How the Journey Began...Brian's Story

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Brian Douglas LaViolette
1977 - 1992

Through great loss has come inspiration.

One family's tragedy has given others the chance to pursue their highest dreams and aspirations.

Today, Brian LaViolette's positive outlook and spirit live on, embodied in one simple phrase--"The Journey is the Reward."

At just 15 years old, Brian LaViolette was wise beyond his years. He loved his family and friends, made time for soccer, golf and enjoyed playing the trumpet in his high school band. But with the fun came hard work. He excelled in school and set his sights on college.

Brian's life was claimed in a swimming accident, but his dreams live on; not only in the hearts and souls of today's students, but also through the encouragement of others to appreciate every moment of life's journey.


The Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation                     

Since 1992, the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation has presented 767 scholarships to deserving college-bound students in Northeastern Wisconsin, the United States, and other parts of the world. The Foundation continues Brian's legacy by helping high school seniors financially to achieve their educational dreams at the same time, providing them with encouragement and inspiration. 

Click here for a list of all of our recipients to date!

Read more from those we inspire with these testimonials

We invite you to explore this website to learn more about the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation and its work in encouraging young people to pursue the values and vocations that promise to make the world a better place to live.

Please click here for highlights...23 years, 23 accomplishments

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Our Mission

By providing yearly scholarships to today's students, our mission is to honor hard work and community service, to offer inspiration, and share the belief that "The Journey is the Reward."

Our Logo

logo Our logo is special to us. Brian is represented by the white figure and the spirit he left behind. The other three figures symbolize Doug, Renee and Kim LaViolette who established the foundation in Brian's name and memory in 1992.

The wave below represents the Bay of Green Bay where Brian drowned. Three steps in the wave are the steps filled with hope by the LaViolette family and the journey to higher education for our scholarship recipients.