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 $24,000 in scholarships to students in the Stevens Point area.

The 2015 Fat Boy Golf Scholarship recipients were Hannah Kienbaum, Carson Kedrowski and Will Strigel. They each received $1,000 to use for continuing their education.

Hannah was a four-year member of the SPASH girls' golf team, where she was the team captain as a senior, and was an Academic All-State selection from 2012-2014.

Her many volunteering experiences in the community include working at the Salvation Army Hope Center, for a church mission trip, with Project Graduation and for Operation Bootstrap.

Hannah plans to attend UW-Eau Claire and is undecided in her major.

Todd Lewis, youth and family coordinator at Trinity Lutheran Church, said that Hannah has been on of the most active members of Trinity's youth program since he joined the staff in 2006.

"In the eight years since, I have witnessed Hannah's commitment and involvement not only to the many programs here at Trinity, but to school, community and family as well," said Lewis. "She has volunteered countless hours at fundraisers, activities, congregational events, dinner theaters and more. Hannah is always motivated, very responsible and has nothing but a positive presence in every situation. As Hannah looks toward her continued education and career, I am confident her future will hold much success."


Carson has been a three-sport athlete at Pacelli as a member of the boys’ golf team, the boys’ hockey team and the football team. He was a three-year letter winner in football and a captain as a senior, a three-year letter winner in boys’ golf and a four-year letter winner in boys’ hockey, and also is a member of the school band.

Carson has volunteered at Pacelli by helping to clean the community around the school, setting up and taking down at Panacea and doing yard work as part of the St. Vincent Community Service Day, while he also has volunteered for the United State Postal Service Food Drive and a Special Olympics.

arson plans to attend Winona State University (Minn.) in the fall, where he will study business administration, with an emphasis in sports management and a minor in accounting.
David Krystowiak, a teacher at Pacelli who took over as the football team's head coach before last season, said that Carson exhibits many qualities that have helped him be successful both in and out of sports.
"He is well respected amongst his peers for his attitude, work ethic and character in both the good times and bad," said Krystowiak. "Carson battled through injuries the majority of his senior year of football. When he was unable to practice because of injuries, he took on a leadership role, ensuring that his teammates and his replacement performed at a high level by serving as an informal student coach. His passion for success is contagious and his willingness to do whatever he can to help his teammates has served those around him."

megal rothWill was a three-year member of the SPASH boys’ golf team, while his extracurricular activities also included the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Teen Leadership Portage County, National Honor Society, Class Officers and the Keystone Club.

In the community, Will has served meals volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and was the co-chair for kids’ games at St. Joseph Church Picnic for three years.

In the fall, Will plans to attend UW-Whitewater to study accounting/business administration.

SPASH social studies teacher Elizabeth Anderson said that Will has demonstrated a dedication and desire to achieve success both in and out of the classroom throughout his high school career.

"As part of the FBLA, Will attended regional and state competitions, where he was placed in the top for both banking and marketing," said Anderson. "Will's ability to balance school and extra-curricular activities and triumph in both areas is a good indicator of the successes he will experience in college and his future career. He is well respected by his peers, teammates and teachers."


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.