Scholarships and Recognition Programs
Scholarship programs provide money for students to attend college or technical training after high school. Programs coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will be posted to this page when they are open for application. Check out our links to find out more about scholarship opportunities outside of MDE.

Recognition programs shine a light on students and educators doing great things in the classroom, as well as innovative and successful schools and programs. Watch this page for announcements as we promote the great work being done in Minnesota education!

2015 U.S. Senate Youth Program Application Available – Due October 24
The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. This year's program will be held in Washington, D.C., March 7-14, 2015. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. Visit the United States Senate Youth Program websiteDownload the U.S. Senate Youth Program Application.

Reach for the Stars
Programs that have received the Minnesota Academic League Council's endorsement are included in the Reach for the Stars catalogue, which is published as a public service by Synergy & Leadership Exchange. Find this helpful resource, as well as other educational resources, on the Reach for the Stars website.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is a new undergraduate scholarship program available to high-performing high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, up to 40 students will become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and have access to funding for up to four years for undergraduate studies.