Our aim is to honor the legacy of Capt. Lance P. Sijan by recognizing, inspiring, and teaching leadership in our communities.

Areas of Focus

Our work at the Lance P. Sijan Foundation is in three primary focus areas of curriculum development, leadership training, and multimedia production.  All three of these have been created with the intention of giving our mission the greatest impact.

Curriculum Development

Classroom, age appropriate study of theory and development around innovation, leadership, and resilience.

Leadership Training

Adventure based experiential exercises in both interpersonal and intrapersonal activities. Exercising resilience with an increased level of self-awareness brought about by the positive change experienced through participation.

Multimedia Production

Produce inspirational messaging of personal narratives across multi-media platforms of individuals who have risen above the odds and inspire others to do the same.

“Captain Sijan’s extraordinary heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty at the cost of his life are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Armed Forces.”

~ from his Medal of Honor Citation

Who was Lance P. Sijan?

Captain Lance P. Sijan was the first and only Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor, awarded posthumously, in 1976. Lance received the military’s highest honor for his extraordinary courage, service and sacrifice as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam. His strict adherence to the military Code of Conduct, in the face of unspeakable consequences is a testament to his unwavering commitment to serve at all costs.

Thank you for your generous contribution in keeping Lance’s legacy alive. The Lance P. Sijan Foundation accepts donations through our Fiscal Receiver, Arts Wisconsin.

All donations are Tax Deductible.

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To send a check, please make the check payable to Arts Wisconsin and write “Sijan” in the memo. Mail to:

Arts Wisconsin
Box 1054
Madison, WI 53701-1054