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.

Academic Achievement

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


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

The William Wiersma Foundation

Scholarship – Integrity – Initiative


William “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.

News & Updates

May 25, 2017

We welcome Ashtyn Smits as our 2017 William Wiersma Scholar! The announcement was made at the annual Awards Ceremony on May 24, 2017. Please read about Ashtyn’s outstanding accomplishments in the “Our Scholars” section.

March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017