First Recipients for New Scholarships

Katie Dasher
Memorial High School
Class of 2018

Brooke Riley
North High School
Class of 2018

As the 2018 seniors prepare for graduation in the coming weeks and new adventures in the fall, two local students have been selected as the first recipients for the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation’s newest scholarships.

The Caravan Scholarship was established this spring by two donors in celebration of the music programs at Memorial High School and throughout the Eau Claire Area School District. The first recipient of the $500 scholarship is Ms. Katie Dasher, Memorial High School class of 2018. Ms Dasher is the daughter of Memorial High School Band Director, Eric Dasher. She has actively participated in band programs during all four years of her high school studies. Ms. Dasher plans to attend Milwaukee School of Engineering this fall, majoring in actuarial science, and plans to play in the school’s jazz band. “I'm very grateful for the friends I've made and the experiences I've had with the multitude of band groups and trips I've been a part of,” Katie shared. “I look forward to continuing in music at MSOE and see their band program start to build upon itself.”

The Joanne Marie Sommer Scholarship was also established this spring by a local family of North High School graduates in memory of their mother and wife, Joanne Marie. The $500 scholarship is available to graduating seniors from North High School who have given back to their community in some form of community service. North High School class of 2018’s Ms. Brooke Riley is the first recipient of the scholarship. Brooke volunteers at an elementary school in the district, and also co-founded the Husky WearHouse, whose goal is to provide low income students free access to North High School Husky apparel. “I am so grateful to be awarded this amazing scholarship that celebrates and rewards the successes of students in our community,” Ms. Riley shared. “This scholarship will alleviate some of the financial stress that college brings allowing me to focus on my studies.” This fall, Ms. Riley plans to attend the University of Minnesota – Duluth, majoring in prelaw and political science.

The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation is a supporting organization of the Eau Claire Community Foundation, which serves as a bridge connecting donors with charities in order to improve quality of life in the Eau Claire area. As a non-profit 501(c)(3), the ECPSF is dedicated to promoting value-added learning opportunities for students in the Eau Claire Area School District. To learn more about scholarships at the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation, or to open your own scholarship fund, please contact Executive Director, Sarah French, at or (715) 852-3015.