Six high school seniors with a connection to the banking industry will find continuing their education a bit easier thanks to the support of Wisconsin’s banks. The Wisconsin Bankers Foundation has awarded its first annual scholarships to these deserving applicants who will be attending a Wisconsin state-accredited college, university or state-operated technical school this fall. The scholarships are awarded only to an employee, or the child of an employee, at an in-state location of a WBA member institution.

Six scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded to applicants in the following categories: academic achievement; financial need; a student who has a career goal in the financial services industry; a student who will attend a technical college to obtain an associate degree; and the Selection Committee Award.

Additionally, each student was required to include in their application a creative description of the role financial literacy has played in their life, listing any resources they’ve used. Many students chose to submit essays, but the selection committee also reviewed PowerPoint/Keynote presentations, videos, infographics, and a poem or two!

Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients! Good luck in your future endeavors!

Hannah Baumgart from Farmers State Bank of Waupaca
Hannah Baumgart is an employee at Farmers State Bank of Waupaca and will attend UW-Stout. Pictured above (left to right): Farmers State Bank of Waupaca President Laine Lazers; WBF Executive Director Michael Semmann; Baumgart; and Farmers State Bank of Waupaca Vice President – Cashier/HR/Technology Jay Krcmar.

Coy Bowe of Citizens State Bank of Cadott
Coy Bowe’s mother (Carrie Bowe) is an employee of Citizens State Bank of Cadott. He will attend Chippewa Valley Technical College. Pictured above (left to right): Carrie, Coy.

Shianne Grosbeier of Bank of Luxemburg
Shianne Grosbeier’s mother (Patricia Grosbeier) is an employee of the Bank of Luxemburg in Sturgeon Bay. She will attend Lakeshore Technical College. Pictured above (left to right): Semmann, Shianne, Patricia.

Madison Marshall of BMO
Madison Marshall is an employee at BMO Harris Bank in Sauk City and will attend UW-Madison. Pictured above (left to right): Semmann, Marshall, and bank employees Emily Gudeyon, Ben Schreiber, and Katie Olsen.

Abigail O'Brien of Denmark State Bank
Abigail O'Brien’s mother (Tami O’Brien) is an employee at Denmark State Bank. She will attend UW-Milwaukee. Pictured above (left to right): Semmann, Denmark State Bank President and CEO Scot Thompson, O’Brien, and Denmark State Bank Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Steve Arps.

Melissa White of Security Financial Bank
Melissa White’s mother (Linda White) is an employee at Security Financial Bank, Bloomer (Eau Claire branch). She will attend UW-Eau Claire. Pictured above (left to right): Cathy Couey, Security Financial Bank chief retail officer and WBF Board Member; Linda; Melissa; Paul Rudersdorf, Security Financial Bank president and CEO; Semmann.