Encouraging others to work toward a common vision. Individuals who are civic-minded with integrity, initiative, decisiveness, and a sense of purpose.

Academic Achievement

A commitment to pursing a rigorous course of study to the best of one’s abilities.


Helping others at home, in school and in the community, in an effort to effect positive change.

Work Ethic

Hard work and diligence at home, in the workplace and in the pursuit of education as well as in service to others.

The William Wiersma Foundation

Scholarship – Integrity – Initiative

bookworkWilliam “Bill”  Wiersma believed strongly in the value of education. He grew up in Friesland, WI and became the first person in his family to complete college and earn an advanced degree, driven by the belief that education broadens opportunities and provides a foundation for a fulfilling life.  He also appreciated the struggles and sacrifices that are often required to achieve these goals.  In addition to his lifelong work to improve education through research, he was himself an exceptional teacher. He shared that gift generously with his students, friends and family.

The intent of this scholarship is to encourage and enable students from the Cambria/Friesland, Wisconsin area to attend a four-year college or university and earn a Bachelors’ degree. Bill Wiersma understood that there are always challenges involved in pursuing this goal, and the financial assistance offered by this award is meant to support motivated students and alleviate some of the financial burden of completing a degree.



The William Wiersma Foundation

The William Wiersma Foundation was formed in 2014 to honor the life of Bill Wiersma and to establish a legacy in tribute to his belief in education. The Foundation is funded through generous contributions in his honor from friends and family members.

News & Updates

June 1, 2020

We hope that you and your loved ones are and remain safe.

Congratulations to

Camber Ebert,

our 2020 William Wiersma Scholar!

Camber is Valedictorian of the Class of 2020, and will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a nursing career. We welcome Camber to our family of scholars, and invite you to learn more about her in the Our Scholars page.

We want to extend our sincerest admiration and support for our scholars as they continue their college studies in truly unprecedented ways! We also want to recognize the outstanding commitment of the staff of Cambria-Friesland High School to the education of their students.

January 29, 2019

Current William Wiersma Scholars

Jacob Keip

Class of 2020  

University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Engineering

Ashtyn Smits

Class of 2021

  University of Wisconsin-Madison

Delaney Agnew

Class of 2022

  University of Wisconsin-Madison

McKenna Murphy

Class of 2022

  University of Wisconsin-Madison-LaCross

Chloe DeYoung

Class of 2023  

Stetson University

We are so proud of the wonderful ways that our William Wiersma Scholars are embracing their college experiences! We thank them for taking the time to share their stories with us…details on the Our Scholars page!!