Kenosha Community Foundation accepting applications for Colleen Deininger Aviation Scholarship

Women's rights advocate achieved dream of becoming a pilot in 1994


Founded in 1926 as a tax-exempt public charity, we are a collection of endowed and donor-advised charitable funds established by individuals, families, organizations, and businesses.

Colleen Deininger

The Kenosha Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Colleen Deininger Aviation Scholarship.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Monday, March 7.

Links to the application form for this scholarship can be found at the Foundation’s website:

About the Colleen Deininger Aviation Scholarship

For the Deininger Scholarship, the Foundation seeks female student applicants with the following criteria:

  • a high school senior planning to attend a two-year or four-year college or university degree at an accredited institution, or
  • a student currently enrolled at a four-year college/university or two-year accredited technical school.
  • a student pursuing (Major or Minor) in an aviation related field of study.
  • a resident living in Kenosha, Marathon or Green counties in Wisconsin.

Students with a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater may apply.

Consideration shall be given to applicants based upon financial need, participation in school and community volunteer activities/work experience.

In 2022, the Foundation anticipates an award of two (2) Colleen Deininger Aviation scholarships at $2,500/scholarship.

The Colleen Deininger Aviation Scholarship was recently established in December 2021 by her children, Calla Ricciardi and Curt Deininger. The scholarship was established in honor of her memory to help other women learn to fly.  Colleen’s children stated the following about their mother: 

Colleen Deininger was a dedicated wife, mother, pilot, businesswoman, women’s rights activist, teacher and golfer. Anything she did, she set out to be the best she could be. Above all, she was fair, hardworking and loved her family. She started her own real estate company in 1975 and advocated for women’s rights throughout her lifetime. She dreamed about becoming a pilot and in 1994, she achieved that goal. Flying was her passion; she participated in the Angel Flight Volunteer Network helping transport sick passengers to medical appointments. Colleen was always ready and willing to fly her friends and family where they wanted to go. Deininger had accumulated over 4,800 flight hours at the time of her passing. She tragically passed away in a plane accident in 2018.