Grants & Awards


The Rotary Club of Waupaca is eager to support ideas, programs, and people that are working to innovate, grow, and meet challenges in our community. Below is a summary of grants, awards, and scholarships offered by our club, including links to access related forms.


Community Service Grant

Grants to area organizations that support on-going community programs and new initiatives aligned to Our club’s mission to serve others, promote integrity and advance understanding, goodwill, and peace.

    • Grant Amount Available: Is there a limit?
    • Timing: Ongoing. Please apply any time of year.
    • Find additional information here.
    • Click to review/complete our Community Service Grant Application form.

Education Grants

Grants fund projects in Waupaca, Iola, and Weyauwega school districts that enhance studies in key areas, are innovative, encourage cooperation, and provide access to new learning opportunities.

    • Grant Amount Available: Up to $1,000 per grant
    • Timing: Applications due by October 15, with award announcements by November 15
    • Click to review/complete our Education Grant Application form

Youth Connections Grants

Provides funds for projects that promote community enhancement, encourage healthy decisions for youth and families, and create opportunities for youth leadership. Projects must be youth-led.

    • Grant Amount Available: Up to $1,000 per grant
    • Timing: Three grant cycles each school year. Information available at area high schools.
    • Want help completing a grant application? Click to complete the Project Idea Form, then get matched to an advisor who can help you develop your grant application. Note: completing the Project Idea Form is optional. You can go direct to the application form.
    • When ready to apply for a grant, click to review/complete our Youth Connections Grant Application form.


Teacher/Staff Service Above Self Award

An award that recognizes a teacher or staff member who has made a difference through their involvement in the community, including service in a community organization, charity, service club or community project.

    • Award amount: $250 to the award recipient, and $250 to a charity of their choice

High School Community Service Award

Selection process managed by Waupaca High School Student Council. Award recognizes a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteerism and community service.

    • Award amount: $250 to the award recipient’s charity of choice
    • Timing: End of school year

Middle School Service Above Self Award

Middle School Faculty & Staff recommend students that show exemplary behavior through acts of kindness, perseverance, good citizenship, and leadership.

    • Award amount: $30 to the award recipient’s charity of choice
    • Timing: Monthly during the school year.


Mike Malone Scholarship

The Waupaca School District scholarship committee selects a student to receive this scholarship based on the Rotary Service Above Self criteria – community service, leadership and citizenship.

    • Scholarship amount: $2000, paid out in $500 increments over four years
    • For more information, click to view the High School Scholarship Site

Gene Wasserberg Memorial Scholarship

The Waupaca School District scholarship committee selects a student to receive this scholarship. Scholarship is for students pursuing an Engineering, Business or Entrepreneurial curriculum. Attendance to a Wisconsin school and community service are considered.

Technical College Scholarships

Up to four scholarship recipients are selected by Waupaca High School faculty and staff. What more can we say here?