September 23, 2021

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 Gmail. Anyone else will need sign up to be on the Scholarship Notification List.


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.

  • 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 22, 2022.

  • 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!

  • 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!
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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!!**

Hagen Scholarship Foundation

Hagen Scholarship Foundation
Deadline: November 15
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

Elks Most Valuable Student Competition- Nov 15

  • Elks Most Valuable Student Competition

    Deadline: Nov 15

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

Driver Education Initiative Award Nov 30

  • 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.

Solomon Page Scholarship - Nov 30

  • Write an essay to win a $1000 scholarship if you are pursuing a college degree in Business Administration.

Deadline is November 30

Virtual College Visits are available for Juniors & Seniors

College & Military Reps schedule virtual visits with them to discuss what they have to offer with Juniors & Seniors. Sign up to talk to them through this link:

Scheduled Virtual Rep Visits for the following schools:

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College - Tues Oct 5 @ 2pm

U of MN Twin Cities - Oct 6

Hamline University - Oct 13

US Naval Academy - Oct 20

U of WI-River Falls - Nov 2