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).
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
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.
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.