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The Webster Foundation

The Webster Foundation, formed by Rob and Kathy Webster, was created to assist employees and employees families with higher education expenses and to offer grants in the Ripon area to benefit and enhance the lives of those around us. We are pleased to report that to-date the Webster Foundation has awarded over $1 million in grants, matching funds and scholarships.

The Webster family would like to say a special thank you to our current board members who include Dave Schoff, Linda Kinziger and Stephanie Sauerbrei. We would also like to say thank you to our scholarship committee. Thank you to all who make our foundation a success.

A big thank you to those who help to carry out our mission with their hard work and dedication to so many worthy causes.

Matching Funds

The Matching Funds program is meant to help area youth groups increase the monies they raise. Matching funds are available for up to five hundred dollars per youth group per year. The youth group may do as many fundraisers as necessary until they meet the five hundred dollar maximum amount. Fundraisers must be approved for matching funds prior to their start date. The Webster Foundation will continue accepting applications until all budgeted funds have been spoken for during the calendar year. Youth groups from Ripon, Green Lake, Princeton, Berlin, Markesan, Fairwater, Pickett, Brandon, and Rosendale are eligible to apply for matching funds, and all groups are encouraged to re-apply in future years. Anyone wishing to fill out a Matching Funds Form application may download the form by clicking here.

Grants

The Webster Foundation grants are available to help many different groups carry out their missions to better the world around us. Grants are meant to help with educational or humanitarian projects. Eligible groups, including non-profit, church and service groups are encouraged to fill out a grant application for funding.

Grants are available for up to $5,000 and applications can be turned in starting June 1, 2019. The application requests general information, purpose of the grant and financial information. All grant applications must be filled out and returned to Webster’s Foods attn: Stephanie Sauerbrei, 1188 W Fond du Lac St. Ripon, WI 54971 by November 30, 2019. For the grant application click here

Scholarships

The Webster Foundation awards scholarships to graduating High School seniors as well as those individuals wanting to further their education. Scholarship amounts vary every year based on the number of eligible applicants. In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be an employee of Webster’s United Foods Service for 6 months prior to January 1, 2019 continuously employed through the scholarship selection process and continuing their education or the child of an employee who is furthering their education.

Applicants are asked to fill out an application for a scholarship, obtain a Letter of Recommendation from a sponsor, and write a letter, in one page or less, how they would benefit from the scholarship. For the High School Senior Scholarship Application click here. For the High School Graduate-Continuing Education Scholarship Application click here.

The criteria for awarding scholarships is based on but not limited to: Academic Performance, Performance on Aptitude Tests, Motivation, Character, and Community and/or School Involvement.

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