Allen Elliott was a long-time building maintenance employee of the Boscobel School District. The oldest boy in a family of ten children, Allen never got to attend high school. He was needed at home to work and help support his younger siblings. When most young men his age were graduating from high school, Allen was drafted into the Armed Forces and served honorably during World War II, where he sustained injury from a gunshot wound to the arm. He refused amputation but the injury resulted in limited use of his arm. Allen believed in the value of higher education and encouraged his children to explore opportunities and challenge themselves to achieve their greatest potential in life. It is this philosophy that induced the family of Allen Elliott to establish a scholarship fund in memory of their Dad.
Steve Randall graduated from Boscobel High School in 1969. He was an outstanding athlete, earning multiple letters in football, basketball, and baseball. After high school, Steve played baseball for UW Madison where he earned a degree in education. He was extremely proud of his Badger baseball career.
Steve went on to teach and coach for over 32 years. He was passionate about his profession. He cherished the opportunities that education gave him to positively influence young people. He put a high value on education and believed strongly that education provides opportunities to have a better life and contribute positively to the world.
The family of Steve Randall would like potential scholarship applicants to be pursuing a degree in education and have a strong interest in coaching.
Gertrude V. Wetter was born on the family farm in Marion Township on June 15, 1914 to Jacob & Veronica Wetter. She married Elmer Olsen and together they farmed near the Hickory Grove Golf Course for many years until Elmer’s death. Gertrude then moved to Boscobel and was very active in the Methodist Church and volunteered at the Boscobel Nursing Home until her death. Gertrude always wanted to help people fulfill their dreams–hence the Gertrude Olsen Scholarship was formed. The scholarship is to go to an individual pursuing a career in either a medical or education related field. Gertrude hoped her scholarship would be given to a student who might not be able to continue their education without some financial assistance.
The Morrison Family Scholarship was established in 2016 for graduating seniors of Boscobel High School. Members of the Morrison Family have served the banking industry in Boscobel for three generations. The family’s philosophy is that post-secondary education is instrumental in providing the additional tools needed to achieve a successful career.
Stan and Sally Fritz and their children, Rebecca and Corey, all graduated from Boscobel High School. They farmed in the Woodman area, developing a fine herd of Registered Holsteins under the Hi-Ridge Holsteins prefix. After operating under Hi-Ridge Farms, Inc. for over 40 years, Stan and Sally semi-retired and moved from their farm to Boscobel in 2004.
It had been a dream of Stan and Sally to start a scholarship foundation for graduates of Boscobel High School. As president of the local Kiwanis Club, Stan asked the Club for their support and financial help. The Club agreed to donate $150,000 from the sale of land to establish an education foundation. With this seed money and their vision, Stan and Sally, with professional assistance, put together Articles of Incorporation and By-laws to organize the Boscobel Education Foundation in the fall of 2010.
By the following year, state and federal identification numbers were obtained for a non-government, non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Stan and Sally started hand-writing requests to Boscobel graduates and as the foundation matured, they were able to create a donor list. They were very fortunate to have the support of the local Kiwanis Club and key individuals in the community who helped realize this dream. It is their hope that, with community support and individuals who are willing to give of their time and talents, the foundation will remain strong and continue to support the youth of Boscobel who wish to further their education beyond high school.
Stan and Sally Fritz have volunteered their time and expertise and given financial support to numerous church, school, and community organizations over the years. Their philosophy parallels the ideas of the Boscobel Education Foundation in that an applicant will likely be involved in school, community, and/or church activities and have a career path in mind. Recipients do not necessarily need to be honor students as long as they have fulfilled all the requirements for graduation and have a plan for furthering their education. All Boscobel High School graduating seniors are encouraged to apply.
A legacy scholarship may be created with a donation of $50,000 or more. The legacy scholarship will be endowed, which will ensure its existence in perpetuity.
Bernard Garvey was born and raised on a farm in Seneca, Wisconsin. Bernard graduated from Seneca High School in 1936. After high school, he worked with his family on their fox farm and later in dairy farming. He served as a pilot in the military during WWII. In 1953 he married Theresa Cody, they continued farming early in their marriage. Bernard studied and passed exams for insurance sales and began selling insurance in 1960. He was an independent agent until 2002, having sold insurance in Wisconsin and Iowa. He worked with many local families and businesses to provide insurance for them. He loved visiting with people and seemed to know someone wherever he went.
Bernard and his wife, Theresa raised a family of four children, all of whom graduated from Boscobel High School. Bernard did not attend college himself, but made sure that his children received a college education. When he was 82 years old he thought he might retire, but because of the numerous calls he received from people he had served over the years, he completed continuing education classes to maintain his license so he could continue to help his long-time customers. It is this philosophy and dedication that inspired his family to establish a scholarship in his name.
The Bernard Garvey Memorial Scholarship should be awarded to an individual who plans to pursue a career in a business, agriculture or aviation related field.
Theresa Garvey was born and raised on a farm near Seneca, Wisconsin. She and her five siblings attended Halls Branch Grade School and Seneca High School. Theresa went on to further her education at Edgewood College in Madison and graduated from Viroqua Normal Teachers College. She later obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at UW-Platteville, where she also pursued her Master’s Degree. Theresa began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse and then taught in the Boscobel School District for 32 years.
Theresa and her husband, Bernard, raised their family of four children in Boscobel, WI, where all of the children graduated from high school. After retiring, Theresa volunteered countless hours at Boscobel Elementary School and also taught religious education at Immaculate Conception Church. In 2011, she moved to southeast Iowa to be closer to her family.
The family requests that this scholarship be awarded to an individual who plans to become a teacher.
Everett Carl Oman
4.15.1916 – 12.1.2001
Everett C. Oman was born and raised in Boscobel, Wisconsin. His adventuresome spirit lured him to Washington State in the mid-1970s. Everett was a workaholic, having been a farmer, milking machine dealer, farm implement dealer, refrigeration and motor repairman, lumberman, woodsman, home builder, electrician, mechanic, plumber, and backhoe owner/operator, coal dealer, and stoker serviceman. Although described by many as an eccentric, a loner, and an outcast, his son, John, characterizes him as misunderstood and fiercely independent, a thinker, inventor, writer, realist, river man, sailor, traveler, naturalist, father, teacher, student, provider, environmentalist, poet, individualist, visionary, and philanthropist. He was a history buff, a ham, and a dancing fool who enjoyed his visits to the Senior Center, writing, and–most of all–the Cook Road dances.
Everett regretted not being able to attend college himself. The majority of Everett’s estate has been placed in a charitable trust, dedicated to the funding of educational scholarships. It was Everett’s wish to make scholarships available to qualifying students in Anacortes, Washington, and in Boscobel, Riverdale, and Wauzeka-Steuben high schools in southwest Wisconsin. Recipients must enroll in STEM programs at state-supported, non-denominational schools.
William Freymiller (1906-1984) was born and raised in Marion Township, Grant County, WI. Bill worked for Overgaard Construction, a company that built many of the roads in the upper midwest, including Interstate 90/94. Bill was reponsible for developing and managing the quarries that provided stone for the road construction. Overgaard built the Petenwell Dam in the late 1940s. Bill had the honor of inserting the last stone in the Dam when it was dedicated.
Mildred Yero was born August 9, 1918, on the family farm in Castle Rock Township, Grant County, Wisconsin. She married William Freymiller on October 14, 1940. Mildred’s love of nature was reflected in her unique arts and crafts work. At the time of her death, Mildred resided in Elroy, WI and was a member of the Elroy Women’s Club. Mildred was active in various organizations in the community of Elroy, where she was honored in 2009 for her volunteerism.
Because Bill worked with rocks and stone his entire life, scholarship preference may be given to applicants interested in geology or earth sciences. In remembrance of Mildred’s passion for arts and crafts and her love of community, consideration may be granted to student applicants having been active in the arts and in school and community organizations.
The Boscobel Kiwanis Club was a service organization that actively supported youth and other worthwhile projects in the Boscobel community for 87 years.
The $150,000 start-up funds for the Boscobel Education Foundation (BEF) were donated by the Boscobel Kiwanis Club. Part of the initial $150,000 came from the sale of land that had been donated to the Club a number of years ago by Carroll and Alma Mallat and James and Jessie Porter. Additional dollars were donated from the former Boscobel Kiwanis Scholarship Fund.
Each year, the Foundation plans to award a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of the Boscobel Kiwanis Club and their support of education through their generous donation of the seed money to establish the Boscobel Education Foundation. A worthy recipient might likely have donated time and talent to area organizations, school, and church activities.