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The Foundation’s Cropley Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2020 Recipients of the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarship

2020 Cropley Scholarship RecipientsWe are pleased to award four Kenosha County residents, who all attend a University of Wisconsin (UW) System school, the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarships.

Wylie Jackson, a junior at UW-LaCrosse, studying Psychology as well as Organizational and Professional Communications Studies – “…due to my passion to support the children and adolescents with mental health needs… to prevent problems before they begin or to work collectively to solve any challenges once they arise in a child’s life.”

Keydi Osorio, a sophomore at UW-Parkside, studying Political Science with a Concentration in Law – “To me, it is important to change the process of immigration…I want to help create better processes and policies to minimize the trauma created by deportations.”

Molly Robbins, a senior at UW-Whitewater, studying Math Education and Dance – “I want to be the type of teacher that helps kids walk away from my classroom feeling better about their math abilities than when they came in.”

Ashley Stich, a sophomore at UW-Parkside, studying Applied Health Science and Coaching – “I want to…use my story as inspiration…I was diagnosed with a rare incurable disease. My journey has taken some detours but I am more motivated than ever to show that I will make it.”

These students will receive the $3,000 scholarship Cropley Scholarship. In 2020, 24 college students from Kenosha County applied for the scholarship.

The Foundation’s Scholarships are available to Kenosha County residents who are currently attending college.

To be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant must:

• Be a resident of Kenosha County.
• Be an undergraduate enrolled at an accredited college or university located in the state of Wisconsin and have completed at least one year of study.
• Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) out of 4.0.

All academic majors can apply.

How to Apply
Applications for the Cropley Scholarship are released each spring.

All applications for the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarships must be submitted by email to: scholarships@kenoshafoundation.org.

Multiple scholarships will be awarded based on the number and strength of applications. Up to $5,000 will be awarded per scholarship.

In both 2017 and 2018, the Foundation awarded four Cropley Scholarships ($3,000/scholarship) to students that attended colleges and universities all located in the state of Wisconsin.

Background on the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarships
Ward Cropley, who retired in 1962 after 43 years with the Kenosha News, established the scholarship endowment fund to provide financial assistance to “needy and worthy students, who are desirous of and ambitious to receive a college, university, or other higher education, and who without financial assistance, would be unable to acquire such college, university or higher education.”

The Kenosha Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, in keeping with Ward Cropley’s intentions, decided to use the income from the fund to provide one-year scholarships to currently enrolled college students in financial need to help them continue and/or complete their education.

The number and amount of the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarships to be awarded each year will be determined by the Kenosha Community Foundation’s Board of Directors and based on the size and growth of the fund.

The Kenosha Community Foundation’s Cropley Scholarship Fund welcomes contributions from the community – all donations to the Fund are fully tax-deductible.