Decorah Community School District Foundation


The DCSD Foundation, founded in 1991, is devoted to increasing resources for District students, and to excellence in the educational opportunities, services, and facilities of the Decorah Community Schools.


Our Programs:                                                     


Foundation Scholarships

Through the generosity and support of individuals, organizations, and businesses, the Decorah Community School District Foundation has had the honor and privilege of awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to well over 1000 Decorah High School graduates pursuing a post secondary education.
The DCSD Foundation is a Dollars for Scholars affiliate.  This new website is now available to Decorah students with national scholarship opportunities as well as the local scholarship awards given directly through the DCSD Foundation each year. Students are invited to log in now to begin their personal profiles and launch their scholarship application process. decorah.dollarsforscholars.org



Educational Projects and Programs

ExCel Endowments

Beginning in 2001, these grants are awarded to 6th through 11th grade students, and provide them stipends for academic, technical, and arts-related opportunities that are not available through the district’s regular academic and cultural programs. Often these are summer programs such as Music or Language Camps, Writing Workshops, and Science, Engineering and Technology Programs. 
ExCel Application Form


Russ Freerking Spanish Study Grant
This is an endowed scholarship created by DHS alumnus David Anderson that is awarded to a DHS student or recent graduate who is enrolled in an immersion experience in a Spanish speaking country.
Russ Freerking Spanish Study Grant


Faculty Development Award
An endowed scholarship granted to a faculty member of the Decorah Community School District for work toward an advanced degree.
Faculty Development Application

 DCSD Foundation 
Board of Directors



Larry Berland
Kelly Brickley
Ben Grimstad
Andrew Nelson
Kristen Olson
Kate Rattenborg
Leslie Sand
Aaron Steffens
Beth Wahlberg
​Mary Weis
Jenny Werner
Cindy Womeldorf



Contact Us

DCSD Foundation
510 Winnebago Street
 Decorah IA 52101
 Phone: 563-382-4208 

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