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.

Date: April 26th, 2017

Excellence in Education Grants Awarded at Belmont Schools

From left: Kim Schmelz, representing the Belmont Excellence in Education Advisory Board, presented grants to Liz Weittenhiller, Dee McConnell, Troy Updike and Nik Werner

Four projects that will enhance and supplement initiatives in classrooms in the Belmont Schools received grant funding from the Belmont Excellence in Education Endowment Fund.

Kim Schmelz, advisory board member for the Fund, made the presentations at the conclusion of the April 20 staff training event.  Schmelz gave a brief history of the formation of the Excellence in Education Endowment noting that a group of volunteers came together at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year with a goal of endowing both an excellence in education and a scholarship fund.  The EIE fund was immediately endowed with a gift of $10,000 by Derek and MJ Dachelet.

2017 marks the third time that grants have been awarded for special projects in the Belmont Schools.  Two grants were awarded in 2014 – to support the construction of two ‘little free libraries’ and to support the software subscription fee for Adobe Creative Cloud with After Effects.  One grant was awarded in 2016 – to purchase a camcorder for use by students, faculty and coaches.

Schmelz presented grant awards totaling $1,123 for the following initiatives:

  • For 3rd grade students as proposed by Troy Updike: 2 – STEM activity kits. One that enables students to design and make a solar car; the other, which challenges students to develop and design experiments to move isopods.
  • For pre-kindergarten students as proposed by Liz Weittenhiller: an incubator, egg turner and egg candling light to study the life-cycle of an animal and the responsibilities associated with caring for living things.
  • For special education students at all levels as proposed by Nik Werner: Hokki ergonomic stools, which allow movement while seated, for two classrooms to assist students in focusing on their classwork.
  • For high school students as proposed by Dee McConnell: a GoPro Waterproof Action Camera for use in completing class projects.

In completing the presentations, Schmelz noted, “Today is a great day for Belmont students and staff.  These grants are a visible sign of the support by our community for the work that is done in this school by our teachers.  Our committee is dedicated to finding way to provide grant funding to supplement what is paid for with tax money.  We want staff to know that it is possible to propose new and creative projects and initiatives.  We live in a competitive school environment and it is our desire that by being able to provide support for projects and unique tools, we will keep Belmont competitive and a great place for our students and staff.”

The Belmont Excellence in Education and Scholarship Endowment Funds are components of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity.  For more information, contact advisory board member Kim Schmelz or Barb Daus, donor services representative with CFSW (608-778-3344 or  Donations may be sent to the Belmont School Funds, PO Box 348, Belmont, WI  53510 or may be made online at

Date: April 6th, 2017

Crawford County Community Fund Announces 2017 Leadership Award Recipients

Six awards will be presented at the 7th Annual Crawford County Leadership Awards program, hosted by the Crawford County Community Fund.   The event, honoring the awardees, will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Prairie du Chien at Crossing Rivers Health Center.  It will begin with an hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 6:30 p.m.  The public is encouraged to attend but must RSVP by Friday, April 14, 2017 to Sharon Murphy, Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board chair (608-624-3409 or

Those persons, businesses and/or organizations being honored in their respective categories include:

  • Above & Beyond Award – to Dr. Robert Horwich (posthumously)
  • Outstanding Youth Leadership Award – to Steven Ronnfeldt
  • Tourism Award – to Driftless Wisconsin/Eric Frydenlund
  • Leadership and Service Awards – to Peggy Gallagher and to Bonnie Young
  • Educational Leadership Award – to Harriet Behar

Dr. Jo Arney, associate professor at UW-La Crosse and author, is the featured speaker.  A student music ensemble from the Prairie du Chien School will provide music during the social hour.  Sponsors include BAPI, Community Development Alternatives, the Crawford County Economic Development Corporation, Kickapoo Culinary Center, the Marketplace, Nelson True Value, the Orchard Ridge Association, Peoples State Bank, Royal Bank-Gays Mills and Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Sharon Murphy (608-624-3409).

The Crawford County Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, was established in 2008.  The Fund currently holds an endowment of nearly $120,000.  Community members, organizations and businesses may make donations to the Crawford County Community Fund by sending a check to Crawford County Community Fund, PO Box 13, Seneca, Wisconsin 54654-0013.   Donations are tax deductible, to the limits of the law.  For more information, contact Sharon Murphy, Crawford County Community Fund chairperson at (608) 624-3409 or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, at (608)778-3344 or

Date: February 20th, 2017

Lancaster Community Fund Invites Grant Applications

The Lancaster Community Fund is accepting grant applications for the 2017 spring grant cycle.  Deadline for receipt of applications is May 1.

David Helmke, chairman of the Lancaster Community Fund advisory board noted, “Funding during this grant cycle is available from the Lancaster Community Fund Endowment, the Schacht Family Fund, the Morse Family Fund and the newly created Merlet Family Community Endowment Fund.  Our focus is funding projects that serve the residents who reside in the geographic area that is the Lancaster School District.  We are grateful to the many people in our community who have made gifts to these Funds.  The generosity of our community residents has led to grant awards from the above noted funds of over $158,000 between 2000 and 2016.”

Applications for projects or programs that propose practical solutions to current community needs in the areas of the arts, education, historic preservation, and health and human services are highly encouraged. Grant applications must be completed online; access to the application is available by selecting the grants tab on the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website (  Among the items applicants as asked to provide:  the organization’s federal ID number and a copy of the organization’s most recent 990; background information on the applicant organization; and a full description of the project including goals, audience served and budget.  Note: requests from individuals are not eligible for grant awards.

Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2017. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  Questions?  Both CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus ( and CFSW grants and scholarships manager Jackie Ommodt ( are available to assist.

A sub-committee of the local volunteer advisory board will review the grant applications and recommend grant awards to the board. Current Lancaster Fund advisory board members include Dave Helmke, Tabitha Jackering, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, Luanne Pink, Crysti Prange, Megan Slane, Kevin Raisbeck, and Bette Steinbrenner.

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity.  For more information, contact David Helmke, advisory board chairman, or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or  For further information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit