Looking for and receiving scholarships can be the most exciting part of getting ready for college.  We have several wonderful resources for students to use when searching for scholarships. The first and easiest to access is the monthly scholarship list (starting in October) in the guidance office.  Mrs. Johnson (Amie) keeps a detailed listing of scholarships (local & national) that are available for students to apply for.  Stop by and pick one up!  We will also post the most current list on this website page and the bulletin board outside the high school office. Here are some helpful tidbits on searching for scholarships: 

Scholarship List   Updated 9/18/2017

Bird Island-Hawk Creek


Bird Island-Hawk Creek is offering five scholarships of $1,000 to five graduating seniors.  One scholarship will be presented to a student that will be furthering his/her education in the agricultural field and the other four will be presented to four students entering a non-agricultural field.

Deadline for applications: December 1st, 2017

*You can get applications for this scholarship in the high school office.

West Central Smiles

Two $500.00 Scholarships Awarded

1) Must be a high school senior graduating in the spring of 2018 from Cedar Mountain, Echo Charter, Lakeview, Redwood Valley, Sleepy Eye, Springfield, St. Mary’s or Wabasso (South Region).

2) Strong leadership roles, not necessarily high GPA.

3) Cannot be an immediate family member of an employee of West Central Smiles

Deadline for applications: March 19th, 2018

*You can get applications for this scholarship in the high school of

2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Click on the link to apply: or
Deadline for applications: November 7, 2017
To be eligible to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, applicants must meet the following criteria*:
  • Be in grades 5-12 as of November 7, 2017, and a legal resident of one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.
  • Have participated in a volunteer activity at least in part after September 1, 2016.
  • Complete and submit an online application by November 7, 2017, to a school principal or the head of one of the program's designated organizations.
How to Apply:
  • Visit or
  • Complete the application and the student/parent agreement; then, on the "certification" page, print and deliver your instructions to your certifier.
  • Certifiers review your applications online and select Local Honoree(s) for state-level judging.

The Horatio Alger Scholarship
Click on the link to apply: 
Deadline for applications: October 25, 2017

To be eligible to apply for a Horatio Alger State Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria*:
  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen
How to Apply: IMPORTANT: In order for an application to be considered complete the applicant's counselor must complete a Certifications Form online
  • One Support Form completed online. This must be completed by an adult over the age of 21 who is not related to the applicant and who is aware of the adversities mentioned in the application. This form must be filled out online. Faxes,emails, or letters will not be accepted.
  • Online Certification From. A login will be emailed to the to the applicant's counselor.
  • High school transcript. Applicants should up load a transcript through the application. Transcripts must be submitted online.
  • Income Verification. A copy of the first page of the applicant's parent(s) federal tax return (1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ or 1099 SSA-Social Security form) or tax transcript (request a tax transcript here from 2016 is needed in order to verify income stated on the application. If an applicant's parents were not required  to file a tax return, include statement copies of any government benefits, such as Public Assistance or Disability payment documents. Income verifications may be uploaded online or sent by mail. Applicants of divorced or legally separated parents need to submit tax forms from both parents. NO EMAILS OR FAXES ACCEPTED.

College/University Scholarships
The next place you can look for scholarships is at the college you will be attending.  The bulk of your scholarship and grant money will come directly from your college, so pay close attention to deadlines and requirements.  We have listed the most common college scholarship links below.  If your college is not listed here, simply visit their website and search for scholarships or financial aid.

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Southwest Minnesota State University

University of MN, Twin Cities

St. Cloud State University

Ridgewater College

MN West

South Dakota State University

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National Scholarships
The last place to search is the internet.  We have listed several reputable sites below.  Simply input some basic information on these sites and you will receive a listing of scholarships that are available to you.  These listings contain national scholarships which are very competitive, so start early!
Tip: DO NOT apply for any scholarship that is asking for money - there are a lot of scams out there so be aware.