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The Foundation’s Cropley Scholarship

NOTE: The application period for the 2021 Cropley Scholarships is now closed – scholarship awards will be announced later in 2021.


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.

2020 Recipients of the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarship

2020 Cropley Scholarship RecipientsThe Foundation awarded four Kenosha County residents, who all attend a University of Wisconsin (UW) System school, the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarships ($3,000/award).

Wylie Jackson, a junior at UW-LaCrosse, studying Psychology as well as Organizational and Professional Communications Studies.

Keydi Osorio, a sophomore at UW-Parkside, studying Political Science with a Concentration in Law.

Molly Robbins, a senior at UW-Whitewater, studying Math Education and Dance.

Ashley Stich, a sophomore at UW-Parkside, studying Applied Health Science and Coaching.

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