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Ernie Rothe Memorial Leadership Scholarship

Edgewood College Circle K


The first (2018) Rothe Memorial Leadership Scholarship recipient was Hallie Vaughn with her parents, Dave and Kim, and Ken Savill, Kiwanis committee chair.



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 Edgewood College in the recipient’s name prior to April 15.


The leadership scholarship will be awarded annually to an Edgewood College Circle Club member who exemplify 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 Circle Club and must have been a paid member in good standing for their entire sophomore (second) year. The club needs to be in good standing with Circle K International.

2. Applicant must be accepted into their Junior (third) year - enough credits to be considered a junior-at Edgewood.

3. Applicant must continue as an Edgewood student and Circle K member during their entire Junior (third)year to remain eligible.

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 college activities to which you have contributed (clubs, sports, drama,etc. if applicable). Specify any pertinent details on application form. 
  2. 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 Circle K. Provide a list of the Circle K offices/positions you’ve held in the past two years (if applicable). Specify any pertinent details on application form. 
  3. Write an essay (typed, single spaced) on your involvement and leadership experience in Circle K Club and service to Edgewood College. Use space provided on application form.
  1. Provide a total of 1 letter of recommendation from either a college official or Circle K Club college adviser. Letters shall be one page, signed, dated, and from individuals not related to the applicant. They should cover Edgewood College community involvement, leadership ability, personality, and integrity. By submitting this application, you grant permission to the Ernie Rothe scholarship selection committee to access any pertinent financial records from Edgewood College. This information will be kept confidential among the selection committee members and used only to determine eligibility. Please note that you will need to submit your FAFSA for the next academic year by March 1 in order to be eligible.”
  2. by March 1 in order to be eligible.”
  3. The scholarship committee with 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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