Lake Superior College Foundation announces Chief John Raaflaub Memorial Firefighting Scholarship
May 26, 2020
Lake Superior College Foundation announces Chief John Raaflaub Memorial Firefighting Scholarship
$50,000 initial donation to support scholarships for new and incoming Douglas County, WI students in LSC’s firefighting program.

The Lake Superior College Foundation has announced the launch of a new scholarship, the Chief John Raaflaub Memorial Firefighting Scholarship, intended to help support future firefighters who wish to remain in the Superior/Douglas County area and through hard work and diligence have the same opportunity John did to be successful in the well-paying, stable and respected line of work.

John Raaflaub was born, raised and educated in Superior, Wisconsin. He only experienced a brief hiatus from the community to serve in the US Army and then returned to Superior to raise his family. It was then he was hired onto the Superior Fire Department, where he built his career, and eventually retired as Fire Chief.

"Chief John Raaflaub was a very generous man and would be thrilled to know this scholarship is being established,” said Steve Panger, retired Fire Chief for the City of Superior, WI. “John would especially be pleased to know the funds will support aspiring firefighters from his community. On behalf of the Raaflaub family, it is an honor to be able to help keep this scholarship available to support firefighters well into the future."

The Raaflaub Family has generously donated $50,000 to launch the fund and hopes, together with other community investors, to keep the fund going in perpetuity. LSC Foundation will award up to two $5,000 scholarships annually each spring, to be applied to fall semester. Eligible students must be in or planning to enter the firefighting program at Lake Superior College, in good academic standing, and be residents of Douglas County, WI. Preference will be given to graduates of Superior High School.

“The Lake Superior College Foundation is honored to partner with the Raaflaub family to offer this generous scholarship for those in or entering the firefighting program at Lake Superior College,” said Dan Fanning, Vice President of Advancement and External Relations at Lake Superior College and Executive Director of the LSC Foundation. “The generosity of the Raaflaub Family, as well as the community, will help LSC and the LSC Foundation recruit and support future firefighters in LSC’s program and in the Superior community.”

Current and prospective students interested in applying for the scholarship can apply starting today, Tuesday, May 26, through midnight on Friday, June 12. For more information and to apply, please visit

The mission of the Lake Superior College Foundation is to support Lake Superior College by cultivating community relationships and philanthropic support that will advance educational opportunities for students, staff, and community. The LSC Foundation awards over $400,000 in student support annually. For more information on the Raaflaub Memorial Firefighting Scholarship, or any scholarships through LSC Foundation, as well as how to contribute to the fund please contact Daniel Fanning at (218) 733-6945, [email protected], email the foundation [email protected], and/or visit