Volavka Legacy


Volavka Service Learning Grant

This grant is named after Bill Volavka who was a naturalist, artist, and generous spirit from Washburn who loved this community and its people. When he passed away in 2011, Mr. Volavka kindly bequeathed the bulk of his estate to the WCEF to promote ingenuity, stewardship, and good works. 

As a tribute to his great generosity, WCEF offers the Volavka Service Grant to assist Washburn High School students needing assistance to fund their service projects.  After approval by the WHS Service Committee, grant applications come to the the WCEF Board for approval the first week of November. Awards range from $100 to $200 per student and more for student groups. In November 2014, $1,700 was awarded to Washburn High School students to assist them in accomplishing their service projects.  

This is an ongoing grant available to Washburn, WI High School students in grades 9-12.

Volavka Service Learning Award

The Washburn Community Education Foundation (WCEF) has established an award for one graduating senior who completes four years of service learning projects that have had significant impact. The funds for this scholarship come from a grant gifted by Bill Volavka to promote ingenuity, stewardship and good works. 

This cash award is available to any senior and does not need to be used for further education. The student selected will have his or her name announced at graduation, receive a check for $1,000, and have their name added to a plaque at the High School. 

Available yearly to a graduating senior at Washburn High School.