The Jacob Wheeler Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.  


This quote was shared at Jacob's vigil by one of his swim buddies.  Jacob had qualified for an upper level swim meet and his friend still needed to trim off a little time to qualify for the same meet.  Jacob said to the friend, "Stay right beside me.  I will get you there."  They were swimming in lanes next to one another and Jacob's hope was to help his friend get the time needed so they could both travel and compete together at that upper level meet.  The friend shared this story as it speaks to Jacob's selfless nature.  It is a great sharing of sportsmanship and of friendship.  Jacob loved sports and competition but for him the most important part of these activities were the friendships developed in and out of the pool and on and off the soccer field.


Eligibility Requirements
  • 2018 Butte-Silver Bow graduating senior
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA throughout high school
  • Will attend an institution of higher education in the fall of 2018

​submission requirements
  • Two letters of recommendation from adults
  • An essay (500 words maximum) from the student on "How I can make this world a better place" with emphasis on "JACOB"s attributes above
  • ​Application due March 15, 2018

​send application to:

Jacob Wheeler Foundation

P.O. Box 3883

Butte, Montana  59702-3883

or email to:

resources and links


Two $1,000 scholarships will be provided to students who best exemplify the attributes above.

Founded in memory of Jacob Wheeler


The Jacob Wheeler Foundation has resources available for grass root initiatives in the Butte community to provide increased awareness of the issues with depression and mental illness and suicide prevention awareness.

Jacob Wheeler Foundation

Criteria for awareness and support initiatives

  • Project focused on awareness or support for teens or young adults
  • Project completion within six months of award
  • Project feedback provided to Foundation upon completion
  • Award amounts may vary depending on project and fund availability

To apply submit a letter of application with:
  • Description of the project
  • Targeted audience
  • Completion time frame
  • Request Amount
  • Detail of usage of funds

Send to:

Jacob Wheeler Foundation

P.O. Box 3883

Butte, Montana  59702-3883

or email to:


J - justice

a - Acceptance

c - Compassionate

o - Outstanding Character

b - Back

  • (i.e. has your back, protector, defender)