Announcing Recipients of 2021 Gundlach Scholarships Awards
The Kenosha Community Foundation congratulates the following six Kenosha County high school seniors – the 2021 recipients of the Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarships:
● Laneah Curtis from Tremper High School, plans to attend Ripon College.
● Miles Foster from Tremper High School, plans to attend the University of Wisconsin (UW) – Madison.
● Ryan Jackson from Westosha Central High School, plans to attend Gateway Technical College.
● Jamie Peña from Tremper High School, plans to attend UW-LaCrosse.
● Claudia Santos from Indian Trail Academy, plans to attend Gateway Technical College.
● Olivia Webers from Westosha Central High School.
These six students, all planning to attend a college or university in Wisconsin, will each receive a $3,500 Gundlach Scholarship. This year, 26 students from Kenosha County’s eight public high schools applied for the scholarship.
Over the last five years (2017-2021), 39 Kenosha County students have received Gundlach Scholarships.
Since this scholarship fund’s inception in 1996, the Kenosha Community Foundation has awarded over $350,000 from the Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarship Fund to Kenosha county students.
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 3.25 or less.
Consideration shall be given to participation in school and community volunteer activities, work experience, and financial need. As a part of the application process, applicants will be asked to provide a personal statement that explains who or what motivates or inspires them, as well as what their dreams and ambitions are.
$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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
2020 Recipients of the Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarship
The following Kenosha County high school seniors are 2020 recipients of the Herman and Virginia Scholarships:
These students will receive the $3,500 scholarship Gundlach Scholarship. In 2020, 23 students from Kenosha County’s eight public high schools applied for the scholarship.