March 1, 2021 by Marcy Heim | No Comments

The Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Inc. (WROF) is proud to announce the WROF Premier Scholarship – an award of $5,000 to be presented to a Wisconsin high school senior pursuing a post-secondary education following graduation. 

“WROF initiated the Premier Scholarship program in 2020 and received over 300 applications from graduating high school seniors – a tremendous response for a brand-new award! Our selection committee was overwhelmed with the quality of the applicants. WROF is pleased to again offer this scholarship to an individual who has a career plan and passion to return to and serve in rural Wisconsin. It truly fits the purpose of our Foundation,” says Joan Behr, WROF President.

Last year’s recipient was Peyton Mykel-Marie Clark from Ontario, Wis. She was a 2020 graduated from Brookwood High School and is the daughter of Todd and Tracy Clark. Clark is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education at Western Technical College.

Clark says, “The biggest surprise of my first semester was how hands on it was. I was just a few weeks in and I was already being placed in a childcare setting to gain more experience. I was also surprised that most of my classes were my Early Childhood Education classes and not all general education classes”.

The student recipient must be a high school senior at one of Wisconsin’s public or private schools, who has been living in rural Wisconsin for at least two years. “Rural” is defined as traditional rural areas and rural towns of 25,000 population or less. The award will support tuition and books, up to $2,500 per semester, for any post high school experience in Wisconsin for two semesters as long as a 2.5 GPA is maintained.

To apply, visit wrof.org. Only applications submitted ONLINE with an official transcript and letters of recommendation will be considered. The deadline to apply is prior to midnight March 31, 2021.

Since 1934, the Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation, Inc. has invested 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, more than 6000 individuals have received over $6.2 million in scholarships and grants in agricultural and rural health care education in over 30 different Wisconsin educational institutions and programs.

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