The Birky Challenge Scholarship Team, Inc. awards an annual scholarship to graduates of Fond du Lac or Kenosha County high schools who are entering a police recruit academy or are enrolled in a Wisconsin-based college pursuing either a two-year or four-year degree in police science or criminal justice.  This scholarship is also open to all students enrolled at UW-Oshkosh who meet the scholarship guidelines.   Wearing Badge #67, Craig Birkholz was a City of Fond du Lac Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on March 20, 2011.  He was a military veteran, a good husband, and a dedicated police officer who set an example of devotion to his job, commitment to good physical conditioning, and using care and compassion to carry out the role of police officer. 

The Birky Challenge Scholarship Team created a scholarship fund at the Fond du Lac Area Foundation that is supported by the Birky 67 Challenge, an annual charity bicycle ride of 67 miles, in an effort to provide the financial help needed to enter into a career as a police officer.  It is hoped that this scholarship may help educate and prepare future police officers who can be as effective and as impactful in their communities as Craig was in his.


A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the following criteria:
A. Personal qualifications
Academic Excellence (3.0 GPA overall)
C. Written statement of career goals in law enforcement
Summary of work experience and/or volunteering
Community involvement


A. Have graduated from an accredited high school in either Fond du Lac County or Kenosha County Wisconsin or attend UW-Oshkosh
B. Completed 30 credit hours (if in a two-year degree program) or 60 credit hours (if in a four-year degree program) and proof of a 3.0 overall GPA
C. If notified as being a finalist, must participate in a face-to-face interview

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