By Patrick Brettingen

The Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin (BCAW) has announced the five winners of its 2024 BCAW Scholarship Program awards.

This year’s recipients of the BCAW Center Employee Scholarships are: Kaydence Burclaw (Rosholt, Wis.), Wyatt Dickinson (Schofield, Wis.), Brady Goffard (Green Bay, Wis.) and Carlie Lohman (South Range, Wis.). The 2024 BCAW USBC Youth Scholarship winner is Terrence Ball of Milwaukee.

Each award winner receives a $1,000 scholarship.

The BCAW established the BCAW Scholarship Program in 1995 to provide scholarships to employees of BCAW member bowling centers and their families. In addition to providing four $1,000 scholarships to a current employee and/or immediate family members of a BCAW member bowling center employee, BCAW also awards a $1,000 scholarship to a current USBC youth member bowling in a BCAW member center.

BCAW has awarded more than $120,000 to students continuing their education beyond high school. BCAW Scholarships are held at SMART and administered by the USBC.

All applicants must be a graduating high school senior or have a post high school diploma or equivalent; and have been under age 22 as of Nov. 1, 2023.

Here are profiles of the 2024 scholarship winners:

Kaydence Burclaw is the first of four scholarship recipients in the BCAW Center Employee category. The Wittenberg High School senior plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study pre-med and biology.

Burclaw’s honors and awards include: Academic High Honors (four years), Academic All-Conference (three years), National Honor Society (two years) and participated in state solo/ensemble for choir for two years. At Wittenberg High, Burclaw’s leadership roles included 2024 Class President, National Honor Society president and vice president. She is a four-year member of the Wittenberg High Math League, three-year member of the Charger Athletic Club.

Burclaw excelled as an athlete at Wittenberg High. She was a four-year varsity volleyball player and competed three years on the track and field team and one year on the softball team.

As an employee at T & C Lanes in Wittenberg, Burclaw held positions as dishwasher, barback and cleaner. Burclaw takes initiative, is a hard worker and well liked, T & C Lanes proprietor Tanya Lange wrote on the application form.

“I can honestly say that I love my job,” Burclaw wrote in her essay. “This has taught me time management skills and customer service experience that I will need in my future in medicine. Bowling brings together so many people of every culture, some to compete and others to just have a fun day or night out with their friends. It has taught me to work hard and enjoy the moments and people around you.”

Wyatt Dickinson is the second scholarship recipient in the BCAW Center Employee category. The D.C. Everest High School senior plans to study engineering in college.

During his high school years, Dickinson has been named to the honor roll and is a competitive bowler.

At Dale’s Weston Lanes in Weston, Dickinson has held positions as a setup person and cook. He has displayed leadership skills as a trainer and truly loves the sport of bowling as a competitor and staff member, according to Sarah Elliott, manager at Dale’s Weston Lanes.

Dickinson has spent many hours in bowling centers as an athlete and employee. On the lanes, he said he has twice qualified for the USBC Junior Gold nationals. At a staff member at Dale’s, Dickinson has developed leadership skills.

“Bowling has had a major impact on my life,” Dickinson wrote in his essay. “I love the sport. Bowling has taught me a lot of skills.”

The third BCAW Scholarship recipient in the Center Employee category is Brady Goffard. The Bay Port (Green Bay) High School junior plans to study Information Technology (IT) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Goffard is a member of the National Honor Society and the bowling club. He has also participated in the ESports club at Bay Port High. In addition, Goffard has volunteered at Happily Ever After, a local animal shelter.

As an employee at Buzz Social in Green Bay, Goffard works about 20 hours a week as a porter and at the front counter. “Brady sets a great example for other employees with his positive energy, has shown the ability to multi-task and has strong leadership qualities,” noted Buzz Social proprietor Daniel Patterson on the application form.

“Brady has been an asset to us here at Buzz Social from the day he started,” wrote Patterson. “He is well-liked by the staff and management team. He has become a passionate bowler and has shown interest in all aspects of the bowling center. He has a bright future in any career he chooses.”

While working at Buzz Social, Goffard said his interest in bowling, the bowling industry and the bowling community has grown.

“Bowling has taught me to keep my head high and push forward with determination,” Goffard wrote in his essay. “In conclusion, bowling is not just a recreational pastime; it has significantly shaped my character, providing me with valuable life lessons in discipline, teamwork, and resilience.”

Carlie Lohman is the fourth scholarship recipient in the BCAW Center Employee category. The Superior High School senior plans to study elementary education in college.

At Superior High, Lohman excelled as a student and an athlete. She has a member of the National Honor Society since 2022. Lohman has been a varsity volleyball player all four years, was named rookie of the year for soccer in 2021 and was named most improved while competing for the bowling team. She competes for the Superior High bowling team in the BCAW High School Bowling Club.

When it comes to Village Lanes and bowling, it’s been a family affair for the Lohmans. Carlie Lohman bowls in the Village Lanes youth program. Her sister, Lexi, previously bowled in the program.  Carlie was an employee at Village Lanes. Their mother, Sharon, has worked at Village Lanes for about 20 years.

Carlie Lohman said her late father, Kevin, was major influence in for her in the sport.  Kevin Lohman, who passed away in 2022, was the Village Lanes mechanic. Kevin passed on much his vast knowledge about lane machines to Carlie.

“My Dad had a huge impact on my success in bowling,” Carlie Lohman wrote in her essay. “He coached me in bowling which created a meaningful relationship that was shared. He was also there every Saturday morning and every bowling tournament to coach my sister and me or any other player that needed help. I will be forever grateful for everything my Dad has taught me. In all, my Dad is one of the most important aspects in my life of bowling. I also know he is watching over me and is proud of all my accomplishments.”

Terrence Ball is the recipient of our USBC Youth Member Scholarship. The Wauwatosa West senior plans to study theater/art at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

During his high school years, Ball was involved with the bowling club and art honor society. Ball also volunteered his time at church by providing lunches.

“Terrence is a beloved student in our school,” wrote Wauwatosa West School Counselor Cheryl Bieck on the application form. “(Terrence is) always kind, considerate and respectful. He is a very hard worker and his teachers have always had only positive things to say about him.”

Gary Daroszewski, proprietor of Classic Lanes – Menomonee Falls, noted in the application that Ball bowls in a USBC league called the All Stars. According to Daroszewski, Ball is a “very nice young gentleman” who “understand the game” and “always gives 100 percent.”

In his application essay, Ball mentioned that after he was diagnosed with autism, his parents helped their son get involved with bowling. Eventually he joined a league, which helped him interact with other youth bowlers and others.

Bowling, he wrote, “helps me to realize that I can be me and still be accepted. It has pushed me out of my shell to want to interact with others and develop some relationship and become independent. I have been accepted in to (UW) Whitewater and I’m very excited to start that chapter of my life.”

For consideration next year, all applications and required documentation must be submitted to the BCAW office no later than Nov. 1, 2024.  Information and forms have been updated and are posted on our website.

The BCAW Scholarship Program is fully funded through the association’s annual BCAW Scholarship Golf Tournament held in June each year.  This year’s event will be held on June 10, 2024 at Indianhead Golf Course in Mosinee.  In addition to raising money to support these scholarships, there is a lot of cash and prizes up for grabs. The $85/person (or $340/foursome) registration fee includes 18 holes of golf with a cart and dinner.

To register, click here.

Kaydence Burclaw

Wyatt DIckinson

Terrence Ball

Carlie Lohman

Brady Goffard