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Palm (Harlan and Jeraldean) Scholarship*

Harlan and Jeraldean Palm are leaving a legacy in Minnesota's manufacturing industry after many years and successes with Palm Industries and the multiple companies under it. Harlan is a self-proclaimed gear head which he says is a "generic name for people who can't leave things alone." For as long as he can remember he was always tinkering with things. Jeraldean was also an integral part of the business. She worked as a bookkeeper along with raising their four children and being involved in their church and community. In 1970 Harlan started Palm Industries. There have been numerous spin-off companies and various ventures along the way. They have made grain bins, trailers as well as cabs and attachments for machinery. By the late 1980's Harlan expanded the business significantly through a deal with the Bobcat Company. The Palms are proud of being able to create good jobs in their community. Jeraldean has noted that it was not only Harlan's salesmanship but also his management and treatment of employees that built a good reputation. "It's been a very fun business. It didn't even seem like work," Harlan Palm said.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior
  • From: Litchfield, Atwater, Cosmos, Grove City
  • Pursuing a degree that will lead to jobs in the manufacturing field industry including, but not limited to, machining, drafting, welding, engineering, metal fabrication or a degree in teaching industrial technology.
  • Planning to attend: Two or four year college (full-time enrollment)


Available Scholarships: 4 - $2,500 per year Scholarships

Renewable: Yes, with proof of satisfactory grades

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: 1-2 pages double spaced: Why are you interested in entering the manufacturing industry? What segment of manufacturing will you be pursuing? Share your career goals after graduation.
  • 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: Provide Guidance Counselor's (GC) e-mail address. GC will be asked to upload your 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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