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The Foundation’s Cropley Scholarship

Now Accepting: 2022 Applications for the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarship

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Applications are due on June 23, 2022.

The 2021 Foundation’s Cropley Scholarship Recipients

The following four Kenosha County residents are recipients of the 2021 Foundation’s Cropley Scholarships – each will receive a $3,000 award:

  • Mitchell Buban is a senior at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Milwaukee studying Biological Science in preparation for Dental School, he has a “passion for leadership and bringing out the best in those around him.”
  • Kerigann Ballard will be a Junior at Carthage College studying Chemistry and Spanish. She wants to go to Medical School and values “first hand the impact of removing language barriers in health care.”
  • Seth Lenox will be a sophomore at UW-LaCrosse studying Computer Science. His ultimate goal is to one day open a cybersecurity consulting firm that will help companies “find flaws or vulnerabilities in their networks and then I would work to develop firewalls or fixes for the shortfalls.”
  • Maria Jimena Salazar-Zambrano is a sophomore at UW-Parkside majoring in biology. She wants to go to dental school with the goal of “transforming someone’s smile and boosting their self-confidence”


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.

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.