Many of our 2018 Scholars were able to join EEF President Carl Rathmann (far left)
and Honorary Director Tom Reynolds, Jr. (far right)
at the Geneva Lake Association Annual Meeting in August, 2018

A number of local scholars benefited by the Environmental Education Foundation (EEF), an affiliate of the GLA, gathered to thank the GLA and their members for their support at the August GLA meeting. “Our goal is to make a positive difference in the environment and in these promising student’s lives,” said newly elected EEF President Carl Rathmann.

Among the scholarships awarded, the Thomas E. Reynolds scholarships were received by Makalyn Peterson, a sophomore at UW-Platteville, who attended Big Foot HS; Casey Burmeister, a junior at George Williams College, who attended Badger HS; Molly Cocroft, a senior at UW-Stevens Point, who attended Badger HS; and, Danielle Marez Wrzesinski, a freshman at Iowa State, who attended Big Foot HS. Each received $3,000.

EEF awarded $3,000 scholarships to these students graduating high school: Brandon Hynd, of Big Foot, attending UW-Platteville; Rebecca White of Badger, attending St. Olaf College; Natasha Trush of Williams Bay, attending UW-Stevens Point.

Undergrad EEF scholarships of $2,000 each went to: Joshua Kundert, a Badger grad, attending Carthage College; Brooke Bowser of Barnaveld, attending UW-Madison; and Brooke Berryman of Big Foot, attending UW-Stevens Point.

The Tom Cashman Post Graduate scholarships went to: $2,000 to Hayden King of Rock Island, IL, attending Southern Illinois; and $1,000 to Kelly Speare of Williams Bay, attending UC-Santa Barbara.

Dark Sky Scholarships to intern at Yerkes Observatory went to: $2,500 to Ava Greeley of Elkhorn HS; and $2,500 to Rebecca White of Badger HS.

The EEF also awarded Outdoor Education Grants in the amount of $715 each to these area schools: Fontana, Brookwood, LG Middle, Reek, Sharon, St. Francis, Traver, Walworth, Woods, Williams Bay, Faith, Christian, and Mt. Zion.

Founded 38 years ago by Thomas E. Reynolds, a Geneva Lake Association (GLA) president, the EEF has made more than a half million dollars in scholarship awards and school grants to benefit local students, with the support of donations from generous local people and community organizations, including the GLA. Some of the careers EEF scholars are preparing for include physical geology, forest and land management, environmental science, hazardless waste management, natural resources and conservation, environmental law and policy, and fish and wildlife management.  Nearly 500 local youth have received EEF scholarships to date.

The EEF is an independent 501c3 not-for-profit foundation.