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There are not enough words to begin to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who supports the light and legacy of Trevin through Trevin Shines On.  From the bottom our hearts, Thank You!!

Trevin Shines On is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a registered Wisconsin not-for-profit corporation.  All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.        

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Trevin J. Horn Memorial Scholarship

The Trevin J. Horn Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a Poynette High School student.  The amount of the scholarship will vary between $750 - $1000 per recipient.

Trevin’s friends meant the world to him and he had extensive social circles. When we started to write the proposal for Trevin’s Scholarship we wanted to embrace all the diverse personalities across those circles. It was important to us that Trevin’s Scholarship broadened the application criteria to respect all the various paths one can take after graduating, instead of limiting it to only those who plan on attending college.


Trevin’s high school graduation cake included part of Mark Twain’s famous quote: “So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore! Dream! Discover!”


In this spirit, Trevin’s Scholarship is open to any graduating senior of Poynette High School who has been accepted for enrollment at a university, community college, trade school or vocational education program, enlisted for active duty in any branch of the military, or has applied for and been accepted into a service or humanitarian organization, such as AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps. The recipient will also exhibit qualities of resiliency, compassion for others, and a willingness to lend a hand to anyone in need.



In 2019, donations were made to Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, Poynette Police Department, and the DeForest Police Department to help fund their Shop-With-A-Cop programs.  In 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic, the DeForest Police Department was unable to fundraise for their program, so we 100% funded the program in memory of Trevin.  I chose the Shop-With-A-Cop program for many reasons:


Trevin was interested in police science and before he decided to enlist in the Army, he registered and began classes at Madison College in their criminal justice program. 


Someone very important to Trevin was a Shop-With-A-Cop recipient when they were younger and shared with me the ripple effect the program had on their life.


Trevin was passionate about helping anyone in need.  He did a lot of things for others without anyone knowing what he was doing.  We were very close and even I did not realize some of the incredible acts of kindness he had done until stories were shared with me in the months that followed his accident.  


The Shop-With-A-Cop event is usually held one of the first weekends in December.  Trevin’s birthday is December 12.  Grief does not magically end at a certain point and milestones, such as birthdays and holidays, can create intense waves of grief.  As a way to honor Trevin’s birthday, I wanted Trevin’s light to shine forward for children and their families who may not otherwise receive holiday gifts.


Donate Life Wisconsin

Trevin enlisted in the Army and was passionate about serving his country.  He was also very excited about qualifying for Airborne School.  In preparing to depart for his Army training and given the risks associated with a possible deployment, Trevin and I had an in-depth conversation should anything happen to him.  It was a difficult conversation, but Trevin was very clear with all of his wishes, including organ donation.  I certainly did not anticipate having to honor his wishes less than a month later.  As much as my heart is still broken, it does bring me a little peace knowing Trevin Shines On in so many others.  I love my son so much and I am so tremendously proud of him for making the decision to donate his organs, tissue, and bones to provide a better life for so many others.  Trev's recipients range in age from 18 to 67 and reside in 7 different states.  Trevin loved sports and I know he is smiling down knowing some of his gifts were used in sports medicine surgeries and spinal repairs. 


For Trevin’s 21st birthday, we raised $2021 for Donate Life Wisconsin.  Contributions to Donate Life Wisconsin fuel their public education and awareness campaigns, as well as help to honor and support donors and their families.  Trevin transitioned in April – April is National Donate Life Month. 


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