Kathleen PiatzKathleen Piatz taught in the Menomonie School District for 27 years until she retired in 2015.  She spent most of those years at Knapp Elementary. Her classroom was her second home and her students her second family. She expected the best from her students and that is what they gave her. She never gave up on a child. Her greatest joy was seeing the light in the eyes of a student who had been struggling with a new concept and finally grasp it.  Above all, she loved sharing her passion for reading. She believed reading was the foundation of education and she did everything she could to instill a lifelong love of reading in her students.

Her family and friends have established this scholarship in her memory to help others to continue her legacy. An annual award in the amount of {$1,500} is to be awarded to a graduating senior from Menomonie High School interested in pursuing a degree in education. Strong preference will be given to those who attended Knapp Elementary.  Applicants must submit a one-page essay describing their favorite children’s story and why.  Preference is also given to applicants who demonstrate financial need.

Projected Number of Scholarships and Amounts. The amount of the scholarship shall be $1,500 annually.

Criteria for Eligibility: 

  1. Applicants must be a graduating senior from Menomonie High School.
  2. Applicants must be applying to an accredited college or university with plans to pursue a degree in Education.
  3. Preference strongly given to students who attended Knapp Elementary school
  4. Preference also given to applicants who demonstrate financial need.
  5. A one page, type-written essay must accompany the application, answering the question: What is your favorite children’s book and why? Limit one page.


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Past Recipients

2017  Addysen Welch, Menomonie High School