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First Recipients of the Molly Hurley Memorial Scholarship Announced

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First Winners of the Molly Hurley Memorial Scholarship Fund Announced


The Molly Hurley Memorial Scholarship committee members along with the Keokuk Area Community Foundation are happy to announce the winners of the first annual “Molly Hurley Memorial Scholarship” as Sydney Schafer of Keokuk IA and Madi Cole of Carthage IL.


The scholarship fund was founded in 2021 in the memory of Warsaw’s Molly Hurley to further the education, ambition, and dreams of area students in the field of cosmetology. The scholarship committee partnered with the Keokuk Area Community Foundation in their endeavors, opening the scholarship opportunity to students in the Lee County IA, Hancock County IL, and Clark County MO area.

Sydney Schafer

Sydney Schafer is currently enrolled and a student at Quincy’s Gem City College. In her application essay she expressed the impact her field can have on the community itself. “My largest aspiration through cosmetology is to keep the industry growing. I want to use cosmetology as a way to honor my community. More young women growing up in our community, like myself, should feel confident about going into the field. It is truly a field that was built for those looking to make a difference in someone else’s life. Everyone in our community knows that was Molly’s dream as well”, said Schaffer.

Madi Cole

Madi Cole of Carthage will also be attending Gem City College in Quincy, beginning classes in August of 2022. “I have a great desire to make people feel better about themselves. I have suffered in the past with self-confidence, so my goal is to make others feel as confident and beautiful from the inside out, and I believe a career in cosmetology is the perfect avenue for this”, said Cole in her application essay. “My number one goal is to own my own business. I was in the 2021-2022 CEO class of Hancock County, I have learned so much through this program and I can’t wait to come back and help the students when I own my own salon”.


Both Ms. Schafer and Ms. Cole received a $3500 scholarship to go towards their college tuition expenses. Reaching out to the committee and the Keokuk Area Community Foundation, they both expressed their excitement and gratitude for the honor.

“I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor, and I am deeply appreciative of your support. I am looking forward to starting my career as a stylist and hope to impact even a fraction of the lives Molly did. Thank you for aiding in my dream!”, said Sydney Schafer upon receiving the news.

“Thank you so much for creating this scholarship in Molly’s remembrance”, said Cole, “This scholarship will help me achieve my goals of owning my own salon so much quicker. Thank you to the scholarship foundation and all of the investors and donators, this means everything to me”.


The scholarship committee is currently in works on 2022-2023 fundraising efforts to keep the scholarship going in the years to come. To learn more about the scholarship fund you can visit their website www.mollyhurleymemorialscholarship.com. To learn more about the Keokuk Area Community Foundation visit www.keokukfoundation.org.

Written by: Leah Jones

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