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The mission of the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund is to provide educational opportunities for economically and academically deserving youth and to support healthy lifestyles initiatives in communities of color.

The Mahone Fund is a component of the Kenosha Community Foundation.

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Thank You!

We would like to thank all who attended and supported our 2019 Reaching for Rainbows: Pursuit of Excellence Gala. Congratulations to long-time Mahone Fund volunteers and community leaders, Don Gillespie and Lena Cooksey, as well as all of our Mahone Fund scholarship award recipients!

  • 2019 Mahone Fund Award Recipients
  • 2019 Mahone Fund Scholarship Recipients
  • 2019 Mahone Fund Award Recipients


    SHEBANIAH B. MUHAMMAD SIGNATURE AWARD

    DONALD J. GILLESPIE
    Donald J. Gillespie and his bride Robin make their home in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood of Kenosha, where they raised three children. Gillespie is currently associated with the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund as a member of the Board of Directors, a volunteer on the Lincoln Park Live Committee, and an advocate for the foundation’s mission.

    Born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Don is the ninth of eleven children. He graduated from St Joseph’s H.S., studied collegiately at St. Norbert College and UW-Parkside, earning a bachelors degree from Cardinal Stritch University. Gillespie made his professional career in consumer finance, serving as president and CEO of A M Community Credit Union for more than two decades. Gillespie has long sought opportunities to serve his industry, community and family.

    At home he was the primary homework helper, grocery shopper, cook and campfire storyteller. Through professional association, he served as an officer of the Wisconsin Credit Union Mortgage Corporation, the Wisconsin Credit Union Shared Service Center Corporation and the Wisconsin Credit Union League Services Corporation. Gillespie also acted as Cuna Mutual Insurance Policy Owner Representative and Wisconsin Corporate Central Credit Union Ambassador.

    Past community service includes serving as a board member and Chair of the Kenosha County Workforce Development Board, the S.E. Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, the Education Foundation of Kenosha, the Kenosha Historical Society, Kemper Center Inc. and the Kenosha Rotary Club. Don currently participates with Kenosha Area Family & Aging Services in the friendly visitor program.


    VOLUNTEER LIVING LEGEND AWARD


    LENA COOKSEY
    Lena Cooksey, a retired educator from Kenosha Unified School District, was an English teacher at Bullen Middle School and a Counselor at both Bullen and Bradford High School during her 35-year career. Committed to various educational pursuits, she also was an integral part of the Education Committee, which developed the framework for incorporating Multicultural Education in KUSD and UW-Parkside. Additionally, she served as a Board member of Wisconsin Middle School Education, initializing the Middle School transition within KUSD. As an Academic Prep Instructor, an ACT/SAT prep tutor and a GED instructor, her passion for educational excellence offered multiple benefits to Kenosha and its students.

    Service and volunteerism extend way beyond her dedication to the Mahone Fund. She is a founding member of the Professional Women’s Network for Service, a member of the UW initiative on healthy birth outcomes:LIHF Collaboratives in Racine, the Birthing Project and the Coalition for Dismantling Racism, in Kenosha. Lena is also a Life Skills instructor for ELCA-Urban Outreach, continuing her community service. From 2016-2019 she served as President of the Kenosha Public Museum Board of Trustees, adding Civic volunteerism to her many achievements. She has also been a Commissioner with Civil Service Commission and continues as Co-Pastor of the Blessing Center Church.

    Lena Cooksey is a stellar example of commitment and volunteerism in Kenosha. We are so proud of the dedicated work she continues to do for the Mahone Fund and the greater community.


    2019 Mahone Fund Scholarship Recipients

    CREATING ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION

    Carthage is proud to have a long-standing partnership with the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund. Each year, the Mahone Fund CEO Mentoring Program identifies many talented graduating high school students in our community. In an effort to help students achieve their dreams and make a college education more accessible, Carthage and the Mahone Fund have started the Mahone Fund Carthage College Access Education Award. Carthage is excited to make this additional investment in the youth of our community. Therefore, Carthage pledges to meet a student financial need, up to full-tuition, through Federal, State and Carthage institutional financial aid for up to 15 eligible students.








    Mahone Fund Carthage College Education Access Awards

    INDIAN TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL AND ACADEMY


    SAMANTHA N. ARIZMENDI | 3.1 GPA

    Samantha N. Arizmendi, a senior at Indian Trail High School and Academy, with a cumulative 3.1 GPA. Samantha will major in Pre-Dentistry. Samantha is the Senior Class President and has been a member of Key Club and Student Council. She also works part-time and has volunteered at her church.



    GABRIELA C. BOOTH | 3.6 GPA

    Gabriela C. Booth, a senior at Indian Trail High School and Academy with a cumulative 3.6 GPA. Gabriela will major in Music, both performance and music education. Gabriela is a member of the National Honor Society and past member of the Crafters Club, Legacy Dance Team and Pep Band. She has earned achievements in WSMA’s Solo & Ensemble at the state level.



    EDELMAR MORALES-RIVERA | 3.2 GPA

    Edelmar Morales-Rivera, a senior at Indian Trail High School and Academy with a cumulative 3.2 GPA. Edelmar will major in Biological Studies. Edelmar is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and has been a member of the volleyball, track and football teams.



    ALEXIS LALONDE | 3.6 GPA

    Alexis Lalonde, a senior at Indian Trail High School and Academy with a cumulative 3.6 GPA. Alexis has not determined her major. Alexis is a member of the Jazz Band, basketball and volleyball teams. She won the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Award – Poetry Gold Key.



    CYNTHIA MEDINA | 3.7 GPA

    Cynthia Medina, a senior at Indian Trail High School and Academy with a cumulative 3.7 GPA. Cynthia has not determined her major. Cynthia is the Senior Class Vice President. She has been a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society, Student Council, Link Crew and volleyball team.



    MONA F. FAHAD | 3.4 GPA

    Mona F. Fahad, a senior at Indian Trail High School and Academy with a cumulative 3.4 GPA. Mona will major in Pre-Medicine. Mona is a member of the National Honor Society and past member of the track team. She has volunteered at local festivals and tutored students.


    TREMPER HIGH SCHOOL


    NATHANIEL FOSTER | 2.5 GPA

    Nathaniel Foster, a senior at Tremper High School with a cumulative 2.5 GPA. Nathaniel will major in Communications. Nathaniel has been a member of various school bands, DECA and founding member of the Hip Hop Club at Tremper. He has won awards IN WSMA Solo & Ensemble at the state level.


    ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL


    ELENA D. JOHNS | 3.3 GPA

    Elena D. Johns, a senior at St. Joseph High School with a cumulative 3.3 GPA. Elena will major in Social Work. Elena has volunteered over 300 hours at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center. She also has been a member of the soccer and basketball teams.



    Mahone Fund CEO Youth Scholar Awards

    HARBORSIDE ACADEMY


    KYANTAI A. MASON | 3.2 GPA

    Kyantai A. Mason, a senior at Harborside Academy with a 3.2 GPA, plans to attend Youngstown State University and study Forensic Science. He has played Varsity Football and LaCrosse and participated in Orchestra and Chess club, while volunteering at several community projects. He says he has “a deeply rooted drive to be the best person I can be, to be helpful and have fun.”



    NAKIA HUGHES | 3.5 GPA

    Nakia Hughes, a senior at Harborside Academy with a 3.5 GPA, plans to attend Hampton University and study Biology. She has been a member of multiple Honor Societies, Youth in Governance and was Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year. She wants to be “a positive influence... and an advocate for young, black girls who cannot advocate for themselves.”



    JADA M. ROBINSON | 3.6 GPA

    Jada M. Robinson, a senior at Harborside Academy with a 3.6 GPA, plans to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and study Theater/Acting. She has performed in multiple school plays in the community and participated at State and National level competitions, while being a member/leader in various school Honor societies. She says, ”Acting is not just an extracurricular activity, but a career, a dream I want to turn into a reality.”





    REUTHER CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL



    SARAH N. HAMILTON | 3.8 GPA

    Sarah N. Hamilton, a senior at Reuther Central High School with a 3.8 GPA, plans to attend Gateway Technical College and study Aeronautics-Pilot Training. She has received an award for Mathematics, played in a guitar ensemble and consistently been on the Honor Role. She hopes to “fly cargo planes and search and rescue helicopters.”



    LAKEVIEW TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY



    JOHN W. MORTIMER | 3.4 GPA

    John W. Mortimer, a senior at Lakeview Technology Academy with a 3.4 GPA, plans to attend University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and study Computer Engineering. He has participated in Soccer and Track and Field, competed on gaming teams, led an Audio/Visual team at his church and volunteered at the Shalom Center. He hopes to either help create a tech item contributing to people’s everyday use or help change the way computers are used.”





    BRADFORD HIGH SCHOOL



    BENJAMIN E. WOODS | 3.2 GPA

    Benjamin E. Woods, a senior at Bradford High School with a 3.2 GPA, plans to attend Southern Methodist University and major in Theater Studies/Musical Theater. He has received numerous awards for musical theater performances, sang in Choir, played piano and sang for church and volunteered at the Food Pantry. He says he is “most grateful for music, which can change the life of an individual with its power.”



    KENALEM M. RAMBI | 3.3 GPA

    Kenalem M. Rambi, a senior at Bradford High School with a 3.3 GPA, plans to attend the University of West Florida and major in Communications. He has participated in Track and Field, Key Club and Yearbook, while volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA. He says, “My biggest life goal is to have a successful career and be able to help others.”



    TREMPER HIGH SCHOOL



    JAMAL HANSON | 3.6 GPA

    Jamal Hanson, a senior at Tremper High School with a 3.6 GPA, plans to attend Marquette University and major in Pre-Law, emphasizing Environmental Science. He has been Class President, a DA summer intern, Attorney General at Badger Boys State, Soccer player, violinist in Orchestra, and a member of multiple community projects/committees. He is “intrigued by the interdisciplinary exploits of college, hoping to become a lifelong learner.”





    INDIAN TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL AND ACADEMY



    JORDAN K. SWEET | 3.3 GPA

    Jordan K. Sweet, a senior at Indian Trail High School with a 3.3 GPA, plans to major in Political Science at a college yet to be determined. He participated in Track, Key Club, Link Crew and multiple community service projects. He aspires “to be a role model to children with financial needs... to prove you can go a long way with your mind, soul, education and a human resource.”



    DENAIJA M. BATTLE | 3.0 GPA

    Denaija, M. Battle, a senior at Indian Trail High School with a 3.0 GPA, plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and major in Nursing. She has participated in Band, Track and Field, Mentorships and volunteered for church activities. “My goal is to change people’s perspectives on Health care and provide for others.”




    Mahone Fund Carthage College Scholarship Award

    CELENA M. ALLEN | 4.0 GPA

    HARBORSIDE ACADEMY

    Celena M. Allen, a senior at Harborside Academy with a 4.0 GPA, will major in Criminal Justice/Social Work. She has participated in Basketball, Volleyball, been a mentor and coach’s aide. She plans to “make a difference in the world, being a Social Worker for children, by listening to them, tending to their needs and bettering their situations.”