MISD planning annual scholarship gala

Event will be held April 7

The fifth annual Menominee Indian School District Scholarship Gala will be held April 7 at the Menominee Indian Casino Resort Conference Center.

All proceeds will go to MISD’s scholarship fund, with a portion given out annually as scholarships to students currently attending college. In the past four years, the gala has raised more than $78,000, including $23,000 in 2016.

“More and more of our students are pursuing post-secondary education opportunities, and we want to ensure these students have the financial resources they need to stay in school,” MISD Superintendent Wendell Waukau said. “The scholarship monies raised at this event can make a big difference in a student’s ability to finish pursuing a degree.”

This year, five former Menominee Indian High School students are benefiting from the funds raised through the gala: Leah Schlicti, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; Melissa Besaw, College of Menominee Nation; Michael Pecore, University of Wisconsin-Marathon; Ashley Smith, NWTC; and Kaycee Frechette, UW-Green Bay. To be eligible for the scholarship, students have to be a graduate of MIHS and be in their second year or later at a college or technical school. Additionally, they have to submit a letter detailing the need for the scholarship and include their unofficial transcripts.

“We started the event in 2013 in order to build an ongoing scholarship fund for our students,” Waukau said. “The idea is to have the core fund grow each year while, at the same time, immediately awarding some of the money to show the community that their contributions are making an impact for current students.”

This year’s event will include entertainment, a family style dinner, silent and live auctions, and bucket raffles. Tickets, which are $25 each, can be purchased from committee members and at all MISD schools and the district office. Corporate sponsorships and reserved corporate tables are also available.

“On behalf of our school board, our all-volunteer committee that puts this event together, and everyone who supports this event, we want to say thank you and offer our congratulations to those who received the scholarships,” Waukau said. “It is a communitywide effort.”