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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.

Focus on Continuing Education Scholarships

The Elmbrook Education Foundation was founded by volunteers back in 1958 to support the community's value on continuing education.  To date, close to $1,000,000 has been awarded in scholarships to assist our graduates attend institutions of higher learning.  The Foundation's scholarship program now provides between 20-28 $1,500 scholarships each and every year making it the single largest community based scholarship program in the region.  Most scholarships are sponsored by area businesses, civic organizations and honorary/memorial funds.  The Foundation administers the program on their behalf at no cost in an effort to honor the most graduating seniors each and every year.  Without the Foundation to administer the program, many of these scholarships would all go to the same few students.  Recipients are matched to donor criteria and are awarded to students planning to attend both universities and technical schools.  Some awards are based on financial need.  Since the Foundation receives a large pool of applications, it is easier to find just the right recipient for each scholarship.  Recipients are held confidential until Seniors Honors nights in May.  The scholarships are awarded in the donor's name and are recognized throughout the District in a variety of publicity mediums.


The Foundation would like to give the community the opportunity to nominate a graduating Brookfield Central or Brookfield East student for consideration of an Elmbrook Education Foundation Scholarship.  Who better to help identify the recipients of our community's scholarships than the community in which the students have grown up, studied, worked, and served!  If you know of a student that just simply stands out because of their initiative, character and willingness to serve ... please take a moment to nominate them using the form on the Foundation's web site (  Nominations are due on or before March 12, 2010.


The Ramiah Family established a scholarship program to assist minority students in continuing their education.  It was later expanded to include Elmbrook to provide opportunities to attend institutions of higher learning to those that otherwise might lack the necessary means to achieve this goal.  This program provides the opportunity for minority students from both BEHS and BCHS to apply for a 4 year scholarship!  Terri (BCHS, class of 2001) and Daena (BCHS, class of 2005) now assist their parents in the administration of this scholarship program.  Additional information can be found on the Foundation's web site (


Our honorary/memorial scholarship funds are especially meaningful to our students as they provide a long term connection to someone very special who has made, or continues to make, a difference in the lives of our Elmbrook students.  For example,

Nancy Marsho Honorary Scholarship Fund:  This scholarship was first awarded in 2004 to honor the retirement of Nancy Marsho who had been the principal at Tonawanda El for 12 years. Students who attended Tonawanda between 1992-2004 will remember her fondly.  Nancy's educational philosophy and belief was always "what's best for kids."  She believed in Tonawanda as part of the Elm Grove community.  It was at her direction that retirement gifts be donated to the Elmbrook Education Foundation for the benefit of Elmbrook’s students.  Tonawanda has pledged support for this scholarship through 2016 when the last of Nancy's students graduate from BEHS.

Daniel Neuens Memorial Scholarship Fund:  Daniel Neuens received a Lancer-Spartan scholarship when he graduated from Brookfield East High School in 1965.  Dan had been very active in both cross country and track.  The year following his graduation, he was hit by a car while running home from his parent's local gas station.  The family established a scholarship fund in his name as a way of connecting Daniel to Brookfield East.  An athletic award was also created in his honor and a plaque can now be found in the athletic department hallway of BEHS.  In 2010, a final scholarship will be awarded in his name in honor of his parents who have recently passed.

Jacqueline Craig Memorial Scholarship Fund: Jacqueline Craig acted as a true student advocate in her role as a guidance counselor at BCHS for nearly 30 years.  To honor her love of the UW marching band, this memorial fund was created to provide an annual scholarship to a BCHS student active in band since its inception in 2001.  This scholarship is especially meaningful to the Foundation because of the amount of energy, support and vision Jacqueline provided the Foundation as a board member. 

Jim Briscoe Honorary Scholarship Fund:  This endowed fund was established by a single anonymous donor who wanted to honor Jim for his many years of leadership at BCHS as principal from 1996-2002.  This fund is permanent in that a scholarship is awarded out of the proceeds that this fund generates on an annual basis.

Charles Turner Honorary Scholarship Fund:  This fund was established to honor Charles for the amount of support and encouragement he provided Brookfield Central’s athletes as physical education teacher and coach from 1965-2003 (officially retired in 1989). This fund provides a scholarship to a BCHS student who has been active in track or cross country each year.

Brookfield Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund:  This fund was established in 2006 when the club disbanded after 62 years of tireless service to our community. The club wanted to do something that would benefit the community for years to come. Given the School District of Elmbrook is a key resource for our community, they decided to donate their reserves to the Elmbrook Education Foundation to fund a scholarship at each High School from 2006-2014.

If you are interested in more information on how to establish an honorary/memorial scholarship fund, please contact the Foundation's Executive Director, Laura Schmidt, at


The Foundation simply could not meet its commitments to the graduating class of 2010 without the support of our civic organizations and our local businesses who sponsor scholarships on an annual basis.  To date, the following businesses have pledged support for one or more scholarships for the class of 2010:

  • Brookfield Rotary Club
  • WaterStone Bank
  • Sharon Lynne Wilson Center
  • Brookfield Junior Woman's Club
  • Brookfield East High School PTO
  • Johnson Bank, Brookfield Branch

Additional donations towards the scholarship program have been received from the following:

  • Roundy's Corporation

If you are interested in more information about the benefits associated with becoming a scholarship donor/sponsor, please contact the Foundation's Executive Director, Laura Schmidt, at


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