February 22, 2010

Junior Achievement Business Challenge

Brian's Foundation has been awarding a scholarship since 2004 at the Junior Achievement’s (JA) Business Challenge in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

This years' scholarship went to Maikou Lor. She is a freshman at West DePere High School. Maikou enjoys writing, reading, drawing, listening to music and hanging out with her friends. She is also involved in Art Club.

JA's mission is to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, understand business and economics, and be workforce-ready. JA brings economics to life by providing K-12 students the marketable skills they will need for future success. Adult volunteers facilitate hands-on activities directly with students during the school day using curricula prepared by JA.

February 9, 2010

Update on Past Brian LaViolette Scholarship Recipients

Nick Kulkoski, the 2009 Recipient of the Brian LaViolette Scholarship is studying at New York University. His first year is going well. He is taking advantage of what the big city has to offer, meeting a lot of new lifelong friends and undertook 18 credits in his first semester. This semester he is taking Calculus III, Principles of Financial Accounting, Microeconomics and others..nothing like starting strong! He plans to join the Actuarial Society as soon as he begins taking classes towards his major of Actuarial Science.

He writes, "None of the experiences I have and will encounter at college would have been possible without the help of Brian's Foundation. I would like to thank you again for all of your help and I look forward to spending the next three and half years of schooling with you."

Ben Fischl, the 2008 Brian LaViolette Scholarship is currently at the United States Naval Academy. Before his appointment began, he spent some time in Rwanda with some mission work, which he states 'changed his life'. He is back at the Academy studying Arabic, Military History, Law, Economics, Engineering Mechanics and will start flying gliders next month! He is enjoying his time and like Nick, taking full advantage of his learning and life experiences along the way!

February 8, 2010

Legendary Leader

He led the Packers to five NFL championships in 7 years, leaving his indelible mark on the franchise. Vince Lombardi also left his mark on this signed check from his personal bank account. Framed with Vernon Biever's iconic photo of Lombardi stalking the sidelines.

This family heirloom was donated by Brian LaViolette Foundation board member and Brian's Aunt, Sue LeTourneau. It could be yours to enjoy for years to come!

February 3, 2010

The Journey Continues Newsletter

Have you ever met anyone that seems to take your breath away by how generous they can be? Our family and Brian's Foundation are fortunate to know many..we are sometimes surprised we are even able to catch our breath on certain days.

Bob Nueske is one of those people. Bob grew up and lives in Wittenberg, Wisconsin where he owns Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats. It is a family-owed company that has been going strong since 1933.

Bob has a generous heart and a calm voice. He serves on our Foundation Board of Advisors and provides us with his thoughts and great copy editing skills.

Bob was key to the establishment of our Poland Scholarship of Honor and is an annual sponsor. He has never hesitated to donate food for our 'Brats for Brian' tailgating, the Medal of Honor Convention or Freedom House- to name a few.

Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats is also our printing sponsor for our new Journey Continues Newsletter which we are happy to announce that we will have them in hand by the end of February!

It will highlight our scholarship recipients since our last newsletter, our different scholarship programs, all we honor, and educate many around the world on Brian's Foundation.

If you are on our mailing list, we will be getting the Newsletters out to you. If you or someone you know would like to be added to our list to receive The Journey Continues Newsletter, please send your address to me at kimrlav@yahoo.com.

February 1, 2010

Thank you to Humana Military

Dave Baker (President and CEO) and Cathy Wessel (Chief of Planning and Development) of Humana Military Healthcare Services were presented this thank you Scholarship of Honor framed medal for Humana Military's sponsorship. With their support, Brian's Foundation was able to enhance our program with our special Scholarship of Honor Brochure to educate and update thousands about Brian’s Foundation, its scholarship recipients and honorees through the Scholarship of Honor program.
Humana Military's donation ensured that 100% of the Scholarship of Honor endowed donations are awarded to deserving students on an annual basis.

The frame was presented in Louisville, KY on January 29,2010, where Humana Military is headquartered. The last time Doug LaViolette was in Kentucky was 42 years ago to the day when he reported for basic training at Fort Campbell, KY. on January 29th, 1968.

Humana Military Healthcare Services mission is to be the most trusted name in military health solutions. They collaboratively work with U.S. Department of Defense partners in the delivery of high quality, cost-effective, accessible health care services to the military population we serve.