Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 2017-2018

Dear Parents and Students:

Welcome to the 2017-2018 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/insitution 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

Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity Scholarships
Award:  
One for $5,000, three for $2,500 and two for $1,000

Qualifications:
The scholarship is designed to recognize and promote ethics and integrity among young people, and will be awarded to students who demonstrate high character in their personal choices and actions.  Students will be asked to write an essay that gives a personal example of how they were challenged or struggled through a difficult situation and how they overcame the situation by the application of integrity and personal ethics.  The essay must be accompanied by the scholarship entry form, one letter of recommendation, a copy of your high school transcript, a list of extracurricular activities and any post-secondary education plans.

Deadline:
The application and supporting materials must be received by Thursday, September 21. The entry packet and further details are available at http://thefirstbbb.org/scholarship.

Wendy Heisman Scholarship
Award:  
Varies

Qualifications:
Wendy's High School Heisman is awarding a total of $150,000 in scholarships to the nation's most accomplished scholar-athletes.  

Deadline:
Students can go to http://wendysheisman.com/ to apply.  Deadline to apply is October 2, 2017.

2017 CSB/SJU Engineering Design Competition
On Friday, October 27, St. John's will host high school science students (grades 10-12) interested in applying their knowledge and ingenuity to design devices to accomplish prescribed tasks.  There will be four categories of competition each featuring unusual designs that require a lot of imagination but can be built with minimal expense and mechanical skill.  The projects must be completed in the participant's high school and brought to St. John's on October 27.  Strict design parameters and testing conditions, listed on the Physics Department Web Site will govern each category of competition.  Look for the "Engineering Design Competition" link on our web site.  If you are interested in competing see Mrs. Turner.

Horatio Alger Association
Award:
Scholarships are given to deserving students each year and range in award value from $6,000 to $25,000.

Qualifications:
Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States with plans to enter college no later than the fall semester following graduation, exhibit strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States, demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required), be involved in co-curricular and community service activities, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, hold a minimum GPA of 2.0, be a United States citizen

Deadline:
Deadline to apply is October 25, 2017.  Students can apply online at http://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/

2017 Congressional App Challenge
Award:
The winners of the Congressional App Challenge will be recognized and honored by their Member of Congress. They'll have their app displayed on the Congressional App Challenge website, and winners will also have their apps exhibited on a digital display in the Capitol Building for the year following the conclusion of the Challenge.

Qualifications:
The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging high school and junior-high students across the nation to learn how to code by creating their own software applications ("apps").  This challenge recognizes-at a national level-the innovative and cutting edge skills our students are learning and honing, and shines a light on the growing importance of cultivating skills and interest in STEM fields for our nations' youth.  Students ages 13 and above enrolled in high/junior-high schools are encouraged to participate as individuals or as teams.

Deadline:
Students have until November 1, 2017 to submit an app. For more information students can go to http://1.usa.gov/1X5SaQe

2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Award:
State Honorees will win $1,000 scholarship, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington D.C. in late April.  National Honorees will receive $5,000 scholarship, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for their school organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.

Qualifications:
Any student in grades 5-12 as of November 7, 2017, and is a legal resident of one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia, has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after September 1, 2016, completes and application and submits it to a school principal by November 7, 2017.

Deadline:
Young volunteers in grades 5-12 complete applications online, and then submit them to their school principals .  Applicants and their parents or guardians also must complete the application form's signature page.  Each participating school reviews the applications of its students and selects on high school Local Honoree for every 1,000 students in grades 9-12. The principal will certify applications of their selected Local Honoree online by November 17, 2017.  The top middle level and high school youth volunteer in each state and the District of Columbia are named State Honorees in February, and two to 10 runners-up in each state are named Distinguished Finalists.  Ten of the State Honorees are named America's top 10 youth volunteers of the year by a distinguished national selection committee at a special ceremony in Washington D.C.

Hagen Scholarship Foundation
Award:
Two-thirds of all finalists interviewed are awarded scholarships.  Each finalist interviewed and not awarded a scholarship will receive $1,000.

Qualifications:
Must be a U.S. citizen, attend an eligible public high school (Pillager HS is one of the eligible high schools), must be a student in the high school graduating class, must have achieved a 3.50 CGPA or higher, must score a 23 or higher on the ACT (Composite Score); or 1,200 or higher on the SAT (Total Score), must enroll at an eligible four year college or university the fall semester following high school graduation, must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of each academic year of college, must complete the FAFSA in 2017 with EFC less than $6,500, must apply for eligible Federal and State grants, must not have a convicted felony.

Deadline:
Application deadline is November 15, 2017.  Applications can be found at http://www.hsfmo.org/

DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest
Award:
Chapter Winner: Winner and parents are invited to lunch with Chapter members and read their essay.  Winner will receive a pin, certificate and $50.00.  The winning essay will be forwarded on to the State level.

State Winner: Winner and parents are invited to lunch at the State Convention and read their essay.  Winner will receive a pin, certificate and $1,000 from MNSSDAR plus $250 from NSDAR.  The winning essay will be forwarded on the District level.

District Winner:  There are 8 District winners who will receive a certificate and $500.  Their winning essays are forwarded on the the National level.

National Winner:  There are 2 winners, a girl and a boy, who are invited with their parents to attend the National Convention in Washington, DC to read their essays.  The trip is paid for by the sponsoring State.  The winners will receive a silver bowl, a certificate, and a $5,000 scholarship.

Qualifications:
This program is only open to high school seniors whose schools are accredited by their state board of education.  Only one student per year may be honored as a school's DAR Good Citizen.  United States Citizenship is not required.  Additional rules and guidelines can be acquired by contacting your local DAR chapter.  Once a student is chosen as the DAR Good Citizen the student is invited to participate in the scholarship portion of the program.  This consists of a personal statement and an essay.  Student participation in the scholarship portion of the program is optional.  

Deadline:
Completed DAR Good Citizen entry is due to the local chapter by November 30, 2017.  For more information and applications please see Mrs. Turner.

MN Concrete Council Construction Management Scholarship
Award:
$3,500 scholarship on an annual basis to construction management, construction engineering, estimating and construction administration students.

Qualifications:
Student's home address must be in MN or student must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary MN school (College or University).  Student must be pursuing an education in technical/professional fields associated with the cast-in-place concrete industry (Construction Management, Construction Engineering and Construction Administration Degrees).  Student must have an interest in concrete materials and/or concrete frame construction.

Deadline:
Completed applications and essay must be received by December 1, 2017.  Applications can be downloaded from the following link:

http://mnconcretecouncil.com/application/files/6515/0172/5070/mcc_construction_mgmt_scholarship_app.pdf

New Technical/Community College Scholarships by MN Concrete Council
Award:
$1,500 on an annual basis to community college/technical institution students.  In addition, MCC will provide a complimentary one year MCC student membership and complimentary registration for all continuing education opportunities to the scholarship winner.

Qualifications:
Students home address must be in MN or student must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary MN school (Community College or Vocational/Technical Institution).  Students must be pursuing an educaton in technical fields associated with the cast-in-place concrete industry, such as an interest in concrete materials and/or concrete construction.  

Deadline:
Applications must be received by December 1, 2017.  The application can be downloaded from the following link:

http://mnconcretecouncil.com/scholarships

Marshall H. & Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund Scholarship
Award:
High school seniors awarded the scholarship in 2017 will be eligible to receive $20,000. The award will be distributed over eight semesters ($2,500 per semester) providing recipients meet the following requirements: cumulative GPA of 2.85 as a freshman and a 3.0 for subsequent years, continue to major in an approved mathematics or science field of study, and 35-50% of total credits taken each semester must be in math and science.

Qualifications:
Students must be a U.S. citizen graduating from one of the following counties:  Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Koochiching, St. Louis, and Lake. Students must have a composite score of 25 or higher on the ACT (American College Test), have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, commit to a major in one of the designated fields of study, demonstrated abilities of character, perseverance, and ambition, have a high scholastic standing among their peers, and be from a family whose taxable income is less than $120,000 per year.

The Alworth Scholarships support full-time students in these fields of study:
Aeronautics
Agriculture
Animal Science
Biochemistry
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

Major Field of Study eligibility during college is based on the following criteria:
•College Freshmen and sophomore - 35% of total credits completed must be in mathematics and/or sciences

•College Junior and senior - 50% of total credits completed must be in mathematics and sciences

•All Pre-fields require a science and/or math major. In the event that your major field of study is not listed above, please contact patty@alworthscholarship.org

Evidence of Financial Need: information provided will be held in strict confidence.

The following information is required for determining financial need:

1.Parents IRS 1040 for 2016 - Pages 1 & 2 only.  Taxable Income information must not exceed $120,000. That number is found on page 2 line 43.You may send your financial information in one of the following ways:

•Faxed to 218-529-3760

•Email: scan and send to alworth@alworthscholarship.org

•Mail: send a hard copy to 306 W. Superior Street, Suite 402, Duluth MN 55802 Please note: Applications that do not include evidence of financial need will not be considered.  All family financial information will be held in strict confidence.

Questions, contact alworth@alworthscholarship.org or call 218-722-9366.

Deadline:
Deadline to apply is January 15, 2018.  Application opens on November 1, 2017.  Below is a link to the Alworth website and the online application page

http://http//www.alworthscholarship.org/application.html



 

Alpha Kappa Psi Scholarship Fund
Award:
Scholarships were given last year in the amount of $5,000-$20,000

Qualifications:
High School seniors who have been admitted to the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota for fall 2018 are eligible to apply.

Deadline:
Students need to submit their application by February 1, 2018.  The application requirements are available online at http://www.akpsischolarships.org/ along with additional information about the scholarships, the Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity, and the Alpha Kappa Psi Scholarship Fund.

UPS Earn and Learn Program
The "Earn and Learn" program pays up to $5,200 per year with a lifetime maximum of $25,000 for tuition for any part-time package handler in every operating facility in the state of MN.  Eligibility in the program begins on the first day of employment, and all UPS locations in the state are currently hiring for part-time package handling positions.  UPS operates sorting and delivery facilities in the Brainerd Lakes Area.  Please contact UPS for further information.


Young Arts Scholarship
Award: 
$10,000 cash award

Qualifications:
If you are a visual, literary, design or performing artist between the ages of 15 and 18 or in grades 10 through 12 you could win a cash scholarship, take master classes with accomplished artists, become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, receive a lifetime of professional support. 

Deadline:
Apply for the Young Arts Scholarship program at http://youngarts.org/competition

Foundation for Rural Services Scholarship
Award:
$2,500

Qualifications:

HonorsGradU Design A Better Future Scholarship
Award:
$10,000

Qualifications:
Must submit a proposal for how you will better your communities. 

Round 1:
Students will design and submit your Round 1 proposal:  First 3 stages of design thinking Launch cycle, students submit overal proposal based on the Ford Institute Community building principles, the scholarship committee will select applications based on their completion, seriousness, and viability, offering feedback for those approved to move on to round 2.

Deadline for Round 1:
Feb. 11, 2018

Round 2:
Design and submit Round 2 artifcat: Next 3 phases of design thinking launch cycle, students submit an artifact representing their progress and learning, scholarship committee will give additional feedback.

Deadline for Round 2:
March 18, 2018

Round 3: 
Design and submit your Round 3 reflection:  Launch phase of design thinking launch cycle.  Students submit a final reflection that shares how their project is doing one of the following: 1) increasing connections, 2) building capacity, or 3) taking community-led action.  You will also share your ideas for acquiring further funding, in addition to the $5,000 from HGU if selected as the top finalist.

Students must include a video of yourself working on the project.

Deadline for Round 3:
April 15, 2018

*Students can go to http://www.honorsgradu.com/scholarship

St. Cloud State University Scholarships
Award:
St. Cloud State University awards four-year renewable scholarships ranging from $750-$5,000 to eligible students admitted prior to March 1.

Qualifications:
First-year students who are admitted to St. Cloud State prior to March 1 will be considered for an academic scholarship.  Scholarships are renewable for up to four years pending GPA and course completion requirements.  Expect to receive a scholarship if you are in the top 30% of your class and have scored at least a 23 on your ACT, OR have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA or above on a 4.0 scale.

Deadline:
Students must be admitted to St. Cloud State prior to March 1, 2018.

CTC Scholarship 
Award:
$500

Qualifications:
Must be a high school senior who is planning to attend a university, four-year college, community college or technical college.  To be eligible, your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must have year-round telephone service and be in good standing with CTC.  

Deadline:
The scholarship application must be turned in to Mrs. Turner by March 2, 2018. Scholarship applications can be found on the left side under "Scholarship Forms 2017-2018."

B Davis Scholarship
Award:
$1,000

Qualifications:
Please go to http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm for more details.

Deadline:
The deadline for application is May 22, 2018