Wednesday, October 15, 2014

hOur Community TimeBank Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the hOur Community TimeBank Fund to its family of funds.

“Distributions from the fund will support the operation of an area wide TimeBank.  hOur Community TimeBank is an organized exchange system through which members earn TimeHours for time spent helping other members.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Irene E. Kubisiak Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Irene E. Kubisiak Scholarship Fund to its family of funds.

“An annual scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from a Portage County high school pursuing a degree in music performance or music education.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Scholarship Opportunity

College is expensive!  Not that this is a revelation to any parent, but once you start looking at the cost of tuition and books, living expenses, and extra-curricular activities, the numbers can feel overwhelming.  I can attest to this firsthand, as I just delivered my son to UW-Madison for his freshman year.  His high school junior year was filled with college visits, online research and a serious look at the financials for each institution.  Scholarship opportunities are one way to help relieve the financial burdens of higher education.

Everyone always asks “when and where do I begin to look?”  The answer to when is easy – begin as soon as possible.  Beginning includes having a student resume that lists personal awards, club membership and community involvement, copies of the most current transcript, letters of referral from teachers, coaches, employers and volunteer organizations, and your FAFSA application completed.  Having these items prepared beforehand will help you streamline the application process.



Where to look is a little more difficult to answer.  College scholarships come in many forms from many different places.  While there are many opportunities to look at online websites, one of the best places to look is around your local area.  Places like the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin offer a variety of scholarship opportunities – one unique example is the C.O.L.L.E.G.E Scholarship.  Four of these $1000 scholarships are given out annually. 

The C.O.L.L.E.G.E. Scholarship is available to:  1) traditional graduating high school seniors as well as non-traditional students who may be returning to school year(s) after high school graduation; and 2) it is open to all Portage County residents, not just SPASH graduates. The requirements for this scholarship are as follows:
  1. Must be a resident of Portage County
  2. Must be accepted into a post-secondary educational institution
  3. Demonstrate community involvement / volunteerism
  4. In lieu of a general essay, submit a 1-page essay specific on how local community involvement changed you and your community.
You can visit the Community Foundation website at www.cfcwi.org to filter through all of their available scholarships.  Applications for each will be available online after December 1st 2014.  Reading the details on each scholarship will help you determine if you qualify for the scholarship money and what you need to do to apply.  Pay special attention to the details, instructions and the deadlines on each scholarship to ensure that you will not be disqualified.

Do not get discouraged and do not be afraid to apply for as many opportunities as you can.  I am confident that many of you will be successful in getting one or more scholarships if you begin the search early, take your time on your applications, and follow the instructions provided. 
Julie Pope is a community member of the Foundation Marketing Committee.

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