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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 2020-2021

Dear Parents and Students:

Welcome to the 2020-2021 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. All of the scholarships are listed in the order that they are due, with the first deadlines appearing at the top. 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

COCA-COLA SCHOLARS FOUNDATION
Award:
There are 150 scholarships available worth $20,000 through the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

Qualifications:
-Must be a senior in high school who will graduate during the 2020-2021 academic school year.
-Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution.

Deadline:
Students must apply by October 31, 2020.  Please click on the link below to apply.

Coca-Cola Scholars Online Application

ELKS MOST VALUABLE STUDENT COMPETITION
Award:
500 scholarships will be awarded each worth up to $50,000.

Qualifications:
-Must be a high school senior who is a United States citizen
-Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks

Deadline:
The deadline to apply is November 15, 2020.  Students can apply online at the link below.

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Application

OVERACHIEVERS STUDENT GRANT
Award:
One $15,000 scholarship will be given.

Qualifications:
-Must be in middle or high school
-Be a person who is making a difference in others' lives outside of the classroom.

Deadline:
The deadline to apply is November 15, 2020.  Students can apply online at the link below.

Overachievers Student Grant Application

JAMES COX STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOLARSHIPS
Award:
11 $2,500 scholarships will be awarded.

Qualifications:
-Must be a sophomore or older and should have taken at least one photography or related art class.

Deadline:
The deadline to apply is November 15, 2020.  Below is the link for the online application.

James Cox Online Application

DRIVER EDUCATION INITIATIVE SCHOLARSHIP
Award:
6 $500 scholarships will be awarded.

Qualifications:
-Be currently enrolled in either high school, university or college as a full-time student (2020-2021 school year).
-Submit an essay demonstrating knowledge on the topic of Safe Driving.

Deadline:
The deadline to apply for the scholarship is November 30, 2020.  Below is the link for the online application.

Driver Education Initiative Online Application

HAGAN SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
Award:
The scholarship provides up to $48,000 over four years to attend college.  

Qualifications:
-ACT and SAT scores are not required.
-Must be a United States Citizen.
-Must attend an eligible public high school.
-Must have achieved a 3.75 cumulative GPA.
-Must be ranked by the school and in the top 20% of the high school graduating class.
-Must enroll in an eligible four-year college or university the first semester following high school graduation.
-Must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of each college year.
-FAFSA EFC must be less than $6,500.
-Must apply for eligible Federal and State grants.
-Must not be convicted of a felony.

Deadline:
Applications are due by December 1, 2020.  Students can apply online at Hagan Scholarship Application

BARBARA LORTZE SCHOLARSHIP FOR FUTURE PHYSICS TEACHERS
Award:
5 $2,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Qualifications:
-Must be a high school senior planning on attending an accredited two-year college or four-year college or university.
-Must be planning on pursuing a course of study leading toward a career in physics teaching at the high school level.

Deadline:
Applications are due by December 1, 2020.  Below is the link for the online application.

Barbara Lotze Scholarship Application

NATIONAL SPACE CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
Award:
1 $10,000 scholarship

Qualifications:
-Must be a high school senior
-Have the intention of pursuing a career in the STEM fields

Deadline:
Must apply by December 6, 2020.  Below is the application link.

GOOD CITIZEN SCHOLARSHIP
Award:
The winning essay will receive a certificate, $50.00, a pin, a wallet card, and a book donated to the school library in their honor and a luncheon for the student and parents.  The essay is then forwarded to the state level, district level and then to the national level.  The state award is a certificate, $250.00, a pin, a $1,000 scholarship and a luncheon for the student and parents at the state convention.  The national award is a trip to Washington, D.C. for the student and parents to attend the National Convention, a certificate, a silver bowl, a $5,000 scholarship and a 2 night stay.  

Qualifications:
The Daughters of the American Revolution Captain Robert Orr Chapter is sponsoring the Good Citizen Scholarship Essay Contest.  The essay contest is open to a senior girl or senior boy.  The essay is timed and witnessed by a school counselor or DAR member.  The student may use the computer to type it but can not look up anything.  The topic is not revealed until the student is ready to write the essay.  The student has two hours to write and complete the essay.  

Deadline:
The essay deadline is December 10, 2020.  If any senior student is interested in writing the essay and participating in the contest please contact Ms. Turner via email at sturner@isd116.org.

National Space Club Online Application

WEALTH WISE SCHOLARSHIP
Award:
1 $1,000 scholarship

Qualifications:
-Must be planning a major of study that supports a career in the finance industry (finance, business, accounting, mathematics, management, or other related major).

Deadline:
Application deadline is December 31, 2020.  Below is the application link.

Wealth Wise Scholarship Application

KNIGHT ESSSAY SCHOLARSHIP
Award:
3 $5,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Qualifications:
-Must be a United States citizen attending public, parochial, private, or home school.
-Be currently in grades 9-12

Deadline:
Application deadline is Decembeer 31, 2020.  Click on the application link below to apply.

Knight Scholarship Online Application

MARSHALL H. AND NELLIE ALWORTH MEMORIAL FUND
Award:
High school seniors awarded the scholarship will be eligible to receive $20,000 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 mathematics or science field of study.

Qualifications:
UPDATED QUALIFICATIONS AS OF 11/25/20
To be considered for a scholarship applicants must:
-Be a United States citizen graduating from a high school in one of the following MN counties:  Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Lake, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis.
-NEW UPDATE:  With many ACT testing dates canceled due to the COVID pandemic, the Alworth Foundation Board of Directors made the following decision regarding this year's eligibility to apply.  Eligibility to apply will be solely based on a GPA of 3.5 or higher (ACT test scores are not required for the current application year).
-Have a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.5
-Be pursuing a 4-year degree, including those who begin at a community college.
-Commit to a 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.
-For a complete list of the approved fields of study please click on the link below.

Alworth Eligibility Requirements

Deadline:
The online application is open for students to apply between November 1 and January 15th.  Please click on the link below for the online application.

Alworth Online Application

Grand Lodge of MN Oddfellows Educational Foundation Grant
Award:
The amount of the scholarship will be determined prior to selection of the recipients.  Amounts may vary each year.

Qualifications:
Must be a citizen of the U.S. and a resident of MN.

Deadline:
All applications must be returned by March 1, 2021. Applications can be found at Oddfellows Scholarship Application

CTC Scholarship Application
Award:
One $500 scholarship

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:
Applications can be found under "Scholarship Forms." All applications are due to Mrs. Turner by Tuesday, March 2, 2021.  No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

FRS Scholarship (Foundation for Rural Services)
Award:
$2,500

Qualifications:
CTC (Consolidated Telephone Company) is offering this national scholarship program to students in Pillager High School.  If a student from CTC's service area is selected for the $2,000 scholarship, CTC will contribute an additional $500, bringing the total one time scholarship to $2,500.  Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

-The student's family or legal guardian must be a CTC year-round and good standing member in CTC's service area.
-The student must be accepted by an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational technical school.
-The student is a graduating high school senior.
-The student must have at least a C grade point average (GPA).
-The student must be a U.S. citizen
-The student must express an interest to work in a rural community following graduation.

Deadline:
Students applying for FRS Scholarships must create and submit their application online by following the link: FRS Online Application.  Your online application must be submitted by March 5, 2021.  

Minnesota Association of Townships
Award:
Five $2,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Qualifications:
Must be a high school junior, currently enrolled in the 11th grade and attending a Minnesota public, private, or parochial high school, or a home-study program.   Participants will submit a written essay on the topic of Land Use. 

Deadline:
Applications for the scholarship must be submitted by May 1, 2021.  Students can find the application online at Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship Application.


 







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
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