"The Wauwatosa West Scholarship Foundation has made a huge impact in the lives of the students at Wauwatosa West High School. Their commitment to helping students pay for higher education is truly inspiring. As an alumni of Tosa West and current principal, it gives me a great sense of pride to see what a positive effect the scholarship foundation has on our entire school community."

— Frank Calarco, Principal, Wauwatosa West High School

Where are they now?

Emily Schaefer


What is your degree, and are you pursuing any post graduate degree?

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree at UW-Madison (class of 2018), majoring in biology and political science. I am now pursuing a medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Do you remember the scholarship application process and how important WWSF’s scholarship was to you?

I certainly remember completing the application, although I can’t say I recall all the details! The WWSF scholarship was important to me because it provided support, both emotionally and financially, as I was starting down the new and foreign path that was college. Being awarded the Karen Syburg Memorial scholarship was an especially great honor. Investing in a student’s education is a gift that keeps on giving to the world, and I think the scholarship is a remarkable tribute Mrs. Syburg’s legacy. I owe much gratitude to the Syburg family. 

Advice to West students beginning to make post graduation plans?

Relax and just try to enjoy this phase in life. Don’t panic if you don’t know what you want to do right after graduation either. If you have an open mindset and actively evaluate your preferences little-by-little as you encounter new experiences, you will learn a lot about yourself and uncover the right path for you along the way.  

Anything you would like to say to potential donors to WWSF for future Tosa West scholarships?

I would say to potential donors to WWSF that you can never go wrong investing in a student’s education. Today’s high school graduates will be the leaders and innovators of the future, such that donating to WWSF is an investment in a better world. On the student level it provides some relief to the financial hardships of higher education. It also conveys to an awarded student that the community supports them and believes in their continued success. Fostering a deeper relationship between students and the community surely has mutual benefits. I thank you for your consideration in donating to WWSF.




Heather LeDoux '09 

What is your degree, and are you pursuing any post graduate degree?

I received a bachelor's of Science in Biology from University of Maine-Orono. I then pursued a Doctor of Pharmach degree at University North Carolina - Chapel hill and graduated this past May.

Do you remember the scholarship application process and how important WWSF’s scholarship was to you?

With the cost of college continually increasing any little bit helped!

Advice to West students beginning to make post graduation plans?

Apply for every scholarship possible, college is expensive! Be adventurous, take chances and get out of your comfort zone (safely of course)

Anything you would like to say to potential donors to WWSF for future Tosa West scholarships?

Thank you for your donations!