C.O.L.L.E.G.E. Scholarship

C.O.L.L.E.G.E. Scholarship

(Creating Opportunity for Local Learners to Explore Greater Education)

The C.O.L.L.E.G.E. scholarship is open to Portage County residents seeking post-secondary education and applicants must demonstrate both community involvement/volunteerism and financial need.

See our list containing this and other scholarships on our Grants page.

Made possible by:

Connie Kreider

Friends of the Children-The Power of Mentoring

Connie Kreider: (Fund Rep)

Friends of the Children-The Power of Mentoring originally had been created to help struggling young readers in the local community to close their reading gap.

Mentoring a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support, advice, friendship and encouragement has proved to be a powerful tool for helping young people fulfill their potential.

Since I was unable to continue the program I felt that helping children by providing scholarships would be the best fit for my purpose of helping kids. That is why I decided to help support the C.O.L.L.E.G.E. Fund.

Terry & Karla Rothmann

Aaron G. Rothmann Memorial

Terry & Karla Rothmann: (Fund Reps)

Fun and funny, Aaron was an adventurous young man full of life and everything in it. Though strong-willed, he had a big heart. In September of 1999, he was involved in an auto accident In Boulder, Colorado, and died. His parents, along with his siblings Ben, Chris, and Jessica, changed a family fund at the Community Foundation into the Aaron G. Rothmann Memorial Fund. This tragic event showed the family that they can never take each other for granted, and that they could turn their loss around and help the community that took care of them in their time of need. Recently parents Terry and Karla Rothmann made the decision to merge Aaron’s fund into the new C.O.L.L.E.G.E. Scholarship Fund to be able to award scholarships to Portage County residents seeking higher education.

Nancy Moore

Leadership Circle Member

Nancy Moore:

After a lifetime as student, then professor, then informal learner, a scholarship fund for worthy local students seems just right. It’s my investment in the future, locally grown; it’s my tribute to those who have learned and taught here.

Joan Joerns

Leadership Circle Member

Joan Joerns (gift given in memoriam)

One of the many terms used to describe Joan Joerns was that she was wonderfully quirky like Pinky the Flamingo, who resided prominently in the flower box above Joan’s front door at 1636 Clark Street, to the full length orange Mickey and Minnie Mouse American Gothic skirt she wore every Thanksgiving, to speaking in tongues to the delight of her nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. But perhaps her greatest quirkiness was her love for Stevens Point and her generosity for those organizations like the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin that make it such a special place.

Carl Wohlbier

Leadership Circle Member

Carl Wohlbier

Carl graduated from Central State Teacher’s College (now UWSP) in 1958 with a degree in Conservation, Education, and General Science. He worked at the Junction State Bank for 32 years where his interest in agriculture and the environment were the perfect match to assist customers. It was his wish that deserving students have an opportunity to continue their education and the C.O.L.L.E.G.E. Scholarship is the ideal fund.

Joe Wozniak

Leadership Circle Member

Joe Wozniak

Born, lived [except 4 years in USAF] and died too soon in Stevens Point. Most natural mechanic you’d ever meet and performed mechanical miracles on a daily basis. Always generous with his time by teaching others. Boy Scout leader.

As the old saying goes, For those who knew Joe, no words are required; for those who didn’t, no words are enough.