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Alworth Memorial Fund broadens scholarship opportunities

The Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund has broadened its scholarship criteria to now include northern Minnesota students currently enrolled at designated two-year community colleges who plan to complete their STEM-related education at a four-year institution.

Since the organization’s founding in 1949, more than $55 million in scholarships have been awarded solely to high school students entering four-year educational programs. With this new Alworth Memorial Fund option, called the College Transfer Pathway Scholarship, students in their second year at a community college may apply for a $12,000 scholarship – $6,000 to use in each of their final two years of schooling at a four-year university.

“The path to graduation has changed over the years, with many excellent students beginning their education at a two-year community college before getting their degrees elsewhere. The Alworth Memorial Fund is pleased to support that reality by offering scholarships to those students as well,” said Alworth Board Chair Patty Phillips.

Phillips said the organization remains committed to its STEM focus. Students must still pursue bachelor’s degrees in the mathematics, science, engineering or medical fields, and must have graduated from high school (including home school) in the northern Minnesota counties of Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Lake, Itasca, Koochiching or St. Louis.

The College Transfer Pathway Scholarship is available to students currently enrolled at Central Lakes College (Brainerd), Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (Cloquet), Lake Superior College (Duluth), Minnesota North College (comprised of campuses in Ely, Eveleth, Hibbing, Grand Rapids, International Falls and Virginia) and Northwest Technical College (Bemidji).

“The Alworth Memorial Fund has always been committed to supporting northern Minnesota students dedicated to making a difference in the mathematics, science, engineering and medical fields. But many of them don’t necessarily know what direction to take while still in high school,” said Alworth Executive Director Patty Salo Downs. “That’s why we’re so happy to launch our College Transfer Pathway Scholarship. We believe it will open new doors for students who chose to start their educational journey at community colleges.”

Additional information about eligibility criteria and the application process is at Overall information about Alworth scholarship programs may be found on its YouTube channel: