ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WFRV) – A milestone for the local group formed in honor of a local boy who left too early. On Wednesday, the Brian LaViolette Foundation proudly presented its 1,000th scholarship.
When Brady Wittig entered Ashwaubenon High School, he didn’t expect to be the center of attention. But that’s what happens when you get a $ 10,000 scholarship.
“I saw my parents’ cars and thought it was a bit weird. But I certainly didn’t expect it. I’m a little speechless, ”Wittig said.
Wittig received this year’s Brian LaViolette Scholarship from the Brian LaViolette Foundation, presented by Brian’s father, who lost his son in a swimming accident in 1992.
“When Brian died, we promised him we would accomplish great things and today we think it’s one of the greatest things we can do,” said Doug LaViolette.
The foundation was established shortly after Brian’s tragic death and the scholarship awarded was the 1,000th awarded by his family.
“The impact they’ve had on the lives of others on behalf of Brian, it’s really inspiring to be able to endure this kind of pain and make such an impact,” said Eric Vanden Heuvel of Partners in Education at Greater Green Bay House.
To date, LaViolette says the foundation has awarded more than $ 900,000 to help others pursue their dreams, which her young son urged everyone to do.
“Brian once said, no matter what you do or where you go, do your best at whatever you do. It can take you to places you never dreamed of, ”said LaViolette.
And LaViolette says Wittig has the same thirst for knowledge as her son.
“I think it’s really amazing what they were able to do in their foundation and the values they hold,” said Wittig.
“Today’s world needs bright, hard-working students,” said LaViolette. “We know Brady will be one of those students.”
Wittig will attend college at UW-Madison where he will study biomedical engineering.