October 3, 2022

Welcome to your SENIOR YEAR! This year will be filled with many opportunities for applying for scholarships and planning for your future!

My name is Heidi Clairmont and I'm the scholarship coordinator at GRHS.

My job is to help you stay on top of scholarship deadlines, research scholarships, and post college reps visiting the high school.

My office is in the counseling office and I'm a resource to help you navigate scholarships this school year! Email: or phone 218-327-5760 x41544


Many important announcements will come via email to your school gmail account. Make a habit of checking it daily or at least weekly! Scholarships will come out from announcements like this weekly or bi-weekly and will include time sensitive information and deadlines! You don't want to miss out on something because you didn't know.

PARENTS: Scholarship Notification List

New scholarships are added weekly to the below Senior Scholarship Opportunities Page and announced through these Scholarship Updates.

Seniors will receive email updates through their school email. Anyone else will need sign up to be on the Scholarship Notification List.

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DATES TO BE AWARE OF (From picture above):

There are literally thousands of scholarships that you can apply for nationally. While, I will highlight some of them occasionally, I mainly focus on the local and regional scholarships that are for local students. The following scholarships and links will be promoted through out the year when the applications open and as deadlines approach:

  • FAFSA - Opens in Oct and can be done throughout the year - this will be done every year you are in college and is how you receive your financial aid package. Opens Oct 1

  • ALWORTH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - STEM students of families that meet income requirements can earn $20,000 for college. Must have a 3.5 GPA or higher and an ACT score of 25 or higher. Opens in November through Jan 15.

  • THUNDERHAWK SCHOLARSHIPS: 40+ local scholarships are managed through GRHS for GRHS and ALC students. Scholarships include: Paul Bunyan Communications, Eagles, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and many, many others. Students complete 1 application for all of the scholarships they qualify for. Application will be available in mid- December and will close on Feb 24

  • BLANDIN FOUNDATION EDU GRANTS: Given locally through the Blandin Foundation, grants up to $5,000 are available based on family income. Remember that you can apply to the Blandin Edu Grants until you are 25 as long as you are in school! Jan 2- Mar 1

  • ICC Foundation Scholarships - Students attending Itasca Community College can apply for $150,000 in scholarships through the ICC Foundation. Application is from Feb 1 - March 1.

  • GRACF.ORG - The Grand Rapids Community Foundation gives away more than $30,000 each year to Grand Rapids High School Students! Feb 1 - Mar 1

Updated frequently, online scholarship opportunities will be posted here.

Newly added Scholarship opportunities:

Notices of National, State and Regional Scholarship Opportunities are available as I become made aware of them and will be highlighted on the "Senior Scholarship Opportunities Page"

The link is ABOVE and will always be on these updates.

**This is not an exhaustive list... be sure to research additional scholarships on your own if you are so motivated!!**

The Voice of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Contest is sponsored by the VFW local post (Veterans of Foreign Wars). It is available to students in grades 9-12. Deadline: Oct 31

  • Students write and submit an original 3-5 minute audio essay, they record in their own voice.$156K is given away in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.

Elks Most Valuable Student Competition Deadline: Nov 15

  • The Elks awards (500) 4-year scholarships to the highest rated applicants in the competition. Ranging from $4000 to $50,000. You do not need to be related to an Elk member to apply.

Driver Education Initiative Award Deadline: Nov 30
  • Any high school student can apply for (2) $500 scholarships for Round 3 of this contest. Write a 500 word essay about safe driving.

Hagen Scholarship Foundation Deadline: Dec 1
  • Over 300 new scholarships up to $40,000 each are awarded each year. These are need-based merit scholarships and are only available to rural students nationwide. See Website for more details

Science Ambassador Scholarship Deadline: DEC 13

  • Full tuition Scholarship for a FEMALE going into a STEM field. Film a 3 minute educational video of yourself teaching a STEM topic you are passionate about.

Free financial aid events available to Minnesota students and families this fall!

There will be free financial aid events September 27 through October 25 that will cover general college application and financial aid information, details on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Minnesota Dream Act for undocumented students, and other ways to pay for college.

  • All sessions will have simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, Somali and Hmong. Information for families about registering for the series is available here.
  • Students who attend will be entered to win a $500 scholarship!
  • Financial aid professionals will also be online to answer live Q and A from participants during the sessions.
  • These sessions are a collaborative effort between the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Minnesota Department of Education, ECMC The College Place and Minnesota Goes to College.

To access materials to promote these events in your school or program, access our Ready Set FAFSA Promotional Toolkit.

College Visits are available for Juniors & Seniors

College & Military Reps come to Grand Rapids High school to talk with students about what their organization has to offer. Juniors & Seniors can attend. Sign up to get a pass to come down to the counseling conference room during the scheduled times: SIGN UP FOR A PASS

Scheduled Reps will be at GRHS from the following schools:

College of St Scholastica - Tues Oct 4 @ 10am

Hamline University - Tues Oct 11 @ 2:30pm

North Dakota State University - Weds Oct 12th @ 11am

Northern Michigan University - Mon Oct 17 @ 9am

US Marine Corp & Scholarship Opportunities - Mon Oct 17 @ 11am

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Tues Oct 18 @ 2:30pm

St Cloud State University - Mon Oct 24 @ 2pm