Date: May 29th, 2018

Darlington Seniors Receive Scholarships from Platteville Consumers Cooperative Endowment

Nearly a decade ago, the shareholders of the Platteville Consumers Cooperative voted to dissolve. Class A stockholders turned in their stock certificates and received payment. The Board of Directors also voted to create a perpetual scholarship fund to benefit graduates of high schools in their market area: Belmont, Benton, Cuba City, Darlington, Iowa-Grant, Lancaster, Platteville, Shullsburg, and Southwestern/Hazel Green. Since 2012, the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin has managed the endowment and made monies available for the annual scholarship awards.

2018 recipients of the Platteville Consumers Cooperative Endowment Scholarship are Darlington High School students Benjamin Cooper (left) and Grady Rielly (right).

Leon Neuheisel, who served as an officer of the Cooperative, shared “We are honored to present these annual scholarships. Ag producers from Southwest Wisconsin invested in the Cooperative. We are sharing their belief in and support of the Cooperative by investing in our youth. Our scholarships are awarded to students pursuing post-high school education – at the university, college, or technical school level – in the field of agriculture or agri-business.”

Benjamin Cooper and Grady Rielly were the recipients of $1200 scholarships, available from the nearly $55,000 endowment. Ben will pursue study in dairy science at Iowa State University. Grady has chosen to attend UW-Platteville where he will study dairy science.

To learn more about scholarships available through the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit and select the scholarship tab. To inquire about the establishment of a scholarship endowment with the Foundation, contact Linda Gebhardt ([email protected]) or Barb Daus ([email protected]). The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is a repository for more than 700 charitable funds worth more than $50 million. Each of these funds was created by donors to enhance the quality of life in Southern Wisconsin.