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About Passage’s Alumni Award Fund Northwest Passage’s Alumni Award Fund, formerly known as the Passage Foundation, began in 2002 ago as a means to provide financial assistance to former residents and clients of both Northwest Passage and Northwest Counseling and Guidance Clinic. The community comes together and raises these funds with an annual golf scramble. Northwest Systems have been committed to providing quality residential treatment and assessments for “at risk” kids for over 30 years. The Northwest System’s commitment to kids developed and expanded beyond residential programming in 2002. Northwest Counseling and Guidance Clinic and Northwest Journey have joined the Northwest continuum of care and helped respond to community planning and treatment. Hundreds of children and adolescents have benefited from our programs and have gone on to become healthy, productive community members. This has most often involved hard work, perseverance and personal risk. To acknowledge the ability of these former residents to overcome adversity, the Northwest System developed a foundation, The Passage Foundation, which provided support or assistance through monetary scholarships for 12 years and awarded over $159,000. As of 2016, the Foundation has become a fund that is managed by Northwest Passage. The Alumni Fund will continue to award students following the tradition of the Foundation for years to come. The Alumni Fund is a volunteer based committee that operates under the guidance of Northwest Passage’s Board of Directors. The Awards Committee includes volunteer community members from throughout Wisconsin such as business people judges, social service personnel, and education professionals. The Goals of the Alumni Award Fund is to…

  • To recognize and reward individual merit and effort of past residents of Northwest Journey, Northwest Passage Programs, including Northwest Passage Riverside, Northwest Passage Lakeshore, Northwest Passage Prairieview, and Northwest Child and Adolescent Center.
  • To provide support or assistance to those identified as having overcome adversity while demonstrating perseverance in the face of personal challenges and obstacles.
  • To acknowledge those who risk change despite their fear of repeating past failure.
  • To help those who lack resources but struggle to continue on a constructive path.

The Application Process… The Alumni Award Fund will grant monetary awards based on the following criteria:

  • Former client/resident of Northwest Journey or Northwest Passage Programs .
  • Nominations must be submitted in writing to the Board by any credible third party, including social workers, teachers, counselors, or other community representatives.
  • Awards will be based upon merit and need as presented by the nominating presenter. Merit will be judged by the Board based upon candidates demonstrating self-improvement through constructive deeds and actions in overcoming adversity. Genuine and constructive effort toward self-improvement shall be the primary factor in determining merit.
  • The Foundation shall make awards of support for any needs deemed credible by the Passage Foundation Board. These awards may include tuition costs, loan repayments, down payments, or any other credible need.

Download the Nomination Form Download the Application Download Form W-9 Please contact our committee chair person, Mandy O’Malley, for more information e-mail:



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70 acres of beautiful property wrapped around the Clam River which features a yurt clad peninsula, docks for fishing and plenty of kayaks for optimal outdoor enjoyment. The property also features an indoor gym, school, playscape and three homes.


  • Serving ages 12-17
  • 24 beds across three houses
  • 8-12 month approximate average stay
  • 1:4 minimum staff to client ratio


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