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Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarships

Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarships are available to Kenosha County high school students that plan to attend a four-year college or university located in the state of Wisconsin as a full-time student. Any area student can apply but a preference will be given to high school seniors with a GPA of 3.2 or less.

$3,500 for the student’s first year ($1,750/semester) – the scholarship is not renewable.

How to Apply
Interested students are encouraged to apply through their high school guidance counselor who can provide an application form. The Foundation also accepts direct applications from students. To find out more and to get an application, contact us at email@kenoshafoundation.org.

Background on the Gundlach Scholarships
Herman and Virginia Gundlach firmly believed in the virtues of education and long discussed the idea of setting up a scholarship fund with their family. Mary Gundlach Norris and Carol Gundlach Cantwell worked with their father Herman to develop a scholarship fund based on his belief that: 

“the scholarship should be for only the first year of college – a chance to get a good start…also…minority students to be given preference for the award.” 

The family additionally requested that scholarship recipients have a grade point average of 3.2 or lower, because “so much of the available scholarship money is distributed to those with higher averages.”

The Gundlach family established the scholarship in 1995 and awarded 10 scholarships that year. A year later Herman Gundlach died; his wife, Virginia passed away in 1978.

Since the fund’s inception in 1996, the Kenosha Community Foundation has awarded $354,900 in Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarships to 255 Kenosha County students. From 2015-2019, the Foundation has awarded over $120,000 in Gundlach Scholarships to 39 Kenosha County students.

About 2019 Scholarship Recipients
The Foundation awarded 2019 Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarships to seven Kenosha County high school seniors ($3,500/scholarship).

Since its inception in 1996, the Foundation has awarded Gundlach Scholarships totaling over $350,000 to 255 area students.

Herman and Virginia Gundlach
Herman and Virginia Gundlach