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Local Scholarships


# Applications required. Applications are due to HS Counseling office Friday, February 9th, 2024.

# Apple River State Bank (1 @ $1000).   APP 

This scholarship will be awarded to any student furthering their education at a 2-year, 4-Year or trade school. Due April 15th. Read instruction here.

# Chandler (the number and amts. awarded vary) decided by the SWSD administration.  APP   PDF

The Chandler sisters left finances to the Southwestern Community School District many years ago and those funds have supported the Chandler Scholarships over the years. General online Application

# Clare Bank Scholarship (1 @ $500) decided by volunteer readers.  APP   PDF

The Clare Bank Scholarship is intended for a student who will be going into a Marketing or Office Occupations field.  Consideration includes Business classes taken by applicant, future major chosen, plans following the completion of a post-secondary education and extra-curricular activities while in high school.

# Dickeyville-Kieler Lions Club Scholarships ($500) decided by the Lions Club members. Applications due 4-7-21.  APP   PDF

# Digman (Tyler “Diggy”) Memorial Scholarship $500 APP   PDF

# Dubuque County Right to Life Scholarship $500 PDF

Up to $10,000 is available to be awarded between the applicants, at the discretion of the judging committee.  Plan is to announce the scholarship winners at our Annual LIFE Dinner on April 30, 2021 and present checks at your school’s award ceremony in the spring. Deadline is March 5, 2021.

# Dr. James Egan Scholarship $500 PDF

One $500 scholarship will be presented by Dr. James Egan’s family to one graduating senior who will be attending a 4 year college/ university. Priority will be given to applicants who plan to pursue a career in education. Second priority will be given to students who will be attending a UW-System college.

# Gasser’s True Value Scholarship (1 @ $500) decided by the owners of Gasser’s True Value.   PDF

Applicants must be graduating seniors of Southwestern High School.  Student must be accepted at a two or four year college and be pursuing a degree in Business or Agriculture.  Involvement in the community and school are primary factors.  Please include a wallet sized photograph with the completed application. Download application here.

# Gieseman (Kermit & Shirley) Scholarship (1 @ $500) decided by the SWSD Administration.    APP   PDF
(Use Chandler Scholarship application to apply.)

# Gillen (Jason) Scholarship (1 @ $100) decided by contributor.  APP   PDF

The Jason Gillen scholarship was established by Dr. Ben Vogt for his classmate Jason Gillen.  Jason was a 1993 graduate of Southwestern High School. In December of 1993, Jason was involved in a fatal car accident.  Jason had a way of pulling the people around him together and making friends with people of all walks of life.  He was a great young man who was loved by all because of his uncanny way of brightening a room with his character.  The scholarship was dedicated in Jason’s name so that Southwestern graduates will always remember and recognize him for his character and friendship.  Applicants are asked to write a short essay about what attending Southwestern High School has meant to them, what they would like to major in, why they chose that major and the impact they plan to making in the world.

# Grant County Emergency Services Assoc.

GCESA (fire and EMS departments from Grant County) have created a scholarship program, and has decided to award (4) $250 scholarships each year. The application process is open to any high school/college student that resides in Grant County, who are either involved with a fire or EMS department or the family member of a firefighter or EMS provider.  PDF

# Grant County Dairy Herd

Deadline January 31st. The meeting you have to attend is on February 2022.  PDF

# Hazel Green Lions Club Scholarship (2 @ $500) decided by members of the Lions Club.   APP

The Lions are the single largest international service organization in the world with over 46,000 clubs and 1.3 million members.  They value involvement in family, community, school and especially leading a helping hand to those in need.  Two ($500) scholarships will be given to individuals who will be entering a 2- or 4-year college and pursuing a degree in any field.

# Hillard (Lou & Elva) Scholarship (1 @ $500) decided by the SWSD administration.    APP   PDF
(Use Chandler Scholarship application to apply.)

# Immaculate Conception Holy Name—Kieler  (up to $500)

Applicants applying for this scholarship must be a male student who is a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Kieler, WI. Scholarship winner(s) must agree to work 2 out of the 3 Holy Name sponsored events (Church clean-up, 4th of July Church Picnic or Holy Name Mulligan). 

Applications must be sent to Dale Berning either by email at or by mail to Dale Berning, 1251 Sandy Lane, Hazel Green WI 53811.  Applications MUST be received by March 1st for consideration. Up to $500.00 per person.  APP

#Jesse Grindy Memorial Scholarship

Here is the new online application for the Jesse Grindy Memorial Scholarship

Jesse was a graduate of Southwestern. Jesse joined the military and tragically passed during his service in Afghanistan. This scholarship was established in his memory.  There will be two scholarships given out at $500 each. 

# Jones Scholarship—Midwest One Bank   PDF

Thomas Jones & Grace Stevenson Jones Scholarship from First Midwest Bank for students living in Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties, WI.

# Kirsch Scholarship  APP

Applicants applying for this scholarship must be a resident of Jamestown Township and from Southwestern or Cuba City School District.  Applications must be turned into the counseling office by the due date.  Applications MUST be received by February 7, 2022, for consideration. 

# Lenz Family Endowment Scholarship (1 @ $1,500).

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College offers one $1,500 scholarship to a deserving student who will be attending SWT following their high school graduation.  This scholarship was established by Mr. Lenz as an endowment to SWT.  Mr. Lenz was an avid supporter of the Technical College System in Wisconsin and was instrumental in assisting SWT. Application due March 31st.  Apply here.

# LEO Club (Southwestern) Scholarship ($500) APP

Provided by the Southwestern LEO Club to recognize the community involvement of one or more high school-age students.  The scholarship amount granted may be up to, but not exceeding $500.  The amount awarded will depend on the number of scholarships handed out per year. 

Applicants must be a member of the Southwestern LEO Club, a senior in high school who plans to pursue secondary-level education and must have worked as many events possible for the LEO Club throughout the years of service. Applications are due Feb. 10th, 2023.

# Mound City Bank Scholarship (1 @ $100) decided by volunteer readers.  APP   PDF

The Mound City Bank Scholarship is intended for a student that will be going into a Marketing of Office Occupations field. Consideration includes Business classes taken by the applicant, future major chosen, plans following the completion of a post-secondary education, and extra-curricular activities while in high school.

# Music Parents Scholarship (Music major 1 @ $1000; Music minor 1 @ $500)  APP   PDF

The amount varies and the scholarship is given out when there is a graduating senior who will be pursuing a future degree in the Music field. Applicants are asked to share their music activities including solo ensemble, contests and other related activities or awards.

# Pickel (Eldon Sr. & Agnes) Scholarship (1 @ $500) decided by volunteer readers.  APP   PDF

Eldon worked for Flexsteel before his retirement.  Agnes was employed at Southwestern Community School District where she began as a Teacher Aid and later worked in the school Library.  Agnes was well loved by those who knew her and by the students of Southwestern.  She was known for towing the line and following the rules and policies of the school district, which in turn fostered respect.  Following Agnes’ passing, the Pickel Family established this scholarship in memory of both Eldon Sr. and Agnes Pickel. (Preference will be given to related family.) General online Application

# Platteville Elks Lodge (4@$500)

The members of the Platteville Elks Lodge #1460 would like to introduce you to a scholarship opportunity for your graduating seniors who intend to continue their education at a four-year college or a technical school.

They will offer four individual $500 scholarships to students in our local area.  The applicants will be judged on merit, achievement and community service/involvement.  The application is attached, including directions on how to submit the application. We encourage your students to apply. (This scholarship is separate from the national MVS scholarship that students may have applied for.)


# Platteville Consumer Cooperative Scholarship Visit the following website to apply.

# Platteville Optimist Club

The Platteville Optimist Clubs are inviting students to participate in the annual Optimist International Essay Contest.  "When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?” is this year’s topic.  The contest is open to all area students under the age of 18.

Local Optimist Club members will judge the students’ essays based on the criteria listed on the entry form. The top two essays will be awarded $150.00, and will be sent to the district level to complete for college scholarships of up to $2,500.00.

Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find the application and rules at or search the Optimist International web site for “contests”.   Completed essays and application forms must be mailed to Christine Storlie at 1380 W. Main Street, Platteville, WI 53818. With questions contact Christine Storlie at or 608-330-3049.  PDF   AP

# Saputo Cheese

Saputo Cheese in Lancaster has put together a scholarship opportunity for local HS students. Attached you will find the scholarship application we are asking candidates to complete. The application is due by April 15th, and would to like reward by May 1st.  TCHRA will notify the school of the scholarship winner. App

# Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative Scholarship ($1000) drawn from a hat.

This scholarship is available to students if their parent(s) are members of the cooperative. Students send in a form and if they attend the annual meeting of the cooperative, they have a chance to have their name pulled out of a hat as the recipient. SREC will be presenting several $1,000 scholarships during their annual meeting held on Saturday, April 15, 2023. They will be giving out 52 scholarships in total this year. You must attend the meeting to be eligible to receive a scholarship. Application must be received on or before April 10, 2023 to qualify.   PDF

# Southwest Health Foundation

The Southwest Health Foundation is pleased to announce that the scholarship applications are available to individuals interested in pursuing careers in Health Care. To be eligible for the scholarship candidates must be four years or less post high school graduation and reside within the communities of Platteville, Cuba City, Belmont, Livingston, Mineral Point, Montfort, Rewey, Dickeyville, Hazel Green, Potosi, Benton and Shullsburg. Also eligible for consideration, regardless of residence, are dependents of Southwest Health employees. All employees of Southwest Health are eligible for scholarships without exceptions. Applications can be obtained through the Southwest Health website at  The packet must either be postmarked, hand-delivered or emailed by the above date and time. There are no exceptions for submission of the application.  If you have any questions please contact Tammie Richter 608-342-4704 or email

# Southwestern Booster Club Scholarship(s) (6 @ $300) decided by the Booster Club.  APP   PDF

     The Southwestern Booster Club gives out scholarships to deserving Southwestern High School Athletes.  This club and the members have been strong advocates for our students and the community.  These scholarships are based on future plans, extra-curricular athletic participation, grades, and accomplishments in and out of school.

# Sukhwal (Dr. Lilawati) Scholarships (2 @ $250) decided by volunteer readers.  APP   PDF

     Dr. Sukhwal was a Language Arts teacher who taught for many years in the Southwestern Middle School.  She had a passion for education and has continued the passion by offering two scholarships. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and intend to major in a Science-related field.  Science fields included are Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Pre-Med. or Pre-Vet.  Applicants are to list high school activities, honors and awards.  Two letters of recommendation are required, as well as an essay.  The essay must be 250 to 300 words and handwritten. Focus the essay on your reason(s) for pursuing a degree in the Science field.

#Community Foundation of Southwestern Wisconsin

The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. has a scholarship section on there website that lists available scholarships.

  • Access the Southwestern High School page by visiting, select the Scholarships tab on the right side of the page.

  • Scroll down the page and find your school name within the purple box. Once selecting your school, scroll down the page to the Scholarship List for Southwestern High School where there will be a choice to see scholarships in 2 categories: 

All:  All categories of scholarship applications listed together

Online:  Scholarships using the online application

The online application is self-explanatory and there is an informational sheet available on our website. Only one online application needs to be completed and submitted to be considered for the opportunities listed below:

·         Platteville Consumers Cooperative Scholarship (AG Scholarship)

·         Doug and Janice Steinback Family Scholarship (Ag, Bio, Life Science or Chem)

·         Joseph L. Runde Memorial Scholarship (Healthcare Sciences)


# Thomas Jones & Grace Stevenson Jones Scholarship

First Midwest Bank, administrator of the Thomas Jones and Grace Stevenson Jones Scholarship program.

# Tidy Homemakers Scholarship (1 @ $100) decided by members of the Homemakers.  APP   PDF

     This scholarship is for applicants intending to enter a field related to Family and Consumer resources.  Programs may include food, food preparation, interior design, or mental or physical health.

# Timmerman (Kristine) Scholarship (1 @ $200) decided by volunteer readers.  APP   PDF

     Kristine Timmerman graduated from Southwestern High School and was planning a career in Nursing.  Kristine died as the result of a car accident. The scholarship was established in memory of Kristine and is awarded to a graduating student pursuing a Nursing degree.

# University of Wisconsin - Platteville Department of performing Arts and Visual Arts. Need to be accepted into UW-P.  Scholarship Audition for students getting a minor or major in Music. Application and audition required. 

Apply at:

# Veterinary Associates Scholarship (1 @ $250) decided by volunteer readers.  General online Application        APP   PDF    

      This scholarship in intended for an individual who will be pursuing a major related to the Agriculture or Medical Fields. Applicants are asked to explain why they have chosen their field of study. General online Application

# Walton, Izaak Scholarship (1 @ $500)   PDF

High school seniors in Benton, Shullsburg, Cuba City, Hazel Green, Scales Mound, Belmont, and Platteville pursuing higher-education degrees in Conservation OR environment-related degree programs are invited to apply for the Southwestern Wisconsin Izaak Walton League Scholarship. Completed applications may be mailed to SW Wisconsin Chapter of Izaak Walton League, P.O. Box 334, Benton, WI 53803. 

Recipients will be selected by Izaak Walton’s scholarship committee. Applicaitons can also be emailed to: Due April 21st. No late applications will be considered.

VFW—Bill & Doris Wiederholt Memorial Scholarship

This is a new scholarship this year 2022 from the VFW in Dickeyville. It is a memorial scholarship for Bill & Doris Wiederholt. The scholarship is worth $100. All students please feel free to apply. Due 2/18/2022

# Wilson (Gary "Skippy") Scholarship (2 @ $3 00) decided by members of the Hazel Green Fire Department.  APP   PDF

Any senior who plans on attending a two or four-year vocational school, college, or university is eligible.  GPA, class rank and academic achievement are not a factor in the decision of the recipients.  Gary “Skippy” Wilson was a person who gave to the community and this scholarship is intended for those that give back to their community.  An essay is required of 200 words or less will be completed by applicants. The essay should address a description of yourself, your involvement in your church, community and school service.

# WINGS OVER WISCONSIN SOUTHWEST CHAPTER—Louis Vesperman Memorial Scholarship.  APP   PDF
These scholarships are for students intending to further their education in varied Conservation areas. Included are: Wildlife and Wild Land Management, Natural Resources Conservation, Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services, Natural Resources Management and Policy, and other related fields. Applications are due April 1st.

WiRSA Scholarship

Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA), scholarships
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WiRSA Senior Scholarship ($750)

Here is a link to the WiRSA website Senior Scholarship Application.

Here is the link "Copy" of the Google Document Application Form.

WiRSA Senior Post-Secondary Scholarship ($750)

They will review the scholarship applications. Each school can only submit one applicant for the Regular Scholarship and one applicant for the Teacher Education Scholarship so we will be choosing the final applicants that will be submitted. 

# Wonders (Tim) Memorial Scholarship—SW Class of 1985 (1 @$500)  General online Application

Tim Wonders graduated from Southwestern in 1985. His family and friends created this scholarship to give to a Southwestern graduate in his memory. This scholarship is open to anyone going to further his or her education from a technical school to a four year. Any students involved in extracurricular and maintaining classwork should apply.  APP   PDF        General Online Application


+ Applications not required.

+ Wisconsin State Academic Excellence Scholarship (1 @ 2,400 per year for four years) awarded to the graduating senior with the highest GPA and highest cumulative ACT score as per SWSD Board of Education Policy #5036.

+Technical Excellence Scholarship The person is chosen by the school based on a specific criterion with CTE and Youth Apprenticeship participation among the guidelines. The student receives $2250 per year up to three years and must attend a Wisconsin Technical School.  For more inforation, visit: Technical Excellence Scholarship - HEAB 

+ Board of Education (1 @ $100) decided by the SWSD administration General Online Application.

+ Spirit of Service Scholarship Scholarship (# and amount decided upon by the Leo Club Advisors.)

     This scholarship is decided by the Leo Club Advisors for a Leo Club member.  It is based on involvement in the Leo Club and the number of activities a Leo Club member has participated in over the years.  No application is required.

+ Spirit of Southwestern (number and amounts vary each year) decided by SWSD administration General Online Application.

It is great to be a WILDCAT!

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