Who We are-Frequently Asked Questions
People tell us we aren't your ordinary scholarship foundation. But why?
Yes, we award scholarships to deserving students while honoring our son and brother, Brian, but nearly 70% of our scholarships are in the names of others, also allowing their spirit to live on.
Because of this, communities come together, schools get involved and students are introduced to these individuals. Family and friends participate in selecting and presenting the scholarship in the name of those they were close to. Students are inspired and each year, we remember.
Who is Brian LaViolette?
Brian was the son of Doug and Renee LaViolette and brother of Kimberly. Brian was lost in a swimming accident on August 8, 1992, at the age of 15 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Please watch this short video for more of Brian's Story.
When was the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation established?
Brian’s family establish a scholarship foundation in Brian’s memory on August 17, 1992 after Brian’s body was recovered. Shortly after, the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation was formed as a 501(C) (3) not-for-profit corporation and is now a 501c3 Public Charity.
For more background on the Foundation, where it is today and what we see in the future, please view our interview with Robert Hornacek on CW 14.
What is the mission of the Brian LaViolette Foundation?
By providing yearly scholarships to today’s students, our mission is to honor hard work, community service, offer inspiration and share the belief that “The Journey is the Reward.”
How many scholarships has the Foundation presented?
We currently award 50 scholarships annually. To date, over 825 scholarships have been awarded, some in Brian’s memory, others in honor of our fallen heroes of the past, and others in honor of those close to Brian.
Can anyone apply for your scholarships?
Our scholarships are awarded at certain schools around the world. The applicant must be attending those schools to apply. We currently award scholarships at:
Heritage High School, Littleton
Through the Nainoa Hoe Command Training Center at Schofield Barracks
Auburn High School, Rockford
Purdue University-ROTC program
JFK High School, Cedar Rapids
Belding High School
Denfeld High School, Duluth
AC Reynolds High School, Asheville
Reno High School, Reno
United States Military Academy, West Point
North High School, Akron
Gettysburg High School, Gettysburg
Rapid City Stevens High School, Rapid City
Tunstall High School
Appleton West High School
Ashwaubenon High School
Bay Port High School
Chilton High School
Fox Cities Civil Air Patrol
Fox Valley Lutheran High School
Green Bay East High School
Green Bay West High School
Junior Achievement Award
Lena High School
Manitowoc High School
Menasha High School
Northeast Technical College
Oconto High School
Omro High School
Pulaski High School
Suring High School
St. Norbert College
Waupun High School
Through the Nidzica Local Foundation
Through LEAP Schools of Science and Math
Through local high schools in Pilsen