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Wahoo Public Schools Foundation

Our Mission

The mission of the Wahoo Public Schools Foundation is to support "Enhancing Our Schools . . . Inspiring Our Students" by working with the school district, alumni, local businesses, and the community to provide financial support for items not covered by the school district's funding source.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of our Foundation is to solicit, manage, and distribute supplemental funds for educational purposes that may not be funded by the District. The Wahoo Public Schools Foundation awards nearly $35,000 each year to graduating students. This is made possible through the generous support of private donations to the Foundation, and supports the students' pursuits of higher education. Foundation funds will be used to support student achievement and skill development, recognize and encourage staff excellence, and expand community involvement from individuals, businesses, and civic organizations.

Goals of the Foundation

• To encourage academic excellence through "Enhancing Our Schools . . . Inspiring Our Students."
• To promote community awareness and alumni awareness in education and the Foundation.
• Increase our scholarship opportunities for Wahoo Public Schools' graduating seniors.
• Establish meaningful relationships with alumni and community members that will assist the district in obtaining additional resources for enrichment of education experiences.
• Promote and support the continuing improvement of the educational programs offered by the District.
• Recognize our outstanding students, teachers, and staff for their commitment to educational excellence.

Board Members

Roma Smith, President  |  smithaca@windstream.net
Bill Reece, Treasurer  |  wahoobill.reece@gmail.com
Brandon Lavaley, Secretary  |  blavaley@wahoowarriors.org
Eric Gottschalk  |  eric@gottschalkathletics.com
Mike Hancock  |  mhancock@insproins.com
Alex Shada  |  shadaalex@gmail.com
Mary Ann Tingelhoff  |  matingel@hotmail.com


The following scholarships are administered by the Wahoo Public Schools Foundation. Applications for all of these scholarships are posted on the Wahoo Public Schools' scholarship page on its website. Please click HERE to access that page. Once there, scroll down to the "Local Scholarship" list.

    Ron & Tim Larsen Memorial Scholarships - $4,000
    Grace Hanke Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
    Carl Wm. Stefan Memorial Scholarships - $2,000
    Milrae Anderson Memorial Music Scholarship - Variable
    Ruth Aufenkamp Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 Minimum
    Kinman-Oldfield Foundation Scholarships - Variable
    Daniel Pestal Memorial Scholarships - $10,000
    Jane Marie Gross Memorial Scholarship - $2,500
    Steven Smith Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
    Ken Good Memorial Scholarship - Variable    
    Mark Swanson Memorial Scholarship - $500
    Ed Koutny Memorial Scholarship - $500
    Michael Shada Memorial Scholarship - $500
    Mark Massie Memorial Scholarship - $500
    Southeast Community College 'Dream to Learn' Scholarship - Variable
    Wahoo Area KIWANIS Scholarship - $500
    Saunders County Independent Bankers Association Scholarship - $250
    Ed and Rosie Rastovski Scholarship - $500
    Charlie Divis Scholarship - $1,000

Special News

Dr. Greg Haessler establishes new scholarship in memory of classmate, Jane Marie Gross
Application now posted
November 18, 2015

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           Jane Marie Gross

The Wahoo Public Schools Foundation announced, in the Fall of 2015, a new scholarship for graduating seniors intending to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This new scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Wahoo High School alum, Dr. Greg Haessler of Urbandale, IA.

Dr. Haessler, a 1968 graduate of Wahoo High School, contacted the Wahoo Public Schools Foundation to set up this scholarship in memory of Jane Marie Gross, a close friend and classmate while attending Wahoo High School. Ms. Gross passed away in her sophomore year as a result of a rare blood disease.

Her untimely death, while a shock to the Wahoo community, inspired Haessler to pursue a medical degree and ultimately a career in the medical field. Dr. Haessler retired from The Principal Financial Group as Vice-President and Chief Medical Director after a 30-year career with that company.

This scholarship in Jane Marie Gross’ honor is purposeful in that as Dr. Haessler was inspired to go into medicine, this may enable others to get a good start in their education and also achieve a meaningful career of service and help to others.

The annual $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a WHS senior who will be attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with preference to those pursuing a degree in a health-related field.

The Wahoo Public Schools Foundation exists for the support and benefit of the Wahoo Public Schools. The Foundation provides financial support in the form of scholarships and other programs beneficial in forwarding the mission and purpose of the Wahoo Public Schools systems.

The specific criteria and application for the Jane Marie Gross Memorial Scholarship are now available by clicking HERE.

Wahoo Public Schools Foundation

Kathie Barnes

Dec 02, 2015

What a wonderful thing to do!
Bonnie (Benson) Rochette
Colorado Springsretired RN

Dec 07, 2016

I agree, that's very generous!