The Birky Challenge Scholarship Team, Inc. awards an annual scholarship to graduates of a high school in Fond du Lac or Kenosha County high schools who are enrolled in a Wisconsin based college and pursuing either a two-year or four-year degree in Police Science or Criminal Justice or Police Recruit Academy.  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 dedication to his job, commitment to good physical conditioning, using care & compassion carrying out his role as a 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 his/her community as Craig was.


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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