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FACF's first scholarship

In 1975, the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation awarded its first scholarship - a $150 Ormay Mason Freye Nursing Scholarship, created by Jerry and Tom Mason in memory of their mother, Ormay Freye, who was a registered nurse. The next year, the Foundation added a generic Fort Atkinson Community Foundation Scholarship for graduating Fort Atkinson High School seniors and the Foundation's scholarship program was born. The initial committee reviewing applications consisted of high school principal Glenn Lepley, school counselor Orrin Bull, and Foundation director Milt Lorman. In 1977, we awarded a total of $850 in scholarships - a $550 Fort Atkinson Community Foundation Scholarship and a $300 Freye Nursing Scholarship. In 2022, that award total had risen to a whopping $415,450.

The application deadline for many of this year's scholarship opportunities is tonight at 10 p.m. If you have a graduating high school senior in School District of Fort Atkinson at home, make sure to give them a nudge!

Photo courtesy of Daily Jefferson County Union

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