Who We are-Frequently Asked Questions

People tell us we aren't your ordinary scholarship foundation. But why?

Yes, we award scholarships to deserving students while honoring our son and brother, Brian, but over 75% of our scholarships are in the names of others, also allowing their spirit to live on.

Because of this, communities come together, schools get involved and students are introduced to these individuals. Family and friends participate in selecting and presenting the scholarship in the name of those they were close to. Students are inspired and each year, we remember.


Who is Brian LaViolette?

Brian was the son of Doug and Renee LaViolette and brother of Kimberly. Brian was lost in a swimming accident on August 8, 1992, at the age of 15 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Please watch this short video for more of Brian's Story.




When was the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation established?

Brian’s family  establish a scholarship foundation in Brian’s memory on August 17, 1992 after Brian’s body was recovered. Shortly after, the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation was formed as a 501(C) (3) not-for-profit corporation and is now a 501c3 Public Charity.

For more background on the Foundation, where it is today and what we see in the future, please view our interview with Robert Hornacek on CW 14.





What is the mission of the Brian LaViolette Foundation?

By providing yearly scholarships to today’s students, our mission is to honor hard work, community service, offer inspiration and share the belief that “The Journey is the Reward.” 

How many scholarships has the Foundation presented?

We currently award 50 scholarships annually.  To date, over 825 scholarships have been awarded, some in Brian’s memory, others in honor of our fallen heroes of the past, and others in honor of those close to Brian. 

Can anyone apply for your scholarships?

Our scholarships are awarded at certain schools around the world. The applicant must be attending those schools to apply. We currently award scholarships at:


  • Heritage High School, Littleton


  • Through the Nainoa Hoe Command Training Center at Schofield Barracks


  • Auburn High School, Rockford


  • Purdue University-ROTC program


  • JFK High School, Cedar Rapids


  • Belding High School


  • Denfeld High School, Duluth

North Carolina:

  • AC Reynolds High School, Asheville


  • Reno High School, Reno

New York:

  • United States Military Academy, West Point


  • North High School, Akron


  • Gettysburg High School, Gettysburg

South Dakota:

  • Rapid City Stevens High School, Rapid City


  • Austin High School, Austin


  • Tunstall High School


  • Appleton West High School

  • Ashwaubenon High School

  • Bay Port High School

  • Chilton High School

  • Fox Cities Civil Air Patrol

  • Fox Valley Lutheran High School

  • Green Bay East High School

  • Green Bay West High School

  • Junior Achievement Award

  • Lena High School

  • Luxemburg Casco

  • Manitowoc High School

  • Menasha High School

  • Northeast Technical College

  • Oconto High School

  • Omro High School

  • Pulaski High School

  • Suring High School

  • St. Norbert College

  • Waupun High School


  • Through the Nidzica Local Foundation

South Africa:

  • Through LEAP Schools of Science and Math

Czech Republic:

  • Through local high schools in Pilsen