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Macdonald Foundation Forms Scholarship Fund


The Macdonald Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship Fund was recently established within the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin by Mark and Donna Macdonald, owners of the Wisconsin Woodchucks, to provide up to five $1,000 scholarships annually to students from Marathon County and the Merrill area.  Applications will be accepted through the Community Foundation’s online application system through March 31 from high school graduating seniors and current college students.


The scholarship is designed to recognize students who have demonstrated a strong work ethic and who are enrolled or planning to attend any four-year college within the University of Wisconsin system.


The Macdonalds reflect, “We found, in the raising of our four children, that young adults who work through high school and college are more serious and disciplined students.  A job, combined with an education and extracurricular activities, taught our children to be organized and disciplined. They also understood the value of money and the challenge of bringing home a paycheck. The experience of working while in school has made them happier, healthier, and more successful young adults. This is why we have endowed this work ethic scholarship fund – to encourage students to develop work skills while in school, and to focus on the developing life skills along with a classroom education.”


Although many application deadlines have already passed, students can still visit the Community Foundation’s website to access several available local scholarship applications with deadlines in March and April. More than 175 students throughout north central Wisconsin, from pre-school to post-graduate, will be awarded scholarships totaling more than $200,000 from the 105 scholarship funds administered within the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin.

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