The Audrey Nelsen Teacher Scholarship was established by George Nelsen in honor of his mother, Audrey Nelsen, who loved teaching her entire life. She began her career in 1946, teaching grade school in a tiny one-room schoolhouse in Bagley, Wisconsin. After her marriage to Alvin Nelsen in 1954, Audrey moved to Alvin’s farm near Kelly Lake but was unable to continue teaching full-time because of farm work and the birth of their son, George. She later served as a substitute teacher in Oconto Falls for many years, and during the last 20 years of her life Audrey tutored individual students on piano from home. Teaching was her life and she excelled at it, and this scholarship aims to support and inspire a new generation of teachers.
Applicant must be a graduating senior of an Oconto County high school who intends to pursue a four-year degree at an accredited college or university in a career in teaching.
Scholarship awarded based on financial need, academic performance, hours of community service and evaluation of extracurricular activities. The list of extracurricular activities should include tutoring and/or teaching experiences.
It is Community Foundation policy that all portions of the scholarship process be completed by the student applicant. If we learn that any part of the process is not completed by or the work of the student, the application may be removed from consideration or an awarded scholarship revoked.