In 2006, the Fat Boy Invitational started an annual scholarship program.  The program is designed to give college-bound students an opportunity to obtain financial help for their first year of college.  Students are chosen for the scholarship based on a financial need as well as excelling academically in their studies.  Other factors considered in selecting scholarship recipients is based on how the game of golf has helped them grow as a person.  Click here for a scholarship application. 

The game of golf teaches young children about rules, respect, hard work and dedication to achieve excellence.  It is that very reason the Fat Boy Invitational has developed this scholarship as it is our goal to give back to the game as it has given to so many.

Since 2006, we have awarded more than $21,000 in scholarships to students in the Stevens Point area.

The 2014 Fat Boy Golf Scholarship recipients were Makenzie Eckrote, Kaitlin Shuda and Megan Roth. The Fat Boy Committee also nominated Kristin Wendorf for the HB Foundation Scholarship through Powerbilt Golf. Kristin was chosen and awarded a scholarship through the HB Foundation.

Makenzie has been a three-sport athlete at SPASH for the girls golf team, the girls basketball team and the softball team from 2011 through 2014. In golf, she was Academic All-State in 2012 and 2013 and a team captain in 2013. In girls basketball she was Academic All-State in 2012-13 and a team captain in 2013-14, and also received the 2014 SPASH Female Scholar Athlete Award.
As a three-year member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered at the YMCA, as a member of the Homecoming committee, made blankets for the poor, and doing various jobs around school, while she has also volunteered as a youth basketball coach for girls in kindergarten through 6th grade, and at St. Bronislava Church.
In the fall, Makenzie plans to attend UW-La Crosse and study elementary education.
SPASH mathematics teacher Anne Stoflet said that Makenzie is a very intelligent, conscientious and diligent student, but most importantly, a terrific person.
“She genuinely cares about the well-being of others and is constantly going out of her way to make the lives of others better,” said Stoflet. “Makenzie has a big heart and is a super, sweet person. I truly am honored to know such an incredible, caring and pleasant young lady.”


Kaitlin is a three-year member of the SPASH girls golf team. She was a three-year member of the SPASH softball team, where she was a Second Team All-Conference selection in 2012, and a three-year member of the SPASH pom and dance team. She also has participated in the Students Peace and Environmental Action Coalition, Student Senate, KEY Club and Global Awareness Club.
In the community, she has volunteered at St. Bronislava Parish, the Cultural Festival, Whispering Pines Nursing Home, for her political party, at Festival of India, and at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., where she has spent the second semester of her senior year involved in extended volunteer work and research.
This fall, Kaitlin plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) and study math.
SPASH English teacher Jill Quinn said that in spite of being involved in a variety of activities, Kaitlin manages to keep focused on academics, including when she returned after missing a few days of class last fall to attend the Nobel Conference.
“Upon returning, she promptly made up her missing work – an outline for an essay on Thomas Paine’s conceptualization of America and whether it still rings true today,” said Quinn. “Kaitlin’s peers had worked on the outline in small groups, struggling to find sufficient evidence for their points. I was impressed by Kaitlin’s outline; working alone, she surpassed her peers in supporting her claim.”

megal rothMegan is a three-year member of the SPASH girls golf team, where she was a three-time Academic All-State selection from 2011 through 2013 and a Second Team All-Conference selection and team captain in 2013. She also is a four-year member of the SPASH softball team, where she earned Second Team All-Conference honors in 2013, a two-year member of the SPASH girls basketball team, where she was Academic All-State in 2011-12, and a member of the SPASH girls cross country team for one year.
In the community, she has volunteered at the YMCA, donating blood, with Project Graduation, and at the Gospel Time/Church Festival.
Megan plans to attend Winona State University (Minn.) this fall, where she will pursue a degree in secondary education and eventually become a high school math teacher.
SPASH business education teacher Brent Gostomski said that based on Megan’s grades, attendance and class participation, he would rate her performance as superior.
“Her enthusiasm, work ethic and leadership immediately stood out in the classroom,” said Gostomski. “She is the type of student who always takes initiative to help out fellow students who may not quite grasp the material. On many occasions she went out of her way to explain difficult concepts to her classmates. She is not one to back down from a challenge.”
kristin wendorfKristin was nominated by the Fat Boy Committee for the HB Foundation Scholarship awarded through Powerbilt Golf. Congratulations to Kristin for being awarded the 2014 HB Foundation Scholarship.

If you would like to find out more about the Fat Boy Scholarship Program, please contact us today either by sending an email to or by contacting Jim Billings (715) 343-0533 or Aaron Heckel at (715) 340-0392.

We sincerely thank you for your support,

The Fat Boy Scholarship Committee
Jim Billings & Aaron Heckel


2014: Makenzie Eckrote; Kaitlin Shuda, Megan Roth; Kristin Wendorf
2013: Joe Jensen; James McDonald
2012: Lauren Thompson; Ryan Hofmeister
2011: Emily Mallek; Karisa Eckendorf; Jozef Wojciehoski
2010: Connor Donlan; Michael Shannon
2009: Coree Georgenson; Marc Gruber Zachery Helbach
2008: Austin Heide; Max Trzebiatowski
2007: Scott Pavelski; Grant Shafranski
2006: Mike Okray Jr.; Justin Vondra

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The Fat Boy Invitational is associated with the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin for the administering of our scholarship program. Their mission is "To help make the counties of Portage and Waushara better places in which to grow, to work, to play and to retire - by helping people, enhancing education, enriching arts and culture, contributing to wellness and improving the environment through financial management of gifts and grants from individuals and organizations".

sentry insuranceSentry Insurance Foundation, Inc/Matching Gift Program

The Fat Boy Invitational is an eligible organization to receive matching gifts from the Sentry Insurance Foundation, Inc./Matching Gift Program. Eligible donors must be Sentry/Sentry Services full or part time associates or retirees.Sentry’s Matching Gift Program will match all donations up to $7,500 per individual/per year. Checks should be made out to the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin and earmarked for the Fat Boy Golf Scholarship Fund. All monies donated from the Sentry Matching Gift Program are placed directly into our Fat Boy Golf Scholarship Fund used for scholarships to deserving high school graduates who are furthering their education in accredited colleges or technical schools. Please click here for your Sentry Matching Gift form. We believe your original donations are tax deductible, but always check with your tax advisor for confirmation.