WROF, Inc. Loan Program Applications Now Being Accepted 

UW Veterinary School 4th Year students and UW WARM 4th year students. $10,000 loans with 2% interest and up to $5000 loan forgiveness for every year spent practicing in Wisconsin post graduation. Contact info@wrof.org for an application, today!

Premier Scholarship Award WROF Inc. Board Scholars Announced!

With over 300 outstanding applications, and an entirely on-line selection process, we are delighted to announce not only our first-ever WROF, Inc Premier Scholar but also nine additional awards!

All of our applicants demonstrated excellence in academic performance,  community service and had financial need. They make a difference in their families, community and rural Wisconsin! We were honored to hear their stories.  We also wish to commend the parents of these applicants.  They should be so very proud. Their children reflect quality values, work ethic and high expectations.

Peyton Mykel-Marie Clark from Ontario, Wisconsin selected.

It is our honor and joy to announce that the 2020 Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Inc. Premier Scholarship has been awarded to Peyton Mykel-Marie Clark from Ontario, Wisconsin. Peyton graduated from Brookwood High School and her parents are Todd and Tracy Clark.   She will receive up to $2500/semester towards her tuition for up to four semesters for a total award of $10,000.  Peyton is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education at Western Technical College.  She is deeply involved in her family dairy, beef and crop farm and looks forward to bringing agriculture into the classroom upon her graduation as she teaches in her home rural area.

Board Generosity creates NINE additional WROF Board Scholars

Thanks to the generosity of several members of the WROF, Inc. Board, an additional nine awards were granted. These students will receive a $1000 award this year to use towards their education this fall.  The students, and their Board scholarship donor, are:

  • Archie Cooley, Mount Hope – The Brett Renk/Renk Seed WROF Board Scholar
  • Katherine Eugster, Stoughton – The Pat Duffy/Duffy Grain WROF Board Scholar
  • Zachary Fehrman, Bowler – The Charles P. Crave WROF Board Scholar
  • Kelly Hueckman, Prentice – The Curtis Hanson/Midstate Equipment WROF Board Scholar
  • Jeremiah Ihm, Lancaster – The Mary Elvekrog WROF Board Scholar
  • Kendra Jentz, Bloomington – The Pat Duffy/Duffy Grains WROF Board Scholar
  • Dylan Nitchey, Clayton – The Curtis Hanson/Midstate Equipment WROF Board Scholar
  • Savannah Siders, Mishicot – The Jim Caldwell/Citizens Bank WROF Scholar
  • Melissa Srnka, Algoma – The Joan Behr WROF Board Scholar

These young people are beginning college during this more unique time in our history.  We are confident they will move rural Wisconsin forward in new and wonderful ways.

WROF 2020-2021 Award Allocations Made

Each year the Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors selects from educational institutions and organizations from across the State as recipients of their annual awards. Some schools, like UW-Platteville, UW-Madison and UW-River Falls have received scholarship awards for over 50 years totaling over $250,000.

This year the WROF, Inc Board launched a new program with the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation in support of the Cornerstone Dairy School. In this way the WROF can invest into the education of the State’s current Dairy Farmers who are facing some challenging times.

In addition to scholarships, the WROF provides loans for students in the UW Veterinary School, the WARM program and others. These loans are partially forgiven if the student remains in Wisconsin to practice post graduation.

The 2020-2021 WROF Scholars Program was shared with the schools, programs and organizations who were designated for support.  Now, the schools, programs and organizations are going through their selection process.  The schools and programs select the recipients for the awards using the criteria established by the WROF and inform the WROF of the scholars.

If you believe you have an educational program that fosters vitality in rural Wisconsin through educational opportunities, contact Marcy Heim, Executive Director, to be considered for funding. She may be contacted at 608-772-6777 or marcy@marcyheim.com.

Making a Positive Impact on Wisconsin’s Rural Enterprise

Since 1934, the Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Inc. has fostered the vitality of rural Wisconsin. The WROF, Inc. invests in the education of people from rural Wisconsin so they, in turn, can transform and improve the economic health and quality of life in their rural areas.

As a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, it has made a tangible, positive impact on Wisconsin’s rural enterprise. More than 6000 individuals have been empowered with over $6.2 million in scholarships and grants in agricultural and rural health care education in over 30 different Wisconsin educational institutions and programs.

To learn more about the WROF, Inc., please read about our history.