Founded in 1987, the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin responsibly seeks, manages, and awards charitable gifts with one goal in mind: to enhance the quality of this area for present and future generations.

Whether you wish to contribute funds for the well-being of your community or you have a community need to be addressed, the Community Foundation is ready to assist you with your philanthropic goals.

Our Mission: We exist to enhance the quality of the greater Wausau area.

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Scholarship Funds are Touching Lives

A 1925 graduate of Lawrence University, Cornelia Seim treasured her college education. As the daughter of Herman Seim, co-owner of Seim Brothers Men’s Clothing Store in downtown Wausau during the turn of the 20th century, she realized that she had opportunities that others did not. When she died in 1993, part of her estate was used to establish an endowed scholarship fund within the Community Foundation, fulfilling her wish to make higher education available to others. Scholarships are awarded annually from the Cornelia Seim Scholarship Fund to deserving students, like Justin Cotter, from central Wisconsin who are attending Northcentral Technical College or the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County campuses.

Cotter received a scholarship in 2014 to pursue an associate’s degree in electromechanical technology through NTC. He states, "Receiving the scholarship was exciting news for my family." He had left the workforce to get a better education to secure a stable career that would benefit his family for years to come. "Your generosity is allowing me to fulfill my goals and dreams."

Learn more about forming a scholarship fund by contacting Jean Tehan at 715-845-9555 or