More than $1 Million in Scholarship Aid Available to Area High School Students

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region has more than $1 million in scholarship money available to students from 60 schools in the region, including students in the Shawano County area. The Shawano Area Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Appleton-based community foundation. Many scholarship applications are due by March 1.

The lists of 200 available scholarships can be found and searching by school. Most are for graduating seniors, but there are scholarships for nontraditional students returning to school or those already attending college.

The foundation manages charitable funds so they can provide scholarship money year after year in the manner the donor indicated, as well as overseeing the application process.

The criteria for awarding the scholarships go beyond academic success or financial need. Scholarship funds have been set up by donors to help students pursuing particular fields of study, attending particular colleges or universities or coming from a given high school.

The foundation’s regional families of funds in Brillion, Chilton, Clintonville, Shawano and Waupaca each has its own scholarship funds that provide help for students in those communities. The website also includes businesses offering scholarships to children of employees.

The website explains scholarship details and indicates the scholarships for which a student is eligible. Many offer online applications that can be submitted from the website, while other applications are available from high school counselors.

Last year, the community foundation awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to 334 students.

The SACF was established in 1990 by community volunteers to preserve and improve the quality of life in Shawano and the surrounding area. It is an affiliate of the Appleton-based Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the second-largest community foundation in Wisconsin ( More information about the SACF is available online at, or by calling 715-280-1110.