Cooper is the 2019 recipient of the Foundation Stone Scholarship.
The son of Jason and Kari Buchholtz, Cooper is unabashedly proud of his hometown, Lake Mills, saying, "I love my town. I have met so many encouraging and successful people here. Lake Mills has taught me tradition and a true sense of community."
He considers his biggest accomplishment to be his acceptance to the Lake Mills City Council. Second to that was being elected as the President of his high school class.
Perhaps, though, one of the most consequential decisions Cooper made may have been to become a big brother to Caleb and Payton, the young son and daughter of a fellow Lake Millsian who unexpectedly died in February of 2019. "I never expected at 18 years of age [that] I would get another little brother and sister." Cooper has the opportunity to make a lasting and positive impact on two young people who need connection and care.
Cooper will enter the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire to study Biochemistry with a medical objective of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Following his graduation from UW Eau Claire, he also intends to volunteer with Doctors Without Boarders, an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organisation of French origin best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases.
Jefferson High School
Calvin is the 2018 recipient of the Foundation Stone Scholarship.
Following graduation from Jefferson High School, Calvin enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, double majoring in Biological Systems of Engineering and Life Science Communication, enrolling in engineering design and scientific journalism courses as part of a plan to develop his abilities to communicate complicated scientific and engineering related topics, as well as to design and manufacture solutions to realistic problems. He also became a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and the Student Society for Stem Cell Research (SSSCR) clubs on campus.
While engaging in such a demanding course of study, Calvin also worked as an Assistant Scientist at Ganser Scientific, a reseller of quality IT, laboratory, and scientific equipment in Madison.
Johnson Creek High School
Alex is one of two 2017 recipients of the Foundation Stone Scholarship.
Alex grew up in Johnson Creek, attending the public school system there from elementary through high school. In high school, he was a three-sport athlete and earned a total of 12 varsity letters in the respective sports: in football he played Quarterback, Safety, Cornerback, and Outside Linebacker; he wrestled at 120, 145, 160, and 170 lbs; and in baseball, he played Outfielder, Third Baseman, Shortstop, and Pitcher.
After high school, Alex went to Quincy University, in Illinois, and played college baseball at the Division 2 level as Third Baseman. His academic performance at Quincy was equally impressive as he maintained a cumulative GPA of a 3.85. He is set to graduate 2022 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management. During the summer, Alex plans to intern for the Lakeshore Chinooks on the Ticket Sales team.
Watertown High School
Anthony is one of two the 2017 recipients of the Foundation Stone Scholarship.
Anthony grew up in Watertown, Wisconsin, where he attended Trinity-Saint Luke’s grade school. Even at that age, he was very active in a diversity of sports, including football, basketball, and year-round baseball.
He attended Watertown High School and was a three-sport athlete. He competed in football, baseball, and basketball, as in grade school. Anthony was also heavily involved in clubs such as Flight Club, a club for student athlete leaders in which he was a class representative; Safe School Ambassadors, a club tailored towards ending bullying; and Jefferson County Connections, a club organized to bring the communities in and around Jefferson County together.
After graduating, Anthony attended the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse for one semester before transferring to Carroll University in Waukesha. At Carroll, he played one season of collegiate baseball and was the men’s basketball manager the following year. Currently, Anthony is finishing a Bachelor’s in Sports Administration, Communications, with a minor in Coaching.
In the summer of 2020, he plans intern with Capture Sports Marketing in Pewaukee as he move towards becoming a future Sports Information Director.
Jefferson High School
Nathan is the 2016 recipient of the Foundation Stone Scholarship.
Nathan grew up in Helenville, Wisconsin, and attended Jefferson High School, in Jefferson. There, he wrestled on the varsity team, working his way to sectionals during all four years. Nathan worked hard during the summers to have the opportunity to fly small general aviation aircraft and earn his private pilot’s license. Additionally, he spent time every week volunteering at the Jefferson County Humane Society, caring for the needs of the animals.
After graduating, Nathan attended Iowa State University, majoring in Aerospace Engineering and maintaining a cumulative 3.8 GPA. Much of his time outside of class has been dedicated to leading teams of undergraduate engineers on various projects, including high powered rockets. Throughout his time at Iowa State, he has interned at three aerospace companies: Collins Aerospace, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and Boeing. At these companies he gained experience in the industry, working on real world projects, including an aircraft cockpit system, reusable spaceplane component testing, and military aircraft testing.
After graduating in the spring of 2021, he plans to work in the commercial space industry as an engineer making space more affordable and attainable.