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Application period open for $20,000 scholarships

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NORTHERN MINNESOTA — The annual application period for STEM students hoping to be awarded $20,000 Alworth Scholarships began November 1 and runs through January 15, 2022.

To be considered, current high school seniors, including those who are homeschooled, must have an interest in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or scientific fields of study and reside in one of these northern Minnesota counties: Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Lake, Itasca, Koochiching and St Louis.

Application forms and full eligibility criteria, including the types of majors for which Alworth funds are provided, may be found at www.alworthscholarship.org.

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“Our region has many smart and dedicated young people, the kind we’re pleased to assist with $20,000 scholarships to help with their studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Patty Salo Downs, executive director of Duluth’s Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund, of the fund’s STEM focus. “We make the application process fairly simple to encourage widespread interest, and we encourage high school students to visit AlworthScholarship.org soon to get their application started.”

To assist with the process, the Alworth Foundation is partnering with the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation for three online sessions during the coming months. Salo Downs and Karen Sunderman of the community foundation will share application best practices with students and their parents at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 18; noon on Monday, December 13; and 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3. People are invited to participate in as many sessions as they wish, each 30 minutes in length, by sending an email to alworth@alworthscholarship.org or ksunderman@dsacommunityfoundation.com to obtain the Zoom meeting information.

Salo Downs said current seniors planning to take a gap year between high school graduation and the start of college may still apply for a scholarship, but must do so by the January 15, 2022, deadline.

She added that when students visit www.alworthscholarship.org, they should view brief “STEM Talks with Professor Alworth” videos featuring recent scholarship recipients. Students share information about how the Alworth Scholarship assisted them beyond tuition and books so they could participate in undergraduate research, study abroad, participate in internships and more, including graduating with little to no debt. Students also share how they took an interest of theirs and turned it into a rewarding STEM career.

The Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund awards scholarships to students with interests in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or scientific fields of study. The fund is available to students in 60 high schools, plus those who are home schooled, who live in these 10 northern Minnesota counties: Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Lake, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis. Since its establishment in 1949, the fund has distributed $52 million among 5,200 motivated young people.

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