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Howard J. Brown Scholarship

2020 Recipients of the Howard J. Brown Scholarship
The following Kenosha County high school seniors are 2020 recipients of the Howard J. Brown Scholarships:

  • Alexander Zanotti from Indian Trail High School who plans to attend UW-Eau Claire.
  • Charlotte Martin from Tremper High School who plans to attend Marquette University

Both students possess grade point averages of 3.5 or better (out of 4.0) and plan to major in a communications-related subject; each will receive a $2,500 award

As a part of the application process, we asked each student what subjects they planned to study and why.

Alexander responded, “One of the greatest orators of the 20th century, Winston Churchill, sparked my love affair with history and language. Hearing ‘We Shall Fight on the Beaches’ many years ago was the inspiration for my pursuit of a double major in History and Communication. The future lies ahead.”

According to Charlotte, “My plan is to major in Journalism, and double major in Social Justice and Welfare. Since writing for the school blog, I discovered a taste in reporting on the more mundane aspects of our community to find the beauty, humor, and tragedy of everyday life. Not every piece has to be an exposé.”

Scholarship Criteria
The Howard J. Brown Scholarship is for high school seniors graduating who:

• Will graduate from a public high school in Kenosha County.
• Have a GPA of 3.5 (out of 4.0) or better.
• Plan to major in a communications-related subject – these include:

    o Journalism
    o Communications – includes Business Communications and Strategic Communications
    o Speech
    o English
    o History / Social Science
    o Languages / Linguistics
    o Philosophy
    o Cinema, Film, Television and/or Cultural studies
    o Creative Writing
    o Professional Writing

Consideration shall be given for evidence of financial need as well as participation in school and community volunteer activities and work experience.

The Foundation plans to award one or two Howard J. Brown Scholarships in spring 2020. Up to $2,500 may be awarded per scholarship.

The qualification for “need” are as follows:
1. the applicant must describe – how they are planning to pay for their education.
2. the applicant’s college must verify the student is in “in financial need” as indicated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Scholastic or Professional promise
These include:
1. the applicant must have a GPA of 3.5 or above (out of a 4.0 scale).
2. the applicant will need detail – how receiving the scholarship will help them achieve their future goals.
3. the applicant may have an academic or professional contact submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of the student.

More About the Scholarship Fund
The Howard J. Brown Scholarship fund was established by the Foundation in 2019 to honor the late Howard J. Brown, former publisher of the Kenosha News and long-time member of the Kenosha Community Foundation Board of Directors.

The one-year scholarships were established “for the benefit of students that meet criteria with regard to: need and scholastic or professional promise.”