College scholarship deadline approaches

By Rob Karwath
The Jan. 15 deadline is approaching for high school seniors and others to apply for nearly $1 million in grants from more than 60 college scholarships offered through the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

“We are excited by the growth of scholarships in our area, especially those that tie in with our Opportunity Rising Initiative,” said Bethany Owen, chair of the Community Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, referring to the organization’s project to lift children and families from poverty.

She added: “With the cost of college going up, it is wonderful to create new awards and recognize more deserving students. We’re excited by the increase in scholarships dedicated to diverse members of our community.”

Scholarships recently created at the Community Foundation include:

. The Duluth Lions Club Scholarship for Duluth high school seniors who are particularly active in their communities

. The Carol & John Lilyquist Registered Nursing Scholarship for first-year nursing students at Lake Superior College, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College or Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

. The Fox 21 Strength in the Community Scholarship for high school seniors in the TV station’s viewing area with cumulative GPAs between 2.5 and 3.5

. The David Hartley Scholarship for graduates of Eveleth-Gilbert High School pursuing careers in mining, engineering, conservation or related fields

. The Northern Wisconsin Teacher Education Scholarship for students who will major in education-related fields at Northland College

. The Harold & Laura Jorgenson Memorial Scholarship for graduating seniors from public schools in Duluth and Ely who will study environmental science or social work

. The Kenneth & Concetta Schoen Scholarship for Duluth public school seniors who start college a bit later in life

The new offerings complement longstanding Community Foundation scholarships, including:

. The Darrell & Palchie Asselin Scholarship for students at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the University of Wisconsin-Superior or the College of St. Scholastica who are primary caregivers to a child or children

. The Jackson Club Scholarship for Hermantown High School graduates with GPAs of 2.3 or higher

. The Minnesota Power Community Involvement Scholarship for graduating seniors in the Minnesota Power service area who are active community volunteers

. The Walter & Anna Soneson Scholarship for Protestant graduates of Duluth public schools who will attend college in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa or Michigan

. The Saturn Systems Scholarship for graduating seniors who will attend UMD and study computer science

. The Robert B. & Sophia Whiteside Scholarship for students graduating in the top 10 percent of their classes at a Duluth school

Students can view and apply for all of the scholarships at The application starts with an eligibility quiz to help students determine which scholarships are best suited for them. The application is fully online and must be submitted by Jan. 15. The online system includes information about required supplemental materials that must be included with applications.

“Each scholarship has unique priorities,” said Michelle Morris, the Community Foundation’s Director of Community Philanthropy. “Given the wide range of scholarships available, we recommend students start with the eligibility quiz.”

David Hammer, the Community Foundation’s Scholarship Officer, said, “At first glance, the application might seem a bit intimidating, but the selection committees make use of every piece of information. That’s why it is so important to start early and be sure everything is correct. With an electronic application, there’s a strong temptation to type everything in and just hit the send button. Please resist that urge. Have a parent, teacher or counselor proofread everything before submitting the application. With as much as $20,000 on the line, it’s worth the extra effort.”

In 2017, the Community Foundation awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships to more than 250 students throughout the region. A similar award total is expected in 2018


The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation encourages private giving for the public good. It is a permanent community endowment, built by gifts from hundreds of individuals and organizations. Guided by a volunteer Board of Trustees, it makes grants to nonprofits and to individuals for scholarships and provides leadership on important initiatives in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Since 1983, it has distributed more than $50 million and holds 396 funds.

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