The Dan Gilgenbach Music Scholarship was established by his family and his wife Julie. Dan's journey in life gave him the opportunity to touch many lives and many generations with his gift and love of music. From performing in many area bands, teaching private lessons, supporting area schools and music events, he wanted to be a part of it all.

Dan was especially proud when he became the owner of Mike's Music in downtown Fond du Lac and was able to help anyone make their music dreams come true.  He was always thrilled to help a young person start out on their first instrument and he loved their smiles as they played those first notes.  Dan passed away much too soon on April 18th, 2019 after a battle with cancer. As he reflected on his life he wanted to continue to help music grow, something to help others and make a difference. He spoke very strongly of his desire to leave a scholarship in his name. Dan hoped the recipient would return to the Fond du Lac area and be a part of the music scene here. Through the generosity of Dan's family, friends and the community that dream of a scholarship has become a reality.  We are proud to be able to offer this scholarship in honor of the life Dan lived well and shared with all of us.

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who is attending a Fond du Lac County school and will be pursuing a major in Music, Music Therapy, Music Performance, or Music Education.


Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the following criteria:

  1.  Scholastic achievement in high school: A minimum 2.5 grade point average is required. Submit certified high school transcript.
  2. Musical achievement in high school:
  3. Financial need:  submit a copy of a current SAR (Student Aid Report) form filed Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) to include EFC Number (Expected Family Contribution) to verify financial need, and top portion of page confirming name and permanent address to verify residency.  Personal financial information may be blacked out.
  4. Personal Statement (500 words or less)


Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Be a senior at a school located in Fond du Lac County.
  2. Be furthering their education at a two-year or four-year accredited college in music, music therapy, music performance, or music education.
  3. Meet requirements listed in the scholarship guidelines.
  4. Return application on or before April 1st. 

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