Samantha Hansen ’22 Announced as 2022 Recipient of the Kevin J. Buskager Memorial Scholarship

St. Ignatius Chesterton Academy is pleased to announce Samantha Hansen ('22) as the 2022 recipient of the Kevin J. Buskager Memorial Scholarship.

The Kevin J. Buskager Memorial Scholarship was established for St. Ignatius Chesterton Academy graduating seniors to honor the memory of Kevin Buskager, who passed away unexpectedly in February 2022 at the age of 36. He was an alumnus of St. Ignatius Catholic School (Kaukauna Catholic School System, class of 1999.) His family established the endowment and scholarship to assist with post-secondary educational costs for St. Ignatius Chesterton Academy graduating seniors. One graduating senior will be awarded the scholarship every year.

Samantha, a 2022 St. Ignatius Chesterton Academy graduate and member of the school’s inaugural graduating class, will continue her education at Fox Valley Technical College in the legal studies/paralegal program in fall 2022.

“I am honored that I was chosen as the recipient of the Kevin J. Buskager Memorial Scholarship. I can see Kevin was very driven in academics, and I hope to continue that love of knowledge in my own college education,” Samantha said. “I am grateful to the Buskager family who chose to create this scholarship for seniors at our school to carry on his legacy.”

Buskager earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh with majors in philosophy, anthropology, and religious studies and his master’s degree from the University of Denver. At the time of his death, Buskager was continuing his PhD of Religious Studies through the University of Denver.

Scholarship applicants must be a graduating senior of St. Ignatius Chesterton Academy, plan to attend a post-secondary institution after graduation, and demonstrate a commitment to volunteer service and academic achievement.

St. Ignatius Chesterton Academy, which serves students grade 9 through grade 12, opened in fall 2021 in Kaukauna. As the only Catholic classical high school in the Fox Valley and a member of the international Chesterton Schools Network, St. Ignatius Chesterton Academy offers a rigorous classical curriculum taught through the lens of the Catholic faith. The high school was an expansion to the existing St. Ignatius Catholic School – the region’s only Catholic classical school – which serves students preschool through grade 8 in Kaukauna.

To contribute to the Kevin J. Buskager Memorial Scholarship, start a scholarship in memory of a loved one to benefit St. Ignatius graduates, or explore other giving opportunities, contact Margaret Karius at [email protected] or 920-766-0186.