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Brian Hara Legacy Scholarship

The Brian Hara Legacy Scholarship is awarded in honor of Brian Hara '05 whose kindness, generosity, leadership and passion made the world a better place.

The Brian Hara Scholarship will be awarded each year to a new graduate of St. Odilia School. The recipient will receive the scholarship for four consecutive years of attendance at Totino-Grace High School in the amount of $1500 per year.


  • Be a 2022 graduate of St. Odilia School.
  • Enroll at Totino-Grace High School for fall 2022.
  • Display characteristics that defined Brian. He was kind, generous, altruistic/selfless, compassionate, encouraging, ambitious, passionate, humble, a humanitarian and a leader.
  • Be a person of character who will continue Brian’s legacy by following in his footsteps and spreading compassion and generosity throughout the Totino-Grace community in his honor.
  • Complete and submit this application by December 15, 2021.

About Brian

The Brian Hara Legacy Scholarship was established in 2019 to memoralize Brian and the impact he had on the world.

Brian attended St. Odilia School from kindergarten through 8th grade. Starting at a young age, he excelled in academics and athletics. He was on the St. Odilia wrestling team and the Math Masters team.

He then went to Totino-Grace High School where he graduated with honors in 2005. During his time at Totino-Grace, he won multiple state championships, was the captain of the wrestling team, captain of the football team, an all-state athlete, an honor student and participated in the Positive Leadership Peer Program (PPLP).

After high school he went on to graduate with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Business School and became a successful entrepreneur founding Blackhawk Investment Group. Brian was able to accomplish more success in his 31 years than most do in a lifetime. The only thing more admirable than his accomplishments was his character.

Brian was a compassionate humanitarian.

The level of care Brian had for other people stretched far beyond a typical person's capacity. He was accepting of others and it was rare to ever hear him pass judgement or speak negatively of someone.

Brian constantly sought out ways to connect with, encourage and help others. He always offered to give his time, resources and support to others and never expected anything in return. His kindness and generosity extended far past family and friends to acquaintances, work associates and even complete strangers.

Humble and never boastful, Brian never wanted credit for his acts of kindness or his accomplishments and rarely spoke of them.

Brian was a leader.

Brian wasn't afraid to go into the unknown first and lead by example. Many of his friends and family often looked to him for advice in business, relationships and life. As a natural mentor, he gave others confidence, believed in them and trusted in their abilities. His encouragement and commitment inspired many.

Brian was a passionate student of life.

Always curious and open minded, Brian was a lifelong learner. He was perpetually interested in meeting new people, hearing a new perspective and exploring new topics.

Brian was fiercely ambitious and passionate in all aspects of life with a work ethic that couldn't be matched. That ambition and passion led him to become a successful entrepreneur, an Ironman athlete, a voracious reader, a dynamic public speaker, a beautiful writer, a humanitarian, a philanthropist, a loving partner and an incredible person.

During his short time here on earth, Brian accomplished great things and touched the lives of many. He made the world a significantly better place and inspired many others to do the same.

Please complete all required applicant information.

The recipient of the Brian Hara Legacy Scholarship should:

  • Lead with kindness and compassion for others and have a reputation for treating everyone with respect
  • Display leadership and a good work ethic through extracurricular activities
  • Be ambitious and committed to academic excellence
  • Be engaged and passionate about learning both in and out of the classroom

In a minimum of five sentences each, share how you have displayed two of the four qualities listed above.

Recommendation from St. Odilia Staff (must be received by December 15, 2021)

  • Request a letter of recommendation from one of your teachers or other staff person at St. Odilia. Have them speak to why you would be a great choice to continue the legacy of Brian Hara.
  • Ask teacher or other staff person to send their recommendation to: harascholarship@totinograce.org

Parent Recommendation (Optional)

  • Please share how your student would positively impact Totino-Grace and the world with their kindness, generosity, leadership and passion.

Student Statement

  • I affirm that the information contained in this application is true and accurate and all questions were completed by the student applicant.

Parent Statement

  • I affirm that the information contained in this application is true and accurate and all questions were completed by the student applicant.
  • I authorize St. Odilia to release a copy of my student's transcript to the scholarship selection committee consisting of members of the family and the chair of the selection committee.
  • I understand that all documents and application information will be kept confidential.
  • I understand that this scholarship is funded through a scholarship administered by Totino-Grace High School and can only be used if my student attends Totino-Grace High School in the fall of 2022.

If you have questions about the application or the process, please call Linda Aase at 763-586-6315 or email at hara.scholarship@totinograce.org