Robert W. Hiller Scholarship Fund

Background: The Wisconsin Bakers Association (WBA) originally established the Robert W. Hiller Scholarship to honor Robert (Bob) and Sandy Hiller’s lifelong commitment to the Retail Baking Industry. The program intends to provide a financial resource for the education of students who will be the future of the Baking Industry. The scholarship was first awarded during the 100-year celebration of the Wisconsin Bakers Association on September 18th, 2005.

Bob was born in 1930 and raised in Janesville, WI. Alongside his wife, Sandy, the couple successfully owned and operated three bakeries and were in business for over 75 years! Bob made substantial contributions to the baking industry within the State of Wisconsin. His impressive career accomplishments include having served as the President of the Retail Bakers of America, President of Valley Bakers Association in Appleton, and as President of the Wisconsin Bakers Association. In addition to his commitment to community involvement, Bob also led presentations and attended trade shows all over the globe. Bob will be remembered most by his smile, cheerful nature, and sense of humor. It is our distinct privilege to honor the life and legacy of Bob and Sandy Hiller through the establishment of this scholarship.

Eligibility: (taken into consideration to determine recipients)

    • Graduating high school seniors or continuing college students (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate levels) who are Wisconsin residents 
    • Planning to or pursuing a certificate or a degree (diploma, associate, bachelors, masters, or doctorate) in a baking/pastry arts-related field that prepares the student for a retail baking profession 
    • Planning to or attending an accredited 2-, 3- or 4-year college, university, technical school or vocational school, located in the state of Wisconsin, as a part-time or full-time student 
    • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale 

Award Amount: One $1,000 non-renewable scholarship award, payable for the first semester of school.

Selection: Recipients will be recommended by the Community Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee.

Collecting the Award & Payment Procedure: Recipients must fill out and submit Scholarship Acceptance Form and Scholarship Verification Form through the Scholarship Portal ( Recipients are required to provide supporting documents as instructed in the Scholarship Verification Form, such as class registration/list with credits listed, proof of major, grade transcript, etc. After approval of online Scholarship Verification Form, the scholarship check will be paid directly to the school the recipient will be attending. The Community Foundation communicates with students via email; it is the student’s responsibility to keep their Scholarship Portal account updated with their current email address.

Loss of Eligibility: Failure to register as a part-time or full-time student for the first semester of school in a baking/pastry arts-related field.

Further Information:

Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

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o Email

o Phone 920.702.7629

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