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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 2019-2020

Dear Parents and Students:

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  Seniors and senior parents make sure you check the scholarship page periodically.  New scholarships will be posted in sequential order based upon the scholarship's due date.  Please read the scholarship qualifications and pay close attention to the deadlines. If you have any questions regarding scholarships, qualifications, or the application process please don't hesitate to contact me at sturner@isd116.org.  

A quick reminder, as you search for scholarship opportunities online, please make sure you don't pay money to an organization/institution for the privilege of applying for their scholarship. All legitimate scholarships and scholarship applications will not charge a fee for you to apply. Please be careful and read the scholarship details carefully before you give out any personal information.  As always, if you have questions about a particular scholarship please contact me. Local scholarships will become available later this spring.  

Best,

Mrs. Turner


2020 Most Valuable Student Scholarship 

Award:  
Two $50,000 Scholarships
Two $40,000 Scholarships
Two $30,000 Scholarships
14   $20,000 Scholarships
480 $4,000 Scholarships

Qualifications:
Must be a high school senior and U.S. citizen

Deadline:
Applications must be submitted on or before November 5, 2019.  Applications are available online at http://enf.elks.org/mvs


2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Award:
Win a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington D.C. in May of 2020!

Qualifications:
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).  If you have volunteered within the past year and made meaningful contributions to your community through your volunteer service you are encouraged to apply.

Deadline:
Students must apply on or before November 5, 2019.  Students can apply at http://spirit.prudential.com/

Real World Design Challenge Scholarships
Award:
$50,000 (7 scholarships will be awarded nationwide)

Qualifications:
Students must be currently enrolled in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12. 

Deadline:  
November 22, 2019.  Applications can be found by going to http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org/RWDC_US_Getting_Started_Page.php

Griswold Home Care Scholarship
Award: 
$1,000

Qualifications:
Students must be currently enrolled in a higher education program, or you must be a senior in high school with definite plans to enroll in a program next year.

Deadline:
Applications must be submitted by November 30, 2019.  Applications can be found at https://www.griswoldhomecare.com/scholarship

Driver Education Initiative Scholarship
Award:
$3,000

Qualifications:
Must be currently enrolled in either high school, university, or college as a full-time student (2019-2020 school year).  Applicants must submit an essay demonstrating knowledge on the topic of safe driving.

Deadline:
Applications must be submitted by November 30, 2019.  Applications can be found at https://www.dmvedu.org/scholarship/

SP Scholarship
Award:
$10,000

Qualifications:
Students must be a high school student planning to attend college in September 2019.  Applicants must answer the Essay question on the sponsors website.

Deadine:
Applications must be submitted by November 5, 2019.  Students can apply at 
https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/13400/sp_scholarship_scholarship.php#sthash.EZHmaA1k.dpbs

Science Ambassador Scholarship
Award:  $40,000

Qualifications:
Must be a high school senior or an undergraduate student.

Deadline:
The deadline to apply is December 9, 2019.  Students can apply online at https://www.scienceambassadorscholarship.org/

MECA 2020 Memorial Scholarship
Award:
$500

Qualifications:
To be eligible for the MECA Scholarship, one must be a student with intent to complete an engineering or science degree.  Students should also demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career involving storm water management and sediment control.  Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and be a MN resident.  

Deadline:
The deadline to apply is December 16, 2020.  Students must go to http://www.mnerosion.org/
to apply.

CC Bank's Young Scholars Scholarship
Award:
$2000

Qualifications:
The student must be a US resident under the age of 30 that carries a minimum GPA of 3.0

Deadline:
The application deadline is December 31, 2019.  Students can apply at https://ccbank.us/scholarship/

Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund
Award:
$20,000 to be distributed over eight semesters ($2,500 per semester) providing they maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.85 as a freshman and a 3.0 for subsequent years and continue to major in an approved math or science field of study.

Qualifications:
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must:
-Be a U.S. citizen graduating from a high school in the following MN counties:  Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Lake, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis.
-Have a composite score of 25 or higher on the American College Test (ACT).  SAT scores are not accepted.
-Have a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.5
-Be pursuing a 4-year degree, including those who begin at a community college
-Have shown promise for a career in mathematics and in the sciences.
-Commit to major in one of the designated fields of study
-Have demonstrated qualities of character, perseverance and ambition
-Be from a family whose taxable income is less than $125,000

Students must be planning on pursuing an education in one of the following fields of study:

Aeronautics
Agriculture
Animal Science
Biochemstry
Biology
Botany
Chemistry
Clinical Laboratory Science
Computer Science
Dietetics
Engineering
Environmental Science
Forestry
Genetics
Geology
Mathematics
Medicine
Meteorology 
Neuroscience
Nursing (bachelor degree programs only)
Occupational Therapy
Osteopathy (DO)
Paper Science
Pharmacy
Physical Therapy
Physics
Pre-Engineering
Pre-Medicine
Pre-Occupational Therapy
Pre-Pharmacy
Pre-Physical Therapy
Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Soil Science
Speech and Hearing Science
Statistics
Teaching Classical Mathematics
Teaching Basic Science
Veterinary Medicine
Wildlife Management and Zoology

Deadline:
For more information and to apply, students can go to http://www.alworthscholarship.org/
The deadline to submit all application materials is January 15, 2020.

Saturn Systems Scholarship
Award:
$4000

Qualifications:
Students must be graduating seniors with a cumulative GPA of a 3.0.  Students must be planning on majoring in Computer Science at the University of MN-Duluth.  

Deadline:
Students can apply at http://www.dsacommunityfoundation.com/ by January 15, 2020.

Northwestern Mutual Scholarship
Award:

  • If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award
  • Up to 10 awards will be granted with a minimum of two (2) awards per time zone of the applicant’s home address (AZ, AK and HI included in Pacific Time Zone)
  • Awards may be renewed for up to one year or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining full-time enrollment, a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) and continuation of the program by Northwestern Mutual Foundation.

Qualifications:

  • Be siblings of individuals who are in current treatment, have survived or passed away from pediatric childhood cancer.
  • Applicants must upload an Affidavit, signed by Parent or Legal Guardian, confirming your status as a Sibling of someone who is currently in treatment, has survived or passed away from childhood cancer.
  • Be age 25 and under who are high school seniors or graduates, or current postsecondary undergraduates, who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

Deadline:  Students can apply online at http://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/nmsibling/

Elks Legacy Awards
Award:
$4,000 scholarship

Qualifications:
Must be a child and/or grandchild of dues-paying Elks members.  

Deadline:
The application deadline is January 31, 2020.  Students can apply online at http://enf.elks.org/leg

Bezos Scholarship Program
Award:
Year-long leadership development program.

Qualifications:
Current high school juniors who attend a public school with 30% or greater free and reduced lunch rate are invited to apply.  Successful applicants demonstrate academic rigor, maturity, curiosity, and community leadership.  

Deadline:
Application deadline is January 31, 2020.  More information can be found at https://bezosscholars.org/apply/

The Jackie Robinson Foundation
Award:
Generous four-year grant

Qualifications:
The grant offers promising minority students assistance in the cost of attendance but also offers a full support network of fellow scholars, alumni, and professional mentors to help students excel in school.  

Deadline:
The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2020.  To apply students can go to http://www.jackirobinson.org/apply

Brainerd Elks Lodge #615
Central Lakes College Liberal Arts and Science Scholarship 2020
Award:
$1400 scholarship

Qualifications:
Any presently enrolled senior of a high school in the Brainerd area who plans to pursue a general course of study designed for a Central Lakes College Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree for transfer to a four-year college is eligible.  Acceptance of any other scholarship assistance more than $1000 from any other source will cancel the Elks award.  

Merit Standards:  Scholarship (50%), Financial Need (40%) and Leadership (10%) are the guidelines.

Deadline:
Completed applications should be sent in a PDF format to jamesvanduyn@gmail.com by February 28, 2020.  Scholarship forms can be found on the left side of this page under "Scholarship Forms."

Brainerd Elks Lodge #615 Central Lakes College Joe and Donna Masanz Nursing Scholarship 2020-2021
Award:
$1,000

Qualifications:
Any presently enrolled senior of a high school in the Brainerd area who plans to pursue a general course of study in the nursing program is eligible to apply.  Acceptance of any other scholarship assistance more than $1,000 from any other source will cancel the Elks award.  The award will be based upon 50% scholarship, 40% financial need, and 10% leadership.  

Deadline:
The application is due by February 28, 2020.  Students must email their applications to jamesvanduyn@gmail.com by the deadline.  Applications can be found under "Scholarship Forms."

Brainerd Elks Lodge #615
Central Lakes College Career and Technical Program Scholarship 2020
Award:
$1400.00 scholarship

Qualifications:
Any presently enrolled senior of a high school in the Brainerd area who plans to pursue a general course of student in a career and technical program.  Acceptance of any other scholarship assistance more than $1000 from any other source will cancel the Elks award.

Merit Standards:  Scholarship (50%), Financial Need (40%), and Leadership (10%) are the guidelines.

Deadline:
Completed application should be sent in a PDF format to jamesvanduyn@gmail.com by February 28, 2020.  Scholarship forms can be found on the left side of this page under "Scholarship Forms."

The Odd Fellows Educational Foundation
Award:
$500

Qualifications:
Students wishing to attend any post-secondary school or an accredited Vocational and technical training school may apply.  The application can be found at http://www.mnoddfellows.org/

Deadline:
Applications must be completed and postmarked to the Grand Lodge office by March 1.  Any application postmarked after March 1st will not be accepted.  Applications can be sent to the address below:

The Grand Lodge of Minnesota 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Educational Foundation Committee
PO Box 7415
Hutchison, MN 55350-7415

AWS Scholarships
Award:
Over $1 million is awarded annually to help students achieve their dreams through education.  

Qualifications:
Scholarships are available for students attending trade schools, community colleges, and four-year universities. 

Deadline:  Students can apply online at http://www.scholarship.aws.org/. The application deadline for National, District, and most Section Scholarships is March 1.  Students complete one master application for all eligible scholarships.  

Crow Wing Power Random Drawing
Award:
$1000

Qualifications:
The only qualification is that you have to be a member of Crow Wing Power (your immediate family has to receive electricity from Crow Wing Power).  Money will be sent directly to your college of choice in your name.  Children of Crow Wing Power employees are not eligible.

Deadline:
-Go to www.cwpower.com
-Look under News/Events on the home page
-Click on Scholarship Contest
-Only one entry per person
-Contest ends March 31, 2020

SFM Foundation
Award:  
Up to $10,000 per year, for up to five years

Qualifications:
The SFM Foundation/Kids Chance provides scholarships to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents while working for Minnesota or Iowa employers.

Deadline:
Students can go to www.sfmfoundation.com to apply.  The deadline to submit your application is March 31, 2020.

Crow Wing Power Scholarship-Essay
Award:
Varies

Qualifications:
You have to be a member of Crow Wing Power (your immediate family has to receive electricity from Crow Wing Power).  Money will be sent directly to your college of choice in your name.  

Deadline:
All essays must be turned in to Mrs. Turner no later than March 31, 2020

Pillager Lions Club Scholarship
Award:
Varies

Qualifications:
Must be a senior in high school planning on attending a four-year or two-year vocational or community college upon graduation.  

Deadline:
Applications can be found under the "Scholarship Forms" on the left hand side of the page.  Applications are due no later than Friday, April 10th to Mrs. Turner.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Riverside Assisted Living Scholarship
Award:
$250

Qualifications:
Students must be graduating from Pillager High School, plan on pursuing their education in a health care field in a minimum of a nine month program, and may attend a four-year college/university, community, or technical college.

Deadline:
Applications are due by April 26, 2020.  Applications can be found on the left hand side under "scholarship forms."

Mid-Minnesota Builders Association Scholarship
Award:
$3000

Qualifications:
Open to MMBA members, employee of an MMBA member, spouse and/or recent high school graduate of an MMBA member.  The scholarship winners are determined by the following criteria:  above average scholastic achievement  is not a factor in receiving the scholarship, the scholarships are granted on the combined basis on need and merit, the applicant must be planning on continuing his/her education at any accredited post-secondary or technical institution of his/her choice, all scholarship applicants must be an MMBA member, employee of an MMBA member, spouse and/or recent high school graduate of an MMBA member.

Deadline:
Applications are due to the MMBA office by Monday, April 13 by 3:00 PM.  Failure to submit a complete application on time will disqualify the applicant.  Because the application pool varies each year, the Scholarship Committee will decided on the applicant's eligibility and/or number of scholarships awarded that year.  Applications can be found on the left hand side under "Forms."

MN Association of Townships
Award:
Up to five $2,000 scholarships will be awarded.  

Qualifications:
All students currently enrolled in 11th grade and attending a MN public, private, or parochial high school, or a home-study program, are eligible for this program.  Participants will submit a written essay on the theme of MAT's 2020 Educational Conference "Township Day."  

Deadline:
Applications for scholarship must be submitted by May 1, 2020.  Students can apply online at http://www.mntownships.org/

Education MN Pillager Scholarship
Award:
Varies

Qualifications:
The applicant must be a current year graduate of Pillager High School.  All scholarships are awarded to applicants attending an accredited post-secondary school full-time for the subsequent school year.  Selection is made on the basis of total points awarded for this application.  Application must be completed in its entirety.  Any missing information is an incomplete application and cannot be scored. 

Deadline:
Applications must be turned in to Mrs. Hutchison on or before Friday, May 8, 2020.  Students can print off an application by clicking "forms" on the left hand side of the page.


This year, the Rapatz Family will be offering two (2) - $1,000 scholarships:
  • Gabe Rapatz Memorial Scholarship of $1,000 for graduating seniors entering in a career filed of science.
  • Jennifer Rapatz-Harr Memorial Scholarship of $1,000 for a (preferably female) graduating senior entering in a medical field or medical science field with financial need given a preference. 
Scholarship applications can be mailed or dropped off at:
Freshwater Education District
"Rapatz Scholarship Fund"
1830 Airport Road, Suite 2
Staples, MN 56479