Scholarships

NOTE: Scholarships are open to current Owatonna seniors only unless otherwise indicated in the scholarship description below.

NO-COST SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH SIGHTS:
http://www.college-scholarships.com/free_scholarship_searches.htm
http://www.studentscholarships.org/

NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITES:
www.fastweb.com

NCAA SCHOLARSHIPS:
www.ncaa.org
www.scholarshipexperts.com
www.scholarships.com


SCHOLARSHIP TOOLS:
Online GPA calculator, contact information for United States schools, colleges and universities,
a list of colleges offering comprehensive programs for students with learning disabilities,
online degree programs, and much, much more!
http://www.college-scholarships.com
http://www.smartscholar.com/student-loan-guide/

Also check for scholarship opportunities at the university or college you plan to attend.

NOTE:  Any scholarships listed below that have Due Date "To Be Determined" means that we have not yet received this year's application from the scholarship committee providing the scholarship.  Check back often and when a date is listed under "Due Date" then you should be able to click on a link to download the current year's application.

Local Scholarships


TRIPLE "A" ACADEMICS, ARTS, AND ATHLETICS AWARD SCHOLARSHIP 

Triple "A" is a recognition program the League has sponsored since 1988.  The award goes to student who have a 3.0 or higher grade point average and who participate in athletic and fine arts activities.

Submit to Marc Achterkirch in the OHS Athletics Office.

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

AAUW OWATONNA SCHOLARSHIP (2 - $1,000)

Awarded to a female graduate of a Steele County School District.  The recipients must have completed 12 credits of post-secondary studies.  

**Note - this scholarship is for students currently attending an accredited college or university.  You must have graduated in the year 2021 or before.

Submit completed applications to:
Marla Holt, 1672 Wedgewood Dr. NE, Owatonna, MN  55060

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

Allina Health Orthopedics Sports Medicine Scholarship (2 - $2,500)

Allina Health Orthopedics is proud to continue its effort to advance sports medicine and orthopedic care throughout Minnesota with the 14th Annual Allina Health Orthopedics Sports Medicine scholarship for student athletes.  We will offer a scholarship to one female and one male student athlete who intends to attend college to pursue a career in sports medicine.

Return application to:  Brent B. Millikin, Manager of Sports Medicine, Podiatry and Orthopedic Services, 8100 West 78th St, Suite 225, Edina, MN  55439

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

ANDREW LAWRENCE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (5 - $1,500)

Applicants must be an incoming college freshman, sophomore, junior or senior attending a 4 year college or university. Applicants must have either received their Catholic education at St. Mary’s or St. Isidore’s Catholic schools or through REP in Owatonna or Litomysl and continues to be an active and practicing Catholic. Eligible applicants must be in good academic standing with a minimum high school GPA of 2.8.

Return application to:
Andrew Lawrence Memorial Scholarship Fund
PO Box 862
Owatonna, MN  55060

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

BEATRICE NATZEL AMERICANISM SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $500)
 

This scholarship is in place to award post-secondary financial assistance to an Owatonna or Medford school district student, in memory of Beatrice Natzel and her endless dedication to educating youth and adults about Americanism.  Applicants must have participated in the V.F. W Voice of Democracy or Young American Patriotic Art programs within the last four years.

Return application to:
Beatrice Natzel Americanism Scholarship Committee
ATtn:  Gege Abraham, VFW Auxiliary 3723 Americanism Chair
135 Oakdale St, PO Box 767
Owatonna, MN 55060

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

BECKY HOFMANN MORRIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $1,000)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

Must be an Owatonna High School Senior attending a 2 or 4 year college or university. The applicant must be planning on majoring in natural resource science, conservation, or environmental studies.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

BRUCE LARSON SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $1,200)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

The applicant must be of Somali descent with the award to be used towards a two or four year postsecondary education.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  Expired


 

CHARLES AND NORMA BUXTON SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $5,000 – renewable up to four years)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

Academics, character, financial need and recommendations are emphasized in this award given to a graduating senior planning to attend a two or four-year college or university. An essay is submitted about how Owatonna has contributed to the applicant and what he/she has become and how he/she might wish to give something back to the community in the future.

Return Application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

CLASS OF ’58 SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $1,200)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

Open to high school seniors, alternating annually between a male and female. This year the scholarship is open to OHS females. Applicant must be attending a MN two or four year college or university, have a GPA of at least 2.0, and active in school, community, church, etc.

Return Application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

COMPEER FINANCIAL SCHOLARSHIP (123 - $1,500)
Note:  this is the former AgStar Financial Services Scholarship.  

The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America is the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, structured to support Compeer Financial’s mission to enrich agriculture and rural America. Compeer Financial’s Board of Directors has dedicated one percent of annual net earnings to support the Fund’s focus areas of agricultural advocacy and development, agriculture education, cooperative initiatives, rural development and community enrichment; and youth engagement.  High school seniors who have an agriculture or rural background, or plan to major in an agriculture-related field at a college, university or technical college are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.  Recipients are based on academic achievement, agricultural and community organization involvement and essays.  

Submit applications to:  Compeer Financial, PO Box 1219, Lakeville, MN  55044 or email to scholarships@compeer.com

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

C.P. MICKELSON EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP (2 - $500)

Awarded to a senior planning a career in education. Administered by the Owatonna Education Association.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

DAR GOOD CITIZEN SCHOLARSHIP (1 - varying amounts)

The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.  This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, school and communities.  

If you would like to apply for this scholarship, please see your counselor.  It will require a personal statement and essay to be submitted for review.

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

DAVE SCHROEDER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT (1 - $400)

This scholarship will be awarded to an Owatonna High School senior who is enrolled in a two or four year law enforcement program in the fall. Priority will be given to those involved in the Explorers Club; however, others are welcome to apply. Applicants must show proof of enrollment in a law enforcement program.

Return application to:
Susanne Schroeder
Owatonna Middle School
500 15th St NE
Owatonna, MN  55060

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

DARLA SCALES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500)

Students who wish to continue their education and pursue an office related career, preferably in the education field. Applicants must be a Minnesota resident.

Return application to:
Carol Skyhawk, MAEOP Scholarship Chair
Stewartville Public Schools, District Office
301 2nd Street SW
Stewartville, MN  55976

DUE DATE:  To Be Determined


 

DELTA KAPPA GAMMA SCHOLARSHIP ($500)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

Delta Kappa Gamma International is a women's educational society whose main purpose is to further educational growth for women.  The Owatonna/Waseca branch of Delta Kappa Gamma educators is offering a scholarship to a senior at Owatonna High School.  This scholarship is designated for a female student pursuing a degree in education at an accredited college.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  To Be Determined


 

DENNIS JOHNSON TRADES SCHOLARSHIP ($500)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

Dennis Johnson was a hardworking, self taught man who graduated from Owatonna High School and worked his whole life remodeling houses and selling homes.  He also had rental property.  We started this scholarship to honor the person who works with their hands.  This scholarship is open to students who are planning on going into the trades (building, plumbing, electrical, etc.).

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

DON TUERK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (3 - $1,000)

Don Tuerk was a community-minded Owatonna native and Owatonna Fireman.  Don was a long time and very active Eagles Aerie 1791 member.  He passed away on December 20, 2015.  In keeping with Don's values and the Owatonna Eagles mission, The Owatonna Eagles has established this memorial scholarship in his name to assist students seeking furthering their education in a public service field.

Return application to:  Owatonna Eagles Club, 140 E Rose St, Owatonna, MN  55060

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

DREW WOODWICK MEMORIAL FOR CULINARY ARTS SCHOLARSHIP (1-$1,000)

Available to students enrolled in a certificate, association degree or bachelor degree-seeking program in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, or other food service-related program at an accredited Minnesota college or university.

Return application to:
Drew Woodwick Memorial Scholarship Committee
c/o Robin Woodwick
PO Box 249
Hayfield, MN 55940

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

EDWARD STEPANEK SCHOLARSHIP (2 - $10,000 - renewable for four years for students who remain in good standing at his/her university)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)


Open to OHS seniors who are in good academic standing. Applicant must intend to major in science, math, engineering, or the medical field and planning to attend a four year, public university.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

ELKS COMMUNITY/TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $1,000)

Applicants must be a senior graduating from any public or private high school in Steele County.  Applicants must be planning on attending a two-year community/technical college to prepare for a technical career.

This scholarship asks for a "personal data sheet".  This is like an educational resume.  You can get a copy of one in the Career Center or you can create your own with your accomplishments, extra curricular, awards, jobs, etc. that you have had thus far in your life.

Return Application To: 
Scholarship Committee
Owatonna Elks Lodge #1395
126 East Vine
Owatonna, MN  55060

DUE DATE: EXPIRED


 

ELKS MOST VALUABLE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP (4- $1,000)

The Most Valuable Student scholarship is available to high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Applications are judged on academics, leadership, service and financial need.

Return Application To:  Submitted Online

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)

College-bound high school seniors who are the children or grandchildren of dues-paying Elks are welcome to apply. Applicants compete against other children and grandchildren from the state of their sponsoring Elks Lodge. They are judged on the core values of the Elks National Foundation: knowledge, charity, community service and integrity.

Return Application To:  Submitted Online

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

ERIC SCHWANKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $1,000)

Applicant must be a high school senior planning on attending an accredited post-secondary school in diesel technology.

Return Application To:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

ERTEL SCHOLARSHIP (Numerous – varying amounts)

Sponsored by a Waseca law firm for students pursuing an education in medicine, nursing, music or fine arts. Stress is placed upon academics, activity involvement and recommendations. You must be a Steele County resident to apply.

*THIS IS A 2 PART APPLICATION: DOWNLOAD BOTH THE SCHOLARSHIP AND THE RECOMMENDATION FORM*

Return completed applications & recommendations to:
Ertel Scholarship
c/o Patton, Hoversten & Berg, P.A.
215 Elm Avenue East
Waseca, MN  56093

DUE DATE:  To Be Determined


 

FEDERATED INSURANCE BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP (2 - $1,000)

Awards will be given to students furthering their education in the area of business, computer or office support at a two or four-year college. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be pursuing his/her post-secondary education in the field of business.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

FEDERATED CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIP (multiple varying amounts)

Thanks to the generosity of Federated Insurance and the Federated Challenge we are offering scholarships for students to attend part-time or full-time, non-four year education or training program at an accredited Minnesota post-secondary school that focuses on obtaining an apprenticeship, certificate or associate’s degree.  Candidates need to have been mentored by Big Brothers Big Sisters for a minimum of 18 months, or was a High School Big for a minimum of 18 months and is planning to enroll part-time or full-time in a non-four year program at a trade, technical or community college or another accredited Minnesota postsecondary school to obtain an apprenticeship, certificate or associate's degree.

DUE DATE: EXPIRED


 

FEDERATED CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP (2 - $500)


FECU is offering two $500 scholarships to credit union members. Any individual that is a member of Federated Employees Credit Union attending a college or university, graduate or law school, 2- or 4-year program or community or technical college is eligible.

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

FFA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP (multiple varying amounts)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

Available to students planning a career in agriculture or related fields. Applicants must have taken an agriculture class at OHS to apply.

Return application to:  Liz Tinaglia, OHS

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

FULL CIRCLE COUNSELING AND WELLNESS SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $500)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

Full Circle Counseling and Wellness, PC offers scholarships to Owatonna Senior High School graduating seniors who are pursuing a 4-year degree in psychology or social work with the intention of pursuing licensure as a psychotherapist. Full Circle Counseling and Wellness, PC provides individual, family and couples therapy in Owatonna to support people pursuing personal and relational growth as well as emotional healing. The need for qualified professionals in this field in southern Minnesota is great. Full Circle Counseling and Wellness, PC hopes to encourage young people interested in helping others be the best they can be to pursue a rewarding career in psychotherapy in southern Minnesota.

Return application to Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office 

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

GISLE A. & EVA M. JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP (Numerous awards, $1000-$3000)

The late Gisle and Eva Johnson, long-time Owatonna residents, left a living legacy for their community in the form of a $1 million endowment.  The interest earned from the endowment funds educational scholarships for Owatonna students.  Gisle Johnson was the most senior active Mercedes dealer in the United States prior to his retirement in 1988.  He and his wife, Eva, had worked side by side in the car business since 1950.  The couple was also active church members. 

These scholarships are open to any graduating seniors or graduates planning to be enrolled at least half-time at an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school (age 35 or younger).

Complete application here 

DUE DATE:  May 31, 2022


 

GRANDPARENTS FOR EDUCATION (1 - $500)

Presented to a high school senior planning to attend a two or four year college or university. Applicant must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and demonstrate financial need.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE: EXPIRED


 

GOPHER SPORT/MALCOLM STEPHENSON STUDENT ATHLETE SCHOLARSHIP (2 - $2,500)

Presented to one graduating female and one graduating male student from OHS. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and must have lettered in a varsity sport while at OHS. Emphasis will be placed upon good sportsmanship, behavior and moral character.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Main Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS COLLEGE ALUMNI REFERRAL SCHOLARSHIP (multiple - $1,000 renewable for 4 years for a total of $4,000)

Any student who is planning on attending Gustavus in the Fall should email Shannon DeWitz in the OHS Main office (sdewitz@isd761.org) to let her know of your intentions.  Once she has your name she will try to pair you with a Gustavus graduate who can then refer your name to Gustavus to receive $1,000 (renewable up to 4 years) above and beyond your calculated financial aid package if you choose to attend Gustavus.

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

HOMETOWN CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP (2 - $1,000 & 2 - $500)

Must be a HomeTown Federal Credit Union member for at least six months from application deadline. Must be a graduating high school senior planning to attend a private or public college, university, community college or technical college.

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

HORATIO ALGER ASSOCIATION STATE SCHOLARSHIP (multiple - $10,000)
The Horatio Alger Association’s scholarship programs are among the few in the nation that specifically focus on identifying young people who, similar to its Members, have overcome exceptional hardships.  Despite facing adversities in their young lives, Horatio Alger Scholars have proven their ability to succeed. 

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

HORATIO ALGER TARGETED SCHOLARSHIP (varying amounts)
The Association offers several scholarship programs that either require an applicant to pursue a specific degree or attend a specific university.  These specialized programs are funded through the generosity of individual Horatio Alger Members.  

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

HORATIO ALGER ASSOCIATION CAREER & TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIP (multiple - $2,500)

The Career & Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr.  Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States.

Download application here

DUE DATE:  June 15, 2022


 

INNOVANCE MANUFACTURING SCHOLARSHIP (2 - $5,000/yr for 2 years)

This scholarship provides students in rural Southern Minnesota the assistance needed to further education in manufacturing related career opportunities.  

Submit application to:  Innovance Inc., Attention:  Steve Tufte, Innovance CFO, 505 W. Front Street, Albert Lea, MN  56007

Submit scholarships to:  Innovance Inc, AttnL Steve Tufte, Innovance CF), 505 W. Front Street, Albert Lea, MN  56007

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

JEFF KATH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $5,000)

Jeff Kath was a proud community member who gave countless hours of service that directly impacted individuals, programs and the betterment of our surrounding communities. Upon his death, family and friends committed time and energy to raise funds for scholarships in Jeff’s name that will recognize students dedicated to community service in the hopes that it will continue the spirit of giving!   Applicants must be graduating from a public or private high school in Steele or Waseca County, planning to attend a 2 or 4-year college program and show a strong commitment to their education and service to others within their community.  

Return application to:
Jeff Kath Memorial Scholarship Committee
2112 Harbour Oak Dr SE
Owatonna, MN  55060

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

JENNIE-O TURKEY STORE COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP (50 - $1,000 and 2 - $6,000)

This scholarship has several opportunities with specific criteria. Pay close attention to the requirements.  Only company employees and their dependents are eligible to apply for the Jennie-O Turkey Store scholarship.

Return application to:
Jennie-O Turkey Store Scholarship
34 North 7th Street
Barron, WI 54812

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

JUNE A. & MELANIE NELSON SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN (2-$1,500)

This non-traditional scholarship is to be used to assist women to further their education.  To be eligible, applicants must be a female and have an Owatonna mailing address or have worked at an Owatonna business for at least the past two years.

Download application here

Return application to:
Jill Holmes, Scholarship Coordinator
1135 Jadden Lane SE
Owatonna, MN  55060

DUE DATE:  June 25 (fall semester) and October 25 (spring semester)


 

KENNETH AND MELANIE NELSON SCHOLARSHIP (1-$1,000)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

Scholarship will be awarded to an Owatonna High School senior. Applicant must be a female Somali student attending a post-secondary degree program.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  To Be Determined


 

KIDS KORNER EDUCARE CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP (2 - $500)

One scholarship will be awarded to a student who has attended Kids Korner as a child, and is currently a Steele County resident.  The second scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who is either a graduating high school senior or a high school graduate planning on, or currently attending, an accredited post-secondary school in an Education Program and/or Early Childhood Program.

Return application to:  
Kid's Korner Educare Center Inc.
Attn:  Dan or Jennifer Buck
600 Florence Ave.
Owatonna, MN  55060

DUE DATE:  To Be Determined


 

KIWANIS CLUB OF OWATONNA SCHOLARSHIP (multiple $500)

Applicant must be Owatonna High School Seniors. Recipients are selected on leadership, active participation in school and community activities, and character.  Being a Key Club member is not mandatory but will be taken into consideration.  Financial need is taken into consideration.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Main Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

KRFO/KAT KOUNTRY “SCHOLAR DOLLARS” SCHOLARSHIP (multiple $500)

An OHS scholarship committee will evaluate students based upon citizenship, activities and community service emphasizing fine arts, athletics and student government. Focus will be placed upon students who may not have received any other scholarships.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

LEROY AND LEONA STOCKWELL SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $500)

This scholarship is available to OHS wrestlers who are graduating this year and will be seeking further education (college, vo-tech, community college, etc.)

Return Completed Applications to:
Owatonna Wrestling Association
PO Box 961
Owatonna, MN  55060

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

LEE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $1,000)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

The Lee Foundation is focused on opening opportunities for Minnesota students pursuing the fields of science, technology and engineering.  To recognize talent and curiosity in this space, it seeks to award merit-based scholarships to further these students' post-secondary educations.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

LTO (LITTLE THEATRE OF OWATONNA) VETA ALEXANDER SCHOLARSHIP (Several – varying amounts)

This scholarship is available to graduating seniors who have been accepted at an accredited two or four-year college for a full-time course of study. Student should exhibit an interest in the performing arts. Recipients are selected based on academic record, community involvement, leadership quality, school activities, and LTO involvement.

Return application to:
Little Theatre of Owatonna
Attn: Scholarship Committee Chairperson
PO Box 64
Owatonna, MN 55060

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED

LTO (LITTLE TEATRE OF OWATONNA) SARAH FOREMAN MEMORIAL POST SECONDARY SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000)

This scholarship is meant to recognize and support post-secondary education of a current Stteele County resident or a previous (prior to this year) graduate of STeele County high school whose career plans, studies and/or participation in theatre distinguish him/her and support further theatre involvement.

Download application here

Return application to:
Little Theatre of Owatonna
Attn: Scholarship Committee Chairperson
PO Box 64
Owatonna, MN 55060

DUE DATE:  June 3, 2022


 

JOSEPH CUNDIFF MEMORIAL & MAGGIE DIXON HONORARY SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $500)

Maggie (Cundiff) Dixon attended Luther College from 1961 to 1964; she went on to MSU and graduated from there in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and she minored in Spanish.  Maggie did her student teaching at Lincoln Elementary School and went on to each second grade at McKinley Elementary School in 1966.  In 1985 Maggie moved back to Owatonna and taught 7 1/2 years in the Title One Program at Washington Elementary and also taught two trimesters of Early Bird Spanish during that time as well.  After retiring Maggie continued to sub within the District for the elementary schools and provided private tutoring.  

Joe (Joseph) Charles Cundiff, Maggie's son, was born October 16, 1973 and died November 28, 2016.  Joe was an elementary student at Jefferson Elementary School in Faribault (Kindergarten through 5th grade) and then attended Owatonna (6th through 12th grade).  Joe graduated in 1992 and joined the Marines that fall.  He was active/inactive for eight years.  Joe married Krissy Thorsrud in 1998 and they have two children, Sophie and Joey. 

Maggie would like to give this scholarship to an OHS student who wants to go into elementary education and help support them in making their dream come true.

Return application to:
Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

 

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

MAIN STREET DENTAL CLINIC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS (5 - $500 + $500 more when enrolled in actual dental program)

Offered to high school graduates interested in a future career in dentistry.

DUE DATE:  First-come basis


 

MANN MATH SCHOLARSHIP (4-5 varying amounts)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

Offered to graduating high school seniors.  Students should have an interest in Math related courses/fields.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Main Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

MEILAHN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $4,000 up to 4 years)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

The Meilahn Family Scholarship is open to a graduating senior from OHS who has earned at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA and who academic performance reflects consistent yearly progress and has been accepted in good standing at any accredited, public or private, four-year college or university in the United States.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Main Office

DUE DATE: EXPIRED


 

MELANIE & JUNE NELSON SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $1,000)

This scholarship is available to members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna, MN.  This scholarship is awarded to a female student planning to attend a post-high school institution or for those who are already in an advanced educational program, studying education or health care.  

Return applications to:
Melanie & June Nelson Scholarship Committee
Trinity Lutheran Church
609 S. Lincoln Ave
Owatonna, MN  55060

DUE DATE:  To Be Determined


 

MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $1,000)

During the 2020-21 school year Jeff Elstad, Superintendent for the Owatonna Public Schools served as president of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators.  As an honorarium for his time served, Mr. Elstad was granted a check for $1,000 in his name to be used at his discretion within the Owatonna Public Schools.  As a former special education teacher, Mr. Elstad would like to give a check for $1,000 to a student who is interested in pursuing a degree in K-12 Education, particularly special education.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

MIXED ROOTS SCHOLARSHIP (varying amounts)

Are you or will you be a high school senior?  How have you made a difference in your school and greater community through your own identity, diversity, and most importantly unity?  This scholarship is for you!  The Mixed Roots High School Scholarship will recognize and award student leaders that have been successful in their own work in Education, Diversity, and the greater Community. The overall mission and goals of the scholarship is to increase the initial number of scholarships and the number of Mixed Roots Scholars in the future.

Complete application here

DUE DATE:  April 29, 2022 (deadline extended through May 6, 2022)

MINNESOTA-DAKOTAS DISTRICT KIWANIS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, INC. SCHOLARSHIP (3 - $700)

Offered to graduating seniors who reside in MN, SD, or ND. Scholarship needs to be used for colleges or universities located in these three states.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

MINNESOTA PHEASANTS/STEELE COUNTY CHAPTER LARRY MCCARTHY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $500)

Awarded to a Steele County resident who has either been accepted at or is currently attending a two or four-year college, majoring in conservation, natural resources, forestry or conservation enforcement. Applicant must be active in both school and community.

Download application here

Return application to:
Kevin Stelter, V.P. Youth Education
1331 SE 58th St
Owatonna, MN 55060

DUE DATE:  May 27, 2022


 

NANCY A. SCHROHT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (2 - $500)

Given to one fast pitch softball team member and to one band member. Both students must be graduating seniors who display positive role model qualities, dedication, team spirit and exemplify Nancy Schroht’s kind, compassionate nature.

Download application here

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  May 13, 2022


 

OLSON-ANDERSON/OWATONNA CLINIC SCHOLARSHIP (12 - $1,000)

Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who are planning to attend an accredited medical training program at a college, university, vocation-technical school, for the entire upcoming 2012-13 academic year. Applicants must demonstrate leadership, and participation in school and community activities, honors, and work experience.

Return application to:
Olson-Anderson Owatonna Clinic Scholarship Program
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

DUE DATE:  To Be Determined


 

OPEN ARMS YELLOW RIBBON SUICIDE PREVENTION SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $1,000, 1 - $500)

The Open Arms Suicide Prevention Program is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness and preventing suicide. The Program will be giving one (1) scholarship in the amount of $500 to an individual who plans on attending an accredited college or technical college. In addition, a $1,000 scholarship is available to those students attending an accredited college in a mental health related field.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Main Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED

ORTIZ AVILA FAMILIA SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $1000)

​Being a first generation college student navigating the process of applying for schools can be difficult. On top of this, there are the financial burdens that come with attending a higher education institution. The Ortiz Avila Familia Scholarship was created to support the dreams and aspirations of Latinx students in Minnesota. We hope that financial need is never a reason for why you tell yourself, "it isn't possible." 

DUE DATE:  To Be Determined


 

OWATONNA ARTS CENTER SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $100)

Presented to a graduating senior or current college student enrolled in a two or four-year program in the arts. Many art forms are considered. Selection is based upon the applicant’s portfolio, academics, essay and a letter of recommendation.

Return application to:
Owatonna Arts Center
PO Box 134
Owatonna, MN  55060

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

OWATONNA BUSINESS WOMEN (OBW) SCHOLARSHIP (multiple varying amounts)

Given to young women who are Steele County residents and who have been active in school and community activities. There must be some degree of financial need.  There are three opportunities (one for high school students, one for continuing education students, and one for GED students).

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

OWATONNA FOUNDATION TECHNICAL/COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS (multiple varying amounts from $500 - $3,000)

Scholarships are awarded to assist students who will be attending non-four year programs at technical/community colleges to prepare themselves for technical careers. 

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED

Return applications to:  Jill Holmes, Owatonna Foundation Scholarship Coordinator, 1135 Jadden Lane SE, Owatonna, MN  55060

 

Non-Traditional Scholarship - Available to individuals who graduated with the class of 2021 or prior and are pursuing a non-four year program at a technical or community college.
Download application here

DUE DATE:  October 25, 2021 for spring Semester / June 25, 2022 for fall semester

Return applications to:  Jill Holmes, Owatonna Foundation Scholarship Coordinator, 1135 Jadden Lane SE, Owatonna, MN  55060

 

June A. & Melanie Nelson Scholarship for Women Non-Traditional - Available to women who are non-traditional students and/or returning students
Download application here

DUE DATE:  October 25, 2021 for spring Semester / June 25, 2022 for fall semester

Return applications to:  Jill Holmes, Owatonna Foundation Scholarship Coordinator, 1135 Jadden Lane SE, Owatonna, MN  55060


 

OWATONNA HOSPITAL AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIPS/DONALD SANFORD NURSING (Numerous – varying amounts)

A number of scholarships are available for eligible students. The Donald Sanford Fund scholarship is available to individuals who are planning on or currently enrolled in nursing programs. Recipients of these scholarships will be selected on the basis of need and merit. Those who are currently enrolled in nursing programs and looking to further your nursing education may apply for both scholarships. 

- Donald Sanford Nursing Scholarship - open to students entering their first year of nursing.

If you are unable to send letters or transcripts electronically please mail to:
Owatonna Hospital
Attn: Volunteer Services
2250 NW 26th St
Owatonna, MN 55060

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

OWATONNA PUBLIC UTILITIES SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $500 with possibility for more)

The Owatonna Public Utilities is accepting scholarship essays and applications with the subject of "Municipal Utilities:  Good for All of Us".  The winning recipient's application will be sent on to the Minnesota Utilities Association for entry in the Tom Bovitz Memorial Scholarship state-wide contest.

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

OWATONNA VETERAN'S OF FOREIGN WARS POST 3723 SCHOLARSHIP 1-$150, 2 - $100, 3 - $75, 4 - $50, 5 - $25)

This scholarship is available to current 9-12 graders.  This year's theme is "What Makes America Great".  

Return application to:  VFW Club (Oakdale Avenue)

DUE DATE:  To Be Determined


 

POWER OF ONE SCHOLARSHIP 1-$500

This scholarship is available to OHS seniors you are college bound and have experienced a time in their life that was changed by the actions of another person or your own actions changed the life of another.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

RICH & JUDY STRUNC MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $1,000)

Rich & Judy Strunc passed away too soon in life, and their daughters wanted to make sure their support of education would be carried on.  The scholarship criteria includes: planning to major in business and a love of family and the outdoors.

Return Completed Applications to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

RIVERLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP (500+ scholarships with varying amounts)

Riverland has more than 500 sponsored scholarships available through the Riverland Community College Foundation to help students achieve their educational goals.

Applky for scholarships here

DUE DATE:  March 31 (early deadline), June 15 (final deadline)


 

761 FOUNDATION'S STEELE COUNTY ROBERT CHLADEK SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $5,000)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

Robert Chladek, long time Clinton Falls farmer, had a desire to enhance educational opportunities for potential agribusiness students within Steele County.  This year the Foundation Board is pleased to award this scholarship to one student in Steele County pursuing an agribusiness degree at a college or university.  Therefore, this scholarship is open to any student who has taken some agriculture classes along with STEM and/or business curriculum. 

Submit applications to:  Liz Tinaglia, OHS Ag Department

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

ROB WILLMOTT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $500)

Given to a graduating OHS senior who has participated in student council, extra-curricular sports, choir or community volunteerism. Involvement is stressed.

Return application to:
R.O.B. Scholarship
Jeanne Willmott
1030 Grove Ave S.
Owatonna, MN 55060

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

ROEPKE CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP: (3- $500)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

**This scholarship is for former OHS students who graduated and are currently enrolled in college.
This scholarship is open to Owatonna Senior High School graduates currently enrolled in a two or four-year public or private post high school institution, or planning to return to such an institution for the next school year.

Doownload application here

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  May 13, 2022


 

RON BAKER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (1-$3,500)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

Ron Baker was born and raised in Owatonna and graduated from OHS.  He was co-captain of the 1954 OHS wrestling team that won the state championship.  Scholarship applicants must be a graduating senior who wrestled their senior year.  They must have at least a 3.0 GPA, have financial need, must be a letter winner and applying to a Division I, II or III school or an accepted technical school.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

SAINT JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH SCHOLARSHIP (up to 40 scholarships in the amount of $500-$1,000)

Available to any Steele County resident. You do not have to be a St. John Lutheran Church member. Awards are based on the number of qualified applicants and the amount of scholarship funds available for a given year. 

Grants are also available to St. John Lutheran Church members.

Return applications to:
St. John Lutheran Church
1301 Lincoln Avenue
Owatonna, MN 55060

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

SANDY MAZUR EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP (up to $2,500)

Recipients will be outstanding students of any age who demonstrate excellence in leadership and community service and wish to further their education through university programs, technical schools, or skilled training. All ages are encouraged to apply, so share the news with your employees, community partners, and clients.

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

STEELE-WASECA COOPERATIVE ELECTRIC SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $500)

Recipient must be a Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric consumer or immediate family member planning to further his/her education at a two or four-year college.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

STEVE STOCKWELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $500)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

This scholarship is given in remembrance of Steve Stockwell, who was a graduate of Owatonna High School, Class of '81.  Steve was a carpenter/cabinetmaker/woodworker by trade.  This scholarship is open to students pursuing vocational/technical training in carpentry, woodworking or cabinetmaking or other similar trade.

DUE DATE: EXPIRED


 

TED G. RINGHOFER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (1 - $1,000)
 

This annual scholarship is given in partnership by TPS Insurance Agency and the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Ambassadors in honor and memory of Ted G. Ringhofer who died of cancer in 1997. Ted was a graduate of OHS. While in school, Ted was in wrestling, was President of the Student Council, worked on homecoming floats and was involved in many other activities. He was President of Owatonna Chamber of Commerce for over 29 years and on the City Council for 24 years. Ted's respect for our community can be seen in his many years of dedication and volunteer work.

 

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

UNITED HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP (2 - $1,000)
(Administered by the 761 Foundation)

This scholarship is for Steele County residents of Hispanic Heritage.  Applicants must be of Hispanic Heritage, have at least one parent of Hispanic descent, be a graduating OHS/ALC senior and have a minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Return completed applications to:
Scholarship Chairman Chely Flores
500 15th St NE
Owatonna, MN  55060

DUE DATE: EXPIRED


 

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, WASECA SOUTHERN SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP (2 - $500)

This scholarship is available to current high school seniors whose parent or grandparent is an alum of the University of Minnesota-Waseca or the Southern School of Agriculture. Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher GPA, and are pursuing a 2- or 4-year post secondary degree.

Return Applications to:
Alumni Scholarship Committee
Southern Research & Outreach Center
35838 120th St.
Waseca, MN 56093
or E-mail it to nelson nelson191@umn.edu

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

VFW NATIONAL ANTHEM SINGING CONTEST (varying amounts)

Open to youth K-12 enrolled in a public, private, parochial or home study program in the US.  

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

VFW "OUTSTANDING YOUNG VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Open to students 7-12 grade. Contestants must provide information requested on the entry form and submit an essay of 150 words explaining, "Why I Am A Volunteer" telling how their volunteer efforts go above and beyond normal activities.

Return applications to:
Trudy Pierce
Owatonna Ladies Auxiliary President/Youth Chairman
2015 LaCasa Ln SE
Owatonna, MN 55060

or trlpierce@charter.net

DUE DATE:  To Be Determined


 

VFW “VOICE OF DEMOCRACY” PROGRAM (Several – varying amounts)

Open to grades 9-12 currently enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home-school. This competition is based upon a 3-5 minute original essay recorded on a CD or flash-drive about a designated patriotic subject (My Responsibility to America).

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

VFW “YOUNG AMERICAN CREATIVE PATRIOTIC ART CONTEST” (5 – varying amounts)

Applicant must submit artwork within criteria stated on the application. Recognition will be given to students whose artwork illustrates a patriotic theme with a meaningful message attached that explains their entry. Students who apply for this award are also eligible to apply for the Beatrice Natzel Americanism Scholarship that becomes due in the spring of their senior year.

Return application to:  Shannon DeWitz, OHS Office

DUE DATE:  EXPIRED


 

WILLIAM WARNER KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SCHOLARSHIP (One or more – varying amounts)

Catholic Church members who are sons/daughters of Knights of Columbus or deceased members and who are planning to attend a Catholic college/university will receive preference for this scholarship. This scholarship uses the same application form as the Knights of Columbus Scholarship.

Return application to:
Knights of Columbus
Attn:  William Warner Scholarship Committee
Owatonna Council 945
PO Box 945
Owatonna, MN  55060

DUE DATE:  To Be Determined