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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.

$3,000 for the student’s first year ($1,500/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. He also wanted 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.

2017 Scholarship Recipients
Eight Kenosha County high school seniors received 2017 Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarships:

• Ryan Bowman from Lakeview Technology Academy.
• Josh Campbell from Harborside Academy.
• Gabrielle Castillo from Harborside Academy.
• Evan DaSilva-Newman from Indian Trail Academy and High School.
• Trinidad Dominguez from Tremper High School.
• Vincent Hoff from Bradford High School.
• Donald Lowe from Indian Trail Academy and High School.
• Kellie Pollack from Tremper High School.

Since 2007, the Kenosha Community Foundation has awarded Gundlach scholarships totaling over $160,000 to area students.