Breann Geringer

Breann Geringer

Breann graduated with her A.A. degree with no debt. She attributes this to the Sarbanes Scholarships program and how it held her accountable academically. Breann will be transferring to the University of Colorado, Denver to complete her B.A. in Education and become an Elementary school teacher.

After losing her father at age 8, she helped take care of her younger siblings and she thinks she will be able to carry these lessons over to be an inspirational teacher. Breann is currently working full-time as a Paraprofessional at an Elementary school. When not working or studying, she volunteers at several athletic events within her school district.

Elementary Teacher Tunink writes, “On a professional level, I have had the pleasure of working with Breann for two years at Fowler Elementary School District. As a paraprofessional, she is very passionate about education. She shows a great desire to educate children and has patience and understanding in Special Needs education that will make her a great asset to any school district.”

Breann’s previous scholarships were made possible with support from
Motorola Solutions Foundation and Engine Company 5 Foundation.

Tyler Bitting

Tyler Bitting

Tyler is pursuing an Engineering Management degree through the University of Wisconsin-Madison virtual program while working full-time on third shift. He knows this education will open doors of opportunity, taking him to the next step in his career as a supervisor and to better provide for his family.

Besides work and school, Tyler coaches high school football and wrestling. He recognizes that athletics have played an important role in his life. Now he wants to pay it forward by being an important, trusted figure in kids’ lives and teach them lessons that will transcend from the team to everyday life.

Chris Winter, Assistant Head Football Coach at Wartburg College shares, “I have worked with Tyler the past three off-seasons. He is a detail-oriented person, tireless worker, and great teammate. He’s always ready to help the younger players and is passionate for mentoring and helping others. Tyler is a great candidate for this scholarship.”

Tyler’s previous scholarships were made possible with support from Motorola Solutions Foundation, National Association of State Fire Marshals, ICMA-RC, and Global Health & Safety.

Tyler Rogow

Tyler Rogow

Tyler desires to influence social change in a positive way while incorporating his passion of art. His twin sister suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Disorder, placing a high financial burden on his family. He is thankful to be a multi-year recipient of the Sarbanes scholarship, it has lessened that financial burden and receiving the scholarship has helped him to experience personal and academic growth. Something he did not believe he was capable of and without the scholarship, would not have been possible.

Having suffered with anxiety himself when his father died, Tyler mentors a 14-year-old boy who suffers from extreme anxiety by making himself available, going for lunch or attending his sporting events. To give back to the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic, he and several roommates are producing and selling a magazine with the proceeds being donated to the local food bank.

Tyler’s determination and commitment to maintain high standards both personally and academically are evident. Tyler has remained true to himself, his values and his goals. He is a role model to his peers.

Tyler’s previous scholarships were made possible with support from
Motorola Solutions Foundation and ICMA-RC.

Katlin Brown

Katlin Brown

Katlin is less than a semester from completing her bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies and is going to continue her graduate studies at Kansas State University. She will pursue her M.A. in Sociology. Upon completion of her M.A., Katlin dreams of working as a Professor of Sociology.

While Katlin places a high value on involvement in community and service to others, she has scaled back her extracurricular activities to focus on her academic studies and maintaining a high GPA. She continues to serve in her education honor society, Kappa Delta Pi and is serving an internship where she meets with students and serves as an academic coach through K-State’s Academic Achievement Center.

Katlin is not one to back down from challenges, academic or personal. She demonstrates this academically and in all that she does. After her mother’s passing in 2018, Kaitlin attempts to make frequent trips back home to help her younger brother and grandmother. Katlin’s charisma, high academic achievements, thoughtfulness, and her positive attitude, makes Katlin a great scholarship candidate.

Katlin’s previous scholarships were made possible with support from
Motorola Solutions Foundation and ICMA-RC.

Ryan Woitalewicz

Ryan Woitalewicz

Ryan is pursuing his Elementary Education Degree. He is hopeful to find a career that will make a difference in children’s lives. Successful completion of the coursework will lead Ryan to find a job as a fifth-grade teacher and after a year or so, he plans to enroll in a master’s program in school administration.

While the pandemic has been challenging for everyone, Ryan has been privileged to work alongside teachers in the public school system to get hands-on experience. He has been working with the America Reads/America Counts Program where he tutors students who need that little push to keep going. He is active in numerous intramural sports programs and with the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Chief Chad Hoefle says of Ryan, “he is a positive, responsible and dedicated young man. He puts 100% into all that he does.” Ryan shares, “I truly would not be where I am today with the support of the connections and the scholarships that the Foundation has provided for me.”

Ryan’s previous scholarships were made possible with support from
Motorola Solutions Foundation and Engine Company 5 Foundation.