Annual Scholarship

The Friends of the Library established a scholarship to support local high school graduates with advancing their educational goals. The first scholarship was awarded in 2015.

February, 2020 UPDATE: Applications now are being accepted for the Friends of the L.D. Fargo Library Scholarship

Applications now are being accepted for the Friends of the L.D. Fargo Library Scholarship.
The scholarship is offered to a senior from the Lake Mills Public or Lakeside Lutheran High School
who is currently living in Jefferson County. This scholarship is funded by the Friends of the L.D. Fargo
Library. The Friends is a group who provide services to support the library staff and Board through
hands-on assistance and fundraising; sponsor programs designed to improve the social, cultural, and
intellectual life of the community; and is an advocate for the library in all phases of community life.
In 2011, the Friends decided to offer a scholarship to a senior form one of the high schools in Lake
Mills. While not limited to, special consideration will be given to a student planning a career which
would promote reading at an early age.
The applicant must have a 3.0 grade average and be accepted at an accredited two- or four-year
college or technical school in the United States. The award will be for the amount of $1,000.
`To apply for the scholarship, seniors should contact the guidance department at their high schools.
Applications must be received by April 6, 2020.

2019 Scholarship Winner

Ellie Laws is the recipient of the 2019 Friends of the Library scholarship. Ms. Laws was awarded $1,000 to continue her education. Laws is enrolled at Brigham Young University to major in elementary education.

2018 Scholarship Winner

The Friends of the L.D. Fargo Public Library recently presented a $1000 scholarship to a Lake Mills High School senior.   Kathleen O’Hearn, Friends’ scholarship chairman, presened the scholarship to recent graduate
Katherine Hoggatt.  Hoggatt will continue her education at the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music this fall, majoring in Choral Music.  She is the daughter of Mark and Patty Hoggatt, Lake Mills.

2017 Scholarship Winner

This year the Friends of the L.D.Fargo Public Library Scholarship for $1000 was awarded to Alexis Schultz. a Lake Mills High School graduate.
An important part of each student’s application is the personal statement.  Alexis tells in her statement that from early on she remembers coming to the library.  Getting her own card was so exciting.  Books and learning have been important to her.
Her interest in agriculture is evident in her classes, activities, and participation in groups such as 4-H and FFA.
Alexis will be continuing her education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall.  She will major in agronomy hoping to eventually study plant breeding.
She is the daughter of Scott Schultz and Nancy Graff Schultz.

Alexis Schult, Scholarship winner, 2017

2016 Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Chase Scheel who was chosen by the Friends of the Library to receive the 2016 Scholarship award. Chase will graduate from Lake Mills High School this May and will enroll at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI in the U.P. Chase plans to study Mechanical Engineering.

2015 Scholarship Winner

The Friends of the L.D. Fargo Library presented their $500 scholarship to 2015 Lake Mills High School senior, Megan Tickner.  Megan will continue her education at the UW-Whitewater, majoring in elementary education. She is the daughter of Michele Heiden, Watertown, and Kevin Tickner, Lake Mills.  The scholarship is offered to seniors at both high schools in Lake Mills as long as they are living within Jefferson County.  This is the fourth year that the Friends have given a scholarship.