(Beaver Dam) A recent banquet dinner recognized 29 Beaver Dam students who received scholarships from a local organization. The Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation had made it their mission to support area youth as they seek post high school education. Foundation Board Member Brenda Meyer says their group was created in 1991 by a local orthopedic surgeon and 20 local citizens wanting to help students with the rising costs of higher education. Since 1992 the organization has given out more than $3-million in scholarships to over 600 students. Meyer says on during Wednesday night’s annual banquet $190,000 in scholarships were awarded. She says the Foundation’s goal is to provide talented students with funds to attend a four-year or technical college of their choosing. Scholarship applications are graded and scored by out-of-town judges to determine who receives the awards and are based off of financial need first and then academic merit. Meyer says the Foundation is always looking for people to get involve and that the board of directors is entirely volunteer based which is the only one of its kind in the Midwest. Meyer says board members serve a minimum three year term but can stay on as long as they want and to call her at 920-382-5898 for more information. The group is a permanently-endowed volunteer organization. The Foundation holds two separate fundraiser that includes an alumni mailing list and a golf outing which Meyer says has raised over $22-thousand dollars in the last five-years.