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Kenosha Community Foundation offers 2022 Deininger Aviation Scholarship | Local News

The Kenosha Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Colin Denninger Aviation Scholarship.

For the scholarship, the Foundation is looking for female applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria:

• A high school senior planning to attend two or four years of college or university at an accredited institution.

• A student currently enrolled in a four-year college/university or an accredited two-year technical school.

• A student pursuing (major or secondary) in a field of study related to aviation.

• A resident who lives in Kenosha, Marathon or Greene counties in Wisconsin.

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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Applicants should be considered based on financial need and participation in volunteer activities/work experience in the school and community. In 2022, the Foundation expects to award two scholarships of $2,500 each.

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About the scholarship

The Colin Denninger Aviation Scholarship was established in December 2021 by her two children, Cala Ricciardi and Kurt Denninger, in honor of their mother’s memory and to help other women learn to fly.

“Colin Denninger was a dedicated wife, mother, pilot, businesswoman, women’s rights activist, teacher, and golfer. With whatever she did, she decided to be the best that she could be. Above all, she was fair, hardworking, and loving her family. She started her own real estate company in 1975 and championed women’s rights all her life,” her children said in a press release.

“She dreamed of becoming a pilot and in 1994, she achieved that goal. Flying was her passion; she was involved in the Angel Flight Volunteer Network to help get sick passengers to medical appointments. Colleen was always ready and willing to take her friends and family to where they wanted to leave. Deininger had amassed over 4,800 flying hours at the time of her death. She tragically died in a plane crash in 2018.”

The application deadline is March 7. Links to the online application form can be found at www.kenoshafoundation.org.

The Kenosha Community Foundation, organized in 1926 as a tax-exempt public charity, actively manages more than $14 million in permanent endowments created by individuals, families, and businesses, and each year provides more than $750,000 in grants and scholarships to nonprofits In the Kenosha area and the students.

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