Local Scholarships


# Applications required. Applications are due to HS Counseling office Friday, February 5th, 2021.

# 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.

# Midwest One formerly American Bank & Trust of Wisconsin (1 @ $500) decided by volunteer readers.   APP   PDF

     This scholarship is given out to one student who will be pursuing a career in Business or Accounting.  Applicants are to state the reason(s) they chose the Business and/or Accounting Field(s).

# 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.

# 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 Dairy Herd

Deadline January 31st. The meeting you have to attend is on February 19th.  PDF

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

     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 Woody17@yousq.net or by mail to Dale Berning, 1251 Sandy Lane, Hazel Green WI 53811.  Applications MUST be received by March 1, 2021 for consideration. Up to $500.00 per person.  APP

# 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.  www.firstmidwest.com/wm_scholarships/

# 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 sent to Katie Schroeder either by email at katie@sunsetlanesandhall.com or to 2161 Kunkle Lane, Cuba City WI 53807.  Applications MUST be received by October 30, 2020 for consideration. 

# Lenz Family Endowment Scholarship (1 @ $1,000) decided by SWSD.  APP   PDF

     Southwest Wisconsin Technical College offers one $1000 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 31, 2021.

# Masonic Lodge Scholarship (1 @ $250) decided by SWSD Administration.  APP   PDF

     This scholarship is funded by the Masonic Lodge. The recipient receives both a plaque and the awarded scholarship amount directly from the Masonic Lodge. (Use Chandler Scholarship application to apply.)

# 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.)

# Platteville Elks Lodge #1460 U.S. Constitution Contest. 

This contest is unlike many of the other scholarship programs in that it is not based upon grade point, class rank, athletics or financial need.  It is based upon the student’s knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Constitution.   

 Sue Vavricka                                                                                                                    

425 S Park St                                      

Livingston,  WI 53554

by email:   vavsue@yahoo.com

The local winner is eligible to compete against 32 other local contest winners from throughout Wisconsin.  The State Contest will be conducted on Sunday, March 18th in Janesville.  Our local winner will share in scholarship awards distributed based upon their ranking on that test, with a guaranteed minimum award of $500.00.


# Platteville Consumer Cooperative Scholarship Visit the following website to apply. https://www.cfsw.org/scholarships/high-school-students/southwestern-high-school/

# 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 https://optimist.org/Forms/18-19_Essay_Application.pdf 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 drchris@centurytel.net or 608-330-3049.  PDF   APP

# Runde (Joseph L.) Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is “competitive” in that graduating female seniors from Hazel Green, Belmont, Benton, Cuba City, Platteville, Potosi, and Shullsburg High Schools are eligible to apply.  The applicant must be pursuing a degree (university, college or technical school) in the field of Health Care sciences. The applicant must have achieved a high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).  The application is available online at: https://www.cfsw.org/scholarships/high-school-students/

Students should complete the form and mail it (via US mail) to CFSW, ATTN:  Jackie, 26 S Jackson St, Janesville  WI  53548.  It should arrive in Janesville no later than March 1.  A regional review committee will make the final selection from among the applicants.

# 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 (# and amount vary) 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.  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 athttp://www.southwesthealth.org/scholarships.  The packet must either be postmarked, hand-delivered or emailed torichtert@southwesthealth.org 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 richtert@southwesthealth.org.

# 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.

# Steinback (Doug & Janice) Family Scholarship Visit the following website to apply. https://www.cfsw.org/scholarships/high-school-students/southwestern-high-school/

# 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: https://www.uwplatt.edu/music/admission-and-scholarship-auditions

# Veterinary Associates Scholarship (1 @ $250) decided by volunteer readers.  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.

# Walton, Izaak 2018 Scholarship (1 @ $500)   PDF

Area high school seniors 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, with notification to your school being made as soon as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to contact  stimmerman@centurytel.net (phone: 608.759.2292 / cell: 608.778..9292).

# 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. 

WiRSA Scholarship

WiRSA Scholarship Applications are now online. The 2020-21 WiRSA Scholarship Applications are now online.  The deadline for scholarship submission is February 19, 2021. Remember that WiRSA is now offering six $750 scholarships are available to students going into any post-secondary field of study and six $750 scholarships are available to any student going into the field of education. These need to be turned into the school counselor by February 2, 2021. We will only send one for each scholarship from our building. 

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

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


+ 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.

+ L.B. Carns Scholarship (1 @ $200) decided by the Math and Science departments.

     L.B. Carns was a teacher at Southwestern.  This scholarship is based on the number of Math and Science classes a student has taken. The decision is also based on extra curricular activities, character, honesty and leadership.

+ 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.

+ Dan Donovan (# and amount dependent upon available funds.)

     Applications are not required. This is a decision made by the Coaches and the Athletic Director. The recipient of this scholarhsip is a male athlete who contributes significantly to school athletics.


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