CONTACT: Sara Schoenborn, Director of Communications

MADISON, Wis. – The Federated Youth Foundation is pleased to announce Will Kramer, a student at the University of Wisconsin Law School, as this year’s winner of the Federated Youth Foundation’s Charles Van Sickle Scholarship.

The $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a pre-law or law student who has an interest in cooperative law. The scholarship is made possible by an endowment established in 2013 to honor Wisconsin’s renowned electric cooperative lobbyist and attorney, the late Charles Van Sickle.

Kramer has worked as an investigator with a United States Senate oversight committee under the leadership of then-Senator Herb Kohl and as a safety and risk management consultant to companies large and small across the country, including as an employee of a mutual insurance company.

As a future lawyer, Kramer hopes to put his background to use making the world a more just and safer place for his three children. Kramer and his family have been long-time members and supporters of cooperative businesses, and he is a firm believer in the 7 Principles shared by cooperatives as a crucial foundation to companies that are better managed, better for their employees, and better for their communities.

“Federated Youth Foundation is proud to award Will Kramer with the Charles S. Van Sickle Scholarship,” said Giebel. “Will demonstrates a deep interest in cooperative business and an aptitude to excel as an attorney. We wish Will the very best as he pursues his law degree and look forward to seeing him join the legal community representing cooperatives.”

The Federated Youth Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, serves Wisconsin-based cooperatives by promoting youth education and community support through charitable giving. The Federated Youth Foundation accepts unclaimed property, gifts and donations and acts as a trustee and efficient manager of funds, providing for investment growth and distribution. To learn more visit

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