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The Edwin E. and Janet L. Bryant Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Program
Deadline to apply: April 15, 2020 11:59 pm CT

The Edwin E. and Janet L. Bryant Foundation, Inc. has established a scholarship program to assist former students of select Wisconsin communities’ high schools listed below. Renewable scholarships are offered each year for full-time or part-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

The Bryant Foundation has chosen to offer the program in all Wisconsin communities where Nelson Industries, Inc. had manufacturing plant locations, including Stoughton, which was the corporate headquarters for the company until its sale in 1998. Edwin E. Bryant, a benefactor of the Bryant Foundation, was founder, chairman and CEO of Nelson Industries, Inc. until his death in 1972. Nelson Industries, Inc. continued to be a very successful company and the Bryant Foundation board wishes to acknowledge the importance of all the locations that helped in the company’s success by offering scholarships in these communities.

This program is administered by Scholarship America┬«, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.

Postmark Deadline: April 15, 2020

Applicants to the The Edwin E. and Janet L. Bryant Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Program must be:

  1. Graduated from one of the following high schools in Wisconsin or attended one of these high schools before obtaining a GED:
    • Arcadia High School, Arcadia
    • Black River Falls High, Black River Falls
    • Bloomer High School, Bloomer
    • Mineral Point High, Mineral Point
    • Montello Junior/Senior High School, Montello
    • Neillsville High School, Neillsville
    • Riverdale Schools, Muscoda
    • Stoughton High School, Stoughton
    • Viroqua High School, Viroqua
    • Wautoma High School, Wautoma
  2. Planning to enroll or currently enrolled in part-time or full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2020-2021 academic year.

Preference is given to nontraditional students who did not go directly to college after high school and who want to attend college, or are currently enrolled in college.

Current high school seniors are not eligible to apply.


Award Information:

Recipients attending a two-year college or vocational/technical school will receive up to $2,000 annually for part-time enrollment or up to $4,000 annually for full-time enrollment.

Recipients attending a four-year college or university will receive up to $6,000 annually for part-time enrollment or up to $12,000 annually for full-time enrollment.

Awards may be renewed for up to five additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining satisfactory academic performance in a part-time or full-time course of study and continuation of the program by The Edwin E. and Janet L. Bryant Foundation, Inc.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients:

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Preference is given to nontraditional students who did not go directly to college after high school and who want to attend college, or are currently enrolled in college.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of the Edwin E. and Janet L. Bryant Foundation, Inc. play a part in the selection. Applicants, recipients and schools are screened to comply with U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) requirements. All applicants agree to accept the decision of Scholarship America as final.


Applicants will be notified in June. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Payment of Scholarships

The Edwin E. and Janet L. Bryant Foundation, Inc. will issue payments to recipients in mid-August. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s home address. Checks are made payable to the school for the student.

Application Information

Interested students must complete the application and mail it along with all other required materials to Scholarship America postmarked no later than April 15, 2020. Applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their application. If an acknowledgment is not received within three weeks, applicants may call Scholarship America to verify that their application has been received.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Instructions for completing the Financial Data section of the application are included. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship America.

Application checklist:

  1. Student Application with completed Applicant Appraisal
  2. Complete transcript(s) of grades or GED certificate. Grade reports are not acceptable. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours earned for each course, and term in which each course was taken.
  3. Copy of page one and two of applicant’s/family’s most recently filed IRS 1040 income tax form

Application Instructions

Open the Printable Application Form (This will open in a new window)

Use the PDF fill-in-the-blank feature to complete the form:

  1. Save a copy of the form to your personal data storage device
  2. Type in your responses using the Tab key to move between fields
  3. You may save the file while in progress and return to complete or revise it later
  4. When finished, print the completed form

Applicants must print the page(s) of the application containing the Applicant Appraisal and Transcript Information sections (if part of the application) and submit to the appropriate individuals for completion (if applicable). These sections cannot be completed electronically.

Mail the completed application form (including the completed Appraisal and Transcript sections if part of the application, and any other required documents) to Scholarship America by the program’s application postmark deadline: April 15, 2020. The mailing address is on the application form.

NOTE: You will need Adobe iconADOBE Reader 6.0 or greater to open, use and print this PDF fill-in-the-blank form. If you do not have this free software installed on your computer, click on the ADOBE icon. Follow the directions to install ADOBE Reader (free download), then return to this page to proceed.

Instructions for Completing the Financial Data Section of the Application

The Financial Data section of the application should be completed by the applicant if the applicant is independent or by the applicant’s parents/guardians if the applicant is a dependent. Independent is defined as one who is not claimed as a dependent by the parent/guardian for tax purposes.┬á Information should be from a completed tax return or based on estimated information to be filed with the IRS.

  1. State of Residence is the state where the parents reside and pay state income tax.
  2. Adjusted Gross Income can be found on IRS Form 1040 and is gross income reduced by specific adjustments allowed by law.
  3. Total Federal Tax Paid includes the total amount of federal income tax to be paid as reported on IRS Form 1040. This is not the amount withheld from employee’s paychecks. (The amount withheld should be adjusted by any refund or additional taxes due.) Do not report state income tax.
  4. Total Income of parent(s) should be reported individually. Provide information for both natural parents, when possible. If the student resides with only one parent, financial information must be received from the employee or agent and from the parent who claims the child as a dependent for tax purposes. If a parent has remarried, the spouse’s information is required if the spouse is a legal guardian of the student, or claims the student as a dependent, or the student is included in the spouse’s benefit plan. If necessary, two Financial Data sections may be submitted by the student. A copy of the Financial Data section may be made in order for one to be completed by each parent.
  5. Untaxed Income and Benefits include any other income or benefits not included in the adjusted gross income figure. Do not include untaxed contributions to retirement plans.
  6. Medical and Dental Expenses include only those expenses not paid by insurance. Do not include premium payments.
  7. Total Cash, Checking, Savings, Cash Value of Stocks, etc., includes liquid assets that can be used for educational expenses. Do not include IRA, 401k, or other retirement plan funds.
  8. Total number of family members living in the household and primarily supported by the reported income may include:
    • the applicant
    • the applicant’s parents
    • other children living in the household
    • dependent college students living away from home
    • other people who live in the household and receive more than half of their support from the reported income
  9. Marital Status is the current status of the person from whom the financial information is submitted.
  10. Of the total number of family members on line 8, number of students attending college includes family members attending a two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school at least half-time. Include the applicant in this number. Do not include parents.

NOTE: Any exceptions to providing financial information as instructed above must be submitted to Scholarship America in writing.

Questions? Contact us:

Phone: 507-931-1682 and ask for the The Edwin E. and Janet L. Bryant Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Program

Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to:

The Edwin E. and Janet L. Bryant Foundation, Inc.
Scholarship America
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082