The Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund proudly partners with Gateway Technical College, University of Wisconsin Parkside, Carthage College and Herzing University to increase college access to students of color. Each year, the fund offers a variety of college scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors from the Kenosha Unified School District, St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Christian Life Academy and Shoreland Lutheran High School, which are presented at the annual Reaching for Rainbows “Pursuit of Excellence” Gala.
In addition to awarding college scholarships, the Shebaniah B. Muhammad Signature Award and Living Legend Community Award are both presented to select individuals who have each shown a lifetime of leadership and commitment in support of Kenosha area Youth, as well as a dedicated and sustained investment toward the success of our mission.
Proceeds from the Reaching for Rainbows “Pursuit of Excellence” Gala support our CEO mentoring program, where our overarching goal continues to focus on academic achievement, college readiness career success, and service to others while reducing the financial barriers impacting access and affordability for our first-generation students. To date, we have awarded over 300 college scholarships to deserving Kenosha County youth.
2022 Gala Information
Please be advised that the Reaching for Rainbows “Pursuit of Excellence” gala scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th at Carthage College has been relocated to the University of Wisconsin Parkside Student Center Ballroom. The Mahone Fund and Carthage College announced the change in venue as Carthage transitions food service providers.
Educator and Mahone Fund Board President, Dr. Bryan Albrecht, will be presented the Living Legend Community Award
“Bryan has been a member of the Mahone Fund Board for over 12 years. He has presided as Board President for nine years ushering in a period of tremendous stability and financial growth. Bryan’s devout stewardship created a trajectory of enormous success for the Mahone Fund leading to an increase in the amount and number of scholarship distributions, increase in active volunteers and community awareness activities.”
–Debbie Ford, Vice Chair, The Mahone Fund Board
“Bryan’s overall impact on education and youth is hard to quantify. His dedication and commitment to ensuring students from all walks of life have access to quality education is displayed in his daily life, from his contributions to the success of the Mahone Fund, to the continued growth of Gateway Technical College, and the partnerships he created so that the youth and community have the resources and chances to keep bettering themselves through education. He exemplifies servant leadership that has helped our Mahone Fund CEO scholars achieve their dreams and become mentors and leaders in their own way.”
–Shebaniah Muhammad and Terri Wruck, Co-Chairs, The Mahone Scholarship Committee
“Bryan and I have developed a lasting friendship beyond his role with the board. We both understand the importance of establishing partnerships to create sustainable impact and create positive outcomes for the greater good in this community. His boundless commitment to our organization as well as his tremendous support for others makes Bryan a true Living Legend. The Mahone Family is grateful for Bryan’s transparent and unwavering commitment to perpetuate and uplift my parents.”
–Tim Mahone, Chairman, The Mahone Fund Board
Carthage College Full-Tuition Scholarship Awardee
Mahone Fund Carthage College Access Education Awardees
Mahone Fund CEO Youth Scholar Awardees
In January, Gateway Technical College President and CEO Albrecht announced plans to retire this fall. In his 38-year career in education he received several professional accolades for his work, including being selected for the National Coalition of Certification Centers Founder’s Award and the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Bryan Albrecht
“I am humbled to receive this recognition and will use it to strengthen the important mission of service to others.”