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Henry Ahlgren Humanitarian Scholarship

Application Deadline - February 1, 2018 

Award applications will be distributed to high school guidance counselors, Key club advisors, and others in order to identify qualified candidates.

Henry Ahlgren Scholarship Instructions
Henry Ahlgren Scholarship Application
Henry Ahlgren Scholarship Reference

Recipient of the 2018 Ahlgren Scholarship was Monica  Murphu, a senior at Madison Memorial High School

Monica's parents, Robert (Sr) and Michelle, Monica Murphy, Robert Murphy and Ron Schuler, Kiwanis chair,


Recipient of the 2017 Ahlgren Scholarship was Julianna Kuecker, a senior at Edgewood High School.


Julianna Kuecker with her parents and grandparents.

2016 Ahlgren Scholarship recipient Benjamin Lucarelli with his parents and two sisters.

The Henry L. Ahlgren Humanitarian Scholarship was established in memory of the founder and first president of the Madison West Kiwanis Club. When asked why busy people in the community should be members of a service club, Ahlgren replied, “It is from programs aimed at helping people that we derive our greatest and most lasting and most rewarding satisfactions. It is from these programs that we re-discover again and again and again that ‘when you give to the world the best you have, then the best will come back to you.’”

Dr. Ahlgren lived a long life of dedicated service to his community. He continued to give his best to the world through Kiwanis projects and activities until he died in 2004 at the age of 94. He regularly attended the weekly meetings of West Kiwanis until shortly before his death.

A $2,000 Henry L. Ahlgren Humanitarian Scholarship will be awarded to the Madison area student who best exemplifies the characteristics described above. The first Ahlgren scholarship was awarded in 2007.

Candidates for the Henry Ahlgren Humanitarian Scholarship should have made significant contributions to their school community as well as to their neighborhood and city communities. They should be good students with strong leadership records. They should have a record of participation in extracurricular activities and be good citizens of their school and their community.


Applicants for the Henry L. Ahlgren Humanitarian Scholarship must be high school seniors currently enrolled at Madison West, Madison East, Madison Memorial, Madison LaFollette, McFarland, or Edgewood High School who plan to attend a college or university in Wisconsin. There are no requirements regarding course of study. The scholarship check will be transferred in-the student’s name from the Madison West Kiwanis Foundation to the bursar of the Wisconsin college or university designated by the student. Candidates must complete the attached application form and provide at least one (but not more than two) letter of reference from a faculty member who is able to evaluate the candidate’s qualifications. Selection of the award recipient will be based on the following criteria:

Community service (30 points)
Scholarship (15 points)
Extracurricular activities (15 points)
Leadership (10 points)
Communications skills (10 points)
Essay on the importance of community service (20 points)