Welcome to the NKHS scholarship page!

While this is not a comprehensive list of all scholarships, this is the best place to find local and regional scholarships. Please see the Post-Secondary Planning page for additional scholarship search resources.


This page is continuously updated throughout the school year. If you find a link to last year's application/information, please be patient. It will be updated with current year information as soon as the scholarship providers update us.

School Specific Scholarships (various deadlines):

List of scholarship opportunities by school (Minnesota colleges/universities only):  http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/sPages/scholarshipsAll.cfm

Scholarships from Minnesota North College (includes the campuses formerly known as HCC, ICC, Mesabi Range, Rainy River and Vermillion): https://minnesotanorth.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/scholarships/

October Deadlines

November Deadlines

December Deadlines

Rotary Essay Contest: Chance to win between $50-$150 at the local level and up to $1250 at the regional level. Open to juniors and seniors.

Deadline: December 15

How to apply: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XOJUcrnJL8jmtLiH_P2xLsMvSPZ8g5E4/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=110764074223547012722&rtpof=true&sd=true

Hagan Scholarship: Scholarship for high achieving students from rural areas (NK is a qualifying school) who plan to attend a 4 year college or university. Up to $6000 per semester! Must have a 3.75 or better GPA, work at least 240 hours during your senior year before you start college (summer job OK too) and have financial need (you will need to submit your SAR from the FAFSA).

Deadline: December 1

How to apply: https://haganscholarships.org/

January Deadlines

Polymet STEM scholarship: $5000 scholarship for a Minnesota senior interested in STEM fields. Students involved in robotics and related activities especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline: January 15

How to apply: https://polymetmining.com/miningforexcellence/?utm_source=engage&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mining_for_excellence_2021&utm_term=to_supporters

Lake Country Power: The Les Beach Memorial Scholarship is a renewable scholarship (up to $4000 over 4 years) for graduating seniors with a 2.5 GPA or better whose parent/guardian are Lake Country Power customers. Can be used for 2 or 4 year colleges or vocational programs.

Deadline: Portal window is January 1-January 31

How to apply: https://lakecountrypower.coop/high-school-scholarships

Alworth Scholarship: For students with a 3.5 or better GPA and a 25 or better ACT who are pursuing a 4 year degree in a STEM field (starting at a community college OK). $20,000 scholarship!

Deadline: January 15th (application portal opens November 1)

How to apply: https://www.alworthscholarship.org/index.html

Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation Scholarship: Apply for a variety of scholarships available to students in NE Minnesota in one place!

Deadline: January 15th (Portal opens Dec 1st)

How to apply: https://www.dsacommunityfoundation.org/scholarships

February Deadlines

Paul Bunyan/MTA scholarship: $2000 scholarship for students whose parents/guardians are Paul Bunyan customers.

Deadline: Must return application to Paul Bunyan Communications by February 24th. Drop off or mail to Grand Rapids office.

How to apply: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.mnta.org/resource/resmgr/forms/MTA-Scholarship-Form-2022.pdf

Paul Bunyan/FRS scholarship: $2500 scholarship for students whose parents/guardians are Paul Bunyan customers.

Deadline: February 25th

How to apply: https://www.frs.org/programs/youth-programs/scholarships

March Deadlines

MRC Foundation: Scholarships for students going to Mesabi Range College.

Deadline: March 20th

How to apply: https://www.mesabirange.edu/foundation/students

ICC Foundation: This is your "one stop shop" for scholarships from ICC! Must be planning to attend ICC.

Deadline: March 1

How to apply: https://iccfoundation.awardspring.com/

SFM Foundation: Scholarships available to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents while working for Minnesota or Iowa employers. Up to $10,000/year.

Deadline: March 31

How to apply: https://www.sfmfoundation.com/apply/

Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation: One application, multiple scholarship opportunities! Two scholarships specifically for NK students, many others open to all area students.

Deadline: Portal opens Feb 1st, closes March 1st

How to apply: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=gracfscholarship&

North Star Credit Union: $500 scholarship for an NK senior!

Deadline: March 25th

How to apply: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HFqO6kwLdmECcv0GjRtECUwn42dRVb-u/view?usp=sharing

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Scholarships: Two $500 scholarships. One for an area student planning to attend a 4 year college or university and one planning to pursue a 2 year degree or vocational certification.

Deadline: March 31st

How to apply: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PRk082wFBfl2xKT8O1o0X-1394c7pwoO/view?usp=sharing Email or mail completed application to the contact info on the cover page.

MnACC Scholarships: Open to Minnesota students of color, awards range from $500-$2000. Must be planning to attend a member institution (list of schools available in link.)

Deadline: March 21

How to apply: https://www.mnacc.org/Scholarships

Park State Bank:

Two $2500 scholarships available to high school seniors in the Park State Bank service area (Duluth & Iron Range). Must have a 3.0 or better GPA.

Deadline: March 4

How to apply: https://www.parkstatebank.com/about/park-state-bank-scholarship-program

8th District MSHS Scholarship: Minnesota State Horticultural Society scholarships are open to high school seniors in Minnesota's 8th district (includes Itasca and St. Louis Counties) who have a demonstrated interest in horticulture/gardening/landscaping.

Deadline: March 15

How to apply: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XjZSfU-Fu3cXeAZg-4oz75RiOQtpuUpz/view?usp=sharing

Keewatin VFW: Open to NKHS seniors

Deadline: First Friday in March

How to apply: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Lf3_HoplU_nsYTABZCPetDEySAHrabC2-uEWxEdxCps/edit?usp=sharing

April Deadlines

Nashwauk American Legion Auxiliary: Open to NK senior girls.

Deadline: April 15th Extended to May 2nd!

How to apply: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wLQs8Q-rJ9E0P3ku64NWa3HQhlR6vwPtmmvRVhuV8CM/edit?usp=sharing

Nashwauk American Legion: Open to NK senior boys.

Deadlne: April 15th Extended to May 2nd!

How to apply:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1msQVe65l51Y8Q-WgcvAKwus26F24xjwO/view?usp=sharing

MRC Almuni: Scholarships for students going to Mesabi Range College.

Deadline: April 1st

How to apply: https://www.mesabirange.edu/about/alumni

Knights of Columbus: For students who attend either St. Cecilia's or Mary Immaculate churches.

Deadline: April 15th

How to apply: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19ZHnWJF8UEYIBY6rpSWavHUmJRiHTC4i/view?usp=sharing

Nashwauk Fireplugs: $2000 scholarship open to students living in the Nashwauk Fire protection area (Nashwauk, Nashwauk township, Buck Lake area).

Deadline: April 30th

How to apply:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yuOIDEuSaf_qlbMHHVLG9tFmQ0jRqHkU/view?usp=sharing

Grand Rapids Centennial Rotary:

Three $1000 scholarships for Itasca area students attending any post-secondary program. Essay required. To learn more about Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en

 If you have questions on how to proceed with the essay, you may call Lois Lang at 327-0600.

Deadline: April 8

How to apply: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OlrzFEHjeNE_jeXV5kaRqY67xFf6fvXUICALdT9peHM/edit?usp=sharing

ALI Scholarship: Open to current seniors or recent graduates who are attending or plan to attend HCC, ICC or Mesabi Range. Preference given to students studying engineering, healthcare, industrial technology, construction or automotive. $2000 scholarship!

Deadline: April 15

How to apply: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1piG9qlSGMs2MdyY6_cxrj1XyeY0ajYKG/view?usp=sharing

Hibbing Rotary: The Donald O. Hilligoss II Memorial Scholarship is open to students in Hibbing area high schools (including NK) who demonstrate an outstanding effort in the area of community service. $1000.

More info/criteria: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xk53EuQFADdJ9pB9RJWh4s4TlBtSeeVL/view?usp=sharing

How to apply: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PsCXjnSMdOhMplfZ03pmAdtuACzr2JIw/view?usp=sharing

Deadline: April 22nd Extended to 4/26, turn in to Mrs. Tucci (do not mail).

Nashwauk Area Community Foundation: Two $1000 scholarships, one for a student planning to attend a traditional college and one for a student planning to attend a trade or vocational program.

Deadline: April 15

How to apply: https://form.jotform.com/220203740580141

Paul Bunyan Local Scholarship: $500 each will go to one NKHS senior girl and one senior boy. No minimum GPA required to apply. Paul Bunyan customer preferred, but not required.

Deadline: April 1

How to apply: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ljtgHQA0mCRiwklquIbEWhR_lgAeolPl6100clsoRm0/edit?usp=sharing

HCC Foundation: Scholarship portal for students planning to attend HCC. One application, multiple scholarship opportunities!

Deadline: April 1

How to apply: https://foundationhcc.org/about-foundation/scholorship-application

Michigan Tech Iron Range Alumni Scholarship: $500 scholarship for graduates of any Iron Range high school who plan to attend Michigan Tech.

Deadline: April 1

How to apply: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1q0g1MKMScREkAoS0hcglPlPpn7gtLL5r/view?usp=sharing

AFSCME Al Church Scholarship: Open to the children or grandchildren of AFSCME (American federation of state, county and municipal employees) Council 65 members or retirees.

Deadline: April 15

How to apply: https://www.afscme65.org/system/files/2021-2022alchurchscholarshipapplicationform1.pdf

"Swede" Virgil Rostvold Memorial: Open to NK seniors who plan to attend either ICC or HCC.

Deadline: April 15th

How to apply: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u7YHk7ticV27_aTDY60yFTyWSTRGSkIG/view?usp=sharing

Louis DeNucci Memorial: Open to NK seniors planning to attend a vocational/technical college.

Deadline: April 15th

How to apply: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SJ_Tps9JQySJtAJXjOum9R0InhmTvFrhT8Qs-JwvSC0/edit?usp=sharing

Hibbing Elks Lodge 1022: Open to graduating seniors who plan to attend college in the fall.

Deadline: 2nd Friday in April

How to apply: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13mqNafToY6BNCQCMZCoTV-qUbej6-_HKm0XFkYagSNc/edit?usp=sharing

Keewatin American Legion: Open to NK seniors

Deadline: April 1st

How to apply: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MrEU1HMVxWSPKaN2wvrY6IDp0J8O7wrq/view?usp=sharing

Disabled American Veterans of Itasca County, Chapter 13: Open to NKHS seniors pursuing higher education at a vocational/technical school

Deadline: last Friday in April

How to apply: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s9z6JSZ8N0Th2bDYXjLDw26EI2KjQkqIdidAkVzwLl8/edit?usp=sharing

East Side Neighbors: Open to graduating seniors from the Pengiilly/Swan Lake area.

Deadline: April 15

How to apply: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XC2duSLwldI2Uv-KfevgDA_S5DevLdvq/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=110764074223547012722&rtpof=true&sd=true

NK Teachers Local 1444: Open to all graduating NK seniors.

Deadline: Last Friday in April

How to apply: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VpWRWHb2jSuzVEa6ZDzCEifVq87mI0Pf0nyQqY993z8/edit?usp=sharing

May Deadlines

Friends of Brad Memorial Scholarship: Open to students who plan to attend a college with an established music department. Music majors strongly preferred.

Deadline: May 15th

How to apply: directions (must create YouTube video): http://friendsofbrad.org/initiatives/scholarships/

Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeytphNyyBFwoOM6LXdrvYY0hCxLIyAln1cprzim_PoHMrwlQ/viewform

Blandin Grants: Up to $5,000 per year for low-middle income families in our area. NK seniors are strongly encouraged to apply for this one!

Deadline: May 1st (scholarship portal opens January 2nd)

How to apply: https://blandinfoundation.org/programs/itasca-area/education-grants/

TC Energy: $2500-$5000 Scholarships available to students in TC Energy's project areas (northern MN included). Three scholarship programs: STEM, trades and Indigenous legacy.

Deadline: May 6th

How to apply: https://www.tcenergy.com/community-giving/scholarships/US/

Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Open to students in the NE Minnesota with a 3.0 or better GPA who are the grandchild, niece, nephew, etc. of a Vietnam era veteran.

Deadline: May 14th

How to apply: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c0wla5Yo9Qk8wFQXmtXEj90FugSUdPr_/view?usp=sharing

Hibbing Lodge of Perfection: Open to area students who plan to go to any post-secondary program (college, tech school, etc.)

Deadline: May 15th

How to apply: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10yenYGO_uKwJRmxGPUHymRm5M31gZmvL/view?usp=sharing

Summer Deadlines

JET scholarship opportunities: Up to $6500/year for qualified students going into trades and technical fields (i.e, welding, electrical, nursing, lab tech, etc.)

Deadline: June 30th

More info: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DThhS6WXtn2j7h27kbklwQadW-EnpWDz/view?usp=sharing

Application: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sHNOWNlCwX-TRy8NagTC8XoJH09W31cS/view?usp=sharing

StudentScholarshps.org: Various scholarship opportunities

Deadline: Various (May-August)

How to apply: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1youZlFt6jvQGPcynAT-liWCGHRC2x-u7f4ELKUoZ8Mk/edit?usp=sharing