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!

Davidson Fellows Scholarships
Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary students, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. To qualify, the applicant must contribute a work that is recognized as an outstanding accomplishment by experts in the field and has the potential to benefit society. Scholarships may be used only for qualified tuition and related expenses and is available for 10 years from the date of the award.

Categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box. Davidson Fellows are honored in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a reception. The 2015 application deadline is February 11. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the Davidson Scholarships website.

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.