club Scholarship is awarded each spring to a young person who participates in Club activities.

Kaitlin Elizabeth Mahr Memorial Scholarship

The Kaitlin Elizabeth Mahr Memorial Scholarship Fund was established with memorials honoring Kaitlin’s life. The fund supports scholarships at Onalaska High School, for students who show promise in English studies and are involved in school activities.

Don Olson Hospitality Scholarship

Don Olson began his career in the hospitality industry in 1946 and went on to be one of the founding 15 employees of Reinhart Foods. Mr. Olson died in 2003. The Don Olson Hospitality Scholarship assists students studying hospitality services at Western.

Nicholas Byrne Padesky Scholarship

This scholarship is for Central High School graduates who have completed advanced placement classes, are involved in extra-curricular activities, and plan to attend a four-year college or university.

Norma J. Valley Panka & William J. Panka Scholarship Fund

The Panka scholarship is awarded to a student graduating from Prairie du Chien High School who will attend Western Technical College in an accredited vocational program. 

Mark David Peacock Memorial Scholarship

Lyle and Myrna, Mark's parents, established this scholarship for students who plan to major in photo or video production or news media.

Father Christopher Pratt Memorial Fund

Father Pratt was a La Crosse priest who served the Episcopal Church and was later ordained a Catholic priest. This fund assists seminarians and/or clergy in continuing education.

Rice-Bice-Whitbeck Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established in memory of Mary Jane Bice’s parents, Mary Louisa and Frederick T. Whitbeck, and her first husband, Alfred W. Rice, a former La Crosse Tribune editor. Rice and Whitbeck Scholarships are given to La Crosse and Onalaska public high school graduates pursuing journalism or environmental studies.

John and Adeline Rice Scholarship

The John and Adeline Rice Scholarship was established by the will of Adeline Rice, who died on Christmas Day, 2001. The Rice Scholarship provides two scholarships each spring for graduating seniors of Central and Logan High Schools based on academic performance and economic need. 

Rockin Robyn Scholarship

Scholarships for Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School graduating seniors who plan to attend a university or technical school. Offers three awards to students who excelled in music, plus one additional award, not necessarily music-related, for a student in need who is not receiving any other scholarships. 

James G. Sauer Scholarship

Jim Sauer made his students at Central High School his priority; he will continue to help Central students each year through this memorial scholarship, established by his family, for students planning to major in education.

Ralph Schultz Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Ralph’s mother, Luella Schultz, to encourage Logan High School football players to continue their studies at a university.

John and Ruth Sherman Scholarship

Established by John and Ruth Sherman. Both Mr. and Mrs. Sherman passed away in 2011 and a significant bequest from their will makes college possible for La Crosse County students.

Burton Smith Scholarship

This fund, established through the estate of Logan High School industrial arts teacher Burton Smith, memorializes his wife, Erma, and their son, Robert. Scholarships go to Logan students attending his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Randy Smith Leadership Award

Established in 2001 by the board of directors of City Brewery to honor Randy Smith, this scholarship assists La Crosse area students to develop leadership abilities for business, education, community or government service. 

William E. Storandt Scholarship

The William E. Storandt Scholarship was established with a bequest from Mr. Storandt to assist graduates of Melrose-Mindoro High School who plan to study agriculture. 

William and Lorna Vafeas Scholarship

The William and Lorna Vafeas Art Scholarship is awarded each spring to promising art students graduating from Central, Logan, and Aquinas High Schools and who plan to study art at a university. 

Nina Vanderzee Memorial Scholarship

This memorial scholarship will award one annual scholarship to a Bangor High School graduating senior to attend a public unviersity or technical school. The student recipient must have demonstrated hard work and academic potential, as well as earned the respect of his/her fellow students and faculty. 

Clayton and Vivian Veum Scholarship

The Vivian and Clayton Veum Scholarship, established by a bequest from Vivian Veum, provides scholarships for students graduating from nine area high schools who plan to study either nursing or engineering.

David and Sandra Whiteley Scholarship

The David and Sandra Whiteley Scholarship provides scholarships to Central High School graduates who are the first in their family to attend college.

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