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


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.

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 31, 2018

2018 William Wiersma Scholars!
We are honored to welcome Delaney Agnew and McKenna Murphy as our 2018 William Wiersma Scholars. Delaney will be attending UW-Madison to study politics and government to prepare her for law school and a career in advocacy law. McKenna will be attending UW-LaCrosse to pursue education and business studies. We invite you to read about their exciting high school accomplishments on the “Our Scholars” page.

May 30, 2018

William Wiersma Scholar Updates
Jacob Keip (WW Scholar 2016) and Ashtyn Smits (WW Scholar 2017) recently completed their sophomore and freshman years, respectively, at UW-Madison. Updates of their successes are available on our “Our Scholars” page.