IMPACT 20/20 Scholarship Opportunity

The IMPACT 20/20 College Collaborative is awarding scholarships up to $3,000.

The IMPACT 20/20 College Collaboration Scholarship (Scholarship) is a scholarship offered as a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. The Scholarship will provide awards up to $3,000 to qualified students from the Independent School Districts that reside in our 12-county region, who are pursuing post-secondary education at one of the participating colleges or universities (Bemidji State University, Northland Community and Technical College, Northwest Technical College, and the University of MN – Crookston).

Eligibility Requirements

  • The student must have or will graduate from an Independent School District in the 12-county region served by the Northwest Minnesota Foundation—Beltrami, Lake of the Woods, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Norman, Marshall, Polk, Pennington, Kittson, Roseau, Red Lake.
  • The student must intend to pursue post-secondary education full-time through Bemidji State University, Northland Community and Technical College, Northwest Technical College, or the University of MN – Crookston the fall semester immediately following graduation from high school.
  • Financial need will be considered in awarding the scholarship, but is not an eligibility requirement.
  • The student will have a minimum “C”, or its equivalent, high school grade point average, and demonstrate a willingness to advance in education.
  • Successful candidates will have some participation, involvement, or demonstrated positive leadership qualities in the following types of activities:
  • School organized extra-curricular or volunteer activities
  • Non-school work positions
  • Community or church activities
  • Application Process

    The student applicant will provide the selection committee with the following information by March 31, 2017:

  • Completed application form available from the high school counselor or the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. DOWNLOAD HERE.
  • A record of grades and attendance for grades 9-12.  Student transcript from school of graduation is acceptable.  A high grade point average is not critical for applying for this scholarship.  Grade point may be considered in the selection process, but WILL NOT be considered at the application stage.
  • A copy of the letter of acceptance or dated letter of application to the college the student has chosen to attend.
  • Applicant will provide a short statement (200 words) about the student’s non-school work experience and/or community involvement in Northwest Minnesota and how these experiences have benefited their education and have influenced their career goals.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher or member of the community other than family members.  This letter should point out personal attributes the student has that would make her/him a good candidate for this scholarship.

  • Review Criteria

  • Financial need will not be a factor in awarding this scholarship.
  • Demonstration of fitness and readiness for college and a strong desire or likelihood of succeeding.
  • Student’s education/community involvement/work experiences as they relate to preparation for post secondary education.
  • 4. Preference will be given to students from the schools who participated with the Fall 2016 IMPACT 20/20 College Collaborative Site Visits including Greenbush/Middle River, Lafayette, Bagley, Stephen Argyle, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo, Northome, Mahnomen, Fertile, and Blackduck. This list is subject to change until all site visits have been completed and the list is finalized.
  • Selection and Award Protocol

  • The scholarship selection will be made in accordance with the terms of this scholarship and the general selection policies, procedures, and guidelines established by the IMPACT 20/20 College Collaboration Scholarship fund agreement.
  • Announcement of the scholarship selection shall be made in a letter from the selection committee to the successful applicant.   This announcement shall also be made at an award event.
  • The recipient must give written permission to publicize the award in the local media.
  • The recipient must send a written acknowledgement and note of gratitude to the Advisory Committee within 30 days of the award of the scholarship.
  • The award check will be issued to the student and educational institution after the selection committee has been presented with BOTH a transcript of first semester/quarter grades and a tuition bill/proof of registration for second semester.  Award recipient must provide the contact information to the selection committee.
  • The award must be used in the year it is presented and may not be carried over to a following year.  It is forfeited if not used when stipulated.
  • If a scholarship recipient changes or transfers to another educational institution they are asked to notify the selection committee immediately.
  • If the first choice of the selection committee fails to attend college as scheduled, the award may be transferred to a second candidate.