What does this scholarship mean to you?


“I would like to send my greatest thanks to you for allowing me to hold the honor of this scholarship. With the money I will be able to accomplish many things throughout my college career. But knowing that I am upholding Brian’s name is the the reward for me. He seemed like such an inspirational man, that I wish I could have met.“

Caroline Heyka, 2013 Journey is the Reward Scholarship, OHS


"The scholarship evening went very well. Jordon is such a quality young man. He was SO honored and excited to receive this award. I think you can tell that by his big smile in the photo. It was a pleasure to present to him. As you can see, he’s wearing the medal proudly. Thank you for this opportunity."  

Kate Bradley, daughter of John Bradley who has a Scholarship of Honor at Appleton West High School


“This scholarship is a huge honor for me, as it represents the path that I have chosen to pursue in my life and it shows the importance of following your goals in life. James Cathey was an incredible person. To me, he stands for determination and selflessness. To be selected for the James Cathey Scholarship of Honor is incredibly important to me, as I will always hold James Cathey as a role model in my life.” 

Brent Bremer, 2013 James Cathey Scholarship of Honor recipient


“Thumbing through a recent issue of The Business News, I saw Brian’s picture and took that as a sign to reach out.  I am writing to let you know that I think of Brian often.  In fact, Brian’s mantra I have taken on as my own.  It’s become a powerful part of my regular self checks.  It helps me ensure that I am living the life I want to be living every day.

It was 1997 when I was named as ta recipient to Brian’s Sales and Marketing Scholarship.  A lot has happened since then!  I’ve been blessed with a beautiful, loving family and a career that I thoroughly enjoy.  

I thought you may appreciate knowing that Brian’s legacy absolutely lives on and that I appreciate you and the work you do to ensure that is does.  After all, the journey truly is the reward.”

Respectfully, Holly (Hahn) Brennen


"I feel truly honored to be the 2013 recipient of the Matt Atkinson Community Scholarship of Honor. It will not only help to provide tuition assistance, but also encourage me to keep doing the right thing in my school and throughout my community. Thank you!

Kayla Skaletsia, 2013 Matt Atkinson Community Scholarship of Honor


"Thank you for choosing me as a recipient of your scholarship. I am extremely grateful and will do my best to make you proud in the years to come.  Your generosity has helped make my secondary education possible.  It was wonderful to meet you.  You are a very caring and extraordinary family."

Lukas Butte, 2013 Brian LaViolette Scholarship Recipient


“This scholarship means a lot to me because it recognizes my passion for helping others. I want to serve my community through medical means and with this scholarship I will be better able to.”

“This scholarship is very meaningful. It is going towards good use to pay for college, which will include purchasing my uniform for the fire program.  I am very thankful that I was chosen for this award and scholarship. Especially knowing I went to the same high school as Ron."

Karen Arndt, 2013 Ron Sager Scholarship of Honor


“This scholarship means more to me than the money. Brent was a part of my own family and is still my role model and is very close to my heart. I am very honored to hold an award like this in memory of him.”

Danielle Beck, 2013 Brent Vroman Scholarship of Honor recipient


“Receiving this award means a lot to me. Joel is a person I really look up to and admire. I hope that the decisions I have made this past semester would have made him proud.”

Benjamin Petry, 2013 Joel Gentz Scholarship of Honor recipient


“I am honored that I received this scholarship because of Nichole’s background of serving our country and her life was taken during that time. Though this was tragic, the scholarship will help me towards my degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Forensic Investigation. I will put hard efforts into achieving my goals with the donation that was given to me."

Megan Rouer, 2013 Nichole Frye Scholarship of Honor recipient


“I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor! I am deeply appreciative of your support. Thank you for your generous, financial assistance towards my higher education. I was deeply touched by the words of wisdom that are inscribed on the back of the Scholarship of Honor medal. I will proudly display it with honor.”

I want to make a difference. Thanks for your confidence in me. You reaffirm that my dreams are possible. I am one step closer to my goal because of you. You have made a huge difference in my life.”

Ashley Burrows, 2013 Menasha Scholarship of Honor recipient


“This scholarship means a lot to me because it recognizes my passion for helping others. I want to serve my community through medical means and with this scholarship I will be better able to.”

Katianne Rath, 2013 Joe Welke Scholarship of Honor


“I would like to thank everyone involved within the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation for awarding me the Ken Kubsch Scholarship. I am honored to have been chosen.The money will be used this fall to help pay for my first semester at UW-GB. I plan to study psychology and history and perhaps become a teacher.“

Katherine Wolowicz, 2013 Ken Kubsch Scholarship of Honor.


“As I sat in the audience, watching and listening to the story about Ken Hess and how the scholarship came about, I was touched by the story and awe struck by the courage of one particular soldier. As the master sergeant began speaking about the recipient, never did I once consider that he was talking about me.  

Receiving the scholarship was an incredible honor. The money will be a big help for school next year and the medal is a reminder of the incredible bravery and dedication that the men and women serving have to our country. I will continue to volunteer, knowing that it will never be as courageous as our soldiers, but hoping that whatever difference I can make in the community a meaningful one. 

Nicole Madle, 2013 Ken Hess Scholarship of Honor


“By awarding me the Robert C. Safford Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus on the most important aspect of school-learning.  Your generosity has inspired me to continue to help others and give back to the community.  I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”

Brett Samuelson, 2013 Robert C. Safford Scholarship recipient


“This scholarship will allow me to pursue my dreams of teaching secondary education, and to always serve my community further. It is an extraordinary honor to receive this noble scholarship in honor of an incredibly respectable young man Danny Dietz. It is so cliché, but honestly this scholarship means the world to me and I cannot thank the Foundation enough for believing in me and allowing me to follow my dreams.”

Rachel Lukowicz, 2013 Danny Dietz Scholarship of Honor recipient


“I cannot thank you enough for the honor and privilege of receiving the General Foley Award of Honor. This award would not have been possible with your support through Brian’s Foundation. Thank you for reaching out to USMA and for giving me the privilege of meeting General and Mrs. Foley. General Foley’s wisdom and leadership is an example to me and many others. I hope to keep in touch and help your foundation in any way possible.”

Lorraine Saavedra, General Foley Scholarship of Honor recipient, 2013


“The Isaiah Hunt Scholarship of Honor means a lot to me. I am honored to receive this scholarship, and I am appreciative of being giving the opportunity to receive this special scholarship.”

Aliece Kerscher, 2013 Isaiah Hunt Scholarship of Honor recipient


“This scholarship means that I have become the person I have always wanted to become. It also means that I will have the opportunity to focus more on my studies and less on my financial needs to have the ability to continue going to college.” 

Scott VanHulle, 2013 Journey is the Rewards recipient-Oconto High School


“I would like to thank you for providing support to a scholarship I received, the Ryan Jerabek Scholarship of Honor. I was very honored to receive such a prestigious scholarship. Thank you for everything you do for many people around the world. 

Your constant dedication to help others is inspiring to me. I hope that my future career of being a high school math teacher will be as helpful to others as your foundation has been to many.  

Emily Smithback, Ryan Jerabek Scholarship of Honor recipient