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Investing in Community Education

The Elmbrook Education Foundation supports the students at all 11 of the District's public schools through its Continuing Education Scholarship, Innovation Grant and Super Grant Programs.  In addition, the Foundation has established an endowment held by the Waukesha County Community Foundation to provide a source of permanent support for Foundation programs. For more information, please refer to the Foundation's web site.

EEF Gears Up for Scholarship Season

The Foundation began with the objective of supporting the District's value on continuing education by rewarding the outstanding achievements of select graduating seniors.  In 1958, a group of school and community volunteers created the Lancer-Spartan Scholarship Foundation to honor High School students with a proven track record in leadership, scholarship, and a commitment to community service.  The scholarship program has been expanded to include need-based scholarships and now provides support for students planning to continue their education at either a University or Technical School. 

EEF Lancer-Spartan Scholarships provide a one time award of $1,500. The Foundation’s community scholarship program is almost entirely funded by Elmbrook’s local business community, civic organizations, and honorary/memorial funds established to recognize those that have made a significant impact on the Elmbrook School District. “Having the EEF administer scholarships on behalf of many different organizations allows the community to honor a greater number of students each and every year vs. having the same few students qualify for multiple scholarships throughout the community.” says Laura Schmidt, EEF Executive Director.

To date, the following have pledged to sponsor one or more Lancer-Spartan scholarships for the class of 2011! 

  • Brookfield Rotary Club
  • Waterstone Bank
  • Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
  • McKinley Masonic Lodge
  • Brookfield Junior Woman's Club
  • Brookfield East High School PTO
  • Brookfield Central High School PTO
  • Pilgrim Park Middle School Student Senate

Honorary/Memorial Scholarships

  • Jim Briscoe Honorary, BCHS Principal 1996-2002 (endowed)
  • Tonawanda Elementary PTO in honor of Nancy Marsho, Principal 1992-2004
  • Northwestern Mutual Foundation obo/Sandra Botcher in honor of Nancy Marsho
  • Charles Turner Memorial, BCHS Phy Ed/Coach 1965-2003
  • Irven Hoesly Memorial Fund, PPMS Principal 1966-1985
  • Brookfield Woman's Club, 1944-2006

A leadership gift to the Foundation’s Community Scholarship Program has also been provided by the Janice & Raymond Perry Family Foundation. 

“We strive to administer 20-28 scholarships annually. Some of our annual scholarship sponsors confirm their support as part of their spring grant cycle so we often don’t know how many scholarships we will be able to award until the application deadline in March.” says Schmidt. Scholarship awards are held confidential until Senior Honors Nights for both of Elmbrook’s High Schools in May. 

In some cases, sponsoring organizations need a little help finding the right candidate for their scholarship but still choose to retain control over the final selection process. For example, the Ramiah Family Foundation works through the Elmbrook Education Foundation to find minority students who qualify for their scholarship but still interviews the top candidates personally. The Ramiah Family Foundation Scholarship is open to minority students and provides a four year scholarship to a candidate selected from each of Elmbrook’s High Schools.  

The Foundation leverages the community to encourage kids to apply through its Community Nomination program. “This is a great way for community members to acknowledge a graduating senior that might work for or volunteer with them. If you know of a student that always gives the best of themselves and continues to look for new ways to serve their community, consider nominating them for an EEF scholarship. Nominations can not be submitted by family members and are not required to apply for an EEF scholarship.  Community nominations must be submitted by March 11th to be considered.

EEF Lancer-Spartan scholarship applications are due no later than March 30th. All students graduating from Brookfield East or Brookfield Central High School are eligible to apply.  Key dates:

  • March 11th: Community Nomination Deadline
  • March 30th:  Scholarship Application Deadline

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