The Ariens Family Foundation recently expanded its mission to invest in educational pursuits with The Francis and Georgia Ariens Engineering Scholarship. The new scholarship will be awarded each year to a high school senior pursuing higher education in engineering. Scholarship winners will receive $20,000 over the course of their four-year engineering degree program.
The new scholarship joins the foundation’s College Scholarship Award and Technical Scholarship Award for students in Brillion, Wisconsin, and surrounding high schools. 28 scholarships were awarded to students in 2021.
The Ariens Family Foundation was recently renamed to reflect the Ariens family’s history of supporting educational efforts. It was established in 1967 as the Ariens Foundation by the late Mando Ariens to support technical schools in Wisconsin. He asked his brother, Francis Ariens, to be vice chair of the foundation.
“The foundation’s board of directors continues to honor the work of those that made the organization possible,” said Mark Olsen, the foundation’s president.
With 54 years of community involvement, the foundation continues to build on the two brothers’ passion for investing in education to help young people reach their full potential. This passion is carried on throughout generations of the Ariens family and eventually became one of the five core values of AriensCo: encourage intellectual curiosity.
“The Ariens Family Foundation’s three main goals remain the same: awarding scholarships, supporting STEM programs and advocating for the overall well-being of the Brillion community,” Olsen said.