Integrating a passion for equity with the desire to make college more affordable for a student of color
The Ann Ahearn Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship integrates a passion for social justice and equity, with the desire to make a college degree more affordable for a high school student of color. A scholarship will be awarded each year to a college-bound high school senior in the Monona Grove School District who has exhibited the qualities and ideals that Ann displayed throughout her life.
To be considered, the student must demonstrate significant community engagement and inclusion efforts throughout their time in high school. Applicants should come from a diverse background, display a passion for education and learning, and demonstrate leadership skills, kindness, courage, and respect. A full list of requirements can be found on the application
Ann Ahearn’s life was filled with generosity, grace, selfless compassion, and a quiet ferocity to create a stronger and more equitable community for all minority children in the Monona Grove school district. Her passion stemmed from the love of her two children, Kamu and Malia. Through them, and with her husband Jim, she drew her strength. Ann’s fortitude was admired by all who knew her. Ann created an army of champions for children, from parents and teachers, to district leadership staff. Ann continuously worked to educate others through the sharing of personal experiences, and celebration of cultural diversity, all while working to rebuild trust in the community. The student who will be awarded this scholarship will best exemplify Ann’s unwavering determination, strength, and fortitude; showcasing how they have used these qualities to fight for equity