The Rob Bursik Memorial Scholarship

"In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends."

~ Kozuko Okakura

Rob was suddenly and tragically killed by a distracted truck driver early in 2018.  His loss shook everyone at Dragonfly Gardens and in Amery and the surrounding communities.  Rob impacted so many people, especially through his love of plants.

Honor him by doing something 'green'  - bonus points if you include someone you love.

And please, please, put down your phones while driving. 

At Dragonfly Gardens, we believe the opportunity to have a Scholarship set up in memory of Rob truly honors his love for education and teaching.  Rob would have done anything for his students and sincerely cared about each one as an individual.  He took the time to build relationships with them, not just as a professor, but as a mentor and a friend.  Rob wanted everyone who set foot in his classroom to succeed and find something to take away, even if Biology, Botany, or Environmental Science wasn’t something one of his students was particularly interested in he found a way to spark a desire to learn with his contagious laugh, sense of humor, and charismatic personality. 

This scholarship will support a graduating senior from Amery High School, which began in the spring of 2019 and continues today. The scholarship is for $2,500 and is available for all graduating seniors with an essay form application.

How to Donate

For those interested in supporting this cause, a check can be written payable to “ The St. Croix Valley Foundation” and notate “Dragonfly” on the subject line of the check.

Checks can be mailed to
The St. Croix Valley Foundation 
Attn: Dragonfly 
516 Second St., Suite 214   
Hudson, WI 54016 

Online donation can be made through the St. Croix Valley Foundation website:

  • Hit "Donate" button (top right on home page)
  • Scroll down to "Scholarship Funds D-H" and hit "Donate"

We sincerely appreciate your donations and efforts towards this scholarship, and we know that Rob would certainly be grateful as well. 

Let’s make a difference together! Many thanks,

~ The Dragonfly Team and the Bursik Family