2022-2023 Scholarship Applications NOW AVAILBLE!

Applications Due: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 4:00 p.m.


The Joan M. Vande Castle Scholarship Fund was developed in 2016 to honor the Home Builders Association of Fond du Lac & Dodge Counties Executive Officer of 30 years, Joan M. Vande Castle.  Joan made it her passion and dedicated her life to growing our Association and promoting the building industry. Our Association would not be where it is today had it not been for Joan.  

To be eligible to apply for the Joan M. Vande Castle Scholarship, students must have completed high school and are enrolled in a formal program of higher education or an Apprenticeship Program for the 2022-2023 academic year. A minimum of one scholarship will be awarded in each of the two categories described below.

  • Qualifying student(s) who is the son/daughter of a current Eastern Ridge Home Builders Association member business or the child of an employee of a member business.
  • Qualifying student(s) who resides in Fond du Lac, Dodge or Green Lake Counties enrolled in a formal program relative to residential construction: Construction Management, Architecture, Building Trades, Engineering (with an emphasis on construction trades), Interior Design, or other related field of study relative to residential construction.




The David G. Cook Scholarship was founded by David and Kathy Cook to promote the building industry in which they were successfully involved for 50 years. In 2017, David, who was a longtime member, past president, and honorary lifetime member of the Eastern Ridge Home Builders Association, developed an illness which was later determined to be a terminal brain tumor. In honor of his involvement in the Association and his love for the outdoors, Dave and Kathy introduced the “David G. Cook Shooting for Scholarships” clay shoot and scholarship fund.

The David G. Cook Scholarship is available to building and trades students who have already completed one year of secondary education and is not available to those currently enrolled in high school. The applicant must live or work in Fond du Lac, Dodge or Green Lake Counties.