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Evelyn Lenander Education Scholarship*

In February 1989, Evelyn Lenander from Buffalo Lake, Minnesota established a fund to provide scholarships for college students majoring in elementary education. Evelyn was born in Renville County. She attended St. Cloud Teachers College and graduated with a two-year teaching degree in 1929. She and her husband farmed and Evelyn continued to teach. Evelyn Lenander was much loved and respected by her students during her 39-year career as an elementary education teacher. “I didn’t have children of my own. I had community children,” she said. Supporting students interested in pursuing elementary education career was important to Evelyn because, “You can’t be a good teacher by saying you want to be. A good teacher knows the basics and isn’t afraid to love the students.”


Eligibility Requirements:

  • College Student
  • From: Attending a Minnesota College or University going into their 3rd or 4th year and have graduated from a MN high school.
  • Major: Elementary Education.
  • GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Recipients must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completed 2 full years of college and accepted in a Minnesota College/University program leading to an elementary education degree.
  • Preference will be given to permanent MN residents living within a 25 miles radius of Buffalo Lake and then eligibility will be expanded to include other students from Central Minnesota.
  • Planning to attend: 3-4th year of college

Available Scholarships: Amounts vary from $1,000 - $4,500 Scholarships

Renewable: No

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 1

Scholarship Application Process: Online applications only.

Items you will need to complete the application:

  • Application General Questions
  • Essay: 2 page double spaced: What event or person has influenced your life the most? Share how and why this is important to the person you are becoming?
  • Statement of Need and Responsibility: Briefly share a personal, life, or family circumstance affecting your need for this scholarship.
  • List of Activities for: 1) Community Service i.e. civic and church volunteer activities 2) Extracurricular School Activities i.e. school activities that are not graded 3) Work Experience
  • Letters of Recommendation: 2 letters of recommendation are required. Recommendation need to be from non-family members. Letters will need to be in PDF format.
  • Electronic Transcript: College Students:Must obtain a transcript from the college registrar office and upload as a PDF.Unofficial transcripts are acceptable if they are from the registrar’s office.

Other Notes: None

Dates to Remember:

  • May:Recipients will be notified via email in early May.
  • June 15:Recipients must sign their scholarship agreement and provide college information. CommunityGiving will verify that you are enrolled as a full-time student at the college.(Full-time enrollment is typically 12-16 credits)
  • June: Inform your college that you have received the scholarship.
  • September 1:First payment of 50% will arrive at your college.
  • January 10: Second payment of 50% will arrive at your college.

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