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Professional Education Scholarships

The Professional Education Department has approximately 30 scholarship endowment funds.  

Applications, instructions, and other materials for the scholarships can be picked up in the Professional Education Office, BE 339.  Applications are due February 17, 2014.  Return completed scholarship application folders to the Professional Education Office, BE 339.  Applications will not be accepted after this date.  Applications will not be eligible for any scholarship if requirements are not specifically met.  Failure to follow directions exactly will result in disqualification.  Awardees will be notified by letter prior to March 31, 2014.  Awardees are expected to write a thank you letter to the endowment donor.

Post baccalaureate students are not eligible for awards.  Do not apply if you will graduate by Summer 2014.

Students who have received departmental scholarships in the past do not automatically receive a scholarship again. Applicants must apply each year with the same potential opportunity.

Questions about Professional Education Scholarships can be directed to:
Teresa LaFriniere, 218-755-2934

Scholarship Requirements

  1. You must have at least sophomore status as of Fall 2014 to apply, although most of the scholarships require junior and/or senior status.  The Ray Nelson scholarship is one exception and is limited to entering freshman.
  2. You must have an overall grade point average of at least 2.50 as of the end of the Fall 2013 semester. Some scholarships require higher GPAs, but the selection committee will match your application to one of those.

Note: Although the scholarship money is usually divided between the two semesters of the academic year, recipients who will finish in Fall 2013 with their student teaching may have all of the funds awarded during one semester.

Scholarships and Requirements

2014-2015 Professional Education Scholarships/Requirements

Boris and Caroline Andrican Scholarship (1 @ $600)

  1. Junior Elementary Education Major
  2. Must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25
  3. Preference is given to a graduate of Hibbing High School, then to a resident of the Minnesota Iron Range

Grant Bateman Scholarship (1 @ $600)

  1. Elementary Education Major, from Minnesota with financial need
  2. Must have an overall GPA of at least 2.50

Bemidji Area Retention Scholarship (1 @ $500)

  1. Elementary or Secondary Education Major, Music or Science
  2. Must have an overall GPA of at least 2.50
  3. Preference is given to students living in a 40-mile radius of Bemidji
  4. Preference is given to single parents or Native Americans

Evelyn W. Berg Scholarship (Amount to be determined at a later date)         

  1. Education Major
  2. Graduate of a Minnesota High School
  3. Must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0

Marie Bishop Scholarship (1 @ $1,400)

  1. Junior or Senior, Early Childhood or Elementary Education Major
  2. Must have an overall GPA of at least 2.50

“Dr. B.” – W.F. Bornschlegl Scholarship (1 @ $400)

  1. Junior or Senior Education Major
  2. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.25
  3. Must have a financial need

John and Anne Brady Scholarship (1 @ $500)

  1. Elementary, Secondary or Special Education Major
  2. Must have an identifiable financial need

Bertha A. Christianson Scholarship (1 @ $700)

  1. Sophomore, Junior or Senior, Elementary Education Major
  2. Must have a GPA of 2.50 or higher
  3. Demonstrated interest in Art, Music or Physical Education

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International/Hazel Shimmin Scholarship (1 @ $400)

  1. Female Undergraduate Education Major who is Student Teaching during the next academic year
  2. Financial need
  3. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.50
  4. Preference is given to students who demonstrate volunteerism

Annie B. Henry African American Scholarship (1 @ $1,500)

  1. Junior or Senior, Elementary or Secondary Education Major
  2. Must have a GPA of 2.80 or higher
  3. Preference is given to African American students; then to a student who is committed to and has demonstrated promoting ethnic cultural diversity

Margaret H. Johnson Scholarship (5 @ $1,100)

  1. Sophomore, Junior or Senior, Education Major
  2. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA

Roy & Eva T. Lind Scholarship (4 @ $1,100)

  1. Elementary Education Major
  2. Must have an overall GPA of at least 2.50

McKee/Havumaki Scholarship (1 @ $400)

  1. Freshman, Junior or Senior, Education Major
  2. Must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25

Ray Nelson Scholarship (1 @ $700)

  1. Freshman majoring in Education with preference to US citizen
  2. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.50
  3. Demonstrated financial need

Ruth Ouverson Early Childhood Education Scholarship (1 @ $400)

  1. Junior or Senior, Early Childhood Education Major
  2. Must have a GPA of 3.0
  3. Letter of recommendation supporting applicant’s experience working with young children
  4. Statement/essay describing “your passion for working with young children (ages birth to five years) listing volunteer or work experience related to this passion”

Patty Jean Willson Persell Scholarship ($300) Offered again 2015-2016

  1. Visual Arts or Early Childhood Education Major, alternating annually
  2. Must qualify for financial aid
  3. Must have a 3.00 GPA
  4. Essay question:  Why you chose this major and how you plan to use your education to positively impact your community through your chosen vocation.
  5. Must provide your teaching philosophy (one-paged typed) and a lesson plan

Ernest Plath Memorial Scholarship (1 @ $500)

  1. Junior or Senior, Education Major
  2. Must have an overall GPA of at least 2.50

RDA Rasmussen Scholarship (1 @ $300)

  1. Senior Education Major who will be student teaching Fall or Spring of the next academic year
  2. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Theola Marsh Smith Scholarship (1 @ $400)

  1. Undergraduate Education Major
  2. Must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25
  3. Must be a member or new initiate of Kappa Delta Pi
  4. Must have been an active participant in a related teacher education activity such as a teaching associate or a volunteer worker

Willie Stittsworth Scholarship (1 @ $400)

  1. Junior or Senior, Elementary Education Major
  2. Must have an overall GPA of at least 2.50

Harvey I. Westrom Education Scholarship (2 @ $1,000)

  1. Secondary Science or Mathematics Education Major
  2. Two scholarships—one to a junior and one to a senior
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher
  4. Demonstrated financial need

Elmen/Cedsel (Hansen) Hagen Scholarship (1 @ $1,300)

  1. Sophomore, Junior or Senior with a declared Major of Professional Education
  2. Must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher

Christina E. Janda Scholarship (2- $1000 Prof Ed & 4 -$500 SPED)
(Graduate Eligible - For Special Education Graduate Students pursuing a License in Special Education)

  1. Professional Education Undergraduate Students that qualify for admission into the program      
    Or a Graduate student seeking licensure in Special Education
  2. Must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  3. Graduate students must use the Graduate Student Scholarship Application to apply