Date: June 19th, 2017

Annual 5th Grade Elizabeth Summers Academic Achievement Awards presented at Iowa-Grant

Seven Iowa-Grant Middle School students were recently presented certificates and monetary awards made possible through a charitable bequest from the estate of Elizabeth J. Summers.

2017 Elizabeth Summers Academic Achievement Awards Front Row (l-r): Recipients Rylee Stecklein, Madisen Crow, Landon Wetzel, Sophie Volenec, Adriana Jelle, Kaden Lindner, & Conner Dowell. Second row (l-r): Kyle Reimenapp (IG 5th grade teacher), Paulette DiVall (IGEF Advisory Board Chair), Jessica Sigg (IG 5th grade teacher).

The Elizabeth J. Summers Elementary Academic Achievement Awards were presented through a partnership of the Iowa-Grant School District, the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation (IGEF), and the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.

The students earned the award as fifth graders, during the 2016-2017 academic year. They were selected for being in the top 10% of their class as determined by their performance on standardized tests and on the recommendation of their teachers.

The recipients include Madisen Crow, Conner Dowell, Adriana Jelle, Kaden Lindner, Rylee Stecklein, Sophie Volenec, and Landon Wetzel.

Iowa-Grant School was contacted in 2010 by Fennimore Attorney David Kurth, representing the Summers estate. He shared the news of a bequest of $30,000, given by Elizabeth Summers in honor of her older twin sisters who were rural school teachers.  Josephine and Genevieve Kalile attended the Normal School in Platteville and taught in Boscobel, Mount Hope, Wingville and Castle Rock and in Boscobel, Anderson Mills, Beaver Dam and Mt. Horeb, respectively.  In her Trust documents, Ms. Summers specified that the monies available annually were to be used for academic awards for outstanding 5th grade students. The Iowa Grant School Board directed that the funds be administered by the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation (IGEF), a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.

In announcing the awards, Paulette Divall, chair of the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation, noted, “We all know that you have worked hard to achieve this award. Awards just do not happen without plenty of hard work. Sometimes you probably have given up some other fun activity to spend extra time studying. We are sure that you parents, teachers, siblings & friends are all very proud of you. The Elizabeth Summers award was established to instill a sense of accomplishment in our 5th grade students. It is important that you realize how important it is to study and work hard to achieve your goals. This is a very good start in establishing a good educational plan and prepare you for future challenges. We all hope that you continue to work hard.”

The Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, was established in 2000.  Its mission is to build an endowment that provides private resources for the support of the Iowa-Grant School District.  The Foundation’s work includes providing scholarships to graduating seniors and making grants in support of innovative and creative educational programming that is beyond the boundaries of the Iowa-Grant School District budget.  For more information or to make a donation to the Foundation contact IGEF advisory board chair Paulette DiVall ( or CFSW Donor Services Representative Barb Daus ( or 608-778-3344).  Donations to the Foundation can be sent to the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation, PO Box 124, Livingston, WI 53554 or can be made online at

Date: June 13th, 2017

Active Americans 4-H Club Receives Grant

The Active Americans 4-H Club announces that it has received a grant from the 65th Alice in Dairyland Grant County fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc.  The mission of the Fund is to promote and support positive agriculture-related programing opportunities for youth in Grant County.

Classroom 1, Winskill Elementary Fourth Grade Classroom

This grant is in support of Wisconsin Ag Commodities in the Classroom.  Funds received were used to purchase a set of seven children’s books focused on agriculture commodities produced in Wisconsin.  The book titles are:  Sugarbush Spring, The Beeman, First Peas to the Table, How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?, Seed Soil Sun, Farmer George Plants a Nation, and Fantastic Farm Machines.  Members of the Active Americans 4-H Club presented a set of seven books to each of the three fourth-grade classrooms at Winskill Elementary School and the fourth-grade classroom at St. Clement’s School.  As part of the presentation, 4-H members lead a classroom activity of making butter with the fourth-grade students.  Much fun was had by all as they learned how butter is made and many other Wisconsin agriculture statistics.

Alex Stone makes butter: Alex Stone, Active Americans 4-H Club President, pours whipping cream to begin the process of making butter.

For more information about 4-H in Grant County, please contact the UW Extension office at 608-723-2125.

The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin serves communities, schools, organizations and donors in nine counties in southern and western Wisconsin:  Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Rock, Sauk, Vernon, and Walworth.  For more information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin visit our website at or contact regional representative Barb Daus ( or 608-778-3344).

Date: June 12th, 2017

Platteville Community Fund presents 18 grants totaling $30,493

2017 Platteville Community Fund grant recipients:

Seated (left to right): Brandi Kamps (Badger Camp), Nancy Fairchild (Make Music Platteville), Lori King and Deanna Bingham (Family Advocates), Audrey Gallo-Johnston and Tori Leeser (Southwest Opportunities Center)

Middle row (left to right): Sabrina Earl (Family Connections), Ron Weier (Platteville Optimists), James Schneider and Kathy Kopp (Community Leadership Alliance), Sheila Kelley (PHS Scholarship Fund), Steve Kleisath (Platteville Library Foundation), Jessie Lee-Jones, Karina Zidon and Emma Radosevich (Platteville Public Library)

Back row (left to right): Luke Peters (Aquatic Center), Dee Wolff and Dave Ralph (Jamison Museum Association), Steve Olencheck (Platteville Middle School), Diana Bolander and Jeff Shave (Mining and Rollo Jamison Museum), Jack Luedtke (Platteville Main Street), Gary Munson (Sustainability Committee), Hannah Campbell Gustafson (Family Promise) and Jon Meidinger (Senior Center).


Nathan Curry, chair of the Platteville Community Fund, and Jen Schweigert, PCF advisory board member, presented 18 grants at a special presentation breakfast held June 8.

Curry noted, “Today we are making awards totaling in excess of $32,000.  These monies are available through the generosity of now deceased former residents who made legacy gifts to the community including Clarence Gribble, Elinore Loveland, Robert & Marjorie Hartshorn, and Margaret Keizer.   We are forever thankful for these investments made many years ago.  These trusts give back to our community every year, making it a better place to live, work, play, and learn.”

The Platteville Community Fund received 22 applications with total requests in excess of $64,000.  The Platteville Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, holds two grant cycles per year.  Established in 2002, PCF made its first grant in 2005.

Spring 2017 grant were presented as follows:

From the Elinore Loveland Trust

  • Southwest Opportunities Center — $570 in support of their kitchen upgrade program;
  • Platteville Middle School Science Program — $800 to purchase a science simulation package;
  • Platteville Main Street Program — $1976 to purchase replacement bows for Platteville’s holiday decorations;
  • Make Music Platteville — $850 to support Platteville’s participation in this world-wide music event, held annually on the summer solstice;
  • Platteville Public Library Foundation — $6320 for acquisition of laptop computers and associated accessories and software;
  • Jamison Museum Association — $1000 to support the annual Historic Re-enactment;
  • Family Advocates — $500 to support of the Kids in Transition summer camp program.

From the Robert A and Marjorie M Hartshorn Trust

  • Family Promise of Grant County — $299 to purchase a printer for the program’s day facility;
  • Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin — $1000 for items for the lending library;
  • Platteville Senior Center — $5,000 in support of the WELCOME TO OUR NEW HOME project.

From the Clarence Gribble Trust

  • City of Platteville Recreation Department in collaboration with the Platteville Morning Optimist Club — $796 to support an Educational Outreach Program conducted by the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium;
  • City of Platteville Family Aquatic Center — $4,500 for a toddler water slide;
  • Community Leadership Alliance — $375 to fund partial scholarships for Platteville enrollees.
  • From the Loveland, Hartshorn and Gribble Trusts
  • PHS Scholarship Fund — $3000 for PHS Class of 2018 scholarships to attend UWP or SWTC.

From the Margaret S Keizer Charitable Fund

  • Wisconsin Badger Camp — $1,000 to provide camperships for attendees from Platteville;
  • Platteville Public Library — $1200 for the development of a World Languages Collection;
  • Platteville Main Street Program – Sustainability Committee — $1000 for the purchase of recycling containers for the city’s parks;
  • Mining & Rollo Jamison Museum — $307 for the purchase of museum collections documentation equipment.


PCF is governed by a local volunteer board including Louise Brockman, Alison Bunte, Nathan Curry, Ed Faherty, Eileen Nickels, Joe Rosemeyer, Mary Rosemeyer, Jen Schweigert, Cindy Tang, Bill Van Deest, and Jan Weier.  PCF welcomes donations from individuals, organizations, businesses and estates.  Anyone can make a gift, large or small, and every gift benefits the Platteville community.

To learn more about the Platteville Community Fund contact chair Nathan Curry (608-348-2615 or or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or  Donations are received through the year and may be sent to Platteville Community Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville, Wisconsin 53818

Date: June 12th, 2017

Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation Awards 14 Scholarships

Fourteen Class of 2017 Iowa-Grant graduates were recently presented certificates and scholarship awards totaling just over $19,000.

Those receiving scholarships and their post-secondary education plans follow:

Ronald Allen: studying Biblical Exposition & Exogesis at Emmaus Bible College
Charles Christianson: studying Computer Science at UW-La Crosse
Gerrit Hunt: studying Physiology at University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Maranda McCarthy: studying Agribusiness at UW-River Falls
William McLeer: studying Mathematics at Augsburg College
Erik Raimer: studying Business at UW-Madison
Charles Richards: studying Agribusiness at UW-Platteville
Jaynie Rule: studying Agribusiness/Journalism at UW-Platteville
Sawyer Sarbacker: studying Human Performance at UW-La Crosse
Kassidy Schroeder: studying Elementary Education at UW-Platteville
Payton Simon: studying Accounting at UW-Madison
Hannah Stevens: studying Accounting at Madison College
Chad Thomas: studying Environmental Science at Vermillion Community College
Elana Winders: studying Engineering at UW-Platteville

Two scholarships were presented for the first time. These included the Austin Cook Memorial Scholarship, honoring Austin Cook, a 2010 IG graduate who passed away in 2016 and the Garry Crull Scholarship, recognizing Coach Crull who served as head football coach for 19 years and is the namesake of Coach Crull Field.

In commenting on the scholarship presentations IGEF board chair Paulette Divall said, “Without the support of our many donors these scholarships would not be possible. We are particularly grateful for the endowed scholarships that have been established by families and through bequests. These legacy scholarships will be given for ever.”

The Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, was established in 2000. Its mission is to build an endowment that provides private resources for the support of the Iowa-Grant School District. The Foundation’s work includes providing scholarships to graduating seniors and making grants in support of innovative and creative educational programming that is beyond the boundaries of the Iowa-Grant School District budget. For more information or to make a donation to the Foundation contact IGEF advisory board chair Paulette Divall ( or CFSW Donor Services Representative Barb Daus ( or 608-778-3344). Donations may be sent to the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation, PO Box 124, Livingston, WI 53554 or can be made online at

Recipients of 2017 Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation Scholarships

Front row – left to right:
Sawyer Sarbacker (Austin Cook Memorial Scholarship), Charles Richards (Millard “Mick” Gundlach Ag Scholarship and Glen & Connie Gard Family Scholarship), Payton Simon (IGEF Scholarship In Honor of Garry Crull), William McLeer (Thomas and Mary Jane Limmex Scholarship), Gerrit Hunt (Connie Munson Memorial Scholarship and Mae E Austin Memorial Scholarship)

Middle row – left to right
Erik Raimer (Dr. Dennis and Marilyn Carr Scholarship), Chad Thomas (James E. Schroeder Memorial Scholarship), Hannah Stevens (J. Bruce and Margaret L. Bradley Memorial Scholarship), Kassidy Schroeder (Phil Helgeson Memorial Scholarship)

Back row – left to right
Elana Winders (Tanner Merwin Memorial Scholarship), Charles Christianson (Christianson Family Scholarship), Ronald Allen (Robert & Martha Klindt Memorial Scholarship), Maranda McCarthy (James E Schroeder Memorial Scholarship), Jaynie Rule (Robert Graber Scholarship, Dorothy Lepeska Memorial Scholarship, and Platteville Consumers Cooperative Scholarship)

Date: June 6th, 2017

Gollackson Receives Steinback Family Scholarship

Pictured l-r: Janice Steinback, Chad Gollackson, Doug Steinback.

Darlington High School senior Chad Gollackson is the 2017 recipient of the Doug & Janice Steinback Family Scholarship.  Gollackson competed with students from high schools throughout southwest Wisconsin (Iowa, Grant, Crawford, Richland and Lafayette counties) to earn this award.

Doug and Janice Steinback established a perpetual scholarship, meaning that there will be a scholarship awarded annually, for ever.  In addition to hailing from southwest Wisconsin, applicants for the scholarship must have a high school cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), have demonstrated involvement in community and school activities, and be pursuing post-secondary education in the field of agriculture, life science, biology and/or chemistry.  Gollackson will attend UW-Platteville and pursue study in biology/chemistry with the goal of pursuing a graduate degree in the medical field.

The Steinbacks are well known agriculturists in the greater Platteville area having farmed west of Platteville for some 40 years.  Doug has been active with UW-Platteville, serving on the Pioneer Farm Advisory Board. The Steinbacks have been recognized for their outstanding work in agriculture by the Wisconsin Pork Producers as well as the Platteville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In presenting the award Doug Steinback noted, “Our success came not only through our efforts but through support and involvement of others.  We are honored to give back, through this scholarship, to encourage the future for agriculture.  Through our involvement with local schools and programs we are well aware of Chad’s commitment to excellence both in his studies and in his extra-curricular involvements, particularly athletics.  It has been our pleasure to watch him on the basketball court and football and baseball fields. We’re in an excellent location to watch his progress as he pursues his studies at UW-Platteville.”

The Doug and Janice Steinback Family Endowed Scholarship was established through the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity.  For more information about the scholarship and/or about the Community Foundation contact Barb Daus, CFSW Donor Services Representative, at or 608-778-3344.