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Klinefelter (Brian) Family Scholarship*

This scholarship is available to children of a law enforcement officers, paramedics, or firefighters. The scholarship was set up to honor Officer Brian Klinefelter, who dedicated his life to his family and community. Brian died in the line of duty near St. Joseph, Minnesota in 1996, leaving behind a daughter, wife , parents and siblings. The family started this fund because shortly after Brian died, the community rallied around the family to make sure Brian’s daughter would eventually be able to go to college. The family felt it fitting to start the Brian Klinefelter Family Scholarship to assist the children of law enforcement officers, paramedics, or firefighters in their pursuit of higher education.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior and College Students
  • From: Albany, Annandale, Apollo, Area Learning Center, Cathedral, Elk River, Foley, Holdingford, Melrose, Monticello, Sartell, Sauk Centre, Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud Christian School, St. John’s Prep, and Technical High School
  • Dependent student of local, county, state or federal law enforcement, firefighter or paramedic personnel from the following counties: Sherburne, Benton, Morrison, Stearns, Douglas, Todd, Wright, Meeker, Kandiyohi or Pope.
  • Planning to attend: Two or four year college (full-time enrollment)

Available Scholarships: 2 - $1,000

Renewable: No

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 1

Scholarship Application Process: Online applications only.

Items you will need to complete the application when you are in the online system:

  • Application General Questions
  • Essay: 1 page double spaced: What have you learned from your family member who has served as a police officer, paramedic or firefighter. Also share a situation where you demonstrated your leadership abilities and how it impacted others.
  • Statement of Financial Need: A statement about your financial need will be required.
  • List of Activities: For the follow categories: 1) Community/Church, 2) Extra Curricular School Activities, 3) Work Experience. Include years involved and areas of leadership/ participation.
  • Letters of Recommendation: 2 letters will be required. You will need to save these into a digital format such as a PDF, then upload these documents into the application system.
  • Electronic Transcript:
    • High School - Provide Guidance Counselor's (GC) e-mail address. GC will be asked to upload your official transcript.
    • College Students- Upload official transcript.

Other Notes: None

Notification and Claim Process: The scholarship recipients will be notified in May with full instructions for claim process. Signed scholarship agreement and verification of full time enrollment from the college/university will be required in June. Funds will be sent to the college by September 1, if proper documents are returned. Half of the scholarship will be applied to fall semester and half to spring semester.

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