Students can apply for $1 million in Community Foundation scholarships

Published Monday, January 14, 2019

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region has more than
$1 million in scholarships available for students from 60 schools in the region, and the application deadlines are drawing near. Most scholarship applications are due by March 1.

The Community Foundation’s scholarship webpage at lists 233 scholarships available to students, sorted by school. Most are for graduating seniors, but there also are scholarships for nontraditional students returning to school or those already attending college.

“The Community Foundation manages the largest scholarship program in the Fox Valley area on behalf of our donors, who’ve been very generous in wanting to help young people get the start they need to be successful in their chosen field,” said Curt Detjen, president and CEO. “We manage these charitable funds so they can provide scholarship checks year after year in the manner the donor indicated, as well as overseeing the application process.”

Scholarship endowment funds have been established by individuals, families, businesses and, in some instances, by the colleges and universities themselves, as an ongoing source of funding for scholarships.

The criteria for awarding the scholarships frequently go beyond academic success or financial need. Scholarship funds have been established by donors to help students pursuing particular fields of study, attending particular colleges or universities or graduates from a given high school. The Foundation’s regional families of funds in Brillion, Chilton, Clintonville, Shawano and Waupaca each has its own scholarship funds that provide help. The website also lists a number of businesses offering scholarships to children of employees.

The website lists all of the details and indicates the scholarships for which a student is eligible. Many offer online applications that can be submitted from the website, while others are available only from high school counselors.

Last year the Community Foundation’s 409 scholarship recipients received a total of $1.01 million in scholarships offered from among 189 charitable funds with the Foundation for fiscal 2018.

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, a Fox Cities-based nonprofit founded in 1986, helps people provide long-term support for favorite charities through endowments and other charitable funds. The second-largest certified community foundation in Wisconsin, its donors have allowed it to award more than $295 million to nonprofit organizations from more than 1,605 charitable funds. Affiliated community foundations operate in Brillion, Chilton, Clintonville, Shawano and Waupaca. To learn more, go to, subscribe to The Loop at or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.