New scholarship opportunity for students who serve community!

The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation is thrilled to announce another new scholarship available as of March 2018. The Joanne Marie Sommer Scholarship was established 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.

Ashley Kohls, Library Media Specialist at Meadowview Elementary School and daughter of Joanne Marie Sommer, is excited to celebrate her mother in this way. She along with her sisters, Kayla Gardner and Nicole Green, established the scholarship with their father. “Our parents met at North High School, and we were all Huskies too! NHS has a special place in all of our hearts." Ms. Kohls went on to share "we want to make sure that future generations of students who have strong work ethic and believe in serving their community have an opportunity to obtain a scholarship to further their education.”

North High School guidance counselor Justine Hildebrandt was thrilled to hear of the new opportunity for her students. “We have been very lucky at North High School to have students who truly care about and work to make our community great,” Ms. Hildebrandt said. “It is so exciting to see students who strive to give back in our community being acknowledged for their dedication, following in Joanne Sommer's role-modeling!”

The Joanne Marie Sommer Scholarship will make its first award in May. Ms. Kohls shared, “It is our hope that these students will benefit from the scholarship and our mom will be remembered!”

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.

The Joanne Marie Sommer Scholarship is the newest of several scholarship funds at the ECPSF. To learn more about this scholarship, or to make a gift, please contact ECPSF Executive Director Sarah French at or (715) 852-3015. You can also visit the ECSPF website at