Michael Reinhardt Memorial Scholarship (est. 2014)
This $500 scholarship started in 2014 is given to two (2) graduating seniors by Michael’s family in his memory (June 4, 1982 – February 15, 2014). Mike graduated from Rushford-Peterson High School in 2001 and was the first recipient of the “Always Our Best” award. Life presented Mike with a unique set of challenges that he met with tenacity and a sense of humor. When asked about his situation he would reply, “It is what it is.”
Merle and Bette Evenson Memorial Scholarship (est. 2016)
This scholarship is given in memory of Merle and Bette Evenson. Beginning in 2016, the Evenson Family presented two $500 scholarships to R-P graduates. Rushford-Peterson was lucky to have Merle and Bette as part of our community. This is what Merle and Bette’s family had to say about them: “Merle and Bette were very kind and compassionate people and enjoyed being a part of a wonderful community with a great school. Merle drove school bus for R-P Schools for 19 years. He thoroughly enjoyed driving bus and felt especially privileged to be able to drive for the girls’ volleyball and basketball teams, also known as “Merle’s Girls” and for the spring track teams. Merle always said, ‘Everything happens for a reason.'”
Merlin and Lila Jameson Memorial Scholarship (est. 2017)
Merlin and Lila Jameson were lifelong residents of the Rushford area. They were active supporters of the Rushford-Peterson Schools, student activities, and young adults pursuing their aspirations. Merlin and Lila shared values with many in this community that support and encourage individuals to be their best and provide acts of kindness to others. They recognized that these characteristics make meaningful differences in single moments and lifetimes. As a thank you to wonderful friends and to recognize talented young adults, this scholarship is given to a graduating senior in an effort to pay-it-forward to a community that has been so generous. Graduating seniors who are planning on pursuing a post-secondary education are eligible for the $2,000 scholarship ($1,000 freshman year and $1,000 junior year).
Mitch Thompson “Be a Good Human Being” Memorial Scholarship (est. 2018)
Mitch Thompson taught school and coached at Rushford-Peterson for over 30 years. He thought it was very important to teach all kids to “Be a good human being.” Mitch’s family honors his memory and sense of community with scholarships for students who exemplify his philosophy. Each year two R-P graduating seniors will be awarded $500 scholarships.
Ronald Kjos Honorary Scholarship (est. 2019)
Rushford native Ron Kjos is giving back to the school that he credits for his start. Kjos, a 1950 Rushford High School grad, enjoyed a long career in the medical field, has established an annual scholarship that will aid R-P graduating seniors for 20 years.Each year the graduating senior with the highest GPA will be awarded a $500 scholarship
Chuck Ehler Honorary Scholarship (est. 2020)
When Superintendent Ehler retired in 2019, the foundation established an annual scholarship in his name. Applicants will be evaluated on their involvement in school activities, work ethic, community-church involvement, respect for others, and willingness to give back and/or pay forward. Each year one graduating senior will be awarded a $500 scholarship.
Bruce Victor Bartelson Memorial Scholarship (est. 2021)
In memory of their grandson, Bruce, Larry and Anne Bartelson have established this scholarship spanning 18 years. In 2021, two scholarships of $500 each were awarded. In preceding years, a $500 scholarship will be awarded to one R-P graduating senior who has exceled in the Fine Arts.
R-P Retired Teachers Honorary Scholarship (est. 2021)
Spurred by the enthusiasm of Foundation for R-P Schools’ board member and former English teacher, Jo Anne Agrimson, this scholarship was formed in 2021 with contributions from retired Rushford-Peterson teachers. With ongoing support from retired faculty, this scholarship will award one graduating senior a $500 scholarship for his or her continuing education.
Apply for R-P Foundation Memorial or Honorary Scholarships
Contact R-P School Counselor Jenny Helgemoe at email@example.com or 507-864-7785 x1010 for more information and to request application forms.
If you are interested in setting up a memorial scholarship, please contact any of the board members.
Named Scholarships under the Foundation for R-P Schools
- Merle & Bette Evenson Memorial Scholarship: Calli Kingsley and Alayna Helgemoe
- Merlin & Lila Jameson Memorial Scholarship: Alyvia Eide
- Ronald Kjos Honorary Scholarship: Emma Schuster and Alayna Helgemoe
- Michael Reinhardt Memorial Scholarship: Alayna Helgemoe and Megan Ekern
- Mitch Thompson Memorial Scholarship: Ben Wieser and Brad Colbenson
- R-P Retired Teachers Honorary Scholarship: Megan Ekern
- Bruce Victor Bartelson Memorial Scholarship: Julia Maynard and Christina Scaife
Foundation for R-P Schools Chuck Ehler Honorary Scholarship
- Lily Thompson
Watch the 2020 R-P Schools Virtual Awards Presentation
2019 Michael Reinhardt $500 Winners
Peyton Hoiness, Megan Oian
Past Years Michael Reinhardt Scholarship Recipients
2018 – Grace Luhmann, Victoria Kjome
2017 – Sarah Mensing; Abby Wieser
2016 – Clara Wieser; Noah Dahl
2015 – Jonnie Koenen; Jordan Honken; Joseph Culhane
2014 – Haley Mueller; Hailey Atkinson
2019 Merle and Bette Evenson $500 Winners
Peyton Hoiness, Nolan Mueller, Megan Oian
Past Years Merle and Bette Evenson Scholarship Recipients
2018 – MacKenzie Eide, Kensay Clobes, Morgan Kingsley
2017 – Ashley Agrimson; Allison Oian; Marshall Johnson; Hayden Stensgard
2016 – Brooke Johnson; Morgan Vitse
2019 Merlin and Lila Jameson $1,000 (renewable = $2000) Winner
Past Years Merlin and Lila Jameson Scholarship Recipients
2018 – Dylan Buckland
2017 – Andrea Larson
2019 Mitch Thompson “Be a Good Human Being” $500 Memorial Scholarship Winners
Chloe Bunke, Megan Oian
Past Years Mitch Thompson “Be a Good Human Being” Memorial Scholarship Recipients
2018 – Nicole Blagsvedt, Dawson Dahl
2019 Ronald Kjos $500 Scholarship Winner