Joseph P. Mettner Foundation Awards Scholarship to Whitney Ederer


Madison, WI. – The Joseph P. Mettner Foundation (jPMF) has announced that it is awarding its Annual jPMF Scholarship to Whitney Ederer a third year law student at the University of Wisconsin Law School. The scholarship is awarded to law students planning careers in public service, and honors the life of Joe Mettner, who held a passion for public policy and was a devoted public servant himself.


“Once again we were pleased by the number and quality of applicants pursuing careers in public service.  It is truly remarkable to see the growing interest in public policy law and the many students who are pursuing a life’s work dedicated to helping others and improving the legal and governmental systems,” said Michelle Mettner, who, along with friends of Joe, formed the foundation in honor of her late husband.


Ms. Ederer received her BS in Paralegal and Pre-Law from Winona State University in 2014.  She plans to use her law degree for positive change in the area of public health law and policy.  Ms Ederer will also receive a Master of Public Health degree in the spring of 2017.


Ms. Ederer grew up on a small family farm in Plain, Wisconsin.  She has significant experience as a legal intern with End Domestic Abuse, WI; Patient Advocate & Legislative Policy Student with the Center for Patient Partnerships and as Pathways Student Intern at the William S. Middleton Veterans Hospital.


“Whitney represents the commitment to others through public service and a respect and understanding of the law and judicial system which the jPMF Foundation was created to inspire”, said Ms. Mettner.


The jPMF was created in 2010 to honor the life of Joe Mettner by providing financial assistance to law students in need who are pursuing a career in public service. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he received a bachelor's degree in business administration (1986) and a juris doctorate (1992).  He began working for Governor Tommy Thompson while still in law school and, in 1993, Governor Thompson appointed him to serve as a Commissioner on the Tax Appeals Commission.  He served in that role until 1996, when he was appointed as one of three members—and later as chairman—of the state's Public Service Commission.


Friends, family, colleagues --including former and current PSC Commissioners and Administration officials-- will come together on September 16th, 2016 at the jPMF golf outing and award reception at Blackhawk Country Club when Ms. Ederer will be presented with the scholarship award. To learn more about the event go to

Past jPMF Scholarship Recipients


Jamie Yoon
Legal Services - CPCS - Public Defender Division
Lowell, Massachusetts


Scott Zehr
Wisconsin Assistant State Public Defender
Eau Claire, Wisconsin


Colin McGinn
Wisconsin Assistant State Public Defender
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Sydney Hawthorne
Capital City Fellow
City Government
Washington, D.C.


Michael Polich
Great Lakes Commission Fellow
Ann Arbor, Michigan