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Now Available – Scholarship Applications

The Kenosha Community Foundation announces that it is now accepting applications for the following scholarships:

• the new Mary D. Bradford High School Class of ’61 Scholarships, specifically for seniors at Bradford High School [Click here for the Mary D. Bradford High School Class of ’61 Scholarship application.]
• the Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarships for area all high school seniors who are currently attending Kenosha County’s eight public high schools [Click here for the Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarship application.]
• the Mahone CEO Scholarships for Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) High Schools and St. Joseph Catholic Academy High School seniors
[Click here for the Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone CEO Scholarship application.]

About the Bradford High School Class of ‘61 Scholarship
For the Bradford High School Class of ‘61 Scholarship, the Foundation seeks applications from high school seniors attending Bradford High School. In addition, applicants should:

• Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or above
• Plan to attend a four-year college, university or two-year accredited technical school in the state of Wisconsin.

Consideration shall be given to financial need, and to evidence of extra effort in school or community activities. Three Bradford High School students will each receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Deadline for Bradford High School Class of ’61 Scholarships applications is February 28, 2017. The Foundation will announce recipients of the scholarships later in the spring.

“We are excited to offer this new scholarship opportunity to Bradford’s seniors,” says Robert Schneider, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “For more than five decades, the graduates of the Mary D. Bradford High School Class of 1961 have remained a close knit group of friend, and have discussed ways to give back to the future generations of Bradford graduates. Early this year (2016), members of the 1961 class collected funds and established a scholarship fund at the Foundation for the benefit of the current and future generations of students graduating from Bradford High.”

About the Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarship
For the Gundlach Scholarship, the Foundation seeks applications from high school seniors:

• Attending one of the eight public high schools in Kenosha County: Bradford, Harborside Academy, Indian Trail, LakeView Technical Academy, Reuther, Tremper, Westosha Central, Wilmot Union.
• Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or above.
• Plan to attend a four-year college, university or two-year accredited technical school in the state of Wisconsin.

Consideration shall be given to financial need, and to evidence of extra effort in school or community activities. Each student selected will receive a $3,000 scholarship. In 2016, Foundation awarded Gundlach Scholarships to eight Kenosha County seniors.

Deadline for Gundlach Scholarship applications is February 28, 2017.

About the Mahone CEO Scholarships
The Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund is offering three scholarship opportunities to all eligible Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) High Schools, and St. Joseph Catholic Academy High School seniors pursuing their education at a two-year or four-year institution:

For the Mahone Fund CEO Youth Scholarship (8 available) applicants must:

• attend one of the following high schools: Mary D. Bradford, Tremper, Reuther Central, IndianTrail Academy, LakeView Technology Academy, Harborside Academy, or St. Joseph High School;
• demonstrate financial need. For example, PROOF of financial hardship in immediate family, or eligibility for free and reduced meal benefit, etc.
• have a minimum 2.5 GPA on an unweighted scale;
• have demonstrated leadership through participation in school and community extra-curricular activities

For the Mahone Fund Carthage College Scholarship – Carthage College has partnered with the Mahone Fund to provide one full-tuition scholarship to an incoming 2017 freshman – applicants must:

• complete all the eligibility requirements for the Mahone CEO Youth Scholarship;
• have applied for admission to Carthage College;
• must have a 3.2 GPA and 23 ACT score.

For the Mahone Fund Herzing University Scholarship – Herzing University has partnered with the Mahone Fund to provide two full-tuition scholarships granted to incoming 2017 freshmen who are interested in pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree through the Herzing University system – applicants must:

• complete all the eligibility requirements for the Mahone CEO Youth Scholarship;
• have applied for admission to Herzing University;
• must meet program entrance level requirements for Herzing University

Deadline for applications for all Mahone CEO Youth Scholarships is Friday, February 17, 2017. In addition to the Foundation website, applications and additional information on these scholarships are also available at MahoneFund.org.

Presentation about the Foundation and our Grant Making – August 2016

On August 18, the Kenosha Community Foundation held a public meeting at the Kenosha Public Library’s Southwest Branch to answer the questions that we receive about how we operate and make grants.

About 30 grantees (past, present, and potential) and a few donors joined us at the 30-40 minute discussion that included a brief presentation (see below) along with a question and answer session led by Executive Director Robert Schneider and volunteers from the Foundation’s various

August 2016 Presentation

If you missed the session, click HERE to view a PDF of the presentation that covered: what a community foundation and its three functions are, how charitable funds work, the Foundation’s charitable funds that make grants, our grant review process, and the new 2017 grant making schedule.

REMINDER
The Kenosha Community Foundation is now accepting applications from local not-for-profit organizations for 2017 grants from four of the funds we manage:

OMC Legacy Fund
LaFave Family Fund
Women’s Fund
Kenosha Arts Fund

Click here for the 2017 Grant Application (PDF version).
(Click here for the Word version.)

Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 4 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016.

2017 Grant Opportunities from the Foundation’s Field of Interest Funds

The Kenosha Community Foundation announces that local not-for-profit organizations can now apply for 2017 grants from four of the funds we manage – we are seeking proposals to be funded from the following:

OMC Legacy Fund
LaFave Family Fund
Women’s Fund
Kenosha Arts Fund

Click here for the 2017 Grant Application (PDF version).
(Click here for the Word version.)

In 2016, the Foundation awarded 20 grants, totaling just over $39,000, from these four funds. The grants awarded from these four funds ranged from $500 to $5,000, the average grant was $1,900.

Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 4 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016.

A committee of volunteers from around Kenosha County will help select award recipients. Grant awards will be announced in January 2017.

For additional questions, contact email@kenoshafoundation.org, or call 262-654-2412.

NOTE: Applications for 2017 grants from the Kenosha Community Foundation’s Unrestricted Funds will be released in December 2016.

Join Us on August 18 – Learn about the Foundation and Our Grant Making

To answer the questions that the Foundation receives concerning how it operates and makes grants (especially as we introduce the new grant making schedule for 2017), all are invited to attend the following informational meeting:

The Kenosha Community Foundation: About Us and Our Grant Making
4 pm, Thursday, August 18, 2016
Kenosha Public Library- Southwest
7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI

This 30-40 minute discussion will include a brief presentation along with a question and answer session led by Executive Director Robert Schneider and volunteers from the Foundation’s various committees.

The public – especially the Foundation’s (current and future) donors and (past, present and potential) grantees – are welcome to attend.

The session is free, but please RSVP at email@kenoshafoundation.org.

Kenosha Community Foundation awards over $89,000 in grants to area non-profits – June 2016

The Foundation awarded 29 grants totaling $89,610 to non-profit organizations and projects serving Kenosha County residents. The Foundation awarded grants to 19 different non-profit groups; four of these organizations – the Kenosha Achievement Center, the Kenosha Literacy Council, the Shalom Center of the Interfaith Network, and the Sharing Center in Trevor – each received three grant awards.

The 29 grants are derived from five endowment funds that the Community Foundation manages. Here is the list of Grants awarded in June 2016 by the Kenosha Community Foundation:
Unrestricted funds
From the Foundation’s pool of unrestricted endowment funds, nine grants went to: Birds of a Feather, the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha, Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha, the Kenosha Literacy Council, the Kenosha Achievement Center, Salvation Army-Kenosha, the Shalom Center of the Interfaith Network, the Sharing Center in western Kenosha County, and the United Way of Kenosha County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. For more on this year’s grants, visit the Unrestricted funds page.

LaFave Family fund From the LaFave Family Fund (established by the estate of Susann LaFave), seven grants were made to the Bong Naturalist Association, the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, the Kenosha Achievement Center, the Kenosha Literacy Council, Kenosha Symphony Association, the Open Wings Learning Center and the Shalom Center. For more on this year’s grants, visit the LaFave Family Fund page.

OMC Legacy fund From the Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) Legacy Funds, three grants targeting youth programs were made to ELCA Urban Outreach Center, the Kenosha Achievement Center, and the Sharing Center. For more on this year’s grants, visit the Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) Legacy Funds page.

Women's Fund Logo From the Foundation’s Women’s Fund, eight grants to programs that benefit women and children to the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Kenosha County Association for Home and Community Education (KCAHCE), the Kenosha Common Markets, Inc., the Kenosha Literacy Council, Lemon Street Gallery and ArtSpace, the Shalom Center, the Sharing Center, and Women and Children’s Horizon. For more on this year’s grants, visit the Women’s Fund page.

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From the Foundation’s Arts Fund, grants were made to the Get Behind the Arts Studio Tour and the Kenosha Chamber Choir. For more on this year’s grants, visit the Arts Fund page (www.kenoshaartsfund.org).