Dear Parents and Students:

Welcome to the 2018-2019 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  

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.  


Mrs. Turner

The 2019 Gabe Rapatz and Jennifer Rapatz Memorial Scholarship 

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 graduating female senior entering in a medical field or medical science field with financial need 
Scholarship applications can be mailed or dropped off at:
Freshwater Education District
"Rapatz Scholarship Fund"
1830 Airport Road, Suite 2
Staples, MN 56479

Horn's Acres Scholarship

This scholarship is a local scholarship which will be given to a senior graduating from Pillager High School who is planning on pursuing a degree in agriculture or healthcare.  The application deadline is May 15th.  All applications can be submitted electronically to or by mail to:

Horn's Acres Scholarship Fund
Bianca Wyffels, David Horn, Bonna Olson
9716 49th Ave. SW
Pillager, MN 56473

Application can be found under scholarship forms on the left side of the page

NDSU Freshman Scholarship

Incoming (freshman and transfer) students enrolled in any major at NDSU may apply for this award sponsored by Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Selection is based on academics, extracurricular participation, and demonstrated leadership as they relate to agricultural activities (school, FFA, 4H, work, etc).

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students with applications submitted by March 31, 2019. - below is the link to appl! 

Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists and Allina Health are proud to present the 12th annual Minnesota Athletes in Sports Medicine Scholarship.  Two $2,500.00 scholarships are available and will be awarded to one male and one female graduating high school student athlete who intend to pursue a professional career in sports medicine.  Qualified candidates should demonstrate leadership, be actively involved in their community and interscholastic sports and achieve academic success.  
Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists and Allina Health Minnesota Athletes in Sports Medicine Scholarship criteria:  1. Graduating high school senior from the state of Minnesota. 2. Planning on attending a four-year college or university within the United States. 3. Involved in an interscholastic sport each of their 4 years in high school. 4. Intending to major in a field related to sports medicine.   5. Application Deadline:  Must be post marked by May 13, 2019 

The Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation - Due by March 15th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.HMEF annually awards scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary education for careers in foodservice, lodging  or hospitality management. HMEF awarded $94,000 in scholarships to 30 students for the 2018-2019 school year. A list is available at; click on “scholarships.”

The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota is proud to announce auditions for two vocal music scholarships in the amount of $500 each.  At least one person from your community is a member of The Legacy Chorale and is contributing to this scholarship with their time, membership dues, and fundraising efforts. Students from your school who plan to continue singing in a collegiate group are thereby eligible for this scholarship. Recipients do not need to be music majors. The scholarship application must be received by Friday, March 22, 2019.  All information and applications for the scholarship are on our website:


The Lakes Area Manufacturing Alliance is offering $1,000 scholarships to students enrolling in manufacturing program(s) to earn post-secondary certificates and degrees in manufacturing careers. Applications are due April 1, 2019.
Students must:

  *   Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale,
  *   Enroll as a full-time student pursuing a degree in a manufacturing related major at an accredited Minnesota college or university.
  *   A US citizen,
  *   A resident of the counties of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd or Wadena.
The funds may be used for more than just tuition. It can help cover the costs of books, tools or other educationally related materials, supplies or expenses.

For more information go to, or contact Judy Richer, Bridges Academies Coordinator, at (218) 760-7838 or


 iHELP scholarship - deadline for all high school seniors Is March 31st, 2019. iHELP Student Loans will be giving away THREE- $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors attending college for the 2019-2020 academic year. This scholarship applies to any student attending any university, college or technical school in the United States. All winners and their counselors will be contacted after the drawing. Here is the link where you can apply online:

2019 HMEF Scholarship Application for Hospitality and Tourism Industry - deadline March 15th, 2019 - 
Please share this information with your students, past students, college students and any others that would benefit from receiving a scholarship to further their careers in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. Here is the link to fill out the application and attach the required documents.

AOPA Scholarship -

The AOPA will award 100 scholarships of $10,000 each to 80 exceptional aviation-minded high school students ages 15 to 18, and to 20 teachers dedicated to advancing aviation education in their classrooms. The application can be found at

Pillager Education Foundation Scholarship 2018-2019
The Pillager Education Foundation Scholarships are open to Pillager High School Seniors meeting the following:
-Graduating from Pillager High School in May 2019
-Completed and submitted the application and attachments on time: Mail to Pillager Education Foundation, PO Box Pillager, MN 56473. Postmarked by Friday, March 15th, 2019 
- Volunteered at three Pillager Education Foundation sponsored events including concessions to stand duty and/or the evening for Education Event in the Spring 
- Plan on attending a postsecondary school as a full-time student for the subsequent school year 

Minnesota - Dakotas Kiwanis District Scholarship 
If you are a senior in high school in Minnesota, North Dakota, or Superior Wisconsin that is in a community that has a Kiwanis Club you will be eligible to make application for a 715.00 scholarship award. This award, if you are successful, would be for the 2019 - 2020 academic year. This award must be used when you attend an institution of higher learning in the Minnesota-Dakota District The application is posted on the web page 

Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation Scholarship Applications Available - 2,000 dollars 
Consolidated Telephone Company (CTC) has the pleasure to offer a scholarship program to students receiving year-round CTC telecommunications service. You will need to complete a separate scholarship application from the MTA. Completed applications should be sent directly to CTC, Attn: HR Dept, PO Box 972, Brainerd, MN 56401, postmarked no later than February 22nd, 2019.   

Educational Grant through The Odd Fellows Educational Foundation
Scholarship Awards are available from the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows Foundation for College and/or Vocational and Technical Training Schools. Students wishing to attend any post-secondary school or an accredited vocational and technical training school may request an application form by sending their complete mailing address to: 
The Grand Lodge of Minnesota 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows 
Educational Foundation Committee 
P.O. Box 7415
Hutchinson, MN 55350
Phone: 320-234-0101

Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship Program
The Minnesota Association of Township (MAT) is awarding up to six 1,000 dollars scholarships to high school juniors. All students currently enrolled in the 11th grade and attending a Minnesota public, private, or parochial high school or a home study program are eligible for this program. Participants will need to submit a written essay on the theme of MAT's 2019 Educational Conference "The Sense of the Census: Rural Representation at Risk". Applications for the scholarships must be submitted by May 1st, 2019. Winners will be chosen and notified by October 1 and invited to attend our Awards Banquet in Mankato, Minnesota on November 22, 2019. 

CTC Youth Tour Application for a paid trip to Washington D.C. June 1-5, 2019 

CTC Will be selecting on a student from the areas CTC serves. Each student is required to complete the attached application and submit either a short essay or a 2-minute video on how technology in rural America affects your education. The application and essay or video are due to CTC by January 18th, 2019. To qualify a student must be in high school, age 16 or 17, at the time of the tour and the student's parent or legal guardian must be a CTC year-round member in CTC's service area  

The Nisswa Youth Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the Miss Nisswa Pageant on March 23rd, 6:30 pm at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa, MN.  To be eligible for competition the girls must be in 11th or 12 grade, live within a 10-mile aerial radius of the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce or have attended Nisswa elementary school in any grade.  The areas of competition are Interview, talent, on-stage question, evening gown, and a written essay.  Prizes:  $2,000 for Miss Nisswa, $1,000 for 1st Princess, $500 for Miss Congeniality, $250 for essay winner and $250 for interview winner. Winners will be expected to attend a minimum of six scheduled appearances. 
Sign up your students or direct them to register and enter at

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Scholarship
Application deadline - January 15th, 2019 
To learn more about the scholarships please visit the following website and to begin the application please visit  

Mid-Minnesota Builders Association Awards up to $3,000 in scholarship
 Completed scholarship applications are due to the MMBA office by Monday, April 15, 2019, @ 3:00 pm. 
 -Open to MMBA members, an employee of an MMBA member, spouse and/or RECENT high school graduate of an MMBA member. 
-For a complete list of current MMBA members, visit the MMBA website:  or contact the MMBA office: (218) 829-4982. 
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 of 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. 

Very Important Person Scholarship - 5,000 - 1 award (deadline: December 31st, 2018)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: 
1. Be a High School, College or Graduate School Student
2. Write a reflective essay based on one of Dr. Parker's quotes or messages
Applications can be found by going to,000_scholarship_scholarship.php

Harris Poll Scholarship
Qualifications - be a legal resident of the United States and be at least 13 years of age
Applications can be found by going to

Scholar Points Scholarship - 10,000 dollars 10 awards deadline: December 31st, 2018
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:
Be at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the U.S.
Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico
Applications can be found by going to 


the scholarship will take into account student service, leadership, and financial need.
You must be a high school senior and a US citizen.

The application deadline is November 15, 2018.  Students can apply online at

AHLEF Scholarship- 
Scholarship for Freshman majoring in Hospitality/Management 
500-7,500 dollar scholarship amount

For a second consecutive year, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) is offering more than $1.3 million in academic scholarships for hospitality management students. We are asking our HTMP schools to promote these opportunities to any student who is interested in majoring in a hospitality-related degree-granting program.  
AHLEF has moved up its deadline date and revamped its application process to make it as easy as possible. The 2019 online application portal is open and the deadline date to submit is February 15th, which is earlier than previous years, so they need your help in getting the word out and encouraging your students to start an application now!  

Of AHLEF's nine scholarship programs, one is exclusively for Incoming Freshmen with more than $100,000 available for disbursement.  Applicants who have taken the Hospitality & Tourism Management Program (HTMP) in high school will get bonus points in the review process, which is a huge advantage!  Incoming Freshmen are also eligible for other AHLEF scholarship awards, which range from $500 to $7,500, depending upon the program. Details regarding each program as well as the online application can be found on AHLEF's website,

Math or Science STEM Career Alworth Scholarship
GPA of a 3.5 or higher - ACT of 25 or Higher 
This scholarship is available to a student with both a 25 composite score for their ACT 
Alworth Scholarship Opportunity For Math and Science Majors - Award: Up to 20,000 Dollars 

The scholarship application website will be open for accepting applications starting 
November 1st through January 15th, 2019. Below is a summary of the scholarship requirements.


1.       ACT Test Scores: A minimum composite score of 25 is requiredStudents with less than a 25 and who plans to retake the test in February should submit an application by the January 15 deadline.   New test scores must be forwarded to our office by no later than March 1st.

2.       GPA: A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 is required at the end of the 2018 fall semester.  After January 15, we will send the names of applicants from your school. As soon as the fall semester grades have been posted you may send the transcripts to our office (scan and email or mail).

3.       Tax Information:  Maximum Taxable Income remains at $120,000. The tax information deadline for the 2017 IRS 1040 pages 1 & 2 is January 15. In the event that there has been a dramatic change in income, we will accept 2018 tax information. However, a parent should contact me to discuss.

4.       Essay Questions: There are four questions that require short answers (350 words or less).  The questions are designed so we may learn how students handle challenging situations, thus demonstrating perseverance or “grit.” It’s not about being the perfect student or having perfect outcomes; it’s about sharing with us what they learned that will help them be successful in college and in life. Please emphasize the importance of being authentic and heartfelt in their answers. 

5.       Letters of Recommendation: Only one letter is required and it MUST be from a math or science teacher.  Students are required to ask their teacher prior to entering their contact information on the application. Once the contact information has been entered, an email will be sent to the teacher with instructions for submitting their letter.

6.       Major Field of Study: Math and science-based major fields not listed on our website may be eligible for funding.  Please encourage students to contact me at and include the link to the list of courses and credits required for the major.

7.       Gap Year: Students who plan to take a gap year before attending college should apply during their senior year.  If awarded, they have the opportunity to request a one-year deferral.

8.       Rack Cards and Posters: Rack cards and posters will be delivered in person during school visits (scholarship presentations) or sent in the mail for delivery by November 1st.  Please reply to this email with the number of rack cards and posters that you need.  No changes have been made to the copy from last year allowing you to replenish your existing stock.

9.       The Survey:  In a separate email you will receive a survey that should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.  The questions are focused on courses offered, grading system, and getting feedback on how we can better support you and parents in your school in the application process.

Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity Scholarships 2018
Award: Two scholarships for $2,500 and one for $1,500

The scholarship is designed to recognize and promote ethics and integrity among young people and will be awarded to Senior 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.

The application and supporting materials must be received by Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by 4:30 p.m. The entry packet and further details are available at

Wendy Heisman Scholarship

3.0 GPA and current High School Athlete. Wendy's High School Heisman is awarding a total of $150,000 in scholarships to the nation's most accomplished scholar-athletes.  

Students can go to to apply.  Deadline to apply is October 17, 2018.

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

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 to apply is October 25, 2018.  Students can apply online at

2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
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 6, 2018, 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, 2017, completes an application and submits it to a school principal by November 6, 2018.

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 16, 2018.  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.

The scholarship amount is $1400.  Brainerd Elks will pay funds directly to CLC in the name of the winner.  

The winner of this scholarship must enroll at Central Lakes College.  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.

Applications can be found under "Scholarship Forms" on the right-hand side.  Applications are due on Feb. 29, 2019, and can be emailed to


The recipient of this scholarship must enroll at Central Lakes College.  funds up to $1400 are to be used for books, tuition, and similar fees during a 1-year term.  The entire amount is to be used in the next academic year after the date of application.  Any presently enrolled senior in the Brainerd area who plans to pursue a general course of study in a career and technical program.  Acceptance of any other scholarship assistance more than $1000 from any other source will cancel the Elks award.

Application forms can be found under "Scholarship Forms" on the right-hand side under scholarships.  Applications must be submitted by Feb. 28, 2019, and can be emailed to


The scholarship applicant must be a current year graduate of Pillager High School.  Scholarships are awarded to individuals attending an accredited postsecondary school, with an emphasis in the culinary arts, during the 2018-2019 school year.  Selection is made on the basis of total points earned in the areas of work experience, school and community activities, goals and aspirations, and applicant recommendations.

Applications can be submitted to Mrs. Turner on or before the deadline.  Applications are due by Friday, March 29, 2019.  No late applications will be accepted.  Students can print off the scholarship application by clicking on the left-hand side labeled "scholarship forms."



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).  The money will be sent directly to your college of choice in your name.  Children of Crow Wing Power employees are not eligible.

Contest ends March 31, 2019.  Students go to  Look under News/Events on the home page.  Click on the Scholarship Contest.  Only one entry per person.  The drawing for the $1,000 will be held in April.


Funding from Crow Wing Power is derived from unclaimed capital credits.  The amount is limited by the funds available and is not the same each year.

Students are required to fill out the essay and return to Ms. Turner no later than March 31, 2019.  In order to be eligible your family must be a member of Crow Wing Power (your immediate family has to receive electricity from Crow Wing Power).  You can access the scholarship form on the right-hand side of the website under "Scholarship Forms."

Lakewood Health System Scholarship

Lakewood Health System is offering a $1000 scholarship to a high school senior who plans on pursuing a career in a health profession.  To be eligible, a student must have a 3.0 grade point average, complete the enclosed application, the essay on the back of the application and submit a graduation picture.  If any of the above steps are not completed or are omitted, the student will not be considered.  Lakewood Health System will select the recipient.

All applications must be submitted by April 3, 2019.  Applications must be mailed to the address below:

Lynne Rice
VP of Support Services
Lakewood Health System
49725 County 83
Staples, MN 56479

Schulze Innovation Scholarships

Join a small cohort of up to 10 entrepreneurship majors and receive full tuition, four years scholarship to the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas, as well as specialized programming to accelerate your development as an entrepreneurial leader. 


1. Acceptance to University of St. Thomas - GPA minimum 3.0 and ACT minimum of 27, and required Entrepreneurship major (can be taken as part of a double major in another business or non-business discipline) 
2. Demonstrated entrepreneurial creativity and inventiveness, as described in the application with a concrete example of the student applying entrepreneurial spirit to problem-solving and to the development of new ideas, initiatives or ventures. 

If you or someone with a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, and demonstrated a track record of entrepreneurial activity and initiative, contact Laura Dunham, Associate Dean of the Shulze School, for more information

Luther TechTrac Student Sponsorship program 
Luther Automotive Group was Founded in 1952, Luther has grown to become one of the largest dealership groups in the U.S. We serve Guests throughout the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Cambridge, Mankato, Rochester, Fargo, ND and Hudson, WI, as well as in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Our Dealerships represent leading automotive brands and feature fully-equipped, state-of-the-art Service Centers. We also operate several full-service Collision & Glass Centers, Interior Repair Services, Towing and Transport Services, and a full-service Used Vehicle Reconditioning Center.


Luther Tech Trac is a new program dedicated to supporting a select group of the best and brightest Technical College Students who have shown passion and ambition for a career in the Automotive Technician fields.

  • Tuition Sponsorship of up to $2,000 per year for completion of an accredited, 2-year certificate or degree; a total of up to $4,000 in sponsorship
  • Paid, part-time work at one of our Luther Group Dealerships while in school
  • A fast-track transition to full-time employment at a Luther Group Dealership Service Center upon graduation
  • Personalized, on-the-job career mentorship and skills development coaching from a Luther Master Technician
  • Hands-on experience with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and repair equipment
  • Eligibility for a Tool Grant of up to $2,000 at the time of hire into full-time employment after graduation
  • And a Stay-On Bonus of $1,000 after one year of full-time employment with an additional $2,000 after three years

Luther is home to the best Automotive Technicians in the industry. Nearly 70% of our Technicians earn more than $50,000 per year. Our top 10% earn $80,000-$130,000 per year. And our Technicians like to stay put; many have chosen to spend their entire career with Luther.
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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