Scholarships

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.  

Pillager Education Foundation Scholarship
Award:
Multiple scholarships given with varying amounts 

Qualifications:
-Must be a graduating senior with the class of 2021
-Completed and submitted the Pillager Education Foundation Scholarship application
-Plan on attending a postsecondary school as a full-time student for the subsequent school year

Deadline:
The application and supporting materials must be postmarked by Friday, March 12, 2021.  Applications must be mailed to:

Pillager Education Foundation
PO Box 345
Pillager, MN 56473

Applications can be found on the left hand side of the page under "Scholarship Forms."

Hospitality Minnesota Scholarship
Award:
Scholarships range from $1000 to $3000

Qualifications:
Merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to the hospitality industry.  

Deadline:
Applications must be submitted by March 12, 2021.  Applications can be found online at
https://hospitalityminnesota.wufoo.com/forms/hospitality-minnesota-education-foundation-2021/

Nationals Scholarships
Award:
Scholarships awards range from $2,500-$10,000.

Qualifications:
The NRAEF, provides merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to the restaurant industry.  

Deadline:
Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2021.  Applications can be found online at http://chooserestaurants.org/scholarships

Compeer Financial Scholarship
Award:
$1500 scholarship

Qualifications:
Compeer Financial believes in a strong future for agriculture and rural America.  Compeer Financial's High School Senior Scholarship Program awards scholarships to students based on a combination of academic achievement, agricultural and community youth organization involvement and essay.

-Must be a resident of 144 county territory (Crow Wing and Cass can apply)
-Graduating high school senior
-Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
-Designated agriculture major, interest in an agriculture-related field, or have an agriculture or rural background

Deadline:
Applications must be received by March 15, 2021.  Students can apply online at 
https://www.compeer.com/Home/Investing-in-Rural-Communities/Giving-Back/Scholarships/Scholarships

Kim Rhett Memorial Scholarship
Award:
Scholarship varies

Qualifications:
An 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 2021-2022 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.

Deadline:
Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 26, 2021 or can be submitted by Friday, March 26, 2021 to Mrs. Turner in the High School Office.  No late applications will be accepted.

Ron Houle Memorial Scholarship
Award:
Varies

Qualifications:
An applicant must be a current year graduate of Pillager High School.  Scholarships are awarded to individuals intending to attend Central Lakes College (CLC) with an emphasis in Information Technology during the 2021-2022 school year.  If you do not plan on attending CLC, however are continuing your education elsewhere in the Information Technology field, we encourage you to still apply.

Deadline:
Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 26, 2021 or can be submitted by Friday, March 26, 2021 to Mrs. Turner in the High School Office.  No late applications will be accepted.

Horn's Acres Scholarship
Award:
$1000

Qualifications:
The Horn family would like to offer one student graduating from Pillager High school a $1000 scholarship to attend a postsecondary college or university majoring in the areas of agriculture or medicine.  

Deadline:
The application deadline is Friday, March 26th.  Applications can be found under "Scholarship Forms."  All completed applications must be emailed to hornsacresscholarship@gmail.com or can be mailed to:

Horn's Acres Scholarship Fund
Attention:  Bianca Wyffels, David Horn, Bonna Olson
9716 49th Avenue SW
Pillager, MN 56473

Crow Wing Power Scholarship Essay
Award:  Varies each year

Qualifications:  
The applicant must be a senior in high school who will be attending a higher learning institution following graduation.  If the applicant decides not to further their education, the scholarship must be returned.  A letter of recommendation from counselor, teacher, coach or caring adult is required.  Students must write a short essay demonstrating how this scholarship and further education will help you succeed and include your short and long-term goals.  The applicant must be a member of Crow Wing Power (their immediate family receives electricity from Crow Wing Power).

Deadline:
The essay must be submitted to Mrs. Turner no later than Wednesday, March 31, 2021.  Essay forms can be found under the "Scholarship Forms" section on the left hand side of the web page.

Crow Wing Power Random Drawing
Award:
$1,000

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.  Directions can also be printed off and found under the "Scholarship Forms" on the left hand side of the web page.

-Simply 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, 2021
-Drawing for three $1000 scholarships will be held in April

Lakes Area Manufacturing Alliance Scholarship
Award:
$1000

Qualifications:
The Lakes Area Manufacturing Alliance is offering $1000 scholarships to students enrolling in manufacturing program(s) to earn post-secondary certificates and degrees in manufacturing careers. 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
-Be a United States citizen
-Be 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.

Deadline:
Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2021.  Students can apply online at Lakes Area Manufacturing Alliance Scholarship Application

The Legacy Chorale of Grater Minnesota Vocal Music Scholarship Application Form
Award:
$500 scholarship

Qualifications:
-The applicant must be between the ages of 17 and 21
-The applicant can only receive The Legacy Chorale Vocal Music Scholarship one time
-The recipient of The Legacy Chorale Music Scholarship must participate in a collegiate choral/vocal performance group
-The Legacy Chorale Vocal Music Scholarship is open to vocalists only
-The applicant must be participating currently in music classes, performance groups, or musical theatre
-1 or 2 scholarships in the amount of $500 will be given
-The funds received from The Legacy Chorale Vocal Music Scholarship must be used for the following:
-Private lessons at or prior to attending college or
-College tuition or
-Music books (collegiate level; for lessons, music class, etc.).

Deadline:
The deadline for application is Friday, April 2, 2021.  Applications can be found under the "Scholarship Forms" tab on the left-hand side of this page.  

Applications can be mailed or scanned and emailed to:

The Legacy Chorale Scholarship Committee
PO Box 2751
Baxter, MN 56425
Admin@legacychorale.org

Lakewood Health System Scholarship
Award:
$1000

Qualifications:
Must be a graduating high school senior planning on pursuing a degree in the health care profession.  To be eligible you must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or above.

Deadline:
The application can be found online under "Scholarship Forms" on the left-hand side of the page.  All applications must be submitted by April 2, 2021 and can be mailed to:

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

Pillager Lions Club Scholarship
Award:
Varies

Qualifications:
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.  

Deadline:
Students must submit their applications on or before, Friday, April 9.  Applications can be found under "Scholarship Forms" tab located on the left-hand side of the page.

Lynn M. Enberg Memorial Scholarship
Award:
One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded

Qualifications:  The award shall be granted to a graduating senior from Pillager Public High school who plans a career in the education or medical field.  The scholarship may be used to attend a vocational school, science school, or a college.  The most important consideration shall be seriousness of purpose of a student in attaining a degree in education or medical field or vocational equivalent.  The other points of consideration include service to school and community.  Extra consideration will be given to children of military retirees or children of Purple Heart recipients.

Deadline:
Applications must be filed on or before Monday, April 16th to:

Freshwater Education District
Attn:  Enberg Scholarship Fund
2222 Industrial Drive
Wadena, MN 56482

Applications can be found under "Scholarship Forms" on the left-hand side of the page.

Jennifer Rapatz-Harr & Gabe Rapatz Memorial Scholarship
Award:
One $1,200 for the Jennifer Rapatz-Harr scholarship and one $1,200 for the Gabe Rapatz Memorial Scholarship will be given.

Qualifications:
Please see application for qualifications for both the Jennifer Rapatz-Harr and Gabe Rapatz scholarship.

Deadline:
Applications must be filed on or before Monday, April 16th to:

Freshwater Education District
Attn:  Rapatz Scholarship Fund
2222 Industrial Drive
Wadena, MN 56482

Applications can be found under "Scholarship Forms" on the left-hand side of the page.

Education Minnesota-Pillager
Award:
TBD

Qualifications:
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.  Students who are interested in pursuing a degree in education will be eligible to apply.

Deadline:
Applications must be returned to Ms. Hutchison on or before Friday, April 23, 2021.  Applications can be found under "Scholarship Forms" on the left-hand side of the page.

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.

Workforce Development Scholarships
Award:
Free tuition at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Qualifications:
The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is offering free tuition as a result of a Workforce Development Scholarship for the following programs:

-Clinical Neurophysiology Technician
-Phlebotomy (9 week program and great way to enter the healthcare field)
-Pharmacy Tech (20 week program)
-Advanced Cardiovascular Sonographer

Students must apply to the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.  All students who have been accepted to the college and admitted to the programs listed above will receive the 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 (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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