Scholarships for High School Students

At Junior Achievement, we want to help young people finance their education. Here are some JA and local partners' scholarship opportunities for 2018.


KPMG Scholarship for High School Girls

Scholarships for Wisconsin high school students

The Office of Condoleezza Rice is accepting applications through January 31, 2018 for the KPMG Future Leaders Program Class of 2018. They will select deserving high school female seniors from around the country to participate in the program and receive a college scholarship, attend a leadership retreat, be paired with a year-long mentor, and have an introduction to golf.

The program is funded by proceeds from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit. View the 2017 recap video and find the 2018 application document and program snapshot online. 


Voya Financial Signature Scholarship Program

As a Voya Foundation partner, Junior Achievement USA is spreading the word about the 2018 Voya Financial Signature Scholarship Program. Voya Scholars provides scholarships for students interested in business or finance degrees and who are currently working toward or ready to pursue an academic degree or financial certification. Included are both scholarship and mentoring awards. Upon receipt of a scholarship, scholars become eligible for a variety of opportunities provided by Voya Financial and its employees including: networking, mentorship, resume help and interview prep, and internship and hiring opportunities. Applications must be in by February 1, 2018. Application information available here.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

EY, Junior Achievement and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction would like to give recognition to an individual from 5th grade through 12th grade that is making their mark on our free enterprise system by turning a business idea into a reality; an individual who applied the entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrated business knowledge to realize an actual operating business. 
One winner will receive a scholarship or cash prize of $1,000. Winner also will be recognized at the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ Induction Ceremony on April 19, 2018 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. All finalists will receive a certificate signed by Dr. Tony Evers, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Michael Frohna, President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. Finalist videos will be promoted and shown on the JA of Wisconsin You Tube Channel. Additionally, the winning applicant will be featured on the DPI You Tube Channel. Completed application must be received by February 23, 2018. Application information available here.

Local JA Business Challenge Events to Compete for Scholarships

Junior Achievement Business Challenge is a one-day event where high school students from around the area compete for scholarships. Using an online simulator, JA Titan, this exciting business strategy tournament puts the student's business knowledge to the test. "Companies" of two students, each mentored by one business representative, compete against one another to manufacture and market a product. Teams are challenged to outperform their competition in terms of profit, sales, and market share. JA Business Challenge is a powerful learning experience, where students experience real-world application of business concepts. 
2018 Junior Achievement Business Challenge events in Wisconsin:
Northcentral District Business Challenge - February 8 in Wausau. Registration information
Brown County Business Challenge - February 9 at NWTC in Green Bay. Registration information
Rock County Area Business Challenge - February 9 in Janesville. Contact info to register
Dane County Business Challenge - February 14 in Madison. Contact info to register
Wolf River Business Challenge - February 21 at NWTC in Shawano. Registration information
Racine & Kenosha County Business Challenge - February 22 at SCI iMet on Gateway Technical College's campus in Sturtevant. Registration information
Metro Business Challenge - February 22 in Milwaukee. Registration information
Northwest District Business Challenge - March 2 at Chippewa Valley Tech College in Eau Claire. Registration information
East Central District Business Challenge - March 10 at Acuity in Sheboygan. Registration information
Winnebago Business Challenge - March 21 at UW-Oshkosh. Registration information
Select Local Area Business Challenge Attendees also will be invited to the Wisconsin Statewide Business Challenge held on May 3, 2018 in Milwaukee for another chance to win scholarships.


Vernon J. Hellenbrand Memorial Scholarship for Dane County Students

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Vernon J. Hellenbrand Scholarship. This annual award is given to two deserving applicants who are seniors in high school anywhere in Dane County in Wisconsin. Applicants must be eligible for admission to an accredited technical school, college or university where they will pursue coursework toward an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in business, finance or entrepreneurship.  Each scholarship winner will receive $1,000, payable over two consecutive semesters of post-secondary enrollment. Applications must be submitted by March 30, 2018. Application info available here.

Scholarships for Junior Achievement High School Students & College Student who are JA Volunteers

JA of Wisconsin offers nearly $30,000 in scholarships for students in the state of Wisconsin. These scholarships, provided by the Dee Dee Pellegrin Scholarship Fund and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, are awarded to students every year to help them achieve their goal of a college education. Scholarships are available to high school students who have JA programs or to college students or high school students who volunteer for JA in the classroom. Scholarships are renewable but must be applied for each year. Submission deadline for applications is April 3, 2018Application information available here.

Junior Achievement Michael E. Batten Memorial Scholarship for Racine County Students

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Michael E. Batten Memorial Scholarship. This annual award is offered to the most deserving applicants who are seniors in high school anywhere in Racine County in Wisconsin. Each will receive $1,000 toward any education beyond high school in the form of a scholarship. Submission deadline for applications is December 31, 2018. Application information available here.

Brandon Williams, Author of Millionaire Mindset, Joins Junior Achievement of Wisconsin in Dane County Board of Directors

Brandon Williams Millionaire MindsetJunior Achievement of Wisconsin is pleased to announce the addition of Brandon Williams to its Dane County Board of Directors.

Brandon is a success coach, entrepreneur and author of the book Millionaire Mindset: 7 Principles Athletes Need for Financial Freedom. Earning an athletic scholarship, Brandon attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his B.S. in Communication and Entrepreneurship.

Following college, Brandon played in the NFL until 2010, at which time he faced life-changing financial hardships. From this experience Brandon discovered his passion in helping others find financial freedom and until recently, worked in the finance sector. First joining Junior Achievement as a volunteer in St. Louis, Brandon continues to volunteer with Junior Achievement in the Madison area. Offering an experienced background and passion for financial freedom, Brandon will be a great asset in advancing the Junior Achievement mission of empowering young people to own their economic future.

Milwaukee and Junior Achievement Featured in Dee-1's Knowledge for College Tour Recap Video

This fall hip-hop artist Dee-1, in partnership with Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company, visited Milwaukee for “Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour,” a six-city national tour promoting planning for college and financial literacy. Dee-1 met with and performed for students at James Madison Academic Campus and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s Kohl's Education Center and was joined by representatives from Wisconsin’s Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), and leadership from Milwaukee Public Schools and Junior Achievement. 

Check out this video where Dee-1 recaps his tour - including Milwaukee!

Read full article here

Governor Scott Walker Signs Bill for School Boards to Adopt Financial Literacy Curriculum

Governor Scott Walker Signs Financial Literacy Bill
Photo credit: Governor’s Council of Financial Literacy
As teachers and students in Wisconsin are about to break for the holiday session, a bill was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker to initiate financial literacy in schools. Assembly Bill 280 directs each school board to adopt academic standards for financial literacy and incorporate instruction in financial literacy into the curriculum in grades K to 12. Authored by Senator Chris Kapenga (R—Delafield) and Representative Scott Krug (R—Nekoosa), the bill passed the Senate on a voice vote and was concurred by the Assembly on a voice vote. It is Act 94.
Nonprofit organization Junior Achievement of Wisconsin was represented at the Capitol during this legislation process. Junior Achievement of Wisconsin has been providing financial literacy education as well as career preparation and entrepreneurship curriculum in the school systems through volunteer-delivered programs for 76 years. 
Roxanne Van Loon, Director of Dane and Rock County Districts at Junior Achievement of Wisconsin said, “No matter what path young people choose, they will eventually need to manage their own finances. Helping our young people make educated financial decisions early on will impact their lives forever.” 
Junior Achievement provides school districts with financial literacy curriculum that includes content such as: managing debit and credit cards, spending money wisely through budgeting, saving and investing money; and protecting one's personal finances. Van Loon added, “Junior Achievement will continue to support schools in providing this important financial education to Wisconsin students.”

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Board of Directors Named

Nominees for the Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Board of Directors were named and voted on at this year's Annual Meeting. These community members and business professionals will provide strategic guidance on the vision, mission and goals of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.
These following individuals were elected to a three-year term, running through 2020:
Carl Brown
Red Brown Kle Marketing Communications
Darienne Driver
Milwaukee Public Schools
Susan Fronk
MRA-The Management Association
Jennifer Green
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co
Paul J. Jones
Harley-Davidson, Inc.
Kara L. Kaiser
BMO Harris Bank
Tom Kissinger
The Marcus Corporation 
Dennis J. Krakau
Wintrust Commerical Banking
Bruce G. Lanser
UBS Institutional Consulting
Daniel F. McKeithan
Tamarack Petroleum Co., Inc.
Barry McNulty
We Energies
Douglas J. O'Connor
Jay O. Rothman
Foley & Lardner LLP
Nancy J. Sennett
Foley & Lardner LLP
Michael S. Sheppard
Principal Financial Group
Arthur Smith
Farmers Insurance & Keystone Travel Services
John Splude
Paul Steffen
Todd J. Teske
Briggs & Stratton Corporation
Jennifer L. Wolff
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
The following persons were voted to a one-year term, running through the 2018 Annual Meeting: 
Lorraine Avery
Portage & Wood Counties District Chair
Betty Bergquist
American Family Insurance Group
Dane County District Chair
Leif Christianson
Peoples State Bank
Northcentral District Chair 
Steven Donovan
Community State Bank
Racine & Kenosha Counties District Chair
Linda Feirn
Wipfli LLP
Northwest District Chair 
Jon Grosshuesch
Oostburg State Bank
East Central District Chair
Sean Knott
Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
Rock County District Chair 
Marty Monfils
Wolf River District Chair
Laura Nelson
Peterson, Berk & Cross
Brown County District Vice Chair 
Chris Walters
DBS Group, LLC
Coulee Region District Chair 
Scott Weber
Winnebago Region District Chair
The following people were proposed for election to the Emeritus Board of Directors:
Diane Pellegrin, Tom Spero and Richard Teerlink.

JA Recognizes Community Supporters

Thank you JA supporters

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin recognizes the following community supporters that have contributed more than $15,000 this past school year to empower area students.

Thank you to these businesses and many other individuals, foundations and companies across the state who support JA.



ADAMM - Automobile Dealers Association of Mega Milwaukee

Alliant Energy Foundation

Associated Banc-Corp

B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation

BMO Harris Bank

Briggs & Stratton Corporation

Charter Manufacturing Company, Inc.


CLA Foundation

Culver's VIP Foundation, Inc.

Dudley Foundation, Inc.

Educators Credit Union



GE Healthcare

Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Heartland Advisors, Inc.

J.J. Keller Foundation, Inc.

J.W. Speaker Corporation

Janesville Sand and Gravel

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Johnsonville Sausage, LLC

Journal Communications

Judd S. Alexander Foundation

Junior Achievement Women's Association

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Kohl's Cares

Komatsu Mining Corp

Koss Corporation

Kwik Trip, Inc.

M&I Foundation, Inc.


McDonald's Restaurants


Miller Electric Mfg. Co.

Nicholas Family Foundation

Northwestern Mutual

Oshkosh Area Community Foundation

Otto Bremer Trust

Payne & Dolan, Inc.

Pieper Electric, Inc.

Rite Hite Corporation

Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.

Rockwell Automation

RSM US Foundation

Russ Darrow Group, Inc.

S.C. Johnson - A Family Company

Sargento Foods, Inc.

Schenck SC

Schneider National Foundation

State Farm Insurance

The George Kress Foundation, Inc.

The Marcus Corporation

Twin Disc, Inc.

U.S. Bank

U.S. Venture, Inc.

United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley

Vollrath Company

We Energies

Wells Fargo

Thank you JA supporters

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Recognizes Volunteers

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin thanks the nearly 9,000 JA volunteers who gave of their time and talent to students this past school year. Thank you to the following organizations and all of our dedicated parents, retirees, military personnel, community advocates, small business owners, and company employees.

DIAMOND Level (150 or more volunteers or classes taught) Associated Banc-Corp
BMO Harris Bank
GE Healthcare  
Milwaukee Public Schools  
Rockwell Automation
EMERALD Level (100-149 volunteers or classes taught) 
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee
Johnson Controls
Kohl's Cares
Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
RUBY Level (50-99 volunteers or classes taught) 
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Aurora Advanced Health Care 
Briggs & Stratton Corporation
Carroll University
Deloitte Consulting
Direct Supply, Inc.
Educators Credit Union
Fox Valley Technical College
Harley-Davidson, Inc.
Humana Inc.
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Royal Credit Union
Schneider National Inc.
Thrivent Financial
U.S. Bank
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
SAPPHIRE Level (35-49 volunteers or classes taught) 
First Bank Financial Centre
Grant Thornton, LLP
Greenheck Fan Corporation
Komatsu Mining Corp
Oshkosh Area School District
Oshkosh Corporation
Peoples State Bank
S.C. Johnson - A Family Company
UnitedHealthcare Group
Visu-Sewer Inc.
Wells Fargo
West Bend School District
WESTconsin Credit Union

Former Educator Turned Hip-Hop Artist Dee-1 and Sallie Mae Bring College Planning Events to Milwaukee

“Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour” Visits James Madison Academic Campus and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin to Educate Students and Hand Out Scholarships from Sallie Mae
Dee-1 visits Junior AchievementMILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Former teacher turned hip-hop artist Dee-1, in partnership with Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company, visited Milwaukee today for “Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour,” a six-city national tour promoting planning for college and financial literacy. Dee-1 met with and performed for students at James Madison Academic Campus and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s Kohl's Education Center and was joined by representatives from Wisconsin’s Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), and leadership from Milwaukee Public Schools and Junior Achievement.
“Going to college doesn't change your life; graduating from college changes your life,” said Dee-1. “It all starts with a good game plan, and that’s why we’re here today. Our young people need the tools and resources to get on the right track not only to go to college, but also to complete college. The good news is there are free tools and resources out there that can help.”
Born David Augustine, Dee-1 graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. During his visit to Milwaukee, the rapper and motivational speaker addressed more than 700 high school juniors and seniors, discussing his transformation from middle school math teacher to hip-hop artist and his college experience. Students then joined him on stage as he performed his viral hit song, “Sallie Mae Back,” in which he celebrates repaying his student loans.
“Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour” is part of a broader effort between Sallie Mae and the state of Wisconsin to prepare students for college. Last year, DFI launched “Look Forward to Your Future,” which provides resources about career and college readiness for students, parents, and educators.
“Dee-1 brings a powerful message to students about the importance of a college education,” DFI Secretary Jay Risch said. “His efforts in many ways dovetail with the work of DFI’s Office of Financial Literacy, our ‘Look Forward’ college affordability initiative, and the great work of Governor Walker’s Council on Financial Literacy. I’d like to thank Sallie Mae and Dee-1 for bringing their ‘Knowledge for College Tour’ to Wisconsin.”
At both stops in Milwaukee, Sallie Mae provided a $5,000 scholarship to a student in the audience. In addition, the company donated $15,000 to Junior Achievement of Wisconsin to support statewide literacy efforts.
“Paying for college is often considered the second largest expense of a lifetime for many people. It is vital that today’s students have the knowledge and skills they need to make wise financial decisions, minimize educational debt, and set themselves on a path to economic success, said Michael Frohna, President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. “At JA, we are helping more than 158,000 Wisconsin students successfully navigate their economic futures. Junior Achievement is proud to partner with Sallie Mae and Wisconsin’s Department of Financial Institutions to host Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour at the JA Kohl’s Education Center.”
"Thank you to Dee-1 and Sallie Mae for taking the time to engage with our students," said Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent Darienne Driver. "It is incredibly valuable to have someone that our students can relate to talk about the importance of being prepared for their life after high school. Our young men and women heard a vital message today that will help them better understand the financial supports available to make their dreams come true."
Milwaukee is one of six stops on “Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour.” During tour stops last week in Cleveland and Indianapolis, and this week in Atlanta, Dee-1 interacted with and performed for more than 3,000 students. After leaving Milwaukee, the tour will head to Philadelphia before wrapping up in Houston.
“Dee-1’s a terrific ambassador, taking what can be an overwhelming topic like planning and paying for college and distilling it into real and relevant advice that connects the dots for students and families,” said Martha Holler, senior vice president, Sallie Mae. “We were thrilled to work with the State of Wisconsin and Junior Achievement to bring our tour and this important message to Milwaukee!”
Join the conversation at #Dee1Knowledge and get started looking for scholarships at

Michael Frohna Named President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI – September 27, 2017 – Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. has named Michael Frohna, CFRE, as its new president.  He succeeds Tim Greinert, who accepted a national leadership position with Junior Achievement USA.
Frohna has more than 25 years of executive and nonprofit experience, most recently as vice president and chief philanthropy officer of the BloodCenter of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Previously he served as the assistant vice president of advancement at St. Norbert College, followed by foundation leadership roles with two major health systems in northeast Wisconsin.
“Michael’s blend of experience in the not-for-profit and education arena is a winning combination that fits our mission at Junior Achievement,” said Raymond Wilson, chair of the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. “Michael’s documented Foundation success will be an asset to connecting community leaders statewide with Junior Achievement and the young people they inspire.”
He earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation and a Management Development Program Certificate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
“I am thrilled to join Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and the 12 district teams and thousands of volunteers who bring our mission to life each day.  The impact of our work is far-reaching, touching individuals, families and communities. I am excited to help Junior Achievement of Wisconsin reach new heights and thrive together,” said Frohna.
About Junior Achievement® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Last year 165,181 students in Wisconsin benefited from participating in Junior Achievement programs. For more information, visit 

Northwest District Receives Funds from Nordson Corporation

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Northwest District Receives Funds from Nordson Corporation

Nordson Corporation grant dollars will help expand Junior Achievement’s JA in a Day to Chippewa Valley 8th grade students.

Eau Claire, WIJunior Achievement (JA) of Wisconsin, Inc. received $15,000 grant dollars from Nordson Corporation to support continued JA efforts to provide programming to local middle school students in Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire. These grant dollars will help JA continue to reach students at three local middle schools as well as expand the programming to other middle schools, especially local rural schools. The Junior Achievement Career Exploration programs equip students by teaching them about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. The goal is to provide career exploration opportunities throughout our communities.

“Our local committee has a strong commitment to continuing the quality educational opportunities that are available in our area” said Shannon Potts of the Nordson Corporation Wisconsin Community Affairs Committee. “Programs like Junior Achievement fit well within this area of focus and strengthen our local communities. By actively participating in Junior Achievement, students gain knowledge of a variety of career opportunities and skills, helping them to become not only great employees, but self-sufficient members of our society. “


The Nordson Corporation’s investment in Junior Achievement of Northwest Wisconsin will help Junior Achievement provide Career exploration programming to area students as well as help area schools in their efforts to meet Department of Public Instruction mandates that expect all middle school students to have a career plan and access to career exploration. 

“JA programs help prepare our young people for the ‘real’ world by bringing in a business volunteer to show them how to make money, manage their finances and how to create jobs which makes our communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking at work." said Junior Achievement Director, Susan Peterson.

About Junior Achievement (JA) Junior Achievement (JA) is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to educating 2-12 students about entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness through experiential hands-on programs. District staff collaborates with more than 690 volunteers and 670 teachers, educating 16,000 students throughout northwestern and southern Wisconsin last school year. For more information visit us at or call 715-835-5566.

About Nordson: Nordson Corporation engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used for the precision dispensing of adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials, polymers,  plastics and other materials, fluid management, test and inspection, UV curing and plasma surface treatment, all supported by application expertise and direct global sales and service.  Nordson serves a wide variety of consumer non-durable, durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, construction, and general product assembly and finishing.  Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 30 countries.  Visit Nordson on the web at, @Nordson_Corp, or

Greenfield High School Students Win Wisconsin JA Business Challenge

Milwaukee – Nearly 60 of the best and brightest student “CEOs” in Wisconsin competed in Junior Achievement’s annual JA Business Challenge Championship sponsored by and hosted at Acuity on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. 

Student teams from Greenfield High School and Rice Lake High School, the top teams at the end of the day-long competition, earned scholarships and prizes.

"The Junior Achievement Business Challenge provides a great opportunity for high school students to work as a team with their classmates, along with a local business professional volunteer, to gain the business acumen and leadership skills they will need to successfully participate in the global economy,” said Tim Greinert, President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.

Ben Salzmann – president and CEO of the event sponsor and host Acuity – agrees: "Acuity is pleased to be the sponsor of the Wisconsin JA Business Challenge Championship. This event provides students statewide with valuable experiences, preparing them to be the business leaders of tomorrow.”

A total of 23 teams from 18 Wisconsin high schools tested their knowledge at making a fictional product and running a virtual business through a hands-on computer simulated business strategy tournament using JA Titan. Each team made make their own business decisions regarding price, production, marketing, capital investment, and research and development. The success or failure of the company depended on how well the students manage these key decisions.

Additionally, students learned how business decisions are made, the importance of education and work experience, and the valuable skills needed to succeed from guest speakers Paige Nelson and Corbin Mosher of Acuity.

The following are the final results from the day-long competition:

Title Champions/First Place earned a $1,000 educational scholarship per participant

Greenfield High School
Isaiah Kleszczynski
Juan Olmos-Garcia

 (L to R- Isaiah Kleszczynski and Juan Olmos-Garcia)






2nd Place earned a $500 educational scholarship per participant

Rice Lake High School
Michael Klonowski
William Wagner







3rd Place earned a $100 Kohl’s gift card per participant

Greenfield High School
Pratyusha Emkay
Nick Kleszczynski
Hannan Mirza


Consolation Winners also earned a $100 Kohl’s gift card per participant

Appleton North High School
Henry Ptacek
Andrew Wilks


Appleton North High School
Jaddin Cross
Katelyn Lamers


Shawano High School
Payden Buck
Shawn Klemens
Allion Senzig

Apply for a Kohl's Field Trip Grant

Your school can visit Junior Achievement with a grant from Kohl's!

Grants can be used for the 2017-2018 school year. Open to specific schools in predetermined Wisconsin counties. See Official Rules at for full details. Registration opens February 13, 2017.

Junior Achievement of the Coulee Region Benefit from RSM Birdies Fore Love Initiative

RSM, the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – is celebrating its strong tradition of giving back to the La Crosse community by presenting a check for $4,053 to support Junior Achievement of the Coulee Region.
Funds from RSM’s Birdies Fore Love Program will support JA programs for 3,857 students in 190 classes in La Crosse County and the community of La Crescent, MN.
Through its Birdies Fore Love program, RSM’s La Crosse office selects a non-profit that supports children and families, donating 100 percent of funds raised back to the charitable organization.
Pictured (left to right) are Susan Peterson (Junior Achievement), Tamera Wagner (Junior Achievement), and Janine Garvin (RSM US).
RSM supports the 86 cities nationwide where its employees, partners, and principals live and work through ongoing volunteer activities and fundraising efforts, including Birdies Fore Love, a nationwide fundraising initiative related to The RSM Classic, a PGA TOUR tournament event for which RSM is the title sponsor.

Why JA: Graduation Rates and College Readiness

The Challenge

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the high school graduation rate hit a record high of 82 percent in the 2013-14 school year. Despite this positive news, the overall graduation rate is still off pace to achieve the GradNation campaign’s goal of 90 percent by 2020. The graduation rates of African-American and Hispanic students are also improving; however, they remain behind those of their white peers. Additionally, once graduating high school, only 59 percent of students enrolling in college complete a four-year degree within six years, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.


The Role of JA

The mission of Junior Achievement (JA) is to inspire and prepare young people for success. JA does this by bringing volunteer role models from the community into the classroom to share their experiences with students and to facilitate JA’s proven programs. The programs, which cover financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, help students make the connection between what they learn in school and how it applies to their lives. The JA experience helps students better understand the importance of school as a means to becoming successful adults.


Proof of Impact

The JA experience has been shown to influence positive behavioral outcomes using scientifically valid evaluation. JA programs increase knowledge and influence attitudes in a way that results in students’ increased self-efficacy. This fosters selfbelief and sense of purpose which are necessary for students to overcome challenges that might otherwise prevent them from graduating high school or succeeding at higher education. A 2016-17 evaluation shows that JA Alumni have larger high school graduation rates and higher education completion rates than those of the general U.S. population. Simply said, Junior Achievement works.

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin awards more than $35,500 in scholarships

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, in partnership with the Junior Achievement Women's Association, is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's scholarships. More than $35,500 will be awarded to 14 students across the state of Wisconsin. Recipients are college and high school students who have participated in JA programming or have volunteered for JA.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipents!


Allison Raddant Shawano High School Student Volunteer
Alexander Reinke Milwaukee High School Student Volunteer
Robert Wenman Mosinee High School Student Volunteer
Andrew Bailey Appleton High School Student Participant
Brett Benning Cedarburg High School Student Participant
Adam Gergetz Jackson High School Student Participant
Natalie Hagenow Sussex High School Student Participant
Kathryn Kugel Shawano High School Student Participant
Stephanie Lo Milwaukee High School Student Participant
Justin Natzke Marathon High School Student Participant
Melissa Oxtoby Howards Grove High School Student Participant
John Metzinger Wausau/Eau Claire College Student Volunteer
Eli Miller Madison College Student Volunteer
Chineva Smith Milwaukee Schreyer Scholarship


Kohl’s Cares Donates $1 Million to Junior Achievement of Wisconsin

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., (June 14, 2016) – Today Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announced a donation of $1 million over three years to Junior Achievement of Wisconsin (JA) for continuing support of the JA Kohl’s Education Center. The donation comes from Kohl’s philanthropic program, Kohl’s Cares®, which sells children’s books and soft toys and donates 100 percent of the net profit to benefit children’s initiatives. The additional funding allows JA to provide students in southeastern Wisconsin with exceptional educational opportunities, including JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park® programming.

“Kohl’s is proud to partner with Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and encourages their innovative efforts to increase student success and graduation rates,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate communications. “The JA Kohl’s Education Center continues to be a popular destination for Wisconsin schools and supports the development of future business leaders.”

Ninety percent of students who visit the JA Kohl’s Education Center attend schools from the metro district, a four-county area including Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties. Students attending schools within a 90-mile service range of the facility also participate. The students range from 4th-6th grade for JA BizTown and 7th-12th grade for JA Finance Park. Over the next three years, funding from Kohl’s Cares will impact 60,000 area students and 12,000 adults (teachers/volunteers) involved with the JA Kohl’s Education Center.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Kohl’s,” says Tim Greinert, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s president. “This funding will significantly enhance the learning applications offered to local students through the JA Kohl’s Education Center. Engaging these students early on in a meaningful and memorable way will help arm them with the skills they need as adults.”

JA will also produce enhanced online training videos for teachers and volunteers. The new training module will assist educators when working with the students during the simulation portion of the programs hosted at the JA Kohl’s Education Center. In addition to training improvements, funding will support several new student activities for the JA Finance Park program designed to enhance teen financial literacy skills.

An initial $3 million donation from Kohl’s Cares in 2010 allowed JA to build the JA Kohl’s Education Center and provide Milwaukee’s students with additional business, financial literacy and entrepreneurship education. Since then, Kohl’s and Kohl's Cares have committed more than $5.7 million to Junior Achievement.

For more information on Kohl’s philanthropic efforts, visit For more information on the JA Kohl’s Education Center and JA Capstone Programs, visit

About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit

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About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin is dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. The organization prepares young people for the real world, showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, create jobs which make their communities more robust, and apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Over 160,000 students in the state of Wisconsin put these lessons into action every year and learn the value of contributing to their communities. To become involved, please click here or call (414) 577-3800.

JA BizTown: Created for fourth through sixth grade, JA BizTown is a life-size “city” and interactive program that involves student management of a simulated community and its economy. This includes the operation of the community’s businesses, services and government functions. Students operate the many facets of their town, including producing and selling products and services, earning income, shopping, lending, saving and enforcing laws. This program includes a Kohl’s branded store where students act as consumers and producers as part of their hands-on learning experience.

JA Finance Park: Created for seventh through twelfth grade, JA Finance Park helps students build a foundation for making intelligent, lifelong personal financial decisions through classroom instruction followed by all-day participation in a simulated community. The 19 pre-visit curriculum lessons include rigorous activities and role playing exercises in personal finance including budgeting, consumerism, credit, financial institutions, investing, interest and taxes. In 2015, JA Finance Park programming moved to an entirely-paperless, tablet-based curriculum.

JA Rising Women Luncheon Connects Milwaukee Students with Local Business Leaders

On Thursday, June 9, some of Milwaukee’s top female business leaders gathered at the JA Kohl’s Education Center for JA Rising Women – an event dedicated to empowering young women in business.

The morning started with a mentoring session with more than 20 Milwaukee-area high school students and female business leaders in the community. The mentoring sessions exposed the high school students to high-growth careers and a corporate environment, connected the youth with role models, and gave students the self-confidence and leadership skills they need to be successful in the workplace and community.

"The advice the women gave me was very influential and helpful," said one student. "I loved meeting such a diverse group of women – from different career backgrounds, interests, families, races – that was amazing!”

After the round-table discussions and interactive student-mentor activities, students and mentors were invited to join more than 100 other guests at the JA Rising Women program and luncheon. The program included the presentation of the JA Rising Women award to Dee Dee Pellegin, a key note address from Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore, and stories about JA impact from two JA scholarship recipients.

"It gives me great pleasure to see young people eager to strive for a quality of life that is meaningful," said Cecelia Gore. "I congratulate the rising women that are here today for being smart enough to take time out of your busy lives to interact with caring adults who want you to succeed."

It was an inspiring morning for both students and business leaders alike.

See a gallery of photos from the event. Watch a video honoring JA Rising Women award winner Dee Dee Pellegrin.





JA Celebrates Partnership with Educators Credit Union

On Thursday, June 2, staff and board members from Educators Credit Union celebrated their partnership with Junior Achievement during the official ribbon cutting of the Educators Credit Union Wellness shop in JA BizTown. During the ceremony, the mayor of JA BizTown also declared June 2, 2016, Educators Credit Union Day.

The partnership between Educators and Junior Achievement includes the storefront in JA BizTown, tablets and debit cards used by students in JA Finance Park, as well as teacher training and support of Junior Achievement in Racine County.

“Junior Achievement for many, many years has been working with our local schools to make sure that our young people can bridge what they’re learning in the classroom to the real world,” said Tim Greinert, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. “Financial literacy couldn’t be a more important skill for our young people today.”

A big thank you to Educators Credit Union for their support of JA.







JA Career Day in Mequon

Last week, students from Lake Shore Middle School in Mequon experienced a JA Career Day and listened to a variety of career professionals discuss their careers and the paths it took for them to get there. Presenters included a pharmacist, Mequon police officer, IT specialist, director of the Milwaukee bucks, and more. Thanks to all of the volunteers who presented and helped to make this such a wonderful event for the students!





Milwaukee Public Schools and JA Continue Partnership

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin is excited to announce that it has extended its partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools and the Learning Journey program through 2021. As part of the MPS Learning Journey, all MPS 5th and 8th graders will be guaranteed programming at JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. The Learning Journey program is facilitated by the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc., which is dedicated to providing enhanced learning opportunities for MPS students.

Since the beginning of the MPS Learning Journey in 2012, more than 30,000 MPS students have had to opportunity to visit the JA Kohl's Education Center to learn about budgeting, savings, entrepreneurship, and more.

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