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St. Cloud Times Spark Scholarship*

The purpose of these scholarships is to assist students in their pursuit of a two-year technical/community college education.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be from St. Cloud Times Service Area: Albany, Annandale, Becker, Big Lake, Eden Valley–Watkins, Foley, Holdingford, Kimball, Little Falls, Long Prairie, Melrose, Milaca, Paynesville, Pierz, ROCORI School District, Royalton, Sartell/St Stephen School District, Sauk Rapids/Rice School District, St. Cloud School District, Swanville, and Upsala
  • High School Senior, Community College/Technical College Student or Non-traditional Student (student returning to college after the age of 26)
  • Planning to attend or attending: a two-year technical/community college (full-time enrollment required)
  • Entering a 2-year program in one of the following areas:
    • Construction Technology for a career in the following: Carpentry, Architectural Technology, Electrical Construction, Heating , Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration, Surveying, Plumbing and Water Environment Technologies, etc.
    • Business, Communication and IT for a career in the following: Accounting, Business Management, Information Technology Infrastructure, Marketing and Design. Graphic Design, etc.
    • Manufacturing Technology for a career in the following: Manufacturing and Applied Engineering, CNC and Advanced Machining, Computer-Aided Design Manufacturing, Computer-Aided Mechanical Design, Energy & Electronics, Welding/Fabrication, etc.
    • Natural Health and Science for a career in the following: Nursing, Surgical Technology, Dental Hygienist, Medical Billing, Child/Adult Care & Education, Practical Nurse, etc.
    • Other Specialized Training for a career in the following: Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Auto Body, Auto and Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Law Enforcement, and other two-year programs.

Available Scholarships: 5 - $1,000 Scholarships.

Renewable: Student may reapply each year.

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 1st

Scholarship Application Process: Online applications only.

Items you will need to complete the online application:

  • Application General Questions
  • Essay: 1-2 pages, double spaced: What degree are you pursuing? What type of job do you hope to get with this 2-year degree? What experiences have lead you to this field of study? What aspects of this field do you think you will enjoy the most and why?
  • 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; and 3) Work Experience
  • Letters of Recommendation: 2 letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations need to be from non-family members. Letters will need to be in PDF format.
  • Electronic Transcript:
    • High School Students: You must enter your guidance officer’s email address into the application at least 5 days prior to the deadline. This will allow your guidance officer to add your transcript to the application prior to the deadline.
    • College Students:Must obtain a transcript from the college registrar office and upload as a PDF. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable if they are signed by the registrar’s office.

Other Notes: Photo and photo release will be required of recipients. The donor wishes to recognize recipients in news releases, corporate newsletters, and other publications.

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: Generally, full payment will arrive at your college unless otherwise notified.

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