When the all-too-short life of Brookfield resident Aaron Semenske ended on Nov. 26, 1996 at St. Louis University of unknown circumstances, his family chose to remember Aaron a manner that reflected his life, which had exhibited much promise in high school and as he continued his education.

Aaron was a leader in the classroom and in athletics, and his parents, Ann and Doug, chose to establish a scholarship to be granted to a student — boy or girl — who most exhibited the qualities of their son.

The renewable scholarship is awarded to a Riverside-Brookfield high School student who has submitted an application demonstrating academic achievement, involvement in community or religious efforts, leadership in the classroom and in athletics.

Funds for the $2,000 annual scholarship are raised through the foundation’s annual picnic.

Now in its 17th year, the Aaron Semenske Scholarship Foundation Annual Picnic will be held on Saturday, July 13 at Jaycee/Ehlert Park in Brookfield from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event features catered picnic fare, entertainment, a raffle and a silent auction.

Special musical performances will be by Jeff Sandvig and Katie Redmond. The cost to attend the event is $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-10, with kids 3 and under free. To purchase picnic tickets or raffle tickets (winner need not be present) contact the Semenskes at 708-352-8574 or Dave Monti at 708-387-0859.

Aaron Semenske is remembered by many of those who knew him, family, friends and teachers as an exemplary young man. In remembrance, they have compiled a memory book titled “Footprints on Our Hearts,” featuring 100 pages of Aaron’s writings, memories, and photos along with those written family and friends. The book is available for $12 with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund.

Aaron Semenske’s life, while too short, has left a lasting effect on many of those he touched in life and those who he is touching now through his parents and friends and the Aaron Semenske Scholarship Foundation.

To learn more about the Foundation visit the website at: http://www.angelfire.com/il2/semenskescholarship/ or by writing to the Aaron Semenske Scholarship Foundation, 3310 Park Ave., Brookfield, Ill. 60513.