What does this scholarship mean to you?


“Thanks to all who contributed to the Brian LaViolette Scholarship. Your presence, both spiritual and financial, has helped me tremendously. I’m glad I got to know Brian well enough to learn from him what he believed in. He has left a positive imprint on my life and is an inspiration I will never forget.”

           --Todd Simonis, our first Brian LaViolette Scholarship recipient-1993

“I had never felt such joy, sorrow, gratitude and awe at the same time. To have this great honor bestowed upon me by a family I respect so much was a truly incredible experience. I had the fortune of knowing Brian. He taught us so many things, but one of the his greatest lessons, to me, is a simple one. I will never forget Brian’s smile. It is a constant reminder for us all to take time out to smile. “

          --Paul Baenen, 1994 Brian LaViolette Scholarship recipient

“I feel quite honored to be the recipient of this year’s scholarship. With your help, I am on the road to reaching the goals Brian and I set for ourselves on that beach. I am sure he is watching over me now, and I hope I am making him happy.”

            --Austin Rios, 1995 Brian LaViolette Scholarship Recipient

“I am very honored to be the recipient of this year’s scholarship and I would once again like to thank everyone for their continued support. I’d like to thank the LaViolette family for starting this scholarship fund and sharing Brian’s message with the world. “

          --Sarah Ames, 1996 Brian LaViolette Scholarship recipient

“Being honored in the name of Brian is truly humbling. Another distinction that accompanies this scholarship is the names of those who have won the award before m. Being included with these individuals gives me a feeling of accomplishment because they were regarded so highly by the school, my peers and my family.”

       --Ryan Treml, 1997 Brian LaViolette Scholarship recipient

“This scholarship is one of the highest honors a student can receive. I, along with my family, are greatly honored to have received it.”

        --Mark Gaulke, 1998 Brian LaViolette Scholarship recipient

“Thank you’ just isn’t sufficient, as words cannon express my gratitude. I want to thank the LaViolette’s for the love that they embody and exude, and in this way, for making me feel so special-making me feel a part of a very special family."

        --Kristin D. Lund, 1999 Brian LaViolette Scholarship recipient

“Thank you so much for believing in me enough to award me the Brian LaViolette Distinguished Student Scholarship. What an honor! I am so humbled at this accomplishment and I feel blessed to have learned the incredible story of the life behind the scholarship. I will carry “The Journey is the Reward” motto with me through college and the rest of my life. Thank you!

          --Dana Timm, one of the 2000 Brian LaViolette Distinguished Student Scholarship recipient

“I want to sincerely thank you for sponsoring such a special scholarship. It was a privilege to receive the Distinguished Student Award in Brian’s name. His message is so important and should be shared. I great appreciate all that you make possible for so many.”

          --Jackie Albers, one of the 2001 Brian LaViolette Distinguished Student Scholarship recipient

“I would like to start by thanking the LaViolette family and all the contributors to the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation. I consider being a recipient of this scholarship an honor. It will help me achieve my goals and I would like to thank you for that gift.”

        --Seth Harrison, one of the 2001 Brian LaViolette Distinguished Student Scholarship recipient

“Receiving any kind of scholarship is reason enough to celebrate, but receiving one with such an inspiring and touching story behind it adds more meaning to the gift. Your scholarship will greatly help me with my college costs, but the inspiration that I have received due to Brian’s story and your encouragement is priceless. Thank you for all you have given me.”

         --Emilee Johnson,2001 Brian LaViolette Distinguished Student Scholarship recipient

“You have touched my life forever. Not only am I thankful for the gift of money, but more importantly for allowing me the opportunity to share in Brian’s love for life. I feel my purpose is to help others and make lives better, one at a time. To be the recipient of this award is both amazing and humbling.”

          --Emily Schnider, one of the 2004 Brian LaViolette Distinguished Student Scholarship recipient

“I am greatly honored to receive a scholarship with so much meaning behind it. Although I was never able to meet Brian, his many aspiring characteristics remind me of who I am and the ideals I strive for in all I do."

         --Jennifer Buresh, one of the 2005 Brian LaViolette Distinguished Student Scholarship recipient