Scholarships

The following scholarships were awarded to high school seniors and college students in the spring of 2023.

scholarships for graduating high school seniors

Scott Bartol Scholarship


Scott Bartol was a graduate of the Berlin High School class of 1982. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he earned a degree in education. Scott began teaching for the Berlin Area School District after graduation. Later he earned his master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and an administration degree from Marian College.

 

Scott was an integral part of the Berlin school community, impacting the lives of many students, teachers and families for 34 years. He retired in June 2021, after working as a Clay Lamberton Elementary School teacher, Berlin Middle School Language Arts teacher, Clay Lamberton Principal, and Berlin Middle School Principal. Scott also was a dedicated and successful coach for many years, coaching both boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. Scott passed away in October of 2021.

 

Mr. Bartol was a strong believer in hard work, dedication, respect, discipline and kindness.  He always strived to instill those values in the students he coached, taught and worked with. Their success in becoming kind, successful individuals was his top priority. The family and friends of Scott Bartol are proud to award a memorial scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to a graduating high school senior in his name.


 2023 Scholarship Recipient: Joey Thrasher

Berlin Community Scholarship Corporation

Three scholarships sponsored by the BCSC for students about to begin their post-secondary studies. 


2023 Scholarship Recipients: Elyse Osterberg, Autumn Young, Madalyn Winter


Boone Kujawa Memorial

Boone Paul Kujawa’s infectious smile, huge heart, and caring demeanor touched so many in the 12 years he was with us. He loved school, he loved sports, and he loved his friends. It is these three things that encompass the criteria of the Boone Kujawa Scholarship —the most important being friendship. In this memory, Boone’s family awards this annual scholarship to individuals who demonstrate strong academic and extracurricular attributes, and most importantly, are loyal friends—a true judgment of one’s character. 

2023 Scholarship Recipients: Jackson Bartol, Ann Schmitz

Thomas & Elizabeth Butterbrodt Scholarship


Tom grew up in Beaver Dam and went on to attend UW Madison before joining the Marine Corps. Liz grew up right here Berlin and attended Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska for two years before graduating from UW-Madison in 1961. Tom began working at the Berlin Foundry in 1964 working in sales and other positions, eventually moving his way up to president of the company. The Butterbrodts purchased the foundry in 1986 developing it into a thriving business that would employ hundreds of people.


Because of the many hard-working people who labored in the business and community, when the foundry was sold again in 1995 the Butterbrodts decided to give back to the community through the BCSC. They choose this organization because Tom was a long-time board member and vice president of the BCSC and Liz was a BHS alum. At that time, they established two annual scholarships, a $2,000 one awarded to a high school student and a second $2,000 one awarded to a college student.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Anna Schumacher

 

Class of 1960 Scholarship


The Class of 1960 believes that sustaining friendships and keeping in contact is important. In May of 2010 they were able to present their first scholarship to a graduating BHS senior. The student selected each year must be in good academic standing and the award is given after completion of a semester of college. The Class of ‘60 is happy to endow an ongoing $1000 scholarship.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Anna Schumacher

 

Class of 1963 Scholarship


As the BHS Class of ‘63 began planning for their 50th reunion, they decided to establish an endowment that would provide an ongoing scholarship to a graduating BHS senior. They presented their very first award that same year and continue to add to their endowed amount to provide a larger scholarship.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Cayli Johnson

 

Class of 1964 Scholarship


In celebration of their 50th class reunion, the Class of ‘64 established an endowed scholarship to be awarded to a graduating BHS senior.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Adam Luttropp


Connie Curran Scholarship


When Connie Curran graduated from BHS in 1965, she knew she wanted to attend UW Madison and become a nurse. She needed financial aid and received it in the form of several local scholarships, although not big in today’s standards, these helped her achieve her goal. More importantly, those scholarships became the impetus to Connie establishing a scholarship.

 

Connie, not only achieved her goal of becoming a nurse, but later become the first woman dean at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She went on to found her own healthcare company, served as the founding executive director of C-Change, a national organization dedicated to eradicating cancer, and continued to serve as a national health consultant and speaker.

 

She believed in giving back to one’s community, “We are all given time, talent and treasure,” said Connie, “and it’s up to us to pass those on, whether it’s writing a check or volunteering our time.” “Everyone has the opportunity to give back in the same way. For me, giving scholarships allows me to express the hope that young women will develop their leadership skills and change the world.”


Before passing in 2014, Ms. Curran had made provision in her will for an endowed scholarship to continue in her name. The Connie Curran $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a high school graduating female displaying academic and leadership skills.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Madeline Maxson

 

Drexel Building Supply Scholarship


Drexel Building Supply, formerly Berlin Building Supply, has given an annual scholarship since 2002 to a graduating senior with interest in the building trades.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Mason Smoody

 

Farmers & Merchants Bank Team Scholarship


This scholarship is given through donations from Farmers and Merchants Bank employees to a graduating Berlin High School senior to support their secondary education.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Brady Pomplun

 

Farmers & Merchants Bank Scholarship


Farmers & Merchants Bank is a full-service community bank that supports its customers and treats them like family. Founded in 1940 and run by the Kujawa family ever since, the compassionate family leadership structure gives the business the ability to offer flexible banking in a unique way. Farmers & Merchants Bank provides scholarships to both BHS graduating seniors and college students each year. The recipients must be in a good academic standing and the scholarships are intended to help alleviate book fees and tuition costs. Farmers & Merchants Bank has provided high school & college scholarships; this year’s scholarships of $1000 are being given to 5 high school students.


2023 Scholarship Recipients: Connor Batley, Robert Frank, Mia Simon, Harmony Gire, Laurel Miller


Eugene Ficken


Eugene has been a proud and active member in the Berlin community for many years. An annual scholarship will be given to a high school student in Eugene’s name.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Elyse Osterberg 


Fortifi Bank Scholarship


Fortifi Bank has been Growin’ Wisconsin for over 140 years – one person, one business, one relationship at a time. With locations in Berlin, Green Lake, Montello, Ripon, Omro, Green Bay, Waunakee, and Winneconne. They take great pride in every facet of the community they serve – from homebuyers, small businesses, and local agriculture, to the area’s overall economy. They understand the importance of education and offer financial education and scholarships to graduating high schools in each of their communities. 


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Madeline Maxson

 

Frost Family


The Richard Frost family awards two $1000 scholarships in memory of his wife, Shirley, and their daughter, Ann Marie Frost Arb. Shirley dedicated her life to the nursing profession working at Berlin Memorial Hospital for 44 years and helped educate future nurses at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The Shirley Frost Scholarship is awarded to someone going into the nursing profession. Ann Marie Frost Arb was a 1988 Berlin High School graduate who grew up on a dairy farm and had a love for animals. Ann worked in a veterinarian’s office during her lifetime and prior to her death had gone back to school to earn a nursing degree. The Ann Maria Frost Arb Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing either a nursing or veterinary science degree. 


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Breanna Mosier, Katalyn Piechowski

 

The Helmrick Family Scholarship


John Helmrick (class of 72) was a lifelong resident of Berlin. He was a fixture in the community- as a small business owner, as an EMT, and as a devoted son, husband, and father. While his loss in 2019 was a blow to all those who knew and loved him, his family can think of no better way of honoring his memory than by awarding an annual scholarship to a worthy member of the Berlin Community pursuing a technical education.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Mason Smoody

 

Karl Henke Scholarship


Karl, a ‘04 BHS graduate, is a local success story. Karl is now a Naval Reactor Engineer living in Alexandria, Virginia and working in Washington D.C. He deals with the construction, testing, operation, and maintenance of Virginia class nuclear submarines, currently specializing in the electric, instrumentation, and control aspects of the propulsion plant. He finds his work challenging and extremely rewarding. Karl says he frequently finds himself applying skills learned at BHS to his everyday work and feels that BHS helped lay the foundation for the skills necessary for him to successfully do his job. He very much appreciates the BCSC’s generous financial help years ago and says that it truly made a difference in his life. Because of this, Karl is motivated to give back to the fund that helped him more than a decade ago.


He feels a scholarship is truly an investment in the future, and in his case helped him with his goal of serving in the US Navy and working nuclear submarines. Karl has generously donated scholarship funds to BCSC and encourages other BHS grads and BCSC recipients to consider how the Berlin community invested in them and whether they too can pay it back to the next generation of Berlin scholars.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Joseph Garczynski

 

Ruth and Fred Krause Scholarship


Ruth, a longtime elementary teacher in Berlin, was the first person to establish a named scholarship through BCSC. Upon her retirement in 1985 she established the Ruth Krause Scholarship to be awarded to a graduating high school senior attending college to become a teacher. After her husband, Fred, passed away Ruth chose to add his name to the scholarship to honor him.

Boone Kujawa Memorial


Boone Paul Kujawa’s infectious smile, huge heart, and caring demeanor touched so many in the 12 years he was with us. He loved school, he loved sports, and he loved his friends. It is these three things that encompass the criteria of the Boone Kujawa Scholarship —the most important being friendship.

 

Boone was everyone’s best friend. He made everyone feel good about themselves. Boone was a friend to all. In this memory, Boone’s family awards this annual scholarship to individuals who demonstrate strong academic and extracurricular attributes, and most importantly, are loyal friends—a true judgment of one’s character.

 

2023 Scholarship Recipient: Caitlin Starks

 

John & Nancy Kujawa Memorial


John and Nancy Kujawa both graduated from Berlin High School and were lifelong supporters of education and the Berlin community. Nancy attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin Madison before receiving a scholarship to the University of Michigan, where she earned a master’s degree in social work. John graduated from Marquette University and served in the Army from 1958-1960 before working at Farmers & Merchants Bank in Berlin, where he had a career that spanned over 60 years focused on serving individuals, business owners, and institutions in Berlin and surrounding areas. John’s and Nancy’s commitment to the community and to the furthering the educational opportunities available to students from Berlin was a constant during their life and continues after their passing.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Cole Buttke

 

Joshua Lesniak Memorial Scholarship


Josh graduated from BHS in 2005, and was swept away by an avalanche in 2014 while snowmobiling with friends in Colorado. Josh was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. He was also a Master Certified Automotive Technician and enjoyed working on anything mechanical. Josh would say that his favorite place in the whole world was on top of the mountains. He would say, “Go big or go home” and he lived just that way through his last day of his life. Family and friends are providing an annual named scholarship to a graduating senior in his memory.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Jonathan Mathiesen


Panoramic Financial Solutions


Panoramic Financial Solutions, a private wealth advisory firm, is proud to support young adults in their higher education endeavors.  Julie Gurkowski-Koehn, financial advisor and Berlin High School alumna, is passionate about giving back to the community and helping it thrive.

 

As financial planners, we recognize the rising cost of tuition can be burdensome for many families.  By offering a scholarship to a Berlin high school graduate, we aim to help make education goals become a reality.


The student selected to receive this scholarship is pursuing a degree in Business or Finance.  The Panoramic Financial Solutions team is pleased to offer this $500 scholarship annually to a graduating Berlin High School senior.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Adam Luttropp


Harlo Paulsen Scholarship


Harlo Paulsen grew up on the family farm just east of Redgranite. He was educated in the Berlin School system; he was a good student and loved being part of the football team. Harlo graduated from BHS in 1962 and attended UW-River Falls for almost two years.

 

Returning home to help run the family farm when his father became ill, passing at the age of 52, making it impossible for Harlo to complete his college degree. When Harlo passed away in 2009, a good friend suggested establishing a scholarship in Harlo’s name. His family and friends meet each year, near the time of Harlo’s birthday, to share memories and contribute to the scholarship. It was agreed that the scholarship would be awarded to a student pursuing studies in agriculture since Harlo was “always a farmer at heart.”


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Madison Mertens

 

Melvin & Mary Pederson Family Scholarships


All four of Melvin and Mary Pederson’s children (Mike, Ann, Paul & Jim) grew up in Berlin and graduated from BHS. All four also went on to graduate from UW-Madison. They decided to provide this scholarship since they all received scholarships upon their graduations and greatly appreciated both the financial help and recognition. Their parents were very strong supporters of education and believed that their children and all children should get as much education as possible. They hope that their $5000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior will help lead to the recipient’s future success in life.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Adam Luttropp

 

Ralph & Sophie Redemann Memorial Scholarship


Ralph and Sophie were two life –long Berlin area residents. Ralph graduated with the BHS class of 1938 and later enlisted in the Army proudly serving during World War II. For most of his working career he was an employee of the Berlin Tannery. Sophie graduated with the BHS class of 1936. She started as a stitcher at several different Berlin “fur and leather” companies and many years later retired as a nursing assistant from Juliette Manor. After retirement they spent many hours enjoying the activities and volunteering at the Berlin Senior Center, as well as traveling to various U.S locations.


In their memory their daughter, Donna Redemann Bersch and son in law Carl Bersch have established this scholarship. Donna is a Fox Valley Technical College instructor, who believes, as her parents did, in the importance of education and the value of a good teacher. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior entering the field of education.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Emilee Wegner


Schram Ag Memorial Scholarship


The Schram Ag Memorial scholarship is established in memory of Richard, Ed & Dennis Schram, farmers who loved to work the land. They were fourth generation brothers who passed the legacy of farming to the next generation of over a 100-year family home farm. This scholarship is to be awarded to a student pursuing studies in an agriculture related field.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: April Ryckman, Joey Thrasher

 

Richard “Dick” Sieg Scholarship


Dick graduated from BHS in 1964, then graduated from UW-Oshkosh in 1968 and later earned a master’s degree from Northern Michigan. Dick taught at Lombardi Middle School and Southwest High School in Green Bay. While at Southwest, he coached the Girls Basketball team to 6 straight conference championships and took his team to the WIAA State Basketball tournament in Madison 3 times.

 

When people heard Dick Sieg’s name they thought of a great math teacher, a great coach, and a great leader of the Green Bay Education Association. But he also spent countless hours volunteering within the community, especially for 2 of his favorite organizations, The Aging and Disability Resource Center and The Salvation Army. His positive attitude was reflected whenever he was asked how he was, and his response was always the same “fantastic and getting better.”

 

Before Dick passed away in 2015, he made provision for ongoing scholarships to be awarded in his name through BCSC. His estate is annually providing one $3000 scholarship to a graduating BHS girl basketball player and one $3000 scholarship to a student pursing a degree in education.


2023 Scholarship Recipients: Anna Kurczek, Maribel Herrada


Thrivent Financial Scholarship


Thrivent Financial has provided scholarships since 2013. David & Sara Shattuck, Cathy Hargrave and Jim Carriveau proudly offer this scholarship.

The Berlin Thrivent Financial team feels strongly about the importance of education. They are passionate about helping others and giving back to the community. Helping Berlin area students further their education is a natural choice for them.

The student receiving this scholarship is ideally leaning toward a degree in Business and or Finance. The Thrivent team is pleased to offer this $1,500 scholarship annually to a graduating Berlin High School senior.

2023 Scholarship Recipient: Cole Buttke

Anonymous 

A scholarship created by an anonymous donor who shares our organization's mission. 

2023 Scholarship Recipient: Anna McCarthy

scholarships for current college students

Berlin Education Association Scholarship


The Berlin Education Association, made up of educators from the Berlin Area School District, has provided scholarships, awarded through BCSC since 1989. An annual Spaghetti dinner raises funds to provide scholarships for college students pursuing degrees in education.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Joshua Piechowski


Jane Bartol Memorial Scholarship


A lifelong resident of our community and graduate of Berlin High School, Jane Bartol was a nurse in Berlin and the surrounding areas for nearly 30 years. She was known to her patients and coworkers alike for her knowledge, dedication, work ethic, and compassionate, yet honest care. As someone who returned to school to join that profession after starting a family, education was an important part of Jane’s life, and the lives of those she impacted so much, such as her children and grandchildren. To help honor her life and the career for which she was known, a memorial scholarship was established in her name to assist college students from Berlin pursuing a nursing degree.  


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Chiara Chier


Berlin Community Scholarship Corporation

Scholarships sponsored by the BCSC for students from the Berlin area currently working on their post-secondary studies. 


2023 Scholarship Recipients: Bria Reiser, Kara Fritz, Emma Jenskins, Wyatt Lind, Luke Schroeder, Gabrielle Reiser, Alexa Fleegal, Keziah Fredenburg, Jeremy Disterhaft, Nya Osterberg, Violet Lueck, Cassandra Coats, Sophia Ryf, Bryce Werch, Allison Wendt, Skylar Longsine, Jalliana Ledesma, Kaylee Olson, Xavier Wendt, Ashley Cottello, Lauren Batley, Adam Sobieski


Ruth and Dick Blasé Scholarship


Former elementary educator, Ruth, left provision in her will for ongoing scholarships to be awarded through the BCSC. Ruth and her husband, Dick, lived in the Berlin School District. Beginning in 2000 an annual scholarship in their names has been awarded to a college student as they complete their post high school education.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Ashley Ryckman


Thomas & Elizabeth Butterbrodt Scholarship


Tom grew up in Beaver Dam and went on to attend UW Madison before joining the Marine Corps. Liz grew up right here Berlin and attended Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska for two years before graduating from UW-Madison in 1961. Tom began working at the Berlin Foundry in 1964 working in sales and other positions, eventually moving his way up to president of the company. The Butterbrodts purchased the foundry in 1986 developing it into a thriving business that would employ hundreds of people.


Because of the many hard-working people who labored in the business and community, when the foundry was sold again in 1995 the Butterbrodts decided to give back to the community through the BCSC. They choose this organization because Tom was a long-time board member and vice president of the BCSC and Liz was a BHS alum. At that time, they established two annual scholarships, a $2,000 one awarded to a high school student and a second $2,000 one awarded to a college student.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Maddy Rilling

Ollie & Katherine Disotell Scholarship


Ollie was a 1938 graduate of BHS and served his country in the Marine Corps during World War II. He was the assistant cashier at Farmers & Merchants Bank for 40 years and also owned several businesses. Ollie was also active in a number of civic and service organizations within the community. His wife, Katherine, loved children and helped raise three generations of nieces and nephews. Ollie and Katherine Disotell included the BCSC in their estate planning to provide ongoing scholarships to area students.


2023 Scholarship Recipients: Cecilia Bruce-DeMuri, Luyen Pham


Dr. John & Herta Feren


John had been an Optometrist in the Berlin Community for many years. John and his wife Herta are currently residing in the Neshkoro area. They wish to award a named scholarship annually to a college student.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Emily Klawitter


Roger Field Memorial


Roger Field, family man, pharmacist & business owner passed away December 2021. He left behind the legacy of caring for the citizens of Berlin. At his pharmacy, his motto was always to put people first. Roger gave back to the Berlin community by serving others. When his children were young, he served as School Board president for many years and once retired, Roger volunteered at Clay Lamberton School by helping students read and serving as the school’s “security guard.”


Roger cared for his community and wanted to see others succeed. Roger graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1963 with a Pharmacy degree. Roger always respected everyone and he encouraged those who wanted to work hard and study hard to obtain an education because that would help better their community. This scholarship will go to a student with similar values.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Alysha Pischke


Howard & Avis Kolpin Memorial Scholarship


Howard Kolpin, along with his brother Earl, started Kolpin Manufacturing in 1944. They produced quality accessories for outdoor activities and, although not located in Berlin any longer, are known around the world as a leader of quality products in the hunting industry. In 1999, Howard’s widow, Avis, created a scholarship in his name. Before Avis passed away she made provision in her will for a $5,000 named scholarship to be awarded annually to a college student with a major in business.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Grace Werch


John & Nancy Kujawa Memorial


John and Nancy Kujawa both graduated from Berlin High School and were lifelong supporters of education and the Berlin community. Nancy attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin Madison before receiving a scholarship to the University of Michigan, where she earned a master’s degree in social work. John graduated from Marquette University and served in the Army from 1958-1960 before working at Farmers & Merchants Bank in Berlin, where he had a career that spanned over 60 years focused on serving individuals, business owners, and institutions in Berlin and surrounding areas. John’s and Nancy’s commitment to the community and to the furthering the educational opportunities available to students from Berlin was a constant during their life and continues after their passing.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Emily Carlson


Thomas & Sandra Lother


Sandra Lother taught business classes at Berlin High School for 28 years and her husband Tom was an accountant and office manager at the Berlin Fabrication Company and Foundry and its successor companies.  Sandra was part of the original committee that laid the framework for the Berlin Community Scholarship Corporation beginning in 1984. 


She continued as a BCSC board member until her retirement from teaching in 1998. At that time Sandra and Tom moved to Casco, Wisconsin to enjoy their retirement.  They live on a farm that has been in her family for over 100 years.  Sandra says, “Berlin schools and BCSC have a special place in my heart” and she and Tom are pleased to be able to help students complete their college educations with an annual scholarship. 


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Hannah Nigbor


Nohr Estate Scholarships


Lonnie and Adeline Nohr lived and worked in Berlin many years. Lonnie was a pattern maker at the Berlin Foundry and Adeline was a nurse at Berlin Memorial Hospital. The Nohrs wanted to provide assistance to college students enrolled in medical studies as they completed their education. Adeline recognized college costs continued to rise and she knew many students struggled to pay their costs. Before Lonnie passed away in 1994 and Adeline in 1997, they had included BCSC in their estate planning to provide two scholarships according to their wishes. Since 1998, annual scholarships totaling $2000 have been awarded to nursing students in their names.


2023 Scholarship Recipients: Hannah Mertens, Myah Jodarski


David & Janice Richmond Memorial Scholarship


David Richmond was born and raised in Stevens Point, WI. After graduating high school in 1947, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. There he earned his business degree and graduated in 1953. In 1969 David went on to earn his Master’s Degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His first teaching job was in Rudolph, Wisconsin where he met his wife Janice. David taught business at the high school level for 32 years. Twenty-nine of those years were spent teaching business at Berlin High School. Janice held various positions in the business world in Green Lake, Oshkosh and Berlin. Janice enthusiastically supported the creation of this scholarship. The David and Janice Richmond Memorial Scholarship was established for a graduating senior or post-secondary student pursuing a business degree.


2023 Scholarship Recipient: Bryce Greening


Eva B. Smith Estate Scholarship


Eva B. Smith, a lifelong educator, passed away in July 2000. She left a legacy which will live on in the form of scholarships for Berlin area students. Eva was a public-school teacher and principal for many years; from 1967 until her retirement, she was a school psychologist for Cooperative Education Services Agency 13 (CESA). In the 1970s and 1980s she worked in the Berlin Area School District. Miss Smith held education in high regard and left a substantial portion of her estate to BCSC. This contribution will provide scholarships totaling $11,000 annually to be awarded in her name.


2023 Scholarship Recipients: Mateja Clark, Kaden Fritz, Caden Chier, Erica Jones, Brady Wagner, Amelia Buttke, Samantha Schumacher