The Jim Gescheidle Scholarship Fund was established by Mary Gescheidle in memory of her husband, Jim, who was killed in a plane accident on November 4, 2002.  The life Jim led and shared with others is the reason this scholarship exists today.  Jim believed in encouraging people to challenge themselves, something he himself did every day. He never settled for anything which he knew could be made better with some extra work. He lovingly lived his senses. His sense of duty led him to serve in the U.S. Army in France. His sense of community led him to Big Brothers/Big Sisters where he and his wife, Mary, both served as a Big Couple for 21 years, supporting their commitment to making a child’s life better.  Mary and Jim belonged to many organizations, including the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs and the NASCAR racing circuit.  On April 1, 1986 Mary and Jim were awarded the Exchange Club Good Deeds Award.  This award recognizes dedicated volunteers who give endless hours of their time and talents toward making their communities better places to live.

Mary Gescheidle passed away unexpectedly on December 17, 2013.  At that time the scholarship was renamed the Jim & Mary Gescheidle Scholarship.   Mary helped throughout the Fond du Lac School District from 2004-2008.  In 2008 she was hired to work full time for the School Health and Safety Program, Comprehensive Service Integration (CS), and Drug Free Communities.  Mary was not only dedicated to her work but committed to the vision and mission of the program which was to support the physical, social, and emotional needs of children.

Mary and Jim loved family, friends, Disney, and life itself.  Mary's untimely death weighs heavily on all the lives she has touched.  Her passing was made easier knowing she was reunited with the love of her life!


A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the following criteria:
A. A graduating senior of Fond du Lac High School
B. M
inimum of B average based on high school transcript
C. S
chool involvement
D. C
ommunity involvement
E. W
ritten statement (350 words or less) including your personal attitude toward life, goals for the future, how you plan to finance your education, and any special circumstances relative to financial need
F. Financial need
G. A
pplicants of the Jim Gescheidle Custodial Scholarship for students who have participated in the Student Custodial Program or  who have a parent/guardian that is currently working as a custodial or maintenance worker in the Fond du Lac School District may apply for both scholarships.


A. Submit a CERTIFIED high school senior year transcript

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