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Community Foundation of Dunn County awards scholarships to local high school students

This year, the Community Foundation of Dunn County and its donors awarded a total of $40,500 in scholarships to a diverse group of 65 students from area high schools.  Executive Director, Georgina Tegart, explained that students are extremely grateful to receive these scholarships and often send in letters of appreciation to the donors, because the funds are an enormous help in easing the financial obligations of advanced education.

 The Community Foundation awards not only its own scholarships but all the scholarships that used to fall under the Menomonie Area Public Schools Foundation (MAPS) and the Boyceville Education Scholarship Trust (BEST). “We are humbled to have the honor of serving out the wishes of our donors and the MAPs and BEST donors,” Tegart said. “Through our scholarship program, that means directing charitable dollars toward supporting local students as they continue to pursue their educational goals.”

Students received their awards at awards night at Menomonie High School on Monday May 5th and at Colfax High School on Wednesday May 7th.  Boyceville awards night is scheduled for May 28th.

The following were among those awarded scholarships from scholarship funds managed by the Foundation:

• Whitney DeMoe, Colfax High School – Cammie B. Johnson Memorial Scholarship

• Heidi Lieffort, Colfax High School – 1LT Jeremy L. Wolfe Memorial Scholarship

Anyone interested in supporting the educational goals of Menomonie High School students and who used to donate to the Menomonie Area Public Schools Foundation can contribute to the general scholarship fund at the Community Foundation called Dollars for Scholars. All gifts support scholarships for graduating high school seniors from Menomonie High School  as determined by the School Scholarship Committee. Donations can now be made online at www.cfdunncounty.org.

About the Community Foundation for Dunn County

Established in 1995, The Community Foundation helps a broad cross section of citizens build a stronger Dunn County through effective philanthropy. One of more than 700 community foundations in the country, it is a tax-exempt, public charity that holds nearly 150 distinct funds, which are pooled, managed and invested to generate growth and income for granting purposes. Governed by a volunteer board of local leaders, the Foundation offers services to donors and nonprofit organizations, as well as a wide range of benefits to the community.