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The Ernie Rothe Memorial Leadership Scholarship

Key Club Members at Madison West and Edgewood High Schools


The $1,000 Annual Ernie Rothe Memorial Leadership Scholarship is made possible by a generous bequest from Ernie Rothe, a long-time member of Madison West Kiwanis. The check will be mailed to the recipient's chosen post high school program, college or university prior to April 15



The leadership scholarship will be awarded annually to one Key Club member from Madison West High School and one from Madison Edgewood High who has exemplified to the highest degree, the basic principles of Kiwanis family caring and sharing in their home, school, and community. The recipient will be of high moral character and should have achieved excellence in all their endeavors.




1. Applicant must be an active member in good standing in the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan Key Club and must have been a member in good standing for both junior and senior years. In addition, the club needs to be in good standing with Kiwanis International.

2. Applicant must be a graduating senior from either Madison West or Edgewood high school.

3. Applicant must be a college, university, or technical school bound student.

4. Financial need will be a major factor in the decision.

5. Grade point average of applicant must be at least a “B” average or the equivalent to a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.



Below are additional required items that must be attached to or part of the application form.

  1. Provide a list of high school and community activities to which you have contributed (clubs, sports, drama, scouting, church, etc. if applicable). Specify any pertinent details.
  1. Provide a list of honors, awards, and/or special recognition received in the past four years (both in and out of school, if applicable) for Key Club. Provide a list specifically of the Key offices/positions you’ve held in the past two years (if applicable).
  2. Write an essay (typed, single spaced) on your involvement and leadership experience in Key Club and high school. Use space provided on application form.
  3. Provide one letter of recommendation from School Official, Key Club school adviser or guidance counselor. Letters shall be one page, signed, dated, and from individuals not related to the applicant. The letter should cover community service, leadership ability, scholarship, personality, and integrity.
  4. The scholarship committee will review and base recommendations on the following point system:

Community service- 25 pts

Extracurricular activities- 15 pts

Leadership- 15 pts

Essay- 20 pts

Need- 25 pts

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