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The BHS Alumni Association is an entity separate from the Berlin High School & does give out scholarships from its own fund. People may wonder how scholarship recipients are chosen. An approved group of 3-5 Board of Directors review the applicants and pick the recipients based on our criteria.
Please send donations noting specifically if it is for scholarships or Teacher Grant fund, via mailed check to BHS Alumni Association/PO Box 267/Berlin, WI 54923
In 2021, the Board of Directors is working to improve the ease for alumni to donate. Please be patient with us as we will be working to get electronic donations up and running soon!
Collected funds for scholarships in 2021 between now and December 31 will be used for 2022 graduates.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our newest addition to support education in Berlin, Wi (a Teacher Grant Fund). Details will be available soon!
Donations are encouraged and can be made in the following ways:
1) To submit money toward the $10,000 scholarship funds provided by the BHS Alumni Association, send a check with a completed donation letter (see button below). Donors' individual or class names will be recognized in the ECHO the following year. So, donate during the calendar year prior to the date of presentation of award. This check should be sent to the BHS Alumni Association, PO Box 267, Berlin, WI 54923.
2) For a donation to a specific recipient and to receive recognition specifically to you/your class at the presentation of the award, you are encouraged to donate to the Berlin Community Scholarship Corporation/President Jean Dretske/PO Box 51/Berlin, WI 54923. This type of donation is presented to the graduating recipient by the donor at the Senior Banquet (typically the Wednesday night before the Alumni Banquet). You may contact the BHS school office for more information (920-361-2000). designate what you wish the donation to be used for (scholarship, general funds or preparing for the 150th Celebration)
3) Contact one of the Board of Directors (see About tab above) to discuss options for submitting your financial donation or if you are interested in volunteering for the 150th BHS Alumni Association Celebration Committee or to serve as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors
4) Share content suggestions for "The ECHO" or historical archive items
Ways to Support the BHS Alumni Association
Financial Support of the Scholarship Fund
Financial Support of “The Echo” Newsletter publication
Serve as a member of the Board of Directors
Remember your high school during your Estate Planning
Provide content for “The Echo “ newsletter
Plan your class reunion or help with the 150th All Class Reunion
Have you been enjoying the fun facts and photos on our Facebook page? Would you like to learn more about the oldest Alumni Association in Wisconsin? The option to purchase a published book by our local author, Pat Grahn is great for yourself or a gift for someone special. Go to Amazon.com to find The History of Berlin High School & the BHS Alumni Association: Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the BHS Alumni Association. Only $30 and shipping is free!
This book was published in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Berlin High School Alumni Association, Berlin, Wisconsin. Founded in 1871 the BHS Alumni Association is the oldest continually operating high school alumni association in the State of Wisconsin. There have been over 11,000 graduates of Berlin High School since the first five graduates in 1865. This comprehensive book covers the history of the high school, its buildings, students, staff, organizations, athletic teams, band, choir, and much more.
Learn the history of the school colors of red and green its one hundred year old school paper which carries the name of Red 'n' Green. Read the story behind the Mascoutin yearbook, printed since 1917. See how these two things helped the school develop its mascot and learn it's struggle to keep that mascot. Also included is a full history of the BHS Alumni Association which was founded by the first five graduating classes.
All proceeds from this book go towards the BHS Alumni Association Foundation scholarship fund. The students, teachers, administrators, and staff of BHS past and present will all enjoy the trip down memory lane taken in this book. Those that are not familiar with BHS will enjoy the many lively stories and memories from its alumni and staff which celebrate a small rural Wisconsin community high school. The book includes many wonderful visuals including photographs, report cards, diplomas, and momentos, spanning over a century and a half of the schools history.