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Pictured above are the 2016 IGEF Scholarship Winners.
How to apply for IGEF Scholarships that are listed below.

IGEF scholarships are awarded each May to graduating seniors.  They are carefully selected in the spring by a team made up of school staff headed by the Guidance Counselor, Jackie Benish.   Ms. Benish states “Scholarship information is delivered in a number of ways to parents and students each and every month.  I post a Senior Newsletter on our district website, e-mail both student and parent an electronic copy and also deliver a paper copy of the newsletter to each student.
You will find the posting of the Senior Newsletter at:

*Click on the High School Tab at the Top
*Click on High School Departments on the left of the page
*Click on HS Guidance Department
*Select "Senior News"

Our Local Scholarship information (which includes the IGEF Scholarships) will be added to this newsletter during the month of February.  Students/Parents are then directed to a link which allows them to complete and submit a Local Scholarship Application through Jackie Benish, IGHS Guidance Counselor.

What Scholarships are Available

Millard "Mick" Gundlach Ag Scholarship
Mick is remembered for this career of 41 years as an agriculture teacher.   He taught for a combined 25 years at Montfort and then Iowa-Grant High School.  During the last 14 years of his career, Mick was the coordinator of the Young and Adult Farmer Program at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore.  He was renowned in Wisconsin and the surrounding area as a swine and cattle judge.  The Millard Gundlach Agriculture Scholarship is presented to a student who has demonstrated dedication to agriculture through active participation in the high school ag program and FFA.  He and his wife, Wilma, had five children, Robert, Larry, Betty, Rosemary, and David.

Connie Munson Memorial Scholarship
It was established in 2002 and honors the memory of Connie Johnson Munson, a 1973 alumna of Iowa-Grant and daughter of Loren & Mildred Johnson, wife of Mitch Munson, and mother to Leslie. Preference is given to a student pursuing nursing or a health-related career field.
 
Mae E Austin Memorial Scholarship
Mae Biddick Austin was born and raised in the Livingston area and graduated from the Livingston High School.  Mae was the proud mother of 5 children, —all who graduated from Iowa-Grant.  She passed away in 2001 and the scholarship has been awarded since 2002.
 
James E. Schroeder Memorial Scholarship
James E Schroeder operated the Summer Kitchen, north of Montfort, and was a founding member of the Capitol Square Farmers Market in Madison.  After a storm, he was assisted by Iowa-Grant students and chose to leave his legacy to fund scholarships for IG students.
 
Tanner Merwin Memorial Scholarship
It honors the memory of Tanner, the son of Clayton and Nancy Merwin, who died in a farm accident in 1999.  A lover of John Deere tractors, animals, and tinkering Tanner would have graduated from Iowa-Grant in 2013.
 
Dr. Dennis & Marilyn Carr Scholarship
Dr. Dennis and Marilyn Carr are longtime residents of the Iowa-Grant area.  Both are graduates of Iowa State University. Dr. Carr established a very successful veterinary practice in the area. Their five children, Mary, Kevin, Connie, Kelly and Mark, graduated as Panthers.
 
Christianson Family Scholarship
This was created to mark the passing of Charles Christianson, who farmed in the Cobb area all of his life and actively supported the establishment of the Iowa-Grant School District, including serving on the building committee.  Charles and his wife of 69 years, Mildred, raised 6 Panther alumni, Mary, Peggy, Janie,Joette,Jill and Steve.

Thomas & Mary Jane Limmex Scholarship
Tom Limmex grew up in the Linden area, graduating from Linden High School in 1935.  Tom relocated to Cleveland Ohio where he met and married Mary Jane.  They parented one daughter, Elizabeth.  Thomas and Mary Jane Limmex made a significant gift of property, in honor of his mother, which helped to establish the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation.
 
Phil Helgeson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors the first superintendent of Iowa-Grant.  Mr. Helgesen guided the consolidation of this district as it was being formed serving from 1958-1968.  See page 78 in the Iowa-Grant History Book for more of his story of leadership.  Mr. Helgeson passed away in early 2013.

Dorothy Lepeska Memorial Scholarship
In its 2nd year (2016), this scholarship marks the passing of Dorothy Lepeska, who came to this area in 1942 to teach English and Latin. She met a local farmer (Joseph) and they married.  Dorothy taught for many decades at the Montfort High School and then to I-G when the consolidation took place in 1960.   All 6 of the Lepeska children, Allyn, Jim, Mary Fran, Jane, Betty, and David, graduated from I-G.  Dorothy believed in education and was proud that all of her children and grandchildren attended college.

Glen & Connie Gard Family Scholarship
This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Glen Gard (I-G class of 1961), who passed from cancer in 2015.  Glen was known for his commitment to family, to community, and to the land.  He worked for 40 years in agribusiness simultaneously managing the family farm and giving hours of service to this community.  Connie worked at I-G for 44 years as the administrative secretary for numerous superintendants and continues to spend time with their children and grandchildren while continuing her valuable volunteer work. Glen and Connie, raised 3 sons (all I-G alumni), Greg, Garry and Jeff.
 
J. Bruce and Margaret L. Bradley Memorial Scholarship
J. Bruce Bradley served as Iowa-Grant Superintendent from 1980 to 2001.  He was a 21-year member of the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College board of directors and was a founding member of the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation.  Margaret Bradley supported her husband in his career, raised 2 children (Ralph and Louise), and lived a life of service to her church, the Girl Scouts, and the Iowa-Grant community.  Mr. Bradley passed away in 2015 and was followed by Marge in 2016.
 
Robert & Martha Klindt Scholarship
Martha and Dr. Robert Klindt lived in Montfort where they were always actively involved and well respected members of the community.  Bob was a partner in the Montfort Veterinary Service for many years.  He served for a time as a member on the IG school board and as a founding member of the IGEF.  

Martha was a champion for kids no matter what age and a strong leader for the Montfort Hilltoppers 4-H Club.  She had a quiet nature and loved horses. When Martha passed away in 2000, Bob saw to it that her legacy continue with yearly scholarships to I-G students.  Doc Klindt left this world in 2014 and now their 4 children – John, Julie, Jane and Lisa – have chosen to continue honoring their parents with a scholarship.
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