Alan N. Sulzer Memorial
This $1,500 scholarship is offered in memory of Alan N. Sulzer to a senior who pursues a career in engineering at an accredited four-year university. He or she has also demonstrated an interest in hands-on science and engineering activities at BDHS. Alan was the lead programming mentor for BDHS RoboHackerz robotics team. The team is comprised of 7-12th graders from the BD area. Alan’s background as a graduate in mechanical engineering from UW-Platteville, as well as his leadership skills as an Eagle Scout, and work as a John Deere test engineer were inspiring for the students.
American Association of University Women - Beaver Dam Branch
The American Association of University Women is a national organization, which was founded in 1882 to open doors of education for women and to widen opportunities for women to use their training. The local branch, established in 1934, pursues that goal while recognizing the need for equal opportunity. The Beaver Dam Branch AAUW awards two scholarships to students who reside in the Beaver Dam Unified School District. These awards are given in memory of Cynthia Loomis and Nancy Kasper, two long-time members of the AAUW.
American National Bank of Beaver Dam
The American National Bank awards one $1,500 scholarship each year to a member of the graduating class based on scholastic achievement, leadership, cooperation, and dependability.
Arthur G. Heimler Memorial
This scholarship is endowed in memory of Arthur Heimler, a BDHS graduate, class of 1934. He was an active participant in football, basketball and track during his high school years.
The Beaver Dam High School Endowment Fund was established to provide citizens and groups in Beaver Dam the opportunity to contribute money in any amount to a fund that could earn interest for scholarships. Interest has accumulated sufficiently to award two college/university scholarships this year.
Beaver Dam Education Association
The Beaver Dam Education Association is proud of the accomplishments of our graduates and supports the belief that education should be a lifelong pursuit by offering two $1,500 academic scholarships.
Beaver Dam Fire & Rescue Department
For over 140 years, the Beaver Dam Fire Department's mission has been to protect and serve the community. In keeping with that tradition, the members of the Beaver Dam Fire & Rescue Department are proud to continue its service to the community by offering this technical college scholarship.
Beaver Dam Lions Club
On behalf of the Beaver Dam Lions Club, one academic scholarship of $1,600 and one technical $400 scholarship are presented to seniors to further their education at a college or any institution of higher learning of their choice.
Beaver Dam Noon Kiwanis Club
To encourage scholarship among the students of Beaver Dam High School and to assist in attaining a college education by worthy students, the Beaver Dam Noon Kiwanis Club offers two annual scholarships to graduating members of the senior class who continue their education at a college or university of their choice. The two awards each consist of $1,500 to be awarded in the amount of $750 the first year and $750 the second year of college.
Beaver Dam Optimist Club Doug Randall Memorial
The Optimist Club is pleased to present a $550 scholarship to a senior class member for continuing education at a two-year technical college of his or her choice.
Beaver Dam Optimist Club Harry Thieme Memorial
In keeping with the slogan, "Friend of Youth", the Optimist Club offers a $1,000 scholarship to a member of the senior class for continuing education at a college of his or her choice.
Beaver Dam Rotary Club
Rotary Clubs throughout the world are united in their efforts to inspire, encourage, and help youth to further their education with the presentation of scholarships. Rotary International presents scholarships for study at colleges and universities throughout the world. Two students are receiving scholarships from the Beaver Dam Rotary Club for use at a college, university, or technical college in the United States. These awards consist of one $1,000 academic scholarship and one $1,000 technical scholarship offered to students who reside in the Beaver Dam Unified School District.
Beaver Dam Unified School District Administrators
This $1,500 scholarship is awarded by the Beaver Dam Unified School District administrators to a graduate for scholastic achievement, community involvement and service, and for exhibiting potential for future achievement, leadership, and success, who wishes to continue his or her education at an accredited college, pursuing a degree in the field of education.
Beaver Dam Woman’s Club Arts
Members of the Beaver Dam Woman’s Club have supported and volunteered in the arts, education, conservation, and community projects for 109 years (1899-2008). They have sponsored the Helen Mears Art Contest for 7th and 8th graders since 1927, and have participated in the high school scholarship program since 1957. To continue this legacy of service, the Club is using a bequest it received in 1971 from the estate of member, Gertrude Friday, to endow scholarships for students pursuing a career in the arts.
Breuer Metal Craftsmen
These two scholarships are being presented to outstanding students going into the field of engineering, construction, metals, or drafting.
Burgess-Norton Manufacturing Company
AMSTED Industries Foundation
This $2,500 scholarship is awarded to provide financial support for a graduating student who wishes to pursue his/her education in fields that relate to careers in the manufacturing industry. Scholarships are open to all qualified candidates; however, preference is given to qualified students who are dependents of Burgess-Norton employees (regardless of field of study) or a student who has been employed by Burgess-Norton.
Cheese Wheel Achievement
The Cheese Wheel Achievement Scholarship is presented to two graduating seniors. These two $500 scholarships will go to students showing leadership skills, scholastic ability, and community service. Preference will be to a student entering the healthcare or automotive fields.
Chuck and Mary Jane Ingraham Hoch
These scholarships have been endowed by Chuck Hoch and Mary Jane Ingraham Hoch, alumni of Beaver Dam High School. It is awarded to a graduating senior who has been academically successful, a good citizen of the school and community, and plans to attend a college/university.
* Class of 1965
The 303 members of the Beaver Dam High School Class of 1965 are pleased to provide a $900 scholarship to a graduating member of the senior class who wishes to continue his or her education at an accredited technical college of their choice.
* Class of 1990
This is a one-time scholarship established by alumni of the BDHS Class of 1990. This award is given in honor and in memory of the qualities possessed by this class. Qualified recipients should demonstrate leadership, kindness, compassion towards others, and be a good citizen of the school and community. Preference shall be given to a student pursuing a career in a helping profession.
Countryside Auto Group
With great pleasure and satisfaction, Countryside Auto Group would like to encourage graduating seniors to pursue higher education by offering two scholarships. A $1,000 scholarship is offered to a student planning to attend a four-year college or university and a $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student planning to attend a two-year technical college.
Debbie Omen Memorial
Debbie was a lifelong resident of Beaver Dam, where she graduated from BDHS in 1976. Among her many passions were her ornamental gardens. These two $2,000 scholarships are given to qualified students interested in attending an accredited Wisconsin public institution. Preference is given to the individuals interested in pursuing a career in ornamental horticulture, landscaping, botany, or other related field.
Dodge County Historical Society, Inc.
The DCHS, Inc. is awarding two $500 scholarships to deserving students seeking an education after high school.
Dodge County Lodge No. 72 Free and Accepted Masons
The purpose of this scholarship is to honor a graduating senior for academic achievement, community involvement, and service; and for exhibiting potential for future achievement, leadership, and success. The award consists of a $1,000 scholarship.
Donald Spielman Memorial
Don was a talented tradesman who could make or fix anything. He was a lifelong resident of Beaver Dam and a strong supporter of our School District. This scholarship is awarded to an individual who plans to use his or her ingenuity to pursue a degree in the technical field.
Drs. Esser, Krueger and Borja Healthcare
The Dr. Esser, Krueger and Borja Healthcare Scholarship has been established for a graduating senior from Beaver Dam High School planning to pursue an education in the healthcare field. The scholarship is not limited to a four-year college or university but is also open to students wishing to enroll in technical schools who register in courses of advanced study beyond high school credits.
Gilbert H. Koch Memorial
This $1,000 scholarship has been endowed from the estate of Gilbert Koch, proud owner/operator of a long-time Beaver Dam family farm.
Green and Gold
This $1,000 scholarship is awarded for the purpose of encouraging deserving students of high scholastic ability to continue their post-high school education. It is given annually to a graduating senior by the high school staff in order to aid the recipient in attending the college or university of his or her choice.
Holly Sommer Fitzpatrick Memorial
This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduate who will be attending any University of Wisconsin system campus. Ms. Fitzpatrick was a 1992 graduate of BDHS. She had a calling to the teaching profession at a young age and worked diligently in meeting her educational and life goals. She was a distinguished student at Carroll College, graduating Cum Laude in 1996, and was an accomplished, award-winning elementary school teacher in the States of Texas and Maine from 1996 until her death at the age of 31 in 2005.
Horicon Bank is proud to contribute to one of the many communities we serve by annually awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving graduate to help defray the cost of his or her education at a college/university of his or her choice.
Jacob Gassen Memorial
This scholarship is given in memory of PFC Jacob Gassen, a 2008 graduate of BDHS, who was killed in Afghanistan while serving as a medic in the U.S. Army. Jacob loved music and was a member of both the BDHS and BDAO orchestras. The Gassen family would like to honor a graduate who is pursuing a career in a medical field and has participated in the BDHS music program.
James Griesbach Memorial
Jim graduated from BDHS in 1940 and was interested in airplanes and free-hand drawing. This $5,000 scholarship is given to a qualified student interested in attending an accredited Wisconsin public college or university. Preference is given to the individual interested in pursuing a career in aeronautical/space science, engineering, graphic arts, and seeks the opportunity to pursue a higher education.
* Karen Kuhn Memorial
This scholarship is being awarded in remembrance of Karen Kuhn. Karen was a 1980 graduate of BDHS and an active member of the Beaver Dam community. This $500 scholarship is awarded to a student who has achieved academic success, is an active participant in their school and community, and is planning to attend a four-year college or university. Preference will be given to an individual pursuing a degree in marketing and/or communications.
Kirsh Foundry, Inc.
The Kirsh Foundry Scholarships are awarded for the purpose of encouraging young people of high scholastic ability and financial need to continue their education beyond high school. They are granted to graduating seniors to attend a college or university of their choice. One award consists of a $2,500 scholarship. A scholarship to a technical college for $1,000 is also being awarded.
Milburn C. and Katherine C. Cain Memorial
This $2,000 scholarship is awarded to an outstanding senior who intends to pursue a career in therapy, special education, social services, counseling, agriculture or agribusiness.
Mildred Elser Ahrnsbrak
This scholarship has been endowed from the estate of Dr. Henry C. Ahrnsbrak in memory of his wife, Mildred Elser, descendent of a pioneer family of Beaver Dam. Dr. Ahrnsbrak was a teacher and principal at BDHS from 1929-1945. He was an innovative, creative, and visionary educator who encouraged a strong curriculum at BDHS not only in the college preparatory field but also in the technical education area. Dr. Ahrnsbrak continued his service to education in the University of Wisconsin system. This $1,500 scholarship is for a talented graduate of BDHS who will attend a college in the University of Wisconsin system.
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to encourage postsecondary education. A $1,500 award will be made to one graduating member of the senior class who continues his/her education at a college or university of his/her choice.
National Exchange Bank & Trust
National Exchange Bank & Trust is proud to award this $1,000 scholarship to an outstanding senior to assist in the pursuit of his or her education at an accredited college or university.
Northwoods Paper Converting, Inc.
Northwoods Paper Converting is proud to contribute to one of a few communities we serve by annually awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving graduate to help defray the cost of an education at a college/university of his or her choice. Preference is given to qualified students interested in engineering first, then business.
This scholarship of $4,000 is offered to a student who has shown by choice of curriculum and by grades to have an aptitude and an interest in science. It is given by Oris and Elaine Altemus Possin.
Schumann Printers, Inc.
It is Schumann Printers, Inc. desire to encourage all students to continue their education past the high school level. These two scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, will help to defray the cost of this education. We trust the recipients of these scholarships will use it to the best of their ability that will give them the benefit of employment in the future.
* Student Exchange
This $2,000 scholarship is offered by the first AFS student at BDHS, Rolf Hichert. Rolf arrived for the 1964-1965 school year from Goettingen, Germany, stayed with the John Oakley Family, and graduated with his BDHS class. He received so much from our school, the community, and the Oakley’s, he wanted to award a scholarship to give something back for this great life experience. Rolf is managing partner of Hichert+Faisst in Germany, a business communication company.
These two scholarships have been endowed from the estate of Mary M. Swan (1907-2003), daughter of Dr. George and Mary Swan, an influential family in Beaver Dam. Ms. Swan was an educator and generous benefactor in the community. In 1999 she was awarded the "Friend of Education" award by the Beaver Dam Unified School District. The Swan Scholarships are presented to students pursuing an education at a four-year college.
UW Health Beaver Dam Health Career
This $1,000 scholarship is awarded by the physicians and staff of UW Health Beaver Dam to a graduate who pursues a career in the health field at an accredited college/university or technical college. Based on this, and his or her excellent scholastic achievement, leadership, community involvement, and service, and exhibiting achievement and success in his or her chosen field, we proudly present this scholarship.
Vintage Parts, Inc.
Vintage Parts, Inc. offers a scholarship of $2,000, payable at $500 per year over four years, to a senior who has shown outstanding achievement in scholarship and citizenship. Vintage Parts, Inc. also offers a technical college scholarship of $1,000, payable at $500 per year over two years to a senior who has shown outstanding achievement in scholarship and citizenship.
This $1,000 scholarship will be given to an outstanding student who intends to pursue a career in the health sciences.
WBEV-WXRO Radio Jim Stowell Memorial
WBEV-WXRO is awarding this $500 scholarship in memory of Jim Stowell to a student pursuing a career in broadcasting, journalism, or drama. Jim cared greatly for the youth of the community.
Walter and Lydia Schweitzer
This scholarship is awarded in honor of Walter "Wally" and Lydia Schweitzer, who had served friends and residents of the Beaver Dam area for over 50 years. This award is given to an outstanding capstone student who is pursuing his or her education at a technical college. This student has exemplified Mr. & Mrs. Schweitzer's acceptance of challenges, determination to complete tasks, and endless generosity to others. The scholarship of $1,000 is presented by their family.
* Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials
The Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials Foundation annually makes funding available to its President to offer a scholarship to a deserving high school senior who attends a high school in the President’s school district. This scholarship is provided to honor the service of the WASBO President to the Association and to thank his/her school district for allowing the President to serve. This year Beaver Dam’s Director of Business Service, Bob Avery, served as the WASBO President. This scholarship is awarded to the school’s top academic performer interested in pursuing a career in public education.
Women's Affiliate of the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce
To encourage young people to enter the field of business, the Women's Affiliate of the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce offers two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors majoring in business administration or a related field at a four-year college. Also, the Women's Affiliate of the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce is awarding the $500 Gene Boyer Memorial Scholarship in honor of its founder and in acknowledgement of her contribution to global business.
† Amount of award increased in 2016
The following honor awards are presented by organizations, departments, or individuals. Recipients may be talented in more than one area and so may receive more than one honor award. Students who receive monetary awards are eligible to receive honor awards.
Elks National Foundation Arion Award
This award is presented to the outstanding senior in the vocal music program for his or her performance as a musician, service to the local music program, and total service to the school program.
Emily C. Lyons Memorial
This award is offered in memory of Emily C. Lyons, a 2014 graduate of Beaver Dam High School. This shall be awarded to an outstanding senior who plans to pursue a career in the sciences at an accredited four-year university. In addition to other criteria, the recipient shall be judged on his or her promise as a student, sincerity of purpose, kindness to others, and school and community citizenship. This honor also includes a $2,000 scholarship.
Frederick & Margaret Parfrey Honor Award and Scholarship
This $3,000 award is given annually by the family of Frederick and Margaret Parfrey to a graduating BDHS senior who has demonstrated a high level of musical achievement in the Music Department. It is intended that this award be used by the student selected to help with his or her college education.
H. H. Derleth Citizenship Award
This award is to honor the senior boy who is recognized as an outstanding citizen, gets along with others, accepts and carries out responsibilities, gives of himself to his community, school, and who gives his best effort to athletics, scholarship and other activities.
P.E.O. Award of Chapter D Award
P.E.O. encourages the advancement of higher education for women. In keeping with this intent, Chapter D of P.E.O. has for sixty-seven years presented a recognition award to an outstanding senior girl at commencement. She must be a diligent student, have high standards of conduct, be a leader, and show concern for others.
† Ronald B. and Alice K. Edgerton Honor Award and Scholarship
The Edgerton family has endowed this award in memory of Ronald B. and Alice K. Edgerton. Ron Edgerton was born and grew up in the house at the corner of University Place and Spring Street, graduating from Beaver Dam High School in 1925 at age 16. He was a gifted teacher and author, and editor of high school social studies textbooks. Alice Edgerton was a dedicated teacher and reading specialist who married the young man from Beaver Dam. A $1000 award will be made each year to the student who has shown outstanding achievement in Social Studies.
Spirit / Inspire Honor Awards
These awards are presented and sponsored by the BDHS Alumni Class of 1963. They recognize two students who contribute in “outstanding fashion” to the spirit and moral of school life at Beaver Dam High School. These selected individuals are role models for other students due to their spirited involvement in the life and culture of the entire school community. The award winners are chosen by the members of the senior class.
United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award
This award is intended to honor a deserving student for academic achievement and leadership as a high school scholar. This student has received the highest ranking in the scholarship process for difficulty of curriculum, personal traits, community service, co-curricular activities, and grade point average.
WISCONSIN YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP
CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION
Luis A. Peña Jr.
Andrew Douglas Schmidt
DEPARTMENT EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Each department listed below independently selects one student whom it considers to be outstanding. The same student may excel in more than one area and therefore receive more than one award.
The Lloyd R. Larson Agriscience Excellence Award recognizes scholastic achievement in agriscience courses, participation in the Supervised Occupational Experience Program, and involvement in FFA activities.
The High School Art Award is given to a senior art student who has contributed his or her talents for the past several years, has helped create an atmosphere conducive to creative art activity in art classes, has displayed good character, has developed an appreciation of art, and is sensitive to the part art plays in the world today.
The John Philip Sousa Band Award is presented by the BDHS Band to the senior member who has proven to be outstanding as a band member, who has maintained a better than average scholastic standing in all subjects, whose personal habits are the best, and who has participated in other high school activities.
Business Education and Marketing
This award recognizes the academic excellence of a senior business/marketing student. It is based upon scholastic achievement in business and marketing courses, an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher, plans to pursue a business career, and demonstrates leadership.
This award honors a senior student who has shown academic excellence in English and distinction in language arts activities.
Family & Consumer Education
The Family & Consumer Education Department Award is given to a senior student who displays an attitude consistent with fostering and improving life skills, as well as maintaining a high scholastic average in Family & Consumer Education courses.
The Foreign Language Excellence Award is given to the senior recipient in fourth year studies or beyond, who shows joy in learning a foreign language, attempts to communicate in that language, exhibits superior grammar skills and pronunciation, accepts and understands people of other cultures, and consistently maintains a high grade point average in foreign language studies.
This Ethel Niejahr award is presented to the senior who attains the highest grade average in mathematics; completes a full year of mathematics in each of grades 9 thru 12, or completes the honors program through calculus, with no grade less than "B"; and is recommended by the teacher in each of these classes.
The National School Orchestra Award is presented by the Beaver Dam High School Orchestra to an outstanding senior orchestra member who has exhibited a high level of musicianship, performance, leadership and service in the school orchestra program.
Physical Education & Health
The Physical Education and Health Excellence Award is presented annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated the highest degree of achievement, fitness, cooperation, and sportsmanship.
The Elaine Altemus Possin Science Award is given to a student who has maintained a high scholastic average in all science classes, has shown an attitude of curiosity, and a desire to learn.
The Don Kordus Achievement Award recognizes academic excellence as well as leadership and citizenship skills. The award is given to a senior who has demonstrated high achievement in both required and elective social studies courses and who has been an active participant and leader in related co-curricular activities.
Technology and Engineering Education
The Technology and Engineering Education Award is presented to an outstanding senior student having met the following criteria: A technology grade point average of 3.0 or better, the demonstration of leadership characteristics, and the accomplishment of high scholastic achievement within Technology Education courses during the student's four years of high school.
This Vocal Music Department Excellence Award is presented to a graduating senior choir member who has exhibited a high level of musicianship, performance, participation, leadership and service in the school choral program.
ATHLETIC HONOR AWARDS
American Legion John E. Miller Post 146
BDHS Outstanding Athlete
(Male and Female)
John E. Miller Post 146 presents the American Legion School Athletic Award to the outstanding senior male and female athletes who have exhibited leadership, honor, courage, athletic excellence, and scholarship. The award plaque is accompanied by a $300 check.
U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar
(Male and Female)
Athletes who have excelled in any organized sport during the school year and have demonstrated a strong academic performance well above average.
U.S. Marine Corps
(Male or Female)
An athlete who exhibits the personal traits of courage, poise, self-confidence and leadership while performing as a varsity athlete. This award is intended to honor a deserving, and possibly unsung varsity athlete, who is also an exemplary young citizen and a role model for younger students.
W.I.A.A. Scholar Athlete
(Male and Female)
These awards recognize students who have demonstrated a combination of scholastic excellence, athletic letters earned, and significant individual accomplishments and/or team contributions.
ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP FUND
(received between May 14, 2015-May 16, 2016)
This fund was established by the BDHS Scholarship Committee to give individuals, businesses, groups and classes an opportunity to contribute memorials and honorariums in any amount. The interest from this fund provides academic scholarships each year.
Gifts have been received in memory of: