Four deserving students, three with connections 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 annual Spring Scholarships to these commendable applicants who will be attending a Wisconsin state-accredited college, university or state-operated technical school this fall.

The Foundation broadened the eligibility of this year’s scholarships beyond high school seniors who are an employee, or the child of an employee, at an in-state location of a WBA member institution. The 2020 Spring Scholarships were made available to any Wisconsin high school senior, and also to current college students and adults pursuing higher education who are employed by member banks.

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 other creative submissions.

Each scholarship winner will be presented with their award over the summer by the Foundation and a member of the Retail Banking Committee, who had the honor of reviewing the 85 applications and the difficult task of selecting the winners.

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


Carla Garten just graduated from eAchieve Academy Virtual School (Waukesha School District). She will be attending Carroll College to study music therapy.


Abigail (Abby) George is currently pursuing agricultural science and agricultural marketing and communications degrees with a minor in animal science at UW-River Falls. Her mother, Patty, is an agricultural loan office at Alliance Bank, Mondovi.


Brianna Gilbert is a teller and customer service representative at Royal Bank in Lone Rock. She will be attending UW-Whitewater and wants to become a certified public accountant.


Emily Vorpahl just graduated from Random Lake High School and will be attending UW-Madison with a career goal of becoming a business or financial administrator at a healthcare facility. Her mother, Lina, is a loan servicer at Port Washington State Bank.