The Clifford Family Athletic Scholarship was established in 1983 when Patty Jean Clifford passed away. Patty was actively involved in the Southwest High School Booster Club and was instrumental in raising funds to support athletics at the school. She was an avid bowler and tennis player and enjoyed golf. Her husband, Gary Clifford, played football at Brainerd Junior College and enjoyed all sports activities.
Gary and Pat had three children – Denise, Paul, and Stephanie. All three were multi-sport athletes at Southwest High School and competed in state tournaments for basketball, hockey, and track & field, while also setting school records in track & field. Denise and Paul both went on to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.
Gary and Pat believed that participating in school athletics helped develop young student athletes into successful adults later in life. They encouraged all of their children to participate in athletics beyond high school, and their scholarship aims to provide opportunities for other student athletes to do the same. After Gary passed away in 2013, their children made the decision to dedicate the scholarship fund in their family’s name and continue Pat and Gary’s legacy of supporting student athletes.
Applicants must be a graduating senior or past graduate of Green Bay Southwest High School who plans to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. Applicants must have demonstrated participation as a student athlete for four seasons during high school. This could be four seasons in one sport, two years in two sports, or any combination of sports involvement that equals four seasons of participation.
Scholarship awarded based on having G.P.A. of at least 2.5, the number of seasons in high school athletics, academic achievement, financial need, community service and evaluation of essay.
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.