The Whitewater Community Foundation is proud to work with various community members and groups to provide scholarships for students who attend Whitewater High School and would like to further their educations. Please contact us by phone or through our contact page if you would like to discuss setting up a scholarship fund for your community.

James McBride Stewart was born in Kilomarnock, Scotland in 1936 and emigrated to the United States with his parents and sister in 1950, settling in Madison.  Jim ‘s educational journey in Madison would take him to the University of Wisconsin where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree, after which Jim was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S Army.  For the next 20 years, Jim led a distinguished military career, earning a Bronze Star Medal with Valor for his service in Vietnam and serving a one-year tour in South Korea.  Jim’s military service would lead him to UW-Whitewater where he was assigned to the Military Science Program (ROTC) and where he obtained an M.A. degree and an M.S. degree.  Jim retired from active-duty in 1979 having achieved the field grade rank of Lt. Col., US Army (Regular).  In 1980, Jim became an Assistant Registrar at UW-Whitewater, retiring as Registrar in 2001.  Whitewater was indeed fortunate that Jim called Whitewater “home”.  Jim continued his life of service when he was elected to represent the Wisconsin State Assembly 32nd District in 1982.  Jim went on to serve on the Whitewater School Board serving until his passing.  Jim also served on the City of Whitewater Common Council and was appointed to serve on the City of Whitewater Police and Fire Commission.  Perhaps his lasting legacy was establishing the Whitewater Banner which continues to serve as a dedicated local news source for our community.  Jim eventually gifted the Banner to the Whitewater Community Foundation in order to ensure the continuation of this valuable source of information for this community.  Jim will be remembered by all who knew him for his wonderful smile which he used generously.

The Whitewater Community  Foundation honors Jim’s life of service by offering a $1,000 one-time scholarship to a student who will attend any college, university or trade school.  In addition to academic achievement, students will be evaluated on their activities, volunteerism and community service.  The WHS Common Application will be used, and selection will be made by the Whitewater Community Foundation Board of Directors.  Electronic WHS Common Applications in PDF format must be submitted online to by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2022 to be eligible.  Payment will be made directly to the institution upon receipt of proof of enrollment.