$2,500 Male Winner
Ben Wachter • Franklin, WI • Franklin High School
“The scholarship shows that hard work and dedication pays off. All the hours in practices, meetings and community service allowed me to receive this award."
Ben Wachter brings an outstanding level of devotion to all that he contributes to—academics, athletics and community involvement. As a committed 3.94 GPA student, he values extracurricular activities and is a member of National Honor Society. As an athlete, he has participated in football and basketball for all four years of high school and was chosen to be captain for each of these sports three out of four years. In 2015, he was recognized as his football team’s Most Valuable Player and 1st Team All-Conference Quarterback. In addition, he received the Scholar-Athlete Award for 2014 basketball and 2015 football and lacrosse.
In addition to his participation in several sports, Ben dedicates much of his time to volunteering with Best Buddies, in which he has worked as an officer, a Best Buddy to a student with disabilities and a mentor to a class of students with disabilities. He also spends his time working with local food kitchens and making blankets for the homeless.
Ben will attend St. Cloud State University where he will play football and study to be an accountant.