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Family establishes Kenneth M. Cross Scholarship Fund

Cpl. Kenneth M. Cross had a soft spot in his heart for children. The Parkland serviceman, killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq last month, enjoyed helping his wife, Heidi, at the preschool where she taught. He was rewarded with affection.

The kids "just hung on Kenny," said his father, Michael Cross.

To keep that memory alive, his family launched the Corporal Kenneth M. Cross Scholarship Fund.

"Then we can help the children and keep helping them," Michael Cross said.

Tuesday, he traveled through Superior with information on the fund to share with local businesses.

Started with $500 in seed money, Cross hopes the fund will grow to $10,000, which would remain in the account. Interest would be distributed every year to Superior High School graduates.

"It's going to be there forever," he said.

And it may not be for just straight-A students. Kenneth "always wanted to help the little guy," his father said.

The family has plans for a yearly golf tournament and other fundraisers. They are hoping the community will also pitch in to help.

The Corporal Kenneth M. Cross Scholarship Fund will be distributed through the Superior Scholarship Foundation. According to Joan Parenteau, administrative assistant for Superintendent Jay Mitchell, the foundation currently oversees 54 scholarships. Those who establish the scholarships set eligibility criteria and monetary amount. The Superior High School Scholarship Board then picks the students who get the awards, she said. Money given to scholarship funds is tax-deductible. The funds will be deposited in an account established at M&I Trust.

"This is a good idea," Cross said. "It's going to help children; that's what we want to do."

To donate, make checks payable to Superior Scholarship Foundation, 3025 Tower Ave., Superior, WI 54880. Please indicate on the check that it is for the Kenneth Cross scholarship. For more information, call Joan Parenteau at (715) 394-8710.