Available Scholarships 2016

 CommunityGiving - Now Accepting Scholarship Applications
CommunityGiving is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting Scholarship Applications for approximately 20 scholarships.
We have a Scholarship Deadline of March 1st.
Please note that our applications use a ‘3rd Party Request’ to obtain Official Electronic Transcripts from Guidance Counselors.  In the student’s electronic application, the student will enter the counselor’s email address and compose a brief note to the counselor. When they click send, it will send an email from the student and it will also send the counselor an email from the system. The email from the system will contain a link.  The counselor will need to use this link to upload that student’s transcript to the application. If a student applies for more than 1 scholarship with us, the counselor will need to do this for each scholarship application.  We have suggested that the students allow the counselor’s office 5 school days to respond to their request.  Many schools have really good spam filters, so, please have your IT team set the following as friendly email addresses:  CommunityGiving Foundation administrator@grantinterface.com  and jblonigen@communitygiving.org.
Following are:
         A list of scholarships available to your students - so you can share the opportunity with your students.
         Step by step instructions: For you to become familiar with the process as you assist students; and  to share with students who are interested in these scholarships.
Students at your High School may be eligible for the following scholarships:
         Arthur Cater Scholarship
         Bernick Family Scholarship
         Michael and Karel Helgeson Scholarship (GNP Employees)
         Coborn's  (Coborn’s employees)
         John Seivert Scholarship
 Application Deadline:  March 1st
Students can research and apply for these scholarships by going to:http://www.communitygiving.org/scholarships/apply-scholarship
CommunityGiving Scholarships - Step By Step Scholarship Instructions
This is an overview of how to search for scholarships on our website and how to use the online Scholarship Management System to apply for these scholarships.
We offer about 20 Scholarships that have an online application.   We partner with schools for approximately 30 scholarships; these are also listed in our search tool and notes the school that you will need to check with the school office to learn more about the requirements and the deadlines.
Let’s get started  
Go to: www.communitygiving.org
Use Scholarship tab
Click “apply for scholarship”
Review “Helpful Hints” and “The tutorial” then
Select the current status ‘Current High School Student’ or ‘Current College Student’.
 STEP 1:  Narrow your Scholarship search
         Select your school. (Eligibility for most of our scholarships is based on the school that a student is currently attending)
         If your school is not listed select “ALL”
         If you know the name of a specific scholarship type the all or part of the name in the "name" box.
         Short descriptions will appear.
         Click the' Read more' button to see a full description. 
  • Review Eligibility requirements.
  • Review list of items that will be required to complete the application. 
  •        To return to your search and continue your research: Click the browsers Go Back Arrow.
Time Saving Tip
         Review all descriptions, making a list of the scholarships that you are eligible for and wish to apply for before you create your account in the Scholarships Management System. 
Step 2: Scholarship Management System Account
         Click the "click here to begin application process” button at the bottom of any description page when you are ready to begin the process.
         Review the brief instructions to learn how to create your account and how to access the applications.
Time saving tip: :  Save this page in your favorites  -  you will need to comeback to complete items that you are not able to finish in this session.   Make sure you write down your login info and password.
         At the bottom of the page you will see this…click the CG-SMS Login button to go into the system.
      Click the CG-SMS Login button to go into the system.
You are now entering the CommunityGiving Scholarship Management System. 
A new tab will open, which will allows you to review the instructions in the previous tab.
First time:  ‘create a new account' button
         Create a new account Tips
  • Use a working e-mail: This is how we will contact you about awards and denials and follow-up documents.   Use an email that you access on a regular basis, one that you will have access to until December or use of a parents email address that they access regularly).  
  •  You will receive a confirmation email that shares that you have set up an account in our system.
  •  If you change your email address during the year or other contact information you are able to change it in your account profile. 
Returning:  Enter your email, password and click “log on”.
Forgot your password:  Click the ‘Forgot Password?' and follow the prompts.
Quick Tour:
         This is a dashboard: it will appear each time you login. It will list any applications that you have started. To get back to this page at any time click “dashboard” in the left column.
         Your name in the upper right corner: use this button to edit your profile information or log out of the system.
Click "apply” in the left column or the "apply" in the blue box: to access the list of all available applications.
Step 3: Opening and filling out your applications
         Open an Application: Click the application name that appears in blue.  (In this system Blue letters leads to additional information)
         Save your work by clicking ‘save’ at the bottom of application.
  • Question list" button in the upper right corner. This will create a PDF of the application questions.
  • Application Packet” button in the upper right:  This will allow you to review your response to the questions in the format that the review committee will see your responses.  (Review this before you press submit )
  •  IMPORTANT NOTE: All applications will require that your guidance counselor submits your official transcript using a 3rd party request system; the instructions are shared in the application.  Allow 5 school days for your Guidance Office to submit your transcript.  
Time saving Tip: Save your essays and other documents in one of the following formats: PDFs or Word.   
Step 4:  Returning to application:
To complete app, to check if transcript has been uploaded, submit your application, check status of application, complete award documents.
Use the link that you saved in your favorites to return to the system.
         Enter your login/ password
         Click Dashboard - it will list all of the applications that you have started.
         Review/ complete application: click "edit application" to continue working on your application.
 Note you must submit the application before the deadline of March 1st.
         Verify that your transcript has been uploaded
  •  In the example above, notice "Third party: 0/1".  In this example, the ‘1’ means that the applicant sent 1 request.  The ‘0’ means that 0 items have been responded to or uploaded to your application.   After the Guidance office uploads the transcript, it will say 1/1. 
  • The applicant is responsible for making sure all pieces of your application are able to be read and are attached properly to your electronic application, including your transcript.    You should not submit until your transcript has been uploaded and your 3rd party responses show as 1/1
Step 5:  After you submit
         Scholarship recipients are selected by committees.
         Decisions will be made by early May. An email will be sent to each applicant with their status.  
         If you are a recipient, further instructions will be included in that email.   


Attention Juniors and Seniors and parents are who are serviced by Runestone or Stearns Electric…want an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC June 11 - 16, 2016!!!
Runestone and Stearns Electric Association are seeking applicants for this all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the 2015 Youth Tour, June 11-16. 
For over 40 years, electric cooperatives have sponsored high school students from across America to visit the nation’s capital and meet their members of Congress. You could be part of this tremendous opportunity.  This is not your ordinary sight-seeing tour. Students will see their government in action, cruise the Potomac, meet their congressional leaders, explore the Smithsonian museums, spend a day on Capitol Hill, and mingle with other teens from across the nation. We combine leadership opportunities with just plain fun! There will be little time for sleep but lots of time for interaction and meeting new friends. Who wouldn’t want to change their life in a profound way? Make it happen!
To be eligible, the student must meet the following requirement: 
*Entrant is currently a high school student (age 16-18), and his or her parent/guardian is a Runestone or Stearns Electric member.
*Entries must include the completed application, and a written essay, typewritten, double-spaced, on the future of energy. Here’s the challenge:
        There are many serious challenges ahead of us. Traditional means of energy generation and distribution are being exhausted or challenged by environmental concerns. What steps do we need to take to ensure our energy future?
Here are the rules: 
*Please don’t cut and paste off of a Google search – be original, be creative. 
*Two or three pages should be enough. 
*Essays may be submitted in either hard copy or electronic formats to Runestone or Stearns Electric Association. 
*Each essay must be accompanied by a cover page displaying the entrant’s name, date of birth, school and grade, parental or guardian’s name, address, and telephone number. Available online or from Mrs. Bergquist.
*Essays must arrive at Runestone or Stearns Electric Association no later than MARCH 16, 2016.

 
The Cyrus Scholarship
The Cyrus Scholarship is awarded each May to one or more students who will be beginning their studies in the College of Science & Engineering (CSE) at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis Campus) that fall. The recipients of this Scholarship are selected based upon their merits by the members of the Cyrus Scholarship Selection Committee.  The Scholarship has been awarded to at least one new recipient every year since 1987.  In most years, we are able to award two new scholarships. Disbursed over four years, the Scholarship provides up to a total of $29,500 to each recipient for them to use towards their undergraduate college expenses as they work towards obtaining their Bachelors Degree. Applicants for the Scholarship must be graduating from a high school located in Stevens, Pope, Grant, Swift, or Douglas counties within Minnesota. The Cyrus Scholarship has an emphasis on Engineering studies, but applicants interested in non-engineering degrees within the CSE will also be considered.
Attached to this is the application form for the 2016 Cyrus Scholarship.  There are both a regular PDF file and a PDF file with editable fields.  The deadline for submission of applications is April 15, 2016.
Adobe PDF2016 Cyrus Scholarship Application - Editable Form.pdf169 KBVIEW
Adobe PDF2016 Cyrus Scholarship Application.pdf177 KBVIEW 


Douglas County Corn and Soybean Growers Association - 2 $1000 scholarships available.  Deadline is April 1st. See attached.  Adobe PDFDouglas County Corn Soybean Scholarship App 2015.pdf
 
MN Telecom Alliance Foundation Scholarship.  Must use Arvig services.  Deadline is Monday, February 29th. See attached.  Adobe PDFMinnesota Telecom Alliance - Arvig.pdf

Foundation for Rural Service and NTCA Scholarship available!  Must use Arvig services. Deadline Friday, February 19th.  See attached.  Adobe PDFFoundation for Rural Service - Arvig.pdf

Todd County Corn and Soybean Growers Association Scholarship
Attached is the Todd County Corn and Soybean Growers Association Scholarship - apply if it fits for you!  Must be going into agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag vocation field.     Adobe PDFTodd County Corn Growers Association.pdf

Gladys Johnson Scholarship - Attached is the 2016/17 application for the Chisago Lake Lutheran Church Gladys Johnson scholarship.     FileGLADYS L. JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP TRUST Application 2016.docm

I-Help Scholarship Minnesota is giving away five $1,000 scholarships and an iPad to Minnesota high school seniors via a random drawing.  The deadline for this scholarship opportunity is March 31 and the drawing will be held mid-April.  The scholarship is good for any school in any state!  Attached is the scholarship application to be handed out to your high school seniors.  Please call 800-645-7404 with any questions you have.
 Microsoft Word
DocumentiHELP Scholarship-Minnesota 2015-2016.docx

Central Minnesota Credit Union has a scholarship offering with big money up for grabs to students.  It ends in about a month!   Adobe PDFCMCU 2016 Scholarship Program.pdf 

Minnesota West Community & Technical College has received funding from the Blandin Foundation for high school students grades 9-12 to participate in a 2 credit Digital Literacy class. Interested students must fill out the application and return to:
Roxanne Hayenga, 1450 Collegeway, Worthington MN 56187    or email roxanne.hayenga@mnwest.edu before March 15, 2016.
Students are required to come to the Worthington campus on Saturday, May 28, 2016 for an orientation session. The rest of the class can be accessed online. This course will encourage students to communicate, from a distance, with instructor, mentor, tutors and peers as part of the class team and introduces students to the basic elements of Digital Literacy as they develop the technology proficiency, information literacy, and media literacy necessary for safe use of digital technologies vital for success in post-secondary settings as well as the 21st Century workforce.

 
UMD Updates...
UMD will accept applications until August 1st for fall 2016
  • We encourage students to complete the FAFSA (UMD FAFSA Code 002388) as soon as possible. Estimated financial aid award notifications will be mailed in late February/early March
  • Admitted students who wish to learn more about UMD are encouraged to attend Admitted Student Days. These optional events provide students the opportunity to experience a full day on campus
  • UMD's on-campus housing contract will be available February 1st. Contracts are not due until the National Decision Deadline date of May 1st
  • Encourage Juniors who are interested in UMD to attend Bulldog Junior Day on Monday, February 15th. This day is tailored specifically to Juniors in high school
  • Freshman, Sophomore and Junior students are encouraged to create a raise.me profile for micro-scholarships and follow UMD

Aspiring Nurse Scholarship 
I wanted to make your students aware of a scholarship opportunity. Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its second annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Our website will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:
+ A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
+ A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare
This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2016.
We ask interested students to visit www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here they'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.


National Wild Turkey Federation 
 We are the Sauk Valley Gobblers, a local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and we offer a small scholarship each year to graduating seniors who are interested in wild life and the conservation of wild life.  The student will receive $200.00 toward their future education goals, and if he/she scores high enough locally, we then submit their application to the state, where they compete for a larger scholarship… then their submission could go on to the national level of competition.
The link to get the scholarship application is at:   http://www.nwtf.org/resource-library/detail/jakes-scholarship-application 
The student should print it off and follow each step, as directed.  Each step is allotted points and the highest scored application in our area would be awarded the dollars.  It is necessary for the application packet to be complete!  The packet can be returned to me by January 5th, not January 1, as the website indicates.  We do accept the applications after the holiday break is over.  If any student needs help, they can call me at 320-333-7816.


Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship available for Juniors - see attached!
Adobe PDFMinnesota Association of Townships.pdf

TFS Scholarships - go to website TuitionFundingSources.com.    We have been providing scholarship information to students for over 25 years.

Minnesota College Goal is coming to St. Cloud State University!!
Minnesota College Goal is a statewide program that provides FREE assistance to students and their families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can also register to win a $500 educational award! This event is free and all who plan to attend any college next year are welcome.    Minnesota College Goal events will take place in James W. Miller Center Learning Resources Center on the following dates:
January 28, 2016 6-8 PM                February 26, 2016 1-4 PM                        March 18, 2016 1-4 PM
 Missy Northenscold, Administrative Director, Learning Resources Services, St. Cloud State University, 720 4th Ave S., MC 135E, St. Cloud, MN 56301,
(320) 308-2022

 1.  The first scholarship is "Aspiring Fashion Professional" ScholarshipThis is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Interested students can visit this link www.fashion-schools.org and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page and click on it.

​2.    The 2nd Scholarship is the "Aspiring Animation Professional" Scholarship Program. This is the 5th year we are awarding this scholarship for AnimationCareerReview.com. We are offering high school seniors the opportunity to win a $1,000  scholarship.  This will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. We ask that you have interested students visit our website, http://www.animationcareerreview.com/ to find eligibility information along with the online application. The scholarship will be on the right side of the page and click on it.  
The deadline for both scholarships is June 1, 2016.  If possible, please include a reference to our scholarship program on your scholarship page.
 
Scholarship Opportunity: any Senior pursuing post-secondary study in an agriculture field is eligible. See Mr. Schmidt

Below you will find a list of scholarships that students from your school district are eligible for. For over 10 years, we have been providing scholarship management services for companies, as well as a comprehensive database of scholarships for students. *This Newsletter is available for Download here: www.studentscholarships.org/newsletter.php
  • 10 Words or Less Scholarship - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: January 29, 2016) To be eligible for the 10 Words or Less Scholarship a student must: A) Be between the ages of 14 and 25 on January 29, 2016 B) The 10 Words or Less Scholarship is available to High School and College Students. Applications can be found by going to:http://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/10258/10_words_or_less_scholarship_scholarship.php
  • You Deserve it Scholarship - $1,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: February 15, 2016) To be eligible for the You Deserve it Scholarship: A) You must be a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories B) You must be 16 years of age or older C) You must either be enrolled now, or will be enrolled iin a qualified high school, college or university within the United States. Applications can be found by going to: http://www.studentscholarships.org/available.php

AgCountry Farm Credit Services is offering scholarships for high school seniors entering college in the fall of 2016. Scholarship awards are $1,000 each. Applicants must be from an actively farming or ranching family OR must be planning to pursue a career in farming or some other aspect of agriculture such as agricultural extension, agricultural education, soil conservation, farm and ranch management, agricultural finance, veterinary medicine or agri-business. Applicants must be residents of North Dakota counties of Towner, Cavalier, Pembina, Walsh, Ramsey, Nelson, Grand Forks, Steele, Griggs, Traill, Cass, Barnes, Stutsman, LaMoure, Dickey, Ransom, Sargent, Richland or the Minnesota counties of Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Polk, Pennington, Red Lake, Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, Clearwater, Koochiching, Norman, Mahnomen, Clay, Becker, Hubbard, Wilkin, Otter Tail, Wadena, Traverse, Grant, Douglas, Todd, Big Stone, Stevens, or Pope. Selection is based on academic aptitude, vocational promise, personal attributes, leadership and financial need. Children of AgCountry Farm Credit Services employees and board members are not eligible to apply      As noted in the letter the scholarship application will also be available on our website – www.agcountry.com 

Pope County Pheasant Restoration (PCPR) is a non-profit organization established in 1982. Its purpose is to promote the growth of Pope County’s Ring-Necked Pheasant population through programs such as establishing and enhancing habitat, providing food plots and feeding stations, educating our area residents and youth about conservation and sportsmanship, releasing pheasants onto public lands, and contributing to habitat programs of other area organizations. Our efforts in turn benefit all of our local wildlife.
We feel strongly that educational opportunities for our youth are important to conservation and the future of pheasants and other wildlife in our area. We have established a fund to provide up to four $500 scholarships annually for students wishing to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities in any field that may benefit wildlife in the future.
Pope County Pheasant Restoration Scholarship Criteria:
1.      Candidate must be a graduating high school senior from Pope, Stevens, Swift, Grant, Stearns, Kandiyohi or Douglas counties or a current Pope County Pheasant Restoration family member.
2.      Candidate must be pursuing a post-secondary education in any natural or wildlife sciences, management, biology or related field.
3.      Candidate must have a grade point average of 2.5 or above. A copy of a school issued high school grade transcript must be submitted.
4.      Candidate must submit two letters of recommendation along with the completed application.
5.      The candidate’s academic achievements, awards, special activities or accomplishments, and community service will be considered in the selection process.
Up to four $500 scholarships will be awarded by the Pope County Pheasant Restoration committee, payable to the college, technical or trade school in the student’s name, once proof of enrollment has been received by the selection committee.
Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, annually.        Recipients will be notified by April 15th, annually.
Proof of enrollment at the post-secondary school of the scholarship recipient’s choice must be submitted before funds are disbursed.
Scholarship Application Packet Checklist (incomplete application packets will not be accepted):
____ Completed application form
____ Two letters of recommendation
____ Copy of high school transcripts